VRC MELBOURNE CUP DAY | TUESDAY 6 NOVEMBER 2018

As the world looks on, Australasia’s best-known raceday explodes with colour, action, excitement and celebration. VRC Melbourne Cup Day is known as ‘the race that stops the nation’, and with good reason. 

For a few minutes in the afternoon more than 100,000 people watch in awe as the world’s best stayers run the world’s most famous race – the AU$6.25 million VRC Melbourne Cup. As the horses cross the finish line the crowd erupts and you can hear the cheers for miles.

Run over 3,200 metres, the VRC Melbourne Cup is widely considered to be the best staying handicap in the world. Offering the richest prize in Australian sport – an 18ct solid gold trophy valued at AU$175,000, a day on the track at this iconic event is a unique chance to watch history in the making. 

Enhance your raceday experience by downloading the ‘Flemington Official Raceday Guide’ mobile app on iPhone or Android.

Tickets and packages go on sale approximately 8 weeks prior to raceday.

Please note dates for the 2018-2019 Racing Season are not yet confirmed and are subject to change. 

  • Trains

    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).

    Trams
    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.

    Buses
    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. 

    Map
    View the Flemington Racecourse map (PDF) or download Flemington Official Raceday Guide mobile app

    • Public Transport

      Trains

      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).

      Trams
      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.

      Buses
      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. 

      Map
      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.

     
    • Driving and Parking

      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.

       
  • Taxis
    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.

    Helicopters
    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.

    Ferries 
    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.

    • private Hire

      Taxis
      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.

      Helicopters
      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.

      Ferries 
      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.

  • General Admission
    There is no formal dress code for General Admission. Racegoers are encouraged to dress smart for the occasion.

    VRC Members
    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. 

    Gentlemen 
    (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.

    Ladies
    (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.

    Members' Guest 
    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. 

    • What To Wear

      General Admission
      There is no formal dress code for General Admission. Racegoers are encouraged to dress smart for the occasion.

      VRC Members
      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. 

      Gentlemen 
      (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.

      Ladies
      (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.

      Members' Guest 
      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. 

  • General admission

    • Once on sale, tickets can be purchased above. 
    • On raceday, tickets can be purchased at the gate.

    VRC Members

    • Guest passes can be purchased, or redeemed via Racing Rewards points.  
    • VRC Members may purchase guest passes from the Raceday & Ticketing Office (not including racecourse admission).

    Ticketing information

    • Children under 16**: FREE
    • Carer accompanying a person with a disability^: FREE

    *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.

    • Booking Information

      General admission

      • Once on sale, tickets can be purchased above. 
      • On raceday, tickets can be purchased at the gate.

      VRC Members

      • Guest passes can be purchased, or redeemed via Racing Rewards points.  
      • VRC Members may purchase guest passes from the Raceday & Ticketing Office (not including racecourse admission).

      Ticketing information

      • Children under 16**: FREE
      • Carer accompanying a person with a disability^: FREE

      *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.