Melbourne Cup Carnival 2024

2-9 Nov 2024
Official Tour Operator

Your Melbourne Cup Carnival 2024 travel experience starts here.

Join us at Flemington Racecourse over four unique race days to experience the excitement, glamour and fun of Melbourne Cup Carnival 2024. The carnival includes Derby Day, Melbourne Cup Day, Oaks Day and Stakes Day, each with their own traditions and styles. Our team is actively crafting Melbourne Cup Carnival 2024 packages that include official tickets for all race days, including general admission, grandstands and hospitality. Enjoy a selection of handpicked 4-star and 5-star hotels and apartments with daily breakfast and transport options to Flemington. Enhance your trip further with additional travel services like flights, transport, sightseeing, and travel insurance. We’re preparing options to cater to all preferences, and all race days, whether you attend just one day, combine two different race days, or do it all from start-to-finish.

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  • Introduction

    The Melbourne Cup Carnival transcends a mere horse race; it’s a four-day spectacle of sport, fashion, gastronomy, and entertainment that captivates families and enthusiasts alike.

    Set amid Melbourne’s vibrant spring, the Carnival unfolds over a week, featuring the Derby Day, Melbourne Cup Day, Oaks Day, and Stakes Day. Each offers a unique experience with distinct themes, dress codes, and racing categories to engage diverse interests.

    Cup Day is the jewel of the Carnival, drawing over 100,000 attendees to Flemington to witness the A$8 million Melbourne Cup, a globally celebrated 3200m race that shapes the legacies of the equine and human athletes involved.

    Melbourne, Australia’s sporting capital, offers an eclectic mix of experiences, from exceptional dining and shopping to world-class attractions. Opt for a luxury hotel along the Yarra River, savor meals at sought-after restaurants, and indulge in the Crown Entertainment Complex or the National Gallery of Victoria’s acclaimed exhibitions.

    Conveniently, Flemington is a stone’s throw from the city center, and the broader Melbourne area brims with attractions – trendy bars, serene beaches, esteemed wineries, scenic drives, and a rich arts scene.

    Extend your journey with a coastal drive down the Great Ocean Road or a visit to a brewery in the Mornington Peninsula, once stables for the legendary Makybe Diva.

    Since 1994, we’ve been crafting unforgettable Melbourne Cup Carnival experiences for visitors worldwide. Whether you’re a newcomer or a seasoned attendee, our official travel packages offer superb value to enjoy the festivities, the city, and beyond.

    Our team are working on our selection of packages for Melbourne Cup Carnival 2024, so please stay tuned and join the waitlist if you want to be the first to be notified when they go on sale.

    We look forward to welcoming you to Melbourne in 2024.

    Glenn Hedley,
    Director, Events Travel

  • Event information

    Flemington Racecourse map

    To be updated for Melbourne Cup Carnival 2024.

    Melbourne Cup Carnival 2022 venue map

    Melbourne Cup Carnival 2024 schedule and race day information

    Derby Day, Saturday, 2 November 2024 One of the most prestigious days of racing with nine group races, four at the elite group 1 level including the 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, 5 November 2024 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, 7 November 2024 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 Oaks, the classic for three-year old fillies over 2500m.
    Stakes Day, Saturday, 9 November 2024 The Melbourne Cup Carnival concludes with Stakes Day, featuring Victoria’s premier 1600m event, the Group 1 Stakes. 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

    • Melbourne Cup start time: 3:00 pm
    • Distance: 3200m (2 miles)
    • Race record: Kingston Rule in a time of 3:16.3 (1990)
    • 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
  • Travel tips

    • Melbourne’s weather can be unpredictable, we recommend upgrading to a covered grandstand or hospitality suite to ensure your race day comfort.
    • 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).
    • One of the best ways to get to Flemington on race day is with a helicopter transfer or a river cruise up the Maribyrnong River.
  • Destination


    Melbourne is a dynamic, cosmopolitan city that combines cutting-edge style with a relaxed and carefree spirit. Celebrated for its creative arts, world-class dining, stunning galleries, cozy cafes, boutique shops, and spectacular sports events, the city offers a wealth of experiences. In the heart of the CBD, explore hidden laneways filled with vibrant street art, and just to the north, discover bohemian shopping strips and some of the finest Italian cuisine outside Italy. A short stroll or complimentary tram ride from the CBD takes you to the world-renowned MCG and Melbourne Park, home of the Australian Open. For the intrepid traveller, Melbourne is a treasure trove of opportunities: within just an hour or two, you can find enchanting wineries, majestic National Parks, charming alpine towns, and breathtaking coastal drives. With its myriad offerings, Melbourne is the ideal backdrop for your dream Spring Racing adventure.


    November heralds spring in Melbourne, an ideal season for a visit. Expect average highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C. With longer days and higher UV indexes, sunscreen is a must. Weather can vary, so we recommend checking the forecast beforehand and dressing accordingly. Melbourne Cup Carnivals have historically featured everything from clear skies to cooler, cloudy days – a delightful mix that we Melburnians embrace as part of the charm.

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Frequently asked questions

  • When is Melbourne Cup Carnival 2024?

    Melbourne Cup Carnival 2024 is confirmed to start on Saturday, 2 November 2024 and finish Saturday, 9 November 2024. It is a week long carnival with four race days.

  • Where is the Melbourne Cup Carnival 2024?

    Melbourne Cup Carnival is always held at Flemington Racecourse, to Melbourne’s north west. Getting there is easy via car, train or for intrepid travellers, a boat ride up the Maribyrnong River or a helicopter from the CBD.

  • When is Derby Day in 2024?

    Derby Day will be held on Saturday, 2 November 2024.

  • When is Melbourne Cup Day in 2024?

    Melbourne Cup Day will be held on Tuesday, 5 November 2024.

  • When is Oaks Day in 2024?

    Oaks Day will be held on Thursday, 7 November 2024.

  • When is Stakes Day in 2024?

    Stakes Day will be held on Saturday, 9 November 2024.

  • How can I buy Melbourne Cup Carnival 2024 tickets?

    You will have two ways to buy tickets and hospitality to Melbourne Cup Carnival 2024:

    1. The first way is to buy your tickets in the General Public ticket sales period. This will likely be held in early 2024. However it can be hard to buy hospitality suites, tickets for groups all seated together and tickets to multiple race days at the same time.
    2. The second way is to book an official travel package, including tickets (general admission, grandstands or hospitality) sold by an Official Tourism Operator, such as Events Travel.
  • When do Melbourne Cup Carnival 2024 tickets and packages go on sale?

    Melbourne Cup Carnival 2024 tickets will go on sale to the General Public in early 2024, while official travel packages will go on sale around the same time, possibly slightly earlier.

  • What types of Melbourne Cup Carnival 2024 packages are available?

    Our official Melbourne Cup Carnival 2024 packages are coming soon, however there will be off-the-shelf packages, which are selected by our team for individual race days and combinations of race days. You could attend one race day, such as Melbourne Cup Day, or combine two, three or four race days together for the ultimate Cup Carnival experience.

    Or we will have customised packages where you tell us the exact race days and ticket options you would like, and we’ll build a package to suit your exact needs.

    All packages are customisable with extra travel services.

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