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Melbourne Cup Carnival 2022

Your Melbourne Cup Carnival 2022 experience starts here. As a proud Official Tourism Operator for VRC, we will be offering a range of official packages to all four race days in 2022. Our packages are one of the best ways to enjoy the event and include hand-selected hotels, transport, official tickets, official hospitality and add-on travel services including flights, sightseeing, insurance and more. We’re currently working on packages for 2022 and hope to make those available to you soon. If you’re interested in coming along, join the waitlist now. By joining, you’ll be notified when packages go on sale and you’ll have the first chance to secure your package to the Melbourne Cup Carnival in 2022. Join us at Flemington in 2022 for Derby Day, Stakes Day, Oaks Day, Melbourne Cup Day or a combination of race days and enjoy fashion, food and spring racing in Melbourne.

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Event 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 coming soon for 2022.

Event details

Venue Map (to be updated for 2022)



Derby Day, Saturday 29 October 2022
One of the most prestigious days of racing with nine Group races, four at the elite Group 1 level including Penfolds 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.
Melbourne Cup Day, Tuesday 1 November 2022
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.
Oaks Day, Thursday 3 November 2022
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.
Stakes Day, Saturday 5 November 2022
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 1 November, 2022
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 tickets, Official Melbourne Cup 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 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.


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.

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