This year the Melbourne Cup Carnival launches in September, with six feature racedays combining to create a world-class event that encompasses the finest racing, entertainment, fashion, culture, food and wine all in one place – Flemington.

Sofitel Girls’ Day Out celebrates the return of spring racing at Flemington, and an opportunity for racegoers to reacquaint themselves with hats, heels and horses. 

The future stars of the season turn out for Turnbull Stakes Day , presented by Yellowglen on Sunday 4 October - widely regarded to be a dress rehearsal for the feature races later in the Carnival calendar.

AAMI Victoria Derby Day is the day for racing purists, with four Group 1 races on the card, and classic racewear - black and white is the prominent colour palette for women, and the cornflower the official flower. As the curtain raiser of an unrivalled week of action, AAMI Victoria Derby Day is renowned as a must-attend on the social calendar.

On the first Tuesday in November, Emirates Melbourne Cup Day sits at the pinnacle of the Australian racing calendar and the focal point of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. It's the day to make your strongest fashion statement with an exotic or outrageous ensemble, and gentlemen don a yellow rose - the day's official bloom - on their lapel.

The elegant atmosphere of Crown Oaks Day fittingly plays host to the national final of Myer Fashions on the Field Women’s Racewear competition, as well as the $1 million Group 1 Crown Oaks for three-year-old fillies. It's the day for racegoers to trade the working day for a great day of racing trackside at Flemington.

Emirates Stakes Day concludes the Melbourne Cup Carnival with a day for the family. As a season of unparalleled racing winds down, it all heats up off the track with an abundance of free activities for children, including the Emirates Stakes Day Fashions on the Field competitions for youngsters and their families.

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Accommodation options

We recommend the following hotels for your stay in Melbourne, considered one of the world’s most liveable cities:

Crown Towers
8 Whiteman Street,
Southbank
Phone: +61 (3) 9292 6868

Crown Metropol
8 Whiteman Street,
Southbank
Phone: +61 (3) 9292 6868

Crown Promenade
8 Whiteman Street
Southbank
Phone: +61 (3) 9292 6688

Sofitel Melbourne
25 Collins Street
Melbourne
Phone: +61 (3) 9653 0000

Hilton Melbourne South Wharf
2 Convention Centre Place
South Wharf
Phone: +61 (3) 9027 2126

DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne Flinders Street
270 Flinders Street
Melbourne
Phone: +61 (3) 9654 6888

Entertainment
From stage shows, to musicals, to theatre, Melbourne nightlife has so much to offer.
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  • Tourism Victoria can also help you search for more information about what's on in Victoria.
Corporate events and staff incentives
Reward your staff with an exciting event at Flemington, with options for delegates including:
  • participating in a millinery course to make their very own stylish headpiece
  • having their photo taken with the coveted Emirates Melbourne Cup, valued at $175,000,
  • revelling in a themed ‘night at the races’ event with a ‘hunt’ for the missing ‘Melbourne Cup trophy’
  • enjoying breakfast at sunrise listening to one of Melbourne’s leading professional horse trainers and viewing the daily training ritual.
>> View Flemington's Groups, Incentives & Events brochure (PDF)

Buying a racebook

A racebook is a useful guide for the day's racing. It includes the times of each race, details of the horses, trainers and jockeys, plus a map of the course and other useful information. 

Outlets are situated at the main turnstiles and around the course.

Racebooks can be purchased the day prior from select newsagencies within the Melbourne CBD and from the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) offices.

They can also be purchased from Federation Square on the day of the respective racemeeting and at the Emirates Melbourne Cup Parade.

Where to see the horses
If you’re new to racing and to Flemington, here are some tips to help you find the best places to see the horses and see them race. 
  • Parade Ring: Racegoers can view horses at rest in their stall, being saddled up for their race, and briefly being paraded before entering tunnel to the Mounting Yard.
  • Mounting Yard: Racegoers can view horses being paraded at length in saddlecloth order, both before and after being mounted by riders, before they are then taken onto the track and to the starting barriers.
Many options on course give you spectacular views of the track, including reserved grandstand seating, restaurants, corporate marquees, private boxes and enclosures.

Make sure you view all the options in our Dining & Hospitality section of the website to find the best option for you.


Placing a bet
There are several ways you can place a bet at Flemington:
  • with a bookmaker
  • through TAB on course and online (Tabaret and 'The Tote').
Bookmakers can be found in a variety of locations on course. We recommend that you check the racebook for their locations, names and stand numbers.

Betting with a bookmaker
Win   When you back a horse to Win, you win if your horse finishes first.
Place When you back a horse for a Place, you win if your horse finishes first, second or third. There is no collect for third place if there are less than eight runners (except late scratchings). If there is less than three runners, there is no place betting.
Each Way 
 When you back a horse Each Way, you collect if your horse wins or runs a place. For Each Way betting bookmakers pay 1/4 of the win odds for a place if there are eight or more runners and 1/3 of the win odds if there are between three and seven runners. There is no collect for third place if there are less than eight runners (except late scratchings) where deductions could apply. If there is fewer than three runners, there is no place.
Win/Place 
Bookmakers also offer Win/Place betting which is displayed similarly to TAB approximate dividends for each runner in a race. Win/Place betting is the fixed odds displayed on the bookmaker's board, for example $3 Win, $1.60 Place, therefore a bet of $10 Win and $10 Place would return $46 if the horse won the race or $16 if the horse finished second or third in a race of eight or more starters. The Each Way rules do not apply to bookmakers betting Win/Place.
 Concession 
When you back a horse Concession, you win if your horse finishes first, and the amount you bet is returned in full if your horse finishes second or third. However, there is no collect for third place if there are less than eight runners (except late scratchings). Concession betting requires a field of at least three runners.
 Four Place 
 To win a Four Place bet, you select a horse in four separate races to run a place.
 Multiple Doubles 
 To win a Multiple Doubles bet, you select two horses and multiply the odds on offer, and both horses must win.
   
Don't forget to carefully check your tickets before leaving the bookmaker's stand and do not discard tickets until correct weight has been declared.

In the event of a late scratching/s your ticket may be subject to deductions ordered by the Stewards.

Betting with the TAB at the track
   

Win   When you back a horse to Win, you win if your horse finishes first.
Place When you back a horse for a Place, you win if your horse finishes first, second or third. There is no collect for third place if there are less than eight runners (except late scratchings). If there is less than three runners, there is no place betting.
Quinella
To win in Quinella wagering, you must pick the two horses finishing first and second in either order. Operates on all races.
Exacta 
To win in Exacta wagering, you must pick the two horses finishing first and second in exact order.
 Trifecta 
To win the Trifecta, you must pick the three horses finishing first, second and third in judges' order.
  First 4 
To win the First 4, you must pick the four horses finishing first, second, third and fourth in judges' order.
 Daily Double 
 To win a Daily Double bet, you must pick the winners of two designated races.
 Running Double 
 To win a Running Double, you must pick the winners of two consecutive races.
 All-Up (win) 
 To win an All-Up win bet, you must pick two or more winners at the same venue.
 All-Up (place)
  To win an All-Up place bet, you must pick two or more placegetters at the same venue.
 Quaddie 
 To win a Quaddie, you must pick the winners of four designated races. 

The official Emirates Melbourne Cup betting provider is Tabcorp and TAB.

The TAB provides totalisator betting (often referred to as 'The Tote') for all races and has many bet types to choose from. Totalisator betting means that all punters are betting into a pool, and the pool is divided among all the successful bets. This is why the dividend/price for your runner changes up until the race jumps.

FAQs

In this section:

  • Where do I find information on the day?
  • Where can I find the race times and racing information?
  • Where can I buy tickets? Can I buy tickets on the day?
  • I’ve lost my ticket. What should I do? 
  • What time do the restaurants and marquees open?
  • What can I bring into Flemington? 
  • Why do I need a wristband?
  • Can I leave the racecourse and come back in?
  • What should I wear? Is there a dress code?
  • Is there a cloakroom on course?
  • Are there any lockers on course?
  • Are there ATMs and EFTPOS facilities at Flemington?
  • Can I smoke cigarettes or cigars at Flemington, and where can I buy them on course?
  • I have a small child. What facilities are available on course?

Where do I find information on the day?

Information staff dressed in gold attire will be located at all turnstiles and throughout the racecourse to assist with any questions you may have.  

Where can I find the race times and racing information?

We recommend that you check each individual raceday on our website before you arrive. The times are usually available approximately one month before each raceday. This will give you an idea about the standard of racing, the prize money and the times of each race. The races are grouped in order of importance: Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, listed and handicapped. The higher the rating of the race, the greater the prize money. Once you arrive, this information is also available in the racebook. 

Where can I buy tickets? Can I buy tickets on the day?

The Melbourne Cup Carnival is a fully ticketed event so you must buy a ticket before you get to Flemington. We advise that you book early to avoid disappointment. 

Tickets are available from Ticketek. Find out what options are available, as well as prices and booking details.  

General Admission tickets can also be purchased from Flinders Street, Southern Cross and North Melbourne train stations prior to Melbourne Cup Carnival. Dates will confirmed in the lead up to the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The Melbourne Cup Carnival is an outdoor event and some ticketing options are open to the weather. We urge you to dress appropriately and bring along the required protection e.g. sunscreen and wet-weather gear, keeping in mind the dress regulations.

I’ve lost my ticket. What should I do? 

Replacement tickets may be issued at the Victoria Racing Club’s discretion. Charges apply. 

What time do the restaurants and marquees open?

The restaurants and marquees open one hour before the first race.

What can I bring into Flemington? 

What you can bring into Flemington depends on which areas your ticket allows you entry to. Make sure you read our Terms & Conditions carefully before arriving to Flemington. 

No alcohol can be brought through the turnstiles into the racecourse. The only exception is within Members' Reserved Car Parks - The Domain, The Nursery and The Rails (conditions apply). Alcohol can be purchased in all dining facilities and at retail bar outlets located in both the Members and public areas of the racecourse. Bag checks will be conducted by security at points of entry.

Anything that is considered dangerous including glasswear and knives will also not be permitted. 

Why do I need a wristband?

Proof-of-age wristbands will be required for all people purchasing alcohol. Wristbanding marquees will be located at turnstile and bar entry points. Proof-of-age ID must be presented.  Presentation of misleading identification is an offence and offending racegoers will be removed from the racecourse. Racegoers must be 18 years of age or older to purchase alcohol. Alcohol must not be purchased on behalf of underage patrons.

Access to Corporate Enclosures/Marquees will only be granted to those guests wearing the applicable wristband for that area.  

Can I leave the racecourse and come back in?

Yes you can, but make sure you scan your ticket to exit at the turnstiles as you leave the racecourse. 

What should I wear? Is there a dress code?

VRC Members and visitors to Members’ areas must abide by the dress regulations as outlined on our What to Wear web page. 

There is no formal dress code for General Admission, however racegoers are encouraged to dress for a smart occasion. 

Is there a cloakroom on course?

Public and Members' cloakrooms are available for cloaking of items on all racedays of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. There is no charge for this service.

Public cloakrooms:

  • Northeast corner of Betting Ring
  • Hill Stand Level 1
  • Terrace Restaurant

Members’ cloakrooms:

  • Committee Room (Committee Guests only)
  • The Grandstand, Forum Level, east end, opposite lifts
  • The Grandstand, Forum level, west end, opposite escalators 
  • Chairman’s Club (Guests only)
  • Ground Floor, Old Members’ Stand (Ladies and Gentlemen)
  • Ground Floor, Old Members’ Stand (Ladies Rest Room)
  • First Floor Members’ Stand (Ladies Rest Room)

Make sure that you collect your cloaked items at the conclusion of the raceday. Unclaimed items will be available for collection between 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday, or on racedays. Unclaimed items will be stored for a period of 30 days only after which time they will be discarded. Contact Customer Service on 1300 727 575 with any queries.

Are there any lockers on course?

There are no lockers on course, however we do have a cloakroom available. Southern Cross Station, Spencer Street, in Melbourne CBD has lockers available for use.

Are there ATMs and EFTPOS facilities at Flemington?

ATMs are situated at various locations on course for both the public and Members.

Public areas:

  • Outside Visitors Centre, Betting Ring East (ATM)
  • Grandstand Ground (Eftpos/ATM)
  • Hill Stand 1st Floor (Eftpos)
  • Outside The Precinct Fence Line (ATM)
  • Outside Elms Trackside Fence (Eftpos)
Members’ areas:
  • Western entry, Nursery Enclosure Car Park (ATM)
  • Nursery Enclosure Central at Rotunda (Eftpos)
  • Rails Enclosure East (ATM)
  • Birdcage Enclosure (ATM)
  • The Grandstand Forum (Level 1) East (ATM)
  • The Grandstand Forum (Level 1) West (ATM)
  • The Grandstand View (Level 4) West (ATM)
  • Tote Windows, opposite Champagne Bar (Eftpos)
  • Members Car Park, outside Phar Lap Marquee (ATM)

Is there wifi at Flemington?

Yes, there is now wifi available on-course. Connect to 'Flemington wifi' after accepting the terms and conditions to gain full access. 

Can I smoke cigarettes or cigars at Flemington, and where can I buy them on course?

Smoking is not permitted within occupied building areas, in all indoor areas, including all marquees. Cigarette and cigar sales are available from:

Public areas:

  • Betting Ring Central – Bernborough Club Bar
  • Headquarters Tavern Gaming Area
  • Hill Stand Level 1 – Hill Bar A
  • Undercroft Central

Members’ areas:

  • The Grandstand Forum – Forum Bar
  • Old Members Ground Floor – Long Bar

I have a small child. What facilities are available on course?

Children are welcome at Flemington Racecourse and to the Melbourne Cup Carnival. On Emirates Stakes Day, the Zone is a FREE, fun-filled entertainment precinct for families and children. There is also an alcohol-free zone near the Mounting Yard, accessed via the Public Lawn.

Baby change and feeding facilities are available in both the public and Members’ areas.

Public areas:

  • Feeding area and Ladies toilet at eastern end of betting ring
  • Baby Change Facilities and Ladies toilet, at western end of Main Betting Ring
  • Baby Change Facilities, 1st floor Hill Stand (Parents Room)

Members’ areas:

  • Ladies’ toilets, Ground Floor Members’ Stand East near Members’ Dining Room
  • The Grandstand Forum Level, Level 1, Western Foyer
  • Special access tickets, reserved seating and dining 

    A full range of General Admission and Reserved Seating tickets that are suitable for those with limited mobility are available for the 2015 Melbourne Cup Carnival through Ticketek.

    The Melbourne Cup Carnival is a fully ticketed event and tickets must be pre-purchased before you get to Flemington. To purchase tickets, visit Ticketek or phone 1300 665 915.

    There is also a host of dining and hospitality options that can accommodate special access requirements. For more information, see our Dining & Hospitality section or phone the Customer Service Centre on 1300 727 575.

    Public viewing areas

    Unreserved public viewing areas for racegoers and their carers are located at either end of the Undercroft (limited area available).

    Companion card

    The Victoria Racing Club is affiliated with the Companion Card to ensure all racegoers have access to the event. When the holder of a Companion Card purchases a general admission or reserved seat ticket to the Melbourne Cup Carnival, a second ticket will be issues for their companion at no charge (subject to the Terms and Conditions of the Companion Card). 

    For more information, visit Companioncard.org.au or phone 1800 650 611.


    • Ticketing

      Special access tickets, reserved seating and dining 

      A full range of General Admission and Reserved Seating tickets that are suitable for those with limited mobility are available for the 2015 Melbourne Cup Carnival through Ticketek.

      The Melbourne Cup Carnival is a fully ticketed event and tickets must be pre-purchased before you get to Flemington. To purchase tickets, visit Ticketek or phone 1300 665 915.

      There is also a host of dining and hospitality options that can accommodate special access requirements. For more information, see our Dining & Hospitality section or phone the Customer Service Centre on 1300 727 575.

      Public viewing areas

      Unreserved public viewing areas for racegoers and their carers are located at either end of the Undercroft (limited area available).

      Companion card

      The Victoria Racing Club is affiliated with the Companion Card to ensure all racegoers have access to the event. When the holder of a Companion Card purchases a general admission or reserved seat ticket to the Melbourne Cup Carnival, a second ticket will be issues for their companion at no charge (subject to the Terms and Conditions of the Companion Card). 

      For more information, visit Companioncard.org.au or phone 1800 650 611.


  • Preferred accessible entrances to Flemington 

    There are several accessible entrances to Flemington Racecourse:

    • Hill Gate via Leonard Crescent
    • Riverbank Gate via Lynchs Bridge
    • Flemington Racecourse Train Station entrance - platforms 1 & 2
    • Flemington Drive entrance via Epsom Road.

    For racegoers parking at the Showgrounds, there are two options:

    • If entering via the Hill Gate, the gradient from the Showgrounds Car Park via Langs Road is 1 in 12
    • If entering via the Flemington Drive entrance, the tunnel from the Showgrounds parking has a gradient of 1 in 6.

    All turnstile entries have an accessible entry to accommodate wheelchair and special needs access.

    For gate opening times, see the raceday event webpage in the Racing Calendar.

    Accessible bathrooms 

    There are a number of toilets across Flemington Racecourse that are suitable for people with special access needs.

    Public:

    • Either end of the Undercroft adjacent to the accessible viewing areas
    • Eastern end of the Betting Ring
    • Railway Platforms 1 & 2
    • Hill Precinct - located near the Hill Gate
    • Elms Are - located next to Riverbank Gate
    • Front Lawn - East End
    • Centre Car Park

    VRC Members:

    • Western end of 1st floor Members' Old Grandstand
    • Ground Floor Ladies Restrooms, Members' Old Grandstand
    • The Grandstand - Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4
    • The Nursery, The Rails, The Domain and Members' Unreserved Car Parks
    • Birdcage Enclosure
    • Corporate & Dining
    • Makybe Diva Marquee
    • The Precinct
    • Winning Post Enclosure
    • The Village
    • The Terrace
    • Level 3 Hill Stand (Panorama and Skyline Restaurants)
    • On-course facilities

      Preferred accessible entrances to Flemington 

      There are several accessible entrances to Flemington Racecourse:

      • Hill Gate via Leonard Crescent
      • Riverbank Gate via Lynchs Bridge
      • Flemington Racecourse Train Station entrance - platforms 1 & 2
      • Flemington Drive entrance via Epsom Road.

      For racegoers parking at the Showgrounds, there are two options:

      • If entering via the Hill Gate, the gradient from the Showgrounds Car Park via Langs Road is 1 in 12
      • If entering via the Flemington Drive entrance, the tunnel from the Showgrounds parking has a gradient of 1 in 6.

      All turnstile entries have an accessible entry to accommodate wheelchair and special needs access.

      For gate opening times, see the raceday event webpage in the Racing Calendar.

      Accessible bathrooms 

      There are a number of toilets across Flemington Racecourse that are suitable for people with special access needs.

      Public:

      • Either end of the Undercroft adjacent to the accessible viewing areas
      • Eastern end of the Betting Ring
      • Railway Platforms 1 & 2
      • Hill Precinct - located near the Hill Gate
      • Elms Are - located next to Riverbank Gate
      • Front Lawn - East End
      • Centre Car Park

      VRC Members:

      • Western end of 1st floor Members' Old Grandstand
      • Ground Floor Ladies Restrooms, Members' Old Grandstand
      • The Grandstand - Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4
      • The Nursery, The Rails, The Domain and Members' Unreserved Car Parks
      • Birdcage Enclosure
      • Corporate & Dining
      • Makybe Diva Marquee
      • The Precinct
      • Winning Post Enclosure
      • The Village
      • The Terrace
      • Level 3 Hill Stand (Panorama and Skyline Restaurants)
  • See Getting to Flemington for public transport, parking and private transport services.

    Shuttle service

    A free shuttle service will operate between the Centre Car Park, Riverbank Gate and the Main Turnstiles for racegoers with limited mobility and special access needs and their carers. Shuttle operating times area to be confirmed.

    Taxis

    Accessible taxi ranks locations:

    • Main Taxi Rank at Phar Lap Statue via Stables Drive entrance (Smithfield Road)
    • Hill Gate via Leonard Crescent
    • Riverbank Gate via Lynchs Bridge entrance
    Bookings can be made through:
    • Central Booking Line - (03) 8413 7202
    • Yellow Cabs - (03) 9277 3877
    • CABiT - 13 22 22
    Racegoers should allow for increased demand during the Melbourne Cup Carnival period.

    Hire vehicles

    The preferred drop off and pick up point for private vehicles is at the Hill Gate via Leonards Crescent or the River Gate via Langs Road.

    Public transport

    All train services are wheelchair accessible and passengers who need help boarding trains should wait on the platform near the front of the train.

    Extra tram services will run along Route 57. Please note, low-floor trams do not run on Route 57 and it is therefore recommended passengers using a mobility aid should catch the train to the racecourse.

    For more information on Melbourne's trains, trams and buses, visit ptv.vic.gov.au or phone 1800 800 007 (6am-midnight daily). TTY (03) 9619 2727. 

    Travellers Aid Australia

    Travellers Aid Australia is a friendly and professional organisation offering free personal care services and mobility equipment hire for seniors and people with limited mobility.

    Travellers Aid Australia is centrally located at Flinders Street Station (in the ticketed barrier area between Platforms 9 & 10) and at Southern Cross Station (under the Bourke Street Bridge, opposite the Luggage Hall). A free buggy transport and personal guidance service is also available at Southern Cross Station.

    For details, including service opening hours, visit travellersaid.org.au or phone Flinders Street Station on (03) 9610 2030 or Southern Cross Station on (03) 9670 2072.

    • Transport

      See Getting to Flemington for public transport, parking and private transport services.

      Shuttle service

      A free shuttle service will operate between the Centre Car Park, Riverbank Gate and the Main Turnstiles for racegoers with limited mobility and special access needs and their carers. Shuttle operating times area to be confirmed.

      Taxis

      Accessible taxi ranks locations:

      • Main Taxi Rank at Phar Lap Statue via Stables Drive entrance (Smithfield Road)
      • Hill Gate via Leonard Crescent
      • Riverbank Gate via Lynchs Bridge entrance
      Bookings can be made through:
      • Central Booking Line - (03) 8413 7202
      • Yellow Cabs - (03) 9277 3877
      • CABiT - 13 22 22
      Racegoers should allow for increased demand during the Melbourne Cup Carnival period.

      Hire vehicles

      The preferred drop off and pick up point for private vehicles is at the Hill Gate via Leonards Crescent or the River Gate via Langs Road.

      Public transport

      All train services are wheelchair accessible and passengers who need help boarding trains should wait on the platform near the front of the train.

      Extra tram services will run along Route 57. Please note, low-floor trams do not run on Route 57 and it is therefore recommended passengers using a mobility aid should catch the train to the racecourse.

      For more information on Melbourne's trains, trams and buses, visit ptv.vic.gov.au or phone 1800 800 007 (6am-midnight daily). TTY (03) 9619 2727. 

      Travellers Aid Australia

      Travellers Aid Australia is a friendly and professional organisation offering free personal care services and mobility equipment hire for seniors and people with limited mobility.

      Travellers Aid Australia is centrally located at Flinders Street Station (in the ticketed barrier area between Platforms 9 & 10) and at Southern Cross Station (under the Bourke Street Bridge, opposite the Luggage Hall). A free buggy transport and personal guidance service is also available at Southern Cross Station.

      For details, including service opening hours, visit travellersaid.org.au or phone Flinders Street Station on (03) 9610 2030 or Southern Cross Station on (03) 9670 2072.