The Spring Racing Carnival in Melbourne


Nothing quite draws a diverse crowd of local and foreign visitors like the world-renowned Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. When the shackles of winter are finally cast off, the city of Melbourne celebrates in a grand and glamorous fashion with a series of race days that capture the attention of the whole nation.

The Spring Racing Carnival in November at Flemington Racecourse showcases the best that horse racing has to offer and is an event that competes on a global scale as a spectacle for entertainment.

Right up among the great horse racing events of the world, like the Royal Ascot and the Kentucky Derby, it’s a must for any lover of the sport.

In the span of a week, high fashion, food and luxury brands come together to provide the ultimate entertainment experience. The cultural cornerstone that is the Melbourne Cup Carnival is guaranteed to wow any attendees and leave the impression of a lifetime.

Nothing can rival the glamour and culture of the Birdcage at Flemington Racecourse. The private marquees, known for being the playground for VIPs, make it one of the most desirable events on Australia's social and cultural calendar.

Brands with a presence in the Birdcage invest heavily to create an unforgettable experience for guests. With Mumm last year even positioning a $2.2 million yacht as a feature in its marquee, who knows what extravagant and wonderous displays will be on show this year?

Thanks to Melbourne Jet Base you can experience this in the ultimate style. You can arrive at our facility and be chauffeured in style directly to Flemington or ride in via helicopter to witness an event not to be missed.

The crown jewel of the Spring Racing Carnival is the Melbourne Cup. Occurring on the first Tuesday of November, it is now considered to be an integral part of not only the Australian sporting calendar but the fashion calendar too.

As the pinnacle of Australian horse racing, it is affectionately known as the race that stops the nation.

One of Australia’s proudest and most exciting cultural events, Melbourne Cup Day attracts celebrities and VIPs from around the globe and is the place to be seen.

An event so popular that Victoria is given a holiday just to watch it, this race is steeped in tradition dating back to March 1840.

By the 1880s Flemington would see crowds estimated at 100,000 for Cup Day, setting the standard for it as a social event of the year.

The first race meeting was held on the bumpy river flats next to the Maribyrnong River when Melbourne was just five years old.

The modern iteration has come a long way though.

Across all carnival days, patrons will have access to many delicious delights from some of Melbourne’s finest dining establishments. Located in The Park, there is something to appeal to everyone’s appetite.

From the famous Beverly Hills Hotel inspired luxury Pony Bar to Bar Schweppes, the Melbourne Cup Carnival lets racegoers indulge in the finest bars and lounge in luxury, drink in hand.

What is perhaps the most anticipated spectacle though is the Myer Fashions on the Field at Flemington. A truly iconic part of the racing carnival, it has established its place as Australia's premier outdoor fashion event, charming the spotlight of the media and featuring celebrity judges from all points of the globe.

If all the race and runway action wasn’t enough entertainment, a wide variety of terrific musical acts will be on show in the Mounting Yard. Headlined by global superstar Sam Smith as well as some of the biggest music acts in Australia.

With well over 300,000 people a year flocking through the gates at Flemington, being a part of this truly special week is something to behold.

The thundering sound of hooves and the roar of the crowd are bound to excite and provide an experience that is hard to match.

If horse racing is your passion and you appreciate an atmosphere of buzz and exhilaration, the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival at Flemington is not to be missed.

The main events

AAMI Victoria Derby Day – 3 November 2018

Regarded as one of the most prestigious days of racing of the spring, AAMI Victoria Derby Day features nine exciting group races.

Off the track, the fashion stakes are equally impressive with the Myer Fashions on the Field competition. Ladies typically embrace the traditional black and white palette, while men often boast grey suits and top hats to create classic racing elegance.

Lexus Melbourne Cup Day – 6 November 2018

If you can attend only one major event this year, Melbourne Cup Day is surely an exceptional choice. Australia’s greatest sporting and cultural icon, the $7.3 million Lexus Melbourne Cup is the main feature of the week. Known as the race that stops a nation, every minute of the race appears to last a lifetime as thousands of spectators are brought to the edge of their seats.

There’s no substitute for the thrill of being on the ground during the history-making moment of the winner crossing the line.

It’s also the day to make your boldest fashion statement with an exotic ensemble that matches the scale, splendour and spectacle of the event.

Kennedy Oaks Day – 8 November 2018

While the tradition of Kennedy Oaks Day is beauty, femininity, style and grace, the style is not just for the ladies. It’s also one of the best opportunities of the year for men to dress up and explore the world of high fashion.

Kennedy Oaks Day's significance on the fashion calendar is further established with the crowning of the Myer Fashions on the Field Women’s Racewear national winner.

The racing highlight is the $1 million Group 1 Kennedy Oaks.

Seppelt Wines Stakes Day – 10 November 2018

If you’re considering bringing your children along for the experience, Seppelt Wines Stakes Day is the day for you. Friends, fun and the finale of Cup Week, it’s a fitting celebration of the week that’s just been – with quality racing, fashion and entertainment.

It’s also a big day for future trendsetters with Stakes Day Fashions on the Field focusing on children and family. With an abundance of free activities for children, as well as great racing, Seppelt Wines Stakes Day offers the perfect family day out.

Contact us to arrange your ultimate Spring Racing Carnival experience today.