Melbourne Cup Carnival 2020

Melbourne Cup Carnival 2020

31 Oct-7 Nov, 2020

Official Travel Agent


As a proud Official Tourism Operator , we are proud to offer Official Travel Packages to all four race days of the Melbourne Cup Carnival 2020. Enjoy Official tickets, hotels, transfers to Flemington, extra travel services and more. Explore the brochure to see our packages, learn about your travel experience or create a personalised package. We look forward to welcoming to you Melbourne Cup Carnival 2020.

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  • Melbourne Cup Express
    Cup Express
    Stay 2-nights in Melbourne and enjoy the pinnacle race day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival
  • Derby Express
    Derby Express
    Stay 2-nights and enjoy the classic elegance of AAMI Victoria Derby Day
  • Derby & Cup Experience
    Derby & Cup Experience
    Enjoy an extended stay in Melbourne and experience both Derby and Cup day


Experience the race that stops a nation™ with Events Travel at Melbourne Cup Carnival 2020.

The Melbourne Cup Carnival is more than just a horse racing event. It’s a spring ritual and an eagerly anticipated milestone on the annual calendar of betting enthusiasts, fashionistas, socialites and curious travellers. The Melbourne Cup Carnival has evolved into a celebration of culture, sport, fashion and food and wine.

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Four unique race days combine to create a week-long festival with fun for the entire family and themes that make the experience on each race day unique and exciting. Over 100,000 fans frock up annually to witness the A$8 million dollar Lexus Melbourne Cup alone, which captures the attention of a huge global audience and truly stops the nation.

Melbourne is the perfect host city for such a global event, with convenient transport options available from Flemington to the city and thriving arts, restaurant and cultural scene that will entertain and delight travellers outside the race days.

If you’ve dreamt of experiencing the Melbourne Cup Carnival, we’d love to help get you there. As an Official Tour Operator for VRC, we are proud to offer Official Melbourne Cup Packages including tickets, hospitality, accommodation and other travel services to help fans from around the world experience the Melbourne Cup Carnival.  In addition to offering Official Travel Packages, as a full-service travel company, we specialise in personalised travel and have a range of services available. Get even more value with flights, car hire, transfers, sightseeing experiences, insurance and more.

Speak directly to a dedicated Travel Expert to book your Melbourne Cup Package. Our Travel Experts are here to ensure you get the most from your Melbourne Cup Carnival travel experience. Whether you’re travelling individually or part of a group or company, we have something to suit your needs.

I’d like to encourage you to explore this brochure to find out more about your Melbourne Cup travel experience, then get in touch with a Travel Expert to start your journey. We’re looking forward to it!

Feel secure with 100% guaranteed official tickets, grandstand seating and hospitality

Feel like a VIP with deluxe tours, luxury accommodation and unique experiences

Travel confident with transparent pricing, accreditations and flexible travel


AAMI Victoria Derby Day, Saturday 31 October 2020
One of the most prestigious days of racing with nine Group races, four at the elite Group 1 level including AAMI Victoria Derby, 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 tone of the week. Women typically opt for black and white, while men wear a grey morning suit and pin-stripe pants.
Lexus Melbourne Cup Day, Tuesday 3 November 2020
The focal point of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, there’s nothing quite like being there as over 100,000 fans erupt as the race unfolds. 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 in the quest to win Australia’s most famous sporting trophy.
Kennedy Oaks Day, Thursday 5 November 2020
Known as the style day of the Carnival and commonly called ‘Ladies Day’, women of all ages come together dressed in their most feminine ensemble. The winner of the Myer Fashions on the Field is announced, 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 Seppelt Stakes Day, Saturday 7 November 2020
The Melbourne Cup Carnival concludes with Seppelt Wines Stakes Day, featuring Victoria’s premier 1600m event, the Group 1 Seppelt Mackinnon Stakes. Seppelt Wines 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.
Venue Map

Melbourne Cup Carnival 2019 Venue Map

Grandstands and Hospitality
Lawn Stand Located opposite the Winning Post, the Lawn Stand offers great views of the racecourse and city skyline at an affordable price-point. This stand is uncovered.
Saintly Place This indoor stand is air- conditioned and behind glass, protected from the weather. A sophisticated option. Patrons of Saintly Place may need to stand to view races.
Hill Stand This covered Grandstand is opposite the Winning Post and offers a good vantage point to see the racing with betting facilities close by. Front and sides of this stand are subject to weather conditions.
Precinct This pay as you go facility is positioned at the 400 meter mark on the Flemington straight, you’re right amongst the racing action. With exclusive access to betting facilities, food trucks, restaurant pop-ups, bars and entertainment.
Home Straight Enclosure Located in the middle of the track, enjoy canapes, a plated lunch, afternoon tea and beverages with great views across the track to the stands. A transfer option is available for this package including track transfers from the Crown Complex directly to inside the track, where it’s a short walk to the enclosure.
The Parade Lounge Located next to the Parade Ring,
enjoy an extended grazing menu and premium beverage package with indoor seating and outdoor viewing.
Makybe Diva© Marquee Located on the first bend, this premium facility includes a three course plated lunch, afternoon tea, premium drinks package, espresso cart, pamper lounge, table seating and seperate outdoor terrace and grandstand seating area.
Panorama Restaurant Located in the Hill Stand with impressive sweeping views, guests will enjoy a three course buffet, afternoon tea, drinks service, VIP car parking and more.
Skyline Restaurant Located in the Hill Stand with vast views of the racecourse and city, sit at round tables with waiter service, three course lunch, drinks package (cash bar for spirits/imported drinks) and more.
The Stayers Lounge Located inside the track with views across to the grandstands, enjoy an extended grazing menu, beverage package, balcony views, betting facilities, central garden and entertainment.
The Rose Room One of Flemington’s most beautiful and and exclusive race day venues, offering world-class hospitality. Positioned high above the Lawn Stand, enjoy a five course plated lunch, premium beverages and attentive service.
The Terrace Restaurant Located in the Hill Stand, enjoy views of the Winning Post, a degustation menu, afternoon tea, extensive wine list to purchase, a personal TV and one car park per table. This is a great option for corporate groups.
The Perch in The Birdcage The premium hospitality venue in the revered Birdcage. Enjoy access to The Perch, an extended grazing menu, premium drinks including GH Mumm and much more. Enjoy The Perch for an elevated Melbourne Cup Carnival experience.
Fast Facts

Lexus Melbourne Cup jump time: 3pm, Tuesday 3 November, 2020
Distance: 3200m (2 miles)
Race record: Kingston Rule in a time of 3:16.3 (1990)
2019 Champion: Vow and Declare (Jockey: William Buick, Trainer: Charlie Appleby)
Weight: Handicap
Purse: $8,000,000
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)

  • Upgrade to covered grandstand seating or a hospitality package, this is a wonderful way to enjoy the carnival
  • The weather in Melbourne is at times unpredictable, be sure to pack accordingly
  • The train service from Flemington to South Cross Station is the fastest way to return home
  • Check the dress code and prohibited items list before travelling

What’s on offer from Events Travel?

  • Event: Melbourne Cup Carnival Tickets, Melbourne Cup Carnival Hospitality and exclusive experiences
  • Flights: All carriers and destinations
  • Accommodation: Extra nights, room upgrades and more
  • Transport: Coaches, private transfers and car hire
  • Sightseeing: Attractions, day trips and organised tours
  • Custom-made Packages: For individuals and groups of all sizes, including corporate groups and incentives
  • Travel Insurance: Domestic and international policies, including a 15% off base policy discount for Australian residents


Your Host:

Melbourne is the capital of Victoria and sits on the banks of the Yarra River. It’s home to many of Australia’s best-known landmarks including Melbourne Cricket Ground, NGV and Royal Exhibition Building. Melbourne’s growth was largely thanks to the discovery of gold in Victoria in mid-1851. Diggers rushed to Melbourne causing a large population growth and heightened wealth. With this came a need for public infrastructure; large public buildings were erected including Parliament House, the Melbourne Gaol, the State Library, Melbourne Town Hall and St Patrick’s Cathedral.
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The city continued to boom throughout the late 1800s, with Melbourne quickly becoming the richest city in the world. After World War II Melbourne expanded again due to immigration from southern Europe and the Mediterranean. Collins street became popular with boutique shops and open-air cafes, now locally known as The Paris End of Town. Thanks to it’s diverse and multi-cultural population Melbourne today is known for its arts and music scene, cafe culture, beachside towns, and sports.


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The carnival is held during Springtime in Melbourne, you can expect highs of 22C and lows of 12C. The days are getting longer with heightened UV Indexes, so remember to wear sunscreen. We suggest packing a light jacket in case it’s a cooler carnival

Things to Do

Experience the incredible fashion, sport and excitement of the Melbourne Cup Carnival in 2020

More information

Deposit: 25% plus any upgrades or extras due to secure your booking
Balance: Due by 02 August 2020

We accept payments by bank transfer (EFT), credit cards and cheque. Domestic bank transfers and cheques have no fees. International bank transfers (e.g. from an international bank to our Australian bank or from an Australian bank to our international bank) incur a nominal A$20 service fee per transaction. All credit card payments incur merchant fees. For Visa and MasterCard it’s 1.5% and for American Express it’s 1.98%.

Payment instructions will be provided on booking and if you have any queries, please get in touch.

  1. Start your journey by making a new enquiry or speak to a Travel Expert 
  2. From there, you can make a new booking or discuss your travel requirements in more detail. Our Travel Experts will happily provide more information or put together a custom-made package, just for you
  3. After confirming your booking, you will receive a deposit invoice and booking confirmation with more information about your trip
  4. If the event is still a while away, you will receive email updates from our team with more information and event announcements as the information comes to hand
  5. Approximately four weeks before the event begins, we start sending out your travel documents. You will receive a travel documents email and if required, a parcel with physical items as well. The travel documents email will contain personalised travel information, itineraries, vouchers and details about your trip. Your parcel (if applicable) will contain tickets, merchandise and supporter gear. For some events, or if you live internationally and cannot receive your parcel within the available timeframe, we will make your parcel available for collection from your hotel or an official collection centre. If this is the case, you will be advised within your travel documents email, this always comes first
  6. That’s it — you’ll be ready to travel!

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