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Melbourne Cup Carnival 2021

Your Melbourne Cup Carnival 2021 experience starts here. As a proud Official Tourism Operator, we are proud to offer an extensive collection of Official Travel Packages to all four race days of the Melbourne Cup Carnival 2021. Enjoy Official tickets, hotels, transfers to Flemington, a Mornington Peninsula Day Trip, travel services and more. Explore the brochure to see our packages, learn about your travel experience or create a custom-made package today. We hope you’ll join us for a memorable Melbourne Cup Carnival experience in 2021!

30 Oct-6 Nov, 2021
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Official Melbourne Cup Carnival Packages

  • Cup Day Express Package
    Available
    Cup Day Express
    Escape to Melbourne for 2-nights and enjoy the pinnacle race day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival
    FROM
    A$579
  • Derby Day Express
    Available
    Derby Day Express
    Stay for 2-nights in Melbourne and enjoy Derby Day — the opening day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival
    FROM
    A$571
  • Derby and Cup Combo
    Available
    Derby and Cup Combo
    Perfect for holiday makers andracing enthusiasts with 5-nights for Derby Day and Cup Day
    FROM
    A$1,346
  • Melbourne Cup Carnival 2021
    Available
    Extended Cup Day
    Enjoy an extended 3-night stay in Melbourne and experience the race that stops the nation
    FROM
    A$862
  • Oaks Day Express
    Available
    Oaks Day Express
    A day dedicated to ladies; full of florals, fashion and fun and one of the most popular days of…
    FROM
    A$456
  • Stakes Day Express
    Available
    Stakes Day Express
    The last day of the carnival and one reserved for the whole family – this is a fun and…
    FROM
    A$461
  • Melbourne Cup Carnival 2021
    Available
    Oaks and Stakes Combo
    Experience both ladies day and family day at the Melbourne Cup Carnival in 2021
    FROM
    A$761
  • The Carnival Trifecta
    Available
    The Carnival Trifecta
    Day for a full week to enjoy the first three days of the Cup Carnival
    FROM
    A$1,618
  • The Ultimate Carnival Experience
    Available
    The Ultimate Carnival Experience
    9-nights and all four days of the Melbourne Cup Carnival — you won’t miss a race
    FROM
    A$1,979

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Overview

The Melbourne Cup Carnival is not just a horse race; it’s a four-day celebration of sport, fashion, food, wine, betting and fun for the entire family.

Spread over a week in the middle of spring, four unique race days make-up the carnival. Each race day has a different theme, traditions, dress guidelines and race categories; appealing to a variety of audiences.

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Over 100,000 fans frock up annually for Cup Day alone, where the days racing evolves around the A$8 million dollar Melbourne Cup. Fans, horses and trainers come from around the world for the tense 3-minute, 3200m race, where careers are made and lost.

If you’re new to Melbourne, it’s the perfect host city and Australia’s sporting capital. Flemington is located to the north of the city. You can get there by public transport, taxi or if included with your package, our group transfers. Aside from the racing, Melbourne is known as Australia’s cultural city with a thriving arts, restaurant and music scene that will engage and delight visitors. Outside of Melbourne, visitors will enjoy endless possibilities including stunning coastal drives, breathtaking nature walks, indigenous sites, galleries, world-class restaurants, golf courses, beaches, surf breaks, quaint villages and fabulous wineries, all within an hours drive from the city.

If you’ve dreamt of experiencing the Melbourne Cup Carnival and any of the race days, we’d love to help make it happen. As an Official Tour Operator of the VRC, we have a range of Official Packages that have you covered for the entire carnival. Our packages include tickets, hospitality, accommodation and other travel services. We are proud of our long history helping fans experience the Melbourne Cup Carnival and hope that you’ll join us in 2021.

Details

Find out more about the event, destination, and travel information. If you can’t find a specific detail, speak to a Travel Expert today — they’re ready to help.

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Schedule

AAMI Victoria Derby Day, Saturday 30 October 2021
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 2 November 2021
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 4 November 2021
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 6 November 2021
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.

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)
Michelle Payne is the only female jockey to have won the Melbourne Cup, won in 2015
Makybe Diva is the most successful Melbourne Cup horse, having won three years in a row
The largest attendance at the Melbourne Cup was in 2003, with 122,737 fans watching on

  • Melbourne’s weather can be unpredictable, we recommend upgrading to a covered grandstand or hospitality venue
  • Extend your stay and venture beyond Melbourne to explore the Yarra Valley, Great Ocean Road or many fabulous holiday destinations not far from the city including Daylesford, Healesville, Bright and more
  • Melbourne is renowned for its incredible coffee culture, our top suggestions: Seven Seeds (Carlton), Proud Mary (Collingwood), Dukes (CBD), Sensory Lab (CBD), Patricia (CBD)

What’s on offer from Events Travel?

  • Event: Official Melbourne Cup Carnival Tickets, Official 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

Melbourne

Melbourne is a dynamic cosmopolitan; stylish and forward-thinking yet laid-back and inviting. The city is renowned for creative arts, world-class dining, amazing galleries, and shops; it is also home to many of Australia’s best-known landmarks including Melbourne Cricket Ground, NGV and Royal Exhibition Building. Melbourne’s growth in the 1800s was largely thanks to the discovery of gold in Victoria in mid-1851 with people flocking to the city in the hope of finding wealth.
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With the large growth in the population 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. After World War II Melbourne expanded again due to immigration from southern Europe and the Mediterranean. The now-famous Collins street became popular with boutique shops and open-air cafes, now known as The Paris End of Town. Melbourne today is known for its diverse culture, arts and music scene, incredible food and coffee, beautiful beachside towns and love of sports.

Climate

November means springtime in Melbourne, which is a wonderful time to visit. The average high sits around 23C with lows around 12C. The days are getting longer with heightened UV Indexes, so remember to wear sunscreen. We suggest checking the forecast in advance and preparing for mixed weather. Many past Melbourne Cup Carnivals have seen beautiful blue skies, as well as cold weather and clouds. ‘That’s all part of the fun’ as we Melburnians like to say.

Terms

All bookings are governed by our General Booking and Travelling Terms and Conditions available online or on request at anytime.

Payments

Deposit: 25% plus any upgrades or extras due to secure your booking
Balance: Due by 2 August 2021

Payment methods

We accept bank transfers, credit card payments and cheques. For domestic bank transfers to our Australian bank account there are no fees. For international bank transfers to our Australian bank account, there is a A$20 transaction fee. We accept payment via Visa and Mastercard with a 1.5% merchant fee.

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