Since 2003, the Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour has provided rural, regional and metropolitan communities across Australia and New Zealand a chance to experience the magic of the iconic $200,000 Emirates Melbourne Cup trophy.

Over the past 14 years, the 18-carat gold Emirates Melbourne Cup has traveled more than 456,000 kilometers, visiting over 377 towns and cities and engaging hundreds of thousands of people.

Each year, the Tour celebrates the heroes and stories intrinsically linked to the Victoria Racing Club’s 156-year old Melbourne Cup race and its contribution to the nation's historical and cultural heritage. The trophy visits various destinations in an effort to unite communities by engaging councils, schools, hospitals, aged-care and racing groups in events to raise funds for local causes.

Living up to its status as the ‘People’s Cup’, the 2017 Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour will once again engage in many community events, including street parades, civic receptions, charity dinners, community events and cocktail parties. Play video to find out more.

2018 Early Expressions of Interest – Now Open!                                                                                            Register your interest

People's Cup Competition. Take  a photo with the 2017 Emirates Melbourne Cup and like Flemington Racecourse and Victoria Racing Club on Facebook. Post you photo to Facebook - make sure it's a public post. Use the tags #EmiratesMeblboureCup and #PeoplesCup. One entrant from each Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour destination will win a Myer gift card valued at $100. All winners will go into the draw to win a trip for two to Emirates Melbourne Cup Day including flights and accommodation.

         terms & condtions apply

TOUR ITINERARY: Date Destination
July 1 West Wyalong (NSW)
July 3 Bathurst (NSW) 
July 10 Kununurra (WA) 
July 12 Perth (WA) 
July 14 Roebourne (WA)
July 17 - 18  Sydney (NSW)
July 20 Nowra (NSW) 
July 22 Bermagui (NSW) 
August 4 Christchurch (NZ)
August 6 Stratford (NZ)
August 8 Auckland (NZ)
August 14 - 17 Alice Springs (NT) 
August 22 Mudgee (NSW)
August 24 Widden (NSW)
August 27 Cessnock (NSW)
August 30 Brisbane (QLD)
September 1 Gold Coast (QLD)
September 3 Lismore (NSW)
September 8 Adelaide (SA) 
September 10 Murray Bridge (SA)
September 13 Rockhampton (QLD) 
September 15 - 16 Central Highlands 
September 19 Barcaldine (QLD) 
September 21 Winton (QLD) 
September 23 Longreach (QLD)
September 27 Longford (TAS) 
October 3 - 5 Melbourne (VIC) 
October 9 Ararat (VIC)
October 11 Ballan (VIC)
October 15 Euroa (VIC)
October 17 Echuca (VIC)
October 18 -31  Melb/Regional Vic (VIC) 
November 1 - 6  Melbourne (VIC)
November 7 Emirates Melbourne Cup Day (VIC)

For all enquiries, contact Victoria Racing Club:

  • Joe McGrath, Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour Manager 
  • email: peoplescup@vrc.net.au
  • phone +61 (3) 8378 0622

The Tour is sponsored by       

Supported by                                                                                              Tab.com.au proudly sponsoring Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour