Australia’s greatest sporting and cultural icon, the A$7.3 million Lexus Melbourne Cup, is the feature of Cup Week, and a must-do sporting spectacle to witness live.
The excitement of being part of the front lawn and grandstands filled to the brim, the silent audience anticipating what will happen in the next three minutes, all waiting for their ‘I was at the Melbourne Cup when..’ moment.
While a racing event at its core, Cup Day transcends traditional sporting events with the combination of sport, fashion, celebrity and entertainment. With a reputation for fashion with a penchant for drama, it is the day to make your strongest fashion statement with an exotic or outrageous ensemble that matches the scale and splendor of the event.
There’s truly no other event like it.
The Melbourne Cup Carnival isn't just about the races. The food, fashion, fun and entertainment on offer is just as much a reason to come along this year. Take a look at all the Dining options on offer - from ultra-exclusive to more casual - and find a Dining Package to suit your tastes.
Lexus Melbourne Cup Day
*Concession is available to Australian Pensioner Concession Card holders, Full-time Student Card holders, Healthcare Card holders, Disability Concession and DVA Gold Card holders.
** Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult to enter the racecourse.
^Carer accompanying a person with a disability. Must have a Child Disability Allowance Health Care Card, Disability Pension Card or Companion Card.
Please note dates for the 2018-2019 Racing Season are not yet confirmed and are subject to change.
There is no formal dress code for General Admission. Racegoers are encouraged to dress smart for the occasion.
VRC Members have a strong tradition of dressing smartly and appropriately, taking into consideration true racing style. We are proud of this history and therefore have strict dress regulations within the Members' Enclosure to maintain this high standard.
(including children over 12)
Gentlemen are required to wear a suit of tailored slacks (tailored chinos acceptable), sports coat or blazer, plus tie and dress shoes. During the period between 1 December and 31 March jackets may be removed. Overseas visitors are welcome to wear the formal national dress of their country.
(including children over 12)
Ladies are expected to maintain a suitable standard in keeping with the dignity of the Members’ Enclosure. Younger children accompanied by an adult must be suitably attired. Overseas visitors are welcome to wear the formal national dress of their country.
As a VRC Member, you have a responsibility to ensure that your guests introduced into the Members’ Enclosure are dressed appropriately, in line with the required dress standard.
View Victoria Racing Club Members' Enclosure Style Guide for complete dress code.
Train information is released closer to the raceday.
All train services are wheelchair accessible and passengers who need help boarding trains should wait on the platform near the front of the train.
Non-racedays: Catch a train to Newmarket station (Craigieburn line) and then either walk (10mins) or take the No. 57 tram to Flemington Drive (stop 30).
From the corner of Elizabeth Street and Flinders Street catch the No. 57 West Maribyrnong tram to Flemington Drive (stop 30).
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.
Catch Route 472 bus from Williamstown, Footscray or Moonee Ponds to Fisher Parade. Enter Flemington Racecourse via Riverbank entrance.
Catch Route 404 bus from Footscray or Moonee Ponds to Smithfield Road. Enter Flemington Racecourse via Stables Drive entrance.
View the Flemington Racecourse map (PDF) or download Flemington Official Raceday Guide mobile app
Public car parks
Racedays: Limited parking available, enter off Epsom Road onto Flemington Drive.
Melbourne Cup Carnival: Limited public car parking is available in the centre car park. Enter off Smithfield Road at the Stables Drive entrance.
VRC Members' car parks
Members' parking in the Unreserved Car Park must enter via Flemington Drive off Epsom Road.
Reserved dining car parks
Racegoers should refer to directions provided with their bookings.
Enter off Epsom Road onto Flemington Drive. A taxi rank is located near the Members' Main Entrance (left of Phar Lap statue).
Melbourne Cup Carnival: Taxis can only enter the racecourse off Smithfield Road at the Stables Drive entrance or drop off racegoers in Leonard Crescent via Langs Road.
Flights depart from Melbourne and land at the helipad/passenger area, at Flemington Racecourse. During Melbourne Cup Carnival, VIP Lexus courtesy vehicles will then transfer from helipad to main entrance.
For more information, contact our exclusive helicopter provider, Melbourne Cup Helicopters on 1300 724 927.
Ferry services for private groups operate from the city centre to Flemington along the Maribyrnong River.
For all information, contact City River Cruises on (03) 9650 2214.
For private berthing information, contact Parks Victoria on (03) 9426 4666.
When booking ferry services outside of Melbourne Cup Carnival, contact Customer Service Centre for information on how to access the racecourse.