Melbourne Cup Carnival 2018
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Melbourne Cup Carnival 2019
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VENUE: FLEMINGTON RACECOURSE, MELBOURNE
Official Melbourne Cup Carnival Packages
5-NIGHTS From: A$1,019
The Five Nighter
Experience Derby Day & Cup Day with five nights, breakfast and more. Our most popular package for interstate visitors.
A quick two night package watching Derby Day, traditionally black and white for ladies and grey suits for men.
2-NIGHTS From: A$469
Experience Lexus Melbourne Cup Day with two nights to enjoy Melbourne.
Cup VIP Express
Our popular Cup Express Package with a twist. Enjoy the Pre-Cup Cruise and Lawn Stand seats.
Attend all four days of the Carnival with nine nights in Melbourne. Our most popular package for international visitors and horse racing aficionados.
Upgrades & Extras
ENHANCE From: A$28
Enjoy the views and comfort of a Grandstand seat and relax knowing you have your own space to enjoy the day and shelter from any inclement weather.
DESIGN On request
Customisations & Groups
Enhance any package with extras and upgrades or request your own customised package. We can also organise group and corporate travel — get in touch for a quote.
Experience the glamour, excitement and action at Flemington this year
The start of the Melbourne Cup Carnival is a favourite day of the year for many Australians, whether you are a punter, party-goer or traveller and is a hallmark event on Melbourne’s world-class sporting calendar. The Melbourne Cup Carnival attracts over 300,000 spectators annually to enjoy the celebration of fashion, food, wine and horse racing. The revered Lexus Melbourne Cup Day alone will see over 100,000 people brave the crowds in their best frocks and suits to enjoy the Lexus Melbourne Cup; that turns Flemington into the social, corporate, fashion and sporting epicentre of Australia. The Melbourne Cup Carnival is widely recognised as one of Australia’s premier sporting events and one of the world’s most prestigious horse racing events with a global audience. However, the best way to enjoy the festivities is to be there and there’s no better way to enjoy the Carnival than with Events Travel, an Official Tour Operator for VRC.
As an Official Tour Operator we have Official Packages with tickets and hospitality options to AAMI Victoria Derby Day, Lexus Melbourne Cup Day, Kennedy Oaks Day and VRC Stakes Day or combinations of each race day. We include accommodation and other extras to make your Melbourne Cup Carnival experience convenient, high quality and fantastic value for money. You can, as always, customise your package with extras, variations and requests to make the package that’s right for you.
We look forward to welcoming you to the 2018 Melbourne Cup Carnival. We hope you will join us for our 24th Melbourne Cup!
Please scroll through this page to explore the available packages, upgrades and information. If you need any assistance, please contact us at any time.
Race Day Schedule
The Melbourne Cup Carnival is an unparalleled four-day celebration of horse racing, food, wine, fashion and glamour.
AAMI Victoria Derby Day, Saturday 3 November 2018
Considered one of the most prestigious days of racing in Australasia, featuring a card of nine Group races, four at the elite Group 1 level. The feature Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby is Australia’s premier staying classic for three-year-olds. The fashion stakes are equally high with the commencement of the Myer Fashions on the Field competition. This is the day for classic elegance, which sets the pace for the entire week. Traditionally, black and white has been the prominent colour scheme for women, while men often chose to wear a grey morning suit, top hat, peacock vest and pin-stripe pants.
Lexus Melbourne Cup Day, Tuesday 6 November 2018
The Lexus Melbourne Cup Day is a truly spectacular event and the focal point of the 2018 Melbourne Cup Carnival. While most of Australia stops to watch or listen to the race, there’s nothing like being there amongst the 100,000 plus crowd to experience this true spectacle. The excitement slowly builds to its 3pm fever pitch when everything at the track comes to a stop for 200 heart-pounding seconds. Each year, a new chapter is written, a new legend is made and a new dream comes true as the winning connections take Australia’s most famous sporting trophy.
Kennedy Oaks Day, Thursday 8 November 2018
Known as the ultimate style day of the Carnival, and commonly referred to as ‘Ladies Day’, women of all ages come together dressed in their most feminine ensemble. The winner of the national competition of Myer Fashions on the Field is announced on Kennedy Oaks Day, reinforcing its importance on the fashion calendar. The racing highlight is the Group 1 Kennedy Oaks, the classic for three-year-old fillies over 2500m.
VRC Stakes Day, Saturday 10 November 2018
The Melbourne Cup Carnival concludes with VRC Stakes Day, featuring Victoria’s premier 1600m event, the Group 1 VRC Stakes. VRC Stakes Day is the fastest growing race day for the four day Carnival with crowds topping 80,000 in recent years. It is also recognised as the Carnival’s family day, with the focus on family fun and an abundance of free activities available for children.
Lexus Melbourne Cup jump time: 3pm, Tuesday 6 November, 2018
Distance: 3200m (2 miles)
Race record: Kingston Rule in a time of 3:16.3 (1990)
2017 Champion: Rekindling (first 3yo since 1941)
Purse: $6,200,000 (2017)
Qualification: Three-year-olds and up
Most wins by horse: Makybe Diva with 3 (2003, 2004, 2005)
Most wins by jockey: Bobby Lewis with 4 (1902, 1915, 1919, 1927)
Most wins by trainer: Bart Cummings with 12 (1965 – 2008)
Most wins by owner: Lloyd Williams with 6 (1981 – 2017)
Sold OutCustomise and enhance your Melbourne Cup Carnival experience with upgrades and extra travel services at the best available prices.
- Accommodation: Extra nights, other hotels and room upgrades
- Transport: Flights, car hire, transfers
- Travel insurance: 15% discount with CHI
- Sightseeing experiences: Day tours, cruises, other events
- Customised Packages: Small and Large Group Packages, Corporate Packages
Upgrade your included ticket to a Grandstand or Hospitality Marquee. Upgrade pricing is listed below. Modifications available on request. A brief description has been provided, more information is available on request.
Single Day Grandstand Ticket Upgrades
|Grandstand||Description||Derby Day||Cup Day||Oaks Day||Stakes Day|
|Hill Stand||Located opposite the Winning Post, this is a covered stand, but can be exposed. Offers fantastic views.||$91||$334||$61||$28|
|Lawn Stand||Adjacent to the Hill Stand, this is uncovered and offers exceptional views.||$41||$161||$30||–|
|Saintly Place||Located below the Hill Stand, overlooking the Winning Post, this is an enclosed stand behind glass.||Sold Out||–||–||–|
|The Precinct||Located on the front lawn with some outdoor seating, this area has take-away and gourmet food available with betting services.||$108||$146||$63||–|
Multi-Day Grandstand Ticket Upgrades
|Grandstand||Description||Derby + Cup||Cup + Oaks||Derby + Cup + Oaks||Derby + Cup + Oaks + Stakes|
|Hill Stand||Located opposite the Winning Post, this is a covered stand, but can be exposed. Offers fantastic views.||$242||$229||$212||$181|
|Lawn Stand||Adjacent to the Hill Stand, this is uncovered and offers exceptional views.||$128||$130||$108||–|
|Saintly Place||Located below the Hill Stand, overlooking the Winning Post, this is an enclosed stand behind glass.||Sold Out||Sold Out||Sold Out||–|
|The Precinct||Located on the front lawn with some outdoor seating, this area has take-away and gourmet food available with betting services.||$159||$134||–||–|
Single-Day Hospitality Ticket Upgrades
|Venue||Description||Derby Day||Cup Day||Oaks Day||Stakes Day|
|Home Straight Enclosure||Located in the centre of the track near the finish line, you can enjoy views from an elevated platform.||$547||Sold Out||$488||$340|
|Home Straight with Transfers||As above with return transfers from Crown Casino.||$574||$796||$516||$368|
|Parade Lounge||Located above the horse stalls, this offers uninterrupted views of the Parade Ring.||$704||$712||$576||$413|
|Makybe Diva Marquee||Enjoy a superb plated lunch with courtyard, lawn and views from the Lawn Stand, an annual favourite.||$713||$995||$600||$401|
|Skyline Restaurant||Located on Level 3 of the Hill Stand, enjoy a three-course plated luncheon.||$824||Sold Out||$628||$429|
|Panorama Restaurant||Located on Level 3 of the Hill Stand, opposite the Winning Post, enjoy a three-course buffet luncheon.||$824||Sold Out||$628||$429|
|Stayers Lounge||Located on Level 1 of the Winning Post Enclosure, enjoy a grazing menu in the centre of the track.||$852||$1,234||$711||$457|
|The Rose Room||Multi-tiered marquee with first-class hospitality and magnificent views.||$1,097||$1,459||$937||$512|
|Terrace Restaurant||Highly sought after with exceptional degustation menu and views.||$1,755||$1,906||$1,411||$669|
|The Perch||The ultimate experience located on the famous front row of the Bird Cage with premium dining.||Sold Out||$2,248||$1,832||$659|
Multi-Day Hospitality Ticket Upgrades
|Venue||Description||Derby + Cup||Cup + Oaks||Derby + Cup + Oaks||Derby + Cup + Oaks + Stakes||Cup + Oaks + Stakes|
|Home Straight Enclosure||Located in the centre of the track near the finish line, you can enjoy views from an elevated platform.||Sold Out||–||–||–||–|
|Home Straight with Transfers||As above with return transfers from Crown Casino.||$1,370||$1,311||$1,886||$2,253||$1,679|
|Parade Lounge||Located above the horse stalls, this offers uninterrupted views of the Parade Ring.||$1,620||$1,473||$2,298||$2,777||$1,718|
|Makybe Diva Marquee||Enjoy a superb plated lunch with courtyard, lawn and views from the Lawn Stand, an annual favourite.||$1,647||$1,668||$2,381||$2,782||$2,069|
|Skyline Restaurant||Located on Level 3 of the Hill Stand, enjoy a three-course plated luncheon.||Sold Out||–||–||–||–|
|Panorama Restaurant||Located on Level 3 of the Hill Stand, opposite the Winning Post, enjoy a three-course buffet luncheon.||Sold Out||–||–||–||–|
|Stayers Lounge||Located on Level 1 of the Winning Post Enclosure, enjoy a grazing menu in the centre of the track.||$2,087||$1,946||$2,798||$3,254||$2,402|
|The Rose Room||Multi-tiered marquee with first-class hospitality and magnificent views.||$2,556||$2,396||$3,493||$4,004||$2,907|
|Terrace Restaurant||Highly sought after with exceptional degustation menu and views.||$3,661||$3,317||$5,072||$5,741||$3,986|
|The Perch||The ultimate experience located on the famous front row of the Bird Cage with premium dining.||Sold Out||$4,080||Sold Out||Sold Out||$4,739|
What Melbourne Cup Carnival tickets are available and can you explain the different types?
This is the basic entry ticket, it grants guests access to Flemington Racecourse and all of the open areas on the lawn by the barrier. You can see the Parade Ring for an upclose look at the horses and enjoy plenty of dining and betting facilities around the track with free seating areas available.
Reserved Grandstand Tickets
A range of grandstands are available to upgrade to, including some covered and uncovered stands. Grandstand still give you access to the General Admission areas, but you will have a reserved seat to relax at during the day with betting and dining not far away from your chosen stand.
The best way to enjoy the action is in the exclusive surrounds of a Hospitality Marquee. There are many options from entry level in the Home Straight Enclosure all the way up to The Perch, located in the famed Bird Cage for the most discerning. Hospitality Marquees are inclusive of various levels of food, drinks, seating, tables, service and betting facilities are always on hand. You can upgrade to any Hospitality option within your package, best get in early before they sell out.
Can I purchase Melbourne Cup Carnival tickets by themselves?
Our Official Melbourne Cup Carnival Tickets are only available for purchase within our Official Packages. Individual tickets are available through select authorised outlets. We can add-on extra Carnival Day tickets to any package to create the experience that best suits you.
When do I receive my tickets and package?
Your Melbourne Cup Tickets and package components will be sent to you at least two weeks before the event via registered post, courier or made available for collection upon check-in to your hotel in Melbourne. More information will be provided on booking.
Do you have the full racing schedule?
Not yet, but it will be posted here in due course.
Do you have venue map?
Not yet, but it will be posted here in due course.
What is the best way to get to Flemington from my hotel?
All of our listed hotels are within easy reach of free trams in Melbourne’s CBD. Take a tram to Southern Cross Station where there are express trains to Flemington Racecourse, from there it is a short walk. We have provided you with a Myki Card in your package and recommend tram/train as the most efficient and easiest way to access Flemington Racecourse. Of course you can take ride-sharing services, taxis and the Home Straight Enclosure + Transfers Hospitality upgrade includes transfers to and from Crown. If you are feeling adventurous we can arrange helicopter transfers to Flemington on request, which could make for a great gift!
If you are choosing our VIP Express Package, we have included a one-way cruise to Flemington with drinks and more on board, this is a very popular way to get to the racecourse and acts as a good warm up before the day of racing and a chance to see Melbourne like you might not have before.
What other horse racing events do you do?
As experts in global sports and event travel, we can help you enjoy any horse racing event on the planet including Kentucky Derby, Ascot Races, World Polo Championships (we were the Official Travel Agent for 2017 in Sydney) and other horse events events of your choose. If you would like a quote or options to see any of these events or others, please contact us.
I have a group, can you help?
We are group travel experts and can create bespoke packages and services to suit your groups needs with variations to our standard packages or completely rebuilt packages with the essentials and luxuries you need. Contact us today to get your Melbourne Cup Group Travel experience started.
What travel services do you offer?
We offer a full suite of travel services such as;
- Accommodation (3, 4 or 5 star)
- Flights on all airlines as an IATA agent, ticketing in-house
- Transfers and car hire
- Tickets and tours
- Travel Insurance
- Sightseeing tours and experiences
- Special requests and customised itineraries
These services may be included as part of our base Melbourne Cup Packages or can be added on at anytime.
Can I extend my stay longer than your package dates?
Yes, we have contracted fantastic hotel rates for the event and adjacent dates before/after. Please ask us for a quote for extra nights for your package. We can provide accommodation elsewhere too if you wish to extend your stay.
Are you an Official Travel Agent?
Events Travel are an Official Tour Operator for VRC, providing guests with Official Travel Packages, tickets, hotels and other services.
Why should I choose Events Travel?
We’ve been proudly providing quality travel services to events and destinations around the globe since 1993. We keep our customers happy with our flexible and attentive service. We are completely audited, insured and accredited, including being members of IATA, ATAS, AFTA, ASTA and IAGTO. A level of accreditation you won’t find elsewhere. We have Australia’s biggest range of Official Partnerships, you can see most of these on our Track Record page.
We are passionate about travelling to major events and have the level of experience to ensure you travel with complete confidence.
Do I need Travel Insurance?
Yes, we recommend Travel Insurance for every trip, big or small. We offer competitive policies and include a valuable 15% discount with CHI for our customers. We can help choose the right policy for you.
If you have a question not listed here, please contact us, we would love to hear from you.
- Pricing is listed per person in Australian Dollars.
- Listed prices and availability are subject to change at any time.
- All payments are non-refundable incase of cancellation.
- Changes to bookings incur amendment fees per transaction plus any applicable fees from suppliers (e.g. airlines).
- Extra travel services may be subject to different payment requirements to be confirmed on quoting/booking.
- Full cancellation applies.
- There are no refunds or exchanges for unused services.
- We highly recommend travel insurance and can provide a 15% discount off retail prices with CHI. We can also assist choosing the right policy for you.
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- Events Travel are AFTA, ATAS, ASTA, IAGTO and IATA accredited. Learn about Trust & Safety
- Events Travel is an Official Tour Operator with official tickets and travel services provided under licence with the VRC. Only Official Tour Operators are authorised to sell travel and tickets to this event. Using an unofficial provider may put your travel and event experience at risk.
- Additional terms apply
How to Book
To book any Melbourne Cup Package, please complete a booking request form or contact an Event Travel Expert by phone, email or a web-form.
Deposit: 50% due to confirm (plus any upgrades or extras)
Balance: due by 31 August, 2018
We accept bank transfer and credit card payments. Credit card payments incur a 1.98% fee.
Travel Documents and Tickets
Travel documents (including event tickets, flight tickets, hotel vouchers and other applicable items) are sent at least two weeks prior to the event start date by email, courier or registered post. In special circumstances, tickets may be made available via an official ticket collection centre or hotel drop-off. Finalised information will be provided with your travel documents.
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