A complete guide for every racegoer to plan the perfect raceday.

Flemington Racecourse holds 25 racedays each year – including the exciting Melbourne Cup Carnival in November and the Flemington Festival of Racing in Autumn. Each raceday offers something unique, from competitive first-class racing, high fashion and fine food.

What should I wear? Is there a dress code?

VRC members and guests entering the Members Enclosure at Flemington are required to adhere to the Members Enclosure dress regulations, to find out more click here.

Dining Enclosures and Corporate Hospitality areas also require visitors to adhere to a dress code, to find out more click here.

There's no formal dress code for General Admission, however racegoers are encouraged to dress for a smart occasion. Each day also has its own dress theme, to find out more click here.

What transport and parking options are available at Flemington?

For all transportation information at Flemington including public transport, parking options, taxis, Ubers, helicopter hire and vehicle access, please visit Getting to Flemington.

What can I bring to Flemington?

What you can bring into Flemington depends on which areas your ticket allows you entry to. Make sure you read our terms & conditions for the ticket you have purchased 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. Please see below full list of prohibited items as outlined in the Conditions of Entry for Flemington Racecourse.

For the comfort and safety of persons at the Course, You are not permitted to bring into the Course (or have in your possession at the Course) any of the following without the written consent of VRC:

  • alcoholic beverages, glass containers or open beverage containers;
  • any structure or item that may be used to erect a structure (including without limitation ‘market’ or ‘beach’ umbrellas or similar large umbrellas, portable shade structures or gazebos), or which is capable of supporting the weight of a person, such as any chairs, lounges, benches or stools (other than a folding fabric chair or folding fabric stool);
  • prohibited weapons or controlled weapons within the meaning of the Control of Weapons Act 1990 (Vic) whose possession would constitute an offence under that Act or articles capable of being used as weapons or anything which may be used in a way which adversely affects the safety of persons at the Course, damages property or interferes with the comfort of persons at the Course or with their enjoyment of any Event;
  • any object that could be used to distract, hinder or interfere with any animal or person taking part in an Event, or disrupt, interrupt or behave in any manner that may disrupt or interrupt any Event, whether intentionally or otherwise, such as a laser pointer device (or a device incorporating a laser pointer) or a drone;
  • any animals (other than, if the person is blind, deaf or otherwise suffering a disability, a guide dog);
  • any flags larger than 1 metre x 1 metre or with handles longer than 1 metre or any banner;
  • any whistle, loud hailer, public address system, electronic or other broadcast device or any device which may interfere with electronic or radio communications or broadcasting signals or equipment used by VRC or other persons authorised by VRC in connection with an Event; (h) any fireworks, flares or distress signals;
  • any item that You intend (or such quantities of the item from which VRC can reasonably infer that You intend) to distribute, hawk, sell, offer or expose for sale;
  • any dangerous goods (as that term is defined in section 3(1) of the Dangerous Goods Act 1985 (Vic))
  • any object, device or substance that may be used to deface or damage any part of the Course, such as any spray paint or permanent markers;
  • any torn-up or shredded paper, confetti, rice, streamers or similar items;
  • on the Course (excluding the Car Park), any vehicle or transportation device, such as any motorcar, motorcycle, motor scooter, bicycle, scooter, skateboard, roller skates or roller blades, but not including any wheelchair or similar apparatus which You require as a result of a disability or impairment;
  • in a Car Park, any unregistered road vehicle(including a scooter) and any skateboard, roller skates or roller blades (or similar items);
  • any ball or other item of sporting equipment; or
  • any item (such as any article of clothing, poster or sign) bearing any image, slogan or text which is indecent, discriminatory, obscene, insulting or threatening or which may be offensive to other persons present at the Course (as determined by VRC in its sole discretion).
Is there a map I can use to find my way around on the day?

The Flemington Raceourse Map can be used to assist racegoers in navigating the course and locating Restaurants, Marquees and Enclosures , alternatively download the mobile app before arriving on course to access an interactive map and schedule of events. You can download that app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

View the Flemington Racecourse Map (PDF)

Can I leave the racecourse and come back in?
Of course you can. Just make sure you scan your ticket to exit at the turnstiles as you leave the racecourse.
Where do I find information on the day?
If you have a question on the day just find one of our staff (they're the ones dressed in purple). They'll be at all the turnstiles and throughout the racecourse to help with whatever questions you have.
Is there a mobile app I can use to assist me while at Flemington?

Enhance your raceday experience by downloading the Flemington Raceday Guide mobile app for iPhone or Android before you arrive on-course. It’s the perfect partner for your race day, helping you:

  • Welcome to Flemington – Explore the best of what's on offer at Flemington, including on-course experiences, events, locations and social updated.
  • Find Your Way Around – Search the location map to find bars, dining and entertainment, betting facilities and amenities across the racecourse. Ensure you connect to wifi for greater accuracy.
  • Plan Your Day – Select events from What's On and add to you planner to organise your day.
  • Racing Form & Field – View races, field information, including betting odds. You can even save your favourite runners in each race.
  • View Transport Times – See the train and tram times from Flemington Racecourse
  • More - Plan your day at Flemington by viewing live transport times. Connect to Flemington FREE Wifi and watch up to 4 channels of live videos and highlights.

You can download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Where can I buy a racebook?

You can pick up a racebook from the main turnstiles and around the course. It will tell you everything you need to know about the races, including the times of each race, details about the horses, trainers and jockeys, plus a map of the course and heaps more.

Where can I 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.

Is there WIFI at Flemington?

To improve the raceday experience for racegoers and members, free WIFI is available at Flemington Racecourse. To connect, search for and select 'Flemington FREE wifi' on your device, open your web browser to view the VRC's terms and conditions, agree and then you are free to browse the internet, use mobile applications and access emails. The VRC may limit access to certain website and mobile applications.

The Flemington WIFI network is accessible throughout the indoor areas of the Hill Stand, The Club Stand and the Grandstand as well as the Betting Ring, Breezeway, Saintly Place and railway platforms.

Are there mobile charge stations on course?

Mobile charge stations are available in both Members and public areas throughout the course.

Public

  • Saintly Place
  • Hill Stand Level 1
  • Raceday Ticketing Office

Members

  • The Grandstand Level 2 - The Atrium
  • The Grandstand Level 4 - The View
  • The Grandstand Level 1 - The Forum
  • The Club Stand Ground Floor - Cloak Room
  • The Club Stand Level 1 - Cloak Room

Restaurants, Marquees & Corporate Enclosures

  • Hill Stand - Level 3 Foyer
  • Hill Stand Corporate Suites
Where are ATMs and EFTPOS facilities at Flemington?

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

Public areas:

  • Outside Flemington Heritage Centre, Betting Ring East (ATM)
  • Outside The Precinct Fence Line (ATM)
  • Outside Elms Trackside Fence (ATM)
  • Hill Stand Level 1 (Eftpos)

Members areas:

  • The Grandstand Forum (Level 1) East (ATM)
  • The Grandstand Forum (Level 1) West (2 x ATMs)
  • The Grandstand View (Level 4) West (ATM)
  • The Club Stand (Level 1) - East and West (ATM)
  • The Club Stand (Level 3) - Outside Straight Six (ATM)
  • The Club Stand (Level 4) - Roof Garden (ATM)
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 (Guests only)

Members cloakrooms:

  • Committee Room (Committee Guests only)
  • The Grandstand, Forum Level 1, East end, opposite lifts
  • The Grandstand, Forum Level 1, West end, opposite escalators
  • The Club Stand - Ground Floor, West
  • The Club Stand - Level 1, East
  • Chairman’s Club (Guests only)

Please 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 from Flemington Racecourse Operations Reception. 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.

I have a small child, what facilities are available on course?

Parenting facilities are available in both the public and members areas.

Public Areas

  • Feeding area and Ladies toilets at eastern end of Betting Ring next to the Raceday and Ticketing Office
  • Parenting facilities and ladies toilet, at western end of Betting Ring
  • Parenting facilities 1st floor Hill Stand (Parents Room)

Members Areas

  • The Grandstand, Forum Level (Level 1) Western Foyer (Parents Room)
  • The Nursery - next to toilets on Archer Blvd
  • Club Stand - Level One (East)
Are there any lockers on course?

There are no lockers at Flemington, however we do have cloakrooms. Southern Cross Station located in the CBD on Spencer Street will have lockers available on the day if you need them.

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

Smoking is not permitted within occupied building areas, or any indoor areas, including all marquees. 

You can purchase cigarettes and cigars on-course from selected bars.

Public areas:

  • Betting Ring Central – Club Bar
  • Headquarters Tavern Gaming Area
  • Hill Stand Level 1 - Hill Bar
  • Saintly Place Central

Members areas:

  • The Grandstand Forum – Forum Bar

Flemington supports creating a smoke-free experience for diners. Flemington’s grandstands, including balconies and seating decks, are smoke-free zones.There is no smoking on the Members Lawn or the Members Betting Ring. Smoking is still permitted on the general admission front lawn, outdoor spaces, and Mounting Yard provided there is a distance of 14 metres from a food stall or food vendor, in line with Victorian tobacco reforms. 

How do I place a bet at on course?
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 Lexus 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.

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Accommodation options

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

For more accommodation options please refer to Visit Victoria website.

               

Entertainment
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Group travel packages

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