At the end of October the whole city seems to get an extra spring in its step in the lead-up to the Melbourne Cup, Australia’s richest horse race. The Melbourne Cup Carnival actually takes in four meetings that see punters, jockeys, trainers and horses fly in from all over the world. Even those who can’t tell a filly from a filet mignon tend to get involved, dressing up and heading to Flemington to have a flutter and sip on a glass of bubbly. Don’t forget that Victoria has the day off for the Melbourne Cup, held on the first Tuesday of November.
Flemington is about 4km north-west of the Melbourne CBD. Designated trains run direct to Flemington Racecourse from Flinders Station on race days.
Melbourne Cup Carnival
Flemington Racecourse, 448 Epsom Road, Flemington
1300 727 575 (Australia-wide) | +61 3 8378 0747 (International)