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The information on this page is general but is also updated in the run up to Melbourne Cup celebrations which is held in early November each year. Many venues don't put their information together till much closer to the event. New information should be obvious by the appropriate dates. I hope you understand, but if you have any specific questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
About Melbourne Cup Lunches & Events
Melbourne Cup is knowns as the "race that stops the nation".
It is held at Flemington race track in Melbourne on the first Tuesday of November each year and is part of the Victorian Spring Racing Carnival.
Date for Melbourne Cup in 2018 is Tuesday 6 November 2018.
There are many other prestigious race days during the carnival, but Melbourne Cup is renowned as the biggest day of all. For a start it is a public holiday in Victoria!
The rest of Australia, obviously not wanting to miss out, join in with Melbourne Cup lunches and events.
Events can be simply a group of people getting together, usually dressing up as if going to the races with fancy hats to compete with the fashions on the field!
There are much more elaborate events too, from massive charity lunches to less formal but equally fun lunches and events in smaller venues and restaurants.
Many of the organised events include special packages with lunch, entertainment, fashion shows, sweepstakes for the actual races and televised coverage of the race itself.
Events usually kick off around midday and the race is run in Melbourne at 3pm ADST, however since they are on Daylight Savings by this time of the year and in Queensland we don't observe daylight savings, the race is telecast at 2pm Queensland time.
So, now you know about Melbourne Cup... where can you join in an organised lunch or event?
Obviously, each year details change, and I update this as I get new information, however, from year to year many of the same venues run similar events, so you can always check directly with them.
I hope you find something that suits your requirements and budget.
Disclaimer: Whilst every care is taken to provide correct information, the information about Melbourne Cup lunches and events in on this and other pages within this website is a guide only.
Prices, times and other information is subject to change without notice.
Please check with individual event organisers before attending any of these events.
Melbourne Cup Events and Lunches around the Gold Coast.
Melbourne Cup Lunches in Hotels
Most of the large hotels in the Gold Coast host Melbourne Cup Lunches. Below is a selection of these. Most of these events are geared towards adults, though there is an option for bringing the kids to a lunch at Four Winds Restaurant.
For most of these events you can expect to pay over $100 per person, however there are some that are less than this.
Events usually start around 12 noon and run to about 3pm - but check details.
This year after parties seem to be the thing - so check below for details where there is a formal or informal option to continue on...
Why not stay and enjoy! Click on hotel names for great accommodation rates.
Please Note:Information below is for previous
years - unless you see the date 2018. It will be updated for 2018
where information is currently available. It is clear which have been updated,
the generic information is available for information and guidance only. Melbourne Cup Lunch and Event Information will be updated closer to the event, but the information will be a guide for what is available.
There's the lunch plus a range of entertainment and prizes and of course the race! Tickets are
approximately $99 (check with them directly as may change from year to year) and usually sell out fast. You will need to contact Sea World Resort directly for tickets for the event.
Surfers Paradise Marriott - Melbourne Cup Luncheon
3 course lunch with drinks package, fashion parade, entertainment, sweepstakes and prizes.
And this year an after party in Chapter and Verse from 3.30pm. Definitely worth considering.
Various lunch packages from approximately $140 per person for silver ticket, or get a Gold
Package for tables of 10.
With the after party, it's a very good reason to book a room and stay the night! You know you want to ;-)
Sofitel Gold Coast Melbourne Cup Lunch
Sofitel in Broadbeach has well known restaurant Room81 and it
has been the venue for Melbourne Cup Luncheon events.
Enjoy a 4 course menu with drinks package, live entertainment, sweepstakes, prizes and of course racing on the big screen.
Around $135 per person.
Sheraton Mirage Gold Coast Melbourne Cup Luncheon
Sheraton Mirage Gold Coast
usually hosts a Melbourne Cup Luncheon event at Terraces Restaurant, where you can enjoy their fabulous seafood buffet, sweepstakes, prizes and Fashion Parade by Marina Mirage.
All for approximately $149 per adult | Teen (13 - 17 years) $119 | Child (.4 to
12 years) $59
Discounts at Pearls Bar afterwards... so why not stay and enjoy and after party.
Palazzo Versace Melbourne Cup
Palazzo Versace in Main Beach is very popular and Melbourne Cup Lunch is a must do here!
Enjoy watching the race in the glamourous La Medusa Ballroom, with a great lunch - two options for beverage packages.
Fashion parade with some massive names, entertainment, raffle, prizes and
Packages start around approximately $175 per person with discounts for tables of 10.
QT Hotel Gold Coast Melbourne Cup Lunches
QT Hotel in Surfers Paradise
often goes all out for Melbourne Cup.
There are usually options for lunches at both their famous Bazaar restaurant for
approximately $149 per person including a seated lunch, entertainment and beverage package.
Or enjoy a more relaxed cocktail style Melbourne Cup Lawn Party - Rosé at the
Races al fresco in a combined Stingray Lounge/Yamagen Bar event with canapes and drinks package as well as race coverage for
around $110 per person.
Discounts for 10 or more in booking.
InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort Melbourne Cup Event
Please Note: Information below will be updated for 2018
where information is currently available. It is clear which have been updated,
the rest of the information is generic and is available for information and guidance only. Melbourne Cup Lunch and Event Information will be updated closer to the event, but the information will be a guide for what is available.
Gold Coast Turf Club Melbourne Cup Event
Spend the day at Gold Coast Turf Club and it's probably the closest you can get to the feel of the Melbourne Cup and Flemington on race day in the Gold Coast!
The gates open at 9am and you need to be prepared to pace yourself!
Live racing, televised Melbourne Cup race, plus fashions on the field and dining packages available.
General entry is just around $30 at the gate or there is an early bird option to buy
But the way to go is with one of the various functions and dining packages.
Starting from approximately $145 per person upwards.
Each package has different inclusions and are based in different lounges, restaurants and venues in the turf club.
The Gold Coast Arts Centre Melbourne Cup Luncheon
Melbourne Cup Luncheon at The Gold Coast Art Centre has grown over the years and now you have to get in early to ensure a ticket!
Expect a fashion parade, sweepstakes, auction, raffles and prizes.
Starts at 10.30am and runs till about 4pm. It's held in the Paradise Showroom and is a charity event with money raised from the raffles going to the local Paradise Kids Charity.
Approximately $70 per person. Tickets can be booked online through their website www.theartscentregc.com.au
Centre of Melbourne Cup Gold Coast Event
Centre of Melbourne Cup at Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Broadbeach is an annual institution!
This massive event usually includes a sit down 4 course lunch, beverage package and Moet bar, live entertainment, fashion parade and a race sweepstake.
Tickets approximately $149 per person or $1450 for table of 10.
Event usually runs from 11.30am to 4.30pm.
Southport RSL Melbourne Cup
Southport RSL Club is usually holds a very affordable Melbourne Cup lunch function with a 2 course meal, live entertainment and of course coverage of the race.
Kicks off around 10.30am to around 3pm and is open to both members and non members.
As well as entertainment there will be various prizes. Price
approximately $55 per person (non-members). Contact Surfers Paradise RSL .
Southport Yacht Club Waterfront Restaurant Melbourne Cup Lunch
Southport Yacht Club in Main Beach usually hosts its Melbourne Cup event in the Waterfront Restaurant.
2 courses, fashions on the field, live entertainment and sweepstake.
Approximately $69 per person. Contact Southport Yacht Club.
SkyPoint Melbourne Cup Lunch at Q1
Q1's SkyPoint Observation Deck has a fabulous view and is a great venue for Melbourne Cup Lunches.
This event usually sells out very quickly and is approximately $125 per person.
Melbourne Cup Day Video
In case you are wondering what all the fuss is about... here is a video which gives you an idea of what Melbourne Cup functions are like...
Please note, that whilst all care is taken to ensure the details are correct, things change. So please double check with the venues to ensure you are not disappointed or miss out on booking.
Melbourne Cup Carnival.
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