For real racing atmosphere you can’t beat being at the track on McGrath Estate Agents Melbourne Cup Day Race Meeting – and Royal Randwick will be pumping.
You can’t beat the view
When you think about it, Royal Randwick’s Melbourne Cup celebrations provide one of the best views anywhere of the race that stops the nation. Watch it live on the largest super-screen in the southern hemisphere, and those thoroughbreds will be 11 metres tall.
It feels right to dress up
You can frock up in finery for race day, knowing that you’ll be at an actual racetrack. It’s just that bit more real than wearing your best race attire to a bar or restaurant. Not that there’s anything wrong with that… but there’s something super-special about holding onto your hat in the breeze while hooves go thundering past.
Twice the action
Royal Randwick has a live racing programme as well as the Melbourne action on the big screen. So effectively, you’re in two places at once!
Sending off the Bucket List Beach Club Marquee
It’s been one of the hottest scenes at Sydney 2016 Spring Racing Carnival, and Melbourne Cup Day will be the last appearance from this good-times pop-up. An all-day list of top guest DJs and the tastiest bites from chef Tom Walton will ensure an epic send-off. It’s a party you don’t want to miss.
The Mews by Delicious
It’s also the last chance to feast at this delicious home of all things local and fresh. We’ve loved the hearty, flavoursome fare at this pop-up all through Carnival, and can’t wait to tuck in for one last hurrah.
Let’s face it, an Uber- or a taxi, bus, or even a tank of your own petrol – costs a lot less than a plane fare to Melbourne.
You won’t lose your hat
The baggage carousel at Melbourne airport all through Melbourne Cup week is a sea of hatboxes. We know a few who’ve picked up the wrong one without realising – until it was time to get dressed. We don’t have to tell you how horrifying a fashion fail that is.
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