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.
Join the waitlist now to be the first to be notified with our official packages go on sale with priority access, early-bird pricing and other offers.
As a proud Official Tour Operator for many years, we look forward to providing you with an exceptional travel experience to Melbourne Cup Carnival 2024.
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.
Director, Events Travel
|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.|
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.
Under two hours from Melbourne is the scenic Great Ocean Road and famous Twelve Apostles.
Cafes, bars and pubs are at the core of Melburnian life and the coffee scene is arguably one of the best in the world. By night, the city comes alive with chic cocktail bars, jazz clubs, breweries, rooftop gardens and music venues to explore.
Melbourne is home to world-renowned street art, most notable is Hosier Lane, just off Flinders Street and Flinders Lane.
Opening in 1878 the heritage-listed QVM has been serving Melburnian's for more than 140 years. The market is home to 600 small businesses selling everything from fruit and vegetables, meats, gourmet deli items, and freshly baked bread to clothing and Australian souvenirs.
Less than an hour from Melbourne is the famous Yarra Valley wine region, picturesque and breathtaking with activities for all ages.
A short tram ride from Melbourne's CBD is the seaside town of St Kilda. The foreshore is buzzing with walkers, kite-surfers and swimmers with cafes and restaurants offering trendy beach-front refreshments. It's the perfect setting for a relaxing afternoon.
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.
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.
Derby Day will be held on Saturday, 2 November 2024.
Melbourne Cup Day will be held on Tuesday, 5 November 2024.
Oaks Day will be held on Thursday, 7 November 2024.
Stakes Day will be held on Saturday, 9 November 2024.
You will have two ways to buy tickets and hospitality to Melbourne Cup Carnival 2024:
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.
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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