Your Melbourne Cup Options

don’t panic, but it’s almost November…


Melbourne cup is fast approaching. have you made plans?

Because once you’ve bought your frock (from Florence & Marabel or Ivy Collections, probably), you’ve found a bit of fluff for your mane, and brushed up on some make-up tips (priorities), it’s time to choose your event.

Here are the main contenders for your ticket.



The Florence

The Offer: the basic package includes craft beer and wine, as well as canapés, sliders and seafood. The VIP package adds cocktails on arrival, plus Laurent Perrier Champagne

The Price: standard tickets are $89, and VIP tickets are $129

The Extras: raffles, sweeps, and best dressed prizes

The Start Time: the four-hour package kicks off at 11am

Learn more here.

Toowoomba Hospital Foundation

The Offer: hosted by Urban Grounds Café, tickets include canapés, main and dessert, plus endless sparkling – all to raise money for the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation

The Price: $85

The Extras: gift bags, lucky door prizes and sweeps

The Start Time: the day kicks off at 10.30am – Champagne brunch anyone?

Learn more here.

Clifford Park Racecourse

The Offer: for those who actually want to see a horse race, Clifford Park is hosting live, local racing and entertainment

The Price: a three-course sit-down lunch with a glass of Champagne on arrival will cost $90; Pimm’s and canapés will cost $70

The Extras: the Fashions on the Field is always fiercely contested

The Start Time: the five-hour package kicks off at 11am

Learn more here.

Gabbinbar spring garden party

The Offer: cocktails on arrival, four-hour drinks package with Mumm Champagne, catering by Gabbinbar, a massive screen showing full event coverage, and live entertainment. The event will also benefit Emerge, a local social enterprise.

The Price: $220

The Extras: sweeps, betting facilities, live entertainment and best dressed prizes

The Start Time: the four-hour package kicks off at the very sensible time of 12pm

Learn more here.

spring fling at fitzy’s

The Offer: three-course lunch with complementary bubbles on arrival

The Price: $85

The Extras: best dressed prized and live music on the deck

The Start Time: 11.30am until 2.30pm

Learn more here.

lunch at the Burke & Wills

The Offer: order from the Zack’s restaurant menu

The Price: as you’re ordering from the menu, you can spend as much or as little as you like

The Extras: sweeps, a best-dressed competition, and a live broadcast from Flemington

The Starts Time: the restaurant opens at 11.30am

Learn more here.

city golf club

The Offer: Champagne and canapés followed by lunch with wine – all to raise funds for White Ribbon

The Price: $75

The Extras: live fashion parade, sweeps and auctions

The Start Time: the day kicks off at 10am, so maybe just take the day off work?

Learn more here.


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Phoebe Tully