Can’t wait for the Melbourne Cup on November 3? It has and continues to be a part of Australian history, with the first ever Cup not yet “stopping the nation” in 1861. The crowd at that time was just 4000, which was a far cry to today’s track attendance. In 2003, a record total of 122,736 people attended the event, not to mention everybody else who was tuned in. It’s also one of the richest turf races in the world. The total prize money for the 2015 Cup is AUS $6.2 million. This doesn’t even include the value of the trophies, which is currently valued at AUS $175,000.00. Aside from the heart-racing action on the track and the huge cash prizes, you can also expect plenty of good food, fun, and fashion.
Food, drinks, and more
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Head to Hill Square and enjoy a glass of wine from The Nest Bar. You can watch the track live from the bar’s huge TV screen. Craving for a delicious snack? Check out the Red Rock Deli Tasting Plate—their potato crisps are a must-try! If you want a flute of champagne, The Hill Bar serves G.H. Mumm. Drop by the Yellowglen Terrace for more yummy snacks like schnitzels, sausages, and pulled pork rolls.
Live music and picnic spots for everyone
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Enjoy performances from local acts at the Front Lawn West’s Celebration Deck. This deck provides the best vantage points, so get a good spot before the crowd rushes in. For a more laidback vibe, head to The Zone and spread a picnic blanket. Bring out your basket of goodies and munch on yummy treats while watching the race on wide screens found throughout the lawns.
Family friendly fun
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Bring the kids to The Zone at The Precinct during the Emirates Stakes Day for a fun-filled afternoon. Let your kids run around and squeal in delight as they watch performances from their favourite cartoon characters. Spend time with your family as balloonists, face painters, and an animal farm provide plenty of entertainment.
Fancy hats and outfits
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Wow everyone at the Cup with your fanciest outfit and hat. Strut your stuff on the catwalk or on the lawns during the Fashions on the Field at the AAMI Victoria Derby Day and Emirates Stakes Day. Compete in the racewear event and get a chance to win prizes worth more than $400,000.00.
Full of glitz, glamour, and head-turning action on and off the tracks, the Melbourne Cup is one event you shouldn’t miss. This yearly show attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators, so make sure you’ve booked your Melbourne car rental and airport parking near the Melbourne Airport before the rush begins.