It’s that time of year again: Melbourne Cup. The race that stops the nation, AKA your completely legit excuse for tottering tipsily around a TAB on a Tuesday afternoon with feathers sprouting from your head. Good times.
If you’re up for something a little bit special this time round, forget the heaving crowds at the pub, or stilettoes sinking in the mud, and head for the sky instead. SkyPoint, that is; otherwise known as the top floor of one of Australia’s tallest buildings (the Gold Coast’s iconic Q1), and the genuinely magical venue for your most memorable Melbourne Cup ever.
You might have experienced SkyPoint Observation Deck’s jaw-dropping setting at one of their legendary Christmas in the Clouds events, or when you got your hometown tourist on, or simply headed up there for a pretty epic take on dinner and drinks, but if you haven’t, it’s time you did. From the Gold Coast’s highest enclosed vantage point, you get life-altering uninterrupted 360 degree views of the beaches to the hinterland and beyond—we’re talking from Straddie to Byron Bay. And what better way to enjoy them than frocked up with a glass of bubbles in your hand and the excitement of a cheeky flutter at your fingertips?
We’re picking SkyPoint’s oh-so-luxe event as a sure bet for an unforgettable day: as well as the frankly insane backdrop, you’ll be treated to a three-course lunch feast and four hours of flowing drinks. Sweeps, raffles, live entertainment and live trackside action from Flemington on the big screen will provide the crescendo to the race itself, and whether you’re celebrating or commiserating afterwards, you’ll defs be doing it in style. And if you needed an 'extra' excuse to Afterpay the hell out of that dress on your wish-list or go really extra with your headpiece, there are prizes for best dressed, too.
Take it from us, this will be a glamorous soiree not to be missed—because hey, if you must be nursing a champagne hangover on a Wednesday, at least you earned it 77 floors in the air and got some killer Insta-stories in the process.
What: Melbourne Cup Day at SkyPoint
Where: SkyPoint Observation Deck, Level 77, Q1 Resort and Spa, 9 Hamilton Avenue, Surfers Paradise
When: 12pm-4pm, Tuesday November 7
Tickets are $125pp. Head here to book.
Image credit: Mitch Lui
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