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Your guide to Melbourne Cup 2018

Flaunt your best fascinator and fashion at this year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival, taking place from 3-10 November 2018. We’ve put together a guide to the best Spring Racing events and Melbourne Cup celebrations around the country.

Top 4 Spring Racing Carnival 2018 Events at Flemington Racecourse

1. AAMI Victoria Derby Day: Saturday 3 November 2018

Kick off Cup Week at AAMI Victoria Derby Day. One of the most prestigious racing days of the spring, Derby Day is a celebration of first-class racing and elegant fashion. The Myer Fashions on the Field competition begins on this day with a monochromatic theme – women looking glamourous in black and white and men wearing top hats and grey suits. Be sure to visit The Park, located on the hill, adjacent to the train station, featuring the world’s largest Myer Fashions on the Field enclosure as well as plenty of food, drinks and live entertainment.

Flemington Racecourse
Derby Day

2. Lexus Melbourne Cup Day: Tuesday 6 November 2018

What’s better than watching the Lexus Melbourne Cup live? Watching it in person. Grab your tickets and your best frock and head to Flemington Racecourse to be amongst the excitement of this feature event. It is after all, the race that stops the nation.

Melbourne Cup
Melbourne Cup

3. Kennedy Oaks Day: Thursday 8 November 2018

Women, men and fillies will be the epitome of style and grace on Kennedy Oaks Day. As the three year old horses battle it out for the $1 million Group 1 Kennedy Oaks, the women will battle it out to become the Myer Fashions on the Field Women’s Racewear national winner.

Kennedy Oaks Day

4. Seppelt Wines Stakes Day: Saturday 10 November 2018

Raise the stakes at the Seppelt Wines Stakes Day. The family friendly day out is the best way to wrap up Cup Week with fun, fashion and activities for all ages.

Stakes Day

Melbourne Accommodation: Where to stay for Melbourne Cup

In town for the Melbourne Cup? Located just 12 minutes from Flemington Racecourse, Peppers Docklands is the ideal place to stay, with contemporary rooms and suites and state-of-the-art amenities. This popular Melbourne hotel is also situated at the base of Etihad Stadium and is just minutes from the CBD.

Peppers Docklands

Head to MOMAMI Restaurant, located at Gate 7 of Etihad Stadium, for a special Melbourne Cup dinner and drinks menu, the perfect option for kicking off an exciting day of racing!

MOMAMI  Restaurant

Where to celebrate Melbourne Cup around the country

Gold Coast:

Giddy up on the Gold Coast for Melbourne Cup at The Gold Coast Turf Club. Watch live racing on the track as well as the main race itself on the big screen.

Enjoy uninterrupted views of the Gold Coast from your luxurious apartment at Peppers Soul in Surfers Paradise, just 10 minutes from The Gold Coast Turf Club.

Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise


With plenty of entertainment, live racing and Fashions on the Field competition, Doomben Racecourse in Brisbane is guaranteed to deliver an eventful Melbourne Cup day.

Stay in style at FV by Peppers in Fortitude Valley, just 15 minutes from Doomben Racecourse.

FV by Peppers

Sunshine Coast:

Join Executive Chef Matt Golinkski at View Restaurant for a Melbourne Cup luncheon including two course plated lunch, beverages, fashion parade and more.

View Restaurant is located at Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas. Stay in serenity in the heart of Noosa National Park in a beautifully appointed room or villa.

FV by Peppers


One of the biggest social events of the year, Melbourne Cup at Thoroughbred Park in Canberra is the place to be! Enjoy live racing and great prizes for best dressed in the Fashions on the Field competition. Peppers Gallery Hotel is ideally located in the heart of Canberra and a short 15 minute drive from Thoroughbred Park.

Peppers Gallery Hotel


Spend Melbourne Cup day trackside at Ascot Racecourse in Perth. Watch the main races live on the big screen and enjoy an abundance of entertainment and food and beverage stalls.

Peppers Kings Square Hotel is situated approximately 20 minutes from Ascot Racecourse making it the perfect place to stay for the Melbourne Cup.

Peppers Kings Square Hotel


Join the Melbourne Cup celebrations at Morphettville Racecourse in Adelaide, with live racing action and tons of entertainment.

Sophisticated and stylish, Peppers Waymouth Hotel just 15 minutes from Morphettville Racecourse.

Peppers Waymouth Hotel

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