Get ready for the Melbourne Cup Carnival!

The Melbourne Cup is coming up soon, from the 2nd-9th of November, and we think it’s time to start planning your trip to Melbourne for the big event! The Melbourne Cup is one of the biggest horse racing events in the world, bringing over 100,000 visitors to Melbourne, you will not want to miss out! Today, the Melbourne Cup Carnival is not only about watching horse racing, it is also about fashion, food, history, community and entertainment. In this blog we aim to highlight a few of the exciting events, dates and festivities occurring throughout Melbourne over this highly anticipated week…

The AAMI Victoria Derby Day

The AAMI Victoria Derby Day is the start of the Melbourne Cup festivities! This event on the 2nd of November, at Flemington Racecourse is a prestigious event focusing on stunning monochrome fashion and high-class horse racing. You can enjoy watching an astonishing horse race, as well as competing in the Myers Fashion on Field competition. This day of sophisticated glamour is an event like no other, and an exceptional way to witness the beginning of this renowned Melbourne Cup Carnival!


Melbourne Cup Day

The Lexus Melbourne Cup Day is a sporting spectacle which must be witnessed live. Held on the 5th of November at Flemington Racecourse, this event is filled with entertainment, celebrities, fashion and delicious food, as well as of course jaw dropping horse racing! This event is the most significant of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, and a day that everyone hopes to attend, in order to see a horse racing legend be born. Some of the famous horses who have won this impressive race include Makybe Diva, Prince of Penzance and of course, the adored, timeless Phar Lap. This event is an unforgettable day where history is made. For those more interested in fashion, some of the most stunning outfits are seen on this day, so if you adore fashion and making a statement, Lexus Melbourne Cup Day is for you!

Oaks Day

Held on the 7th of November at Flemington racecourse, the Kennedy Oaks Day is an important day on the fashion calendar. Of course there is also astounding horse racing and entertainment throughout the day. Filled with bright colours, hairdos, style, grace and elegance, this day allows those fashion forward individuals to show off their talents! 

Stakes Day

Seppelt Wines Stakes Day is the final event at Flemington racecourse, but it is certainly not the least exciting! Stakes Day aims to end the past week with a bang, and to celebrate all the wonder seen over the week. This day is a family friendly event, so it’s perfect for everyone!

Alternate events 

If you are not a fan of horse racing, don’t miss out on the incredible atmosphere in Melbourne over the Melbourne Cup Carnival week. There are a range of alternate events held during the time of the Carnival, and we are sure something will appeal to you…

  • Melbourne International Dumpling Festival
  • Land of Plenty Music Festival
  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in concert
  • Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion Exhibition
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child stage play

So now that you’re excited for the Melbourne Cup, start getting your trip to Melbourne organised. When you book to stay with us here at Melbourne Holiday Apartments, you’re ensuring that you have a luxurious and comfortable stay, within the Melbourne CBD. On top of that, we are just a short walk away from Elizabeth street, where you can catch the 57 tram straight to Flemington Racecourse! What’s more, to ensure you are races ready, our Flinders Wharf apartments are located opposite DFO for any last minute shopping and makeup, plus Laneway Hairdresser is just next door. We are more than happy to organise your booking with Laneway Hairdresser, who are even happy to come to your apartment for some in house beauty on the day! So don’t miss out on accommodation that will be just as glamorous as the Melbourne Cup itself!


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