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Giddy Up! The Coast’s Hottest Melbourne Cup Parties Of 2017

By Brooke Darling - 09 Oct 2017

best Melbourne Cup events on the Gold Coast

It’s the race that stops a nation.

And while we don’t get a sneaky public holiday like those lucky Mexicans south of the border, for those of you planning a mid-week RDO for Melbourne Cup, you’d best be calling on our pick of the best Melbourne Cup events on the Gold Coast to glam up, sip day-time champers, nibble on canapés and hedge your bets on Tuesday 7 November.

Melbourne Cup By The Sea | Rick Shores

Burleigh Heads

With those glittering water views, a special pop-up marquee outside, mingling areas and table seatings, live music, epic food, an impressive beverage package and a cool crowd, Rick Shores is seriously tempting us! An all-inclusive ticket secures you four hours of drinkies including Perrier-Jouet champers AND cocktails, plus luxe canapés with all the Rick Shores’ favourites—yep #allthebugrolls! Sure, tickets might be on the exxy end of the scale, but you can’t put a price tag on attending one of the hottest Melbourne Cup events on the Gold Coast. Speaking of which, we are totally booking our ticket tomorrow. Who’s joining us?

When: 12pm to 4pm
Cost: From $230 all-inclusive
Book: 07 5630 6611 or [email protected] 

Mumm Melbourne Cup | 8th Ave. Terrace

Palm Beach

Get your Melbourne Cup party going at The Urban List favourite, 8th Ave. Terrace. With the festivities spilling over two levels, this will be a grazing mix and mingle affair, where you can wander from one food paddock to the next. You’ll find us lingering around both the cheese and charcuterie or fresh-shucked oyster station. Your ticket gets you three hours of beverages and gourmet canapés (think cured meats, cheeses, caviar, local prawns, house smoked salmon, yakatori grill skewers and more). With fab prizes for best dressed, smooth live tunes from 8th Ave. favourite, Jackson James-Smith, plus three hours of bevvies including Mumm champagne, this is without question one of the hottest Melbourne Cup events on the Gold Coast. 

When: 12pm to 3pm
Cost: $130 all-inclusive 
Book: 07 5534 6912

Spring Fling | The Collective

Palm Beach

A new player amongst the best Melbourne Cup events on the Gold Coast, if their vibing NYE party was anything to go by, there are some serious good times to be enjoyed at The Collective. Highlights include a four-course lunch from your favourite kitchens, two-hour drinks package, live tunes by Free The Genie and prizes for best dressed. There will, of course, be live coverage of the event itself—you know, the reason you're wearing heels and drinking champagne at 2pm on a Tuesday?

When: 12pm to 4pm 
Cost: $129 all-inclusive ($179 for Veuve Clicquot upgrade) 
Book: 07 5618 8229

Thrills & Frills | Garden Kitchen & Bar


Possibly the closest feeling you’ll get to the races, without actually going to the track, is Melbourne Cup celebrations at Garden Kitchen & Bar. If swanning about in the sunshine is high on your list of priorities, GC’s favourite alfresco bar and eatery should be your go-to. Without question one of the best Melbourne Cup events on the Gold Coast, choose to lounge on the lawn with the Veuve Clicquot Airstream or sit down to a specially-curated, three-course spring lunch in the restaurant. There’ll be sweeps, live music, DJs, a beauty bar, prizes and fashions on the fields.

When: 11am ‘til late 
Cost: $95 set menu in restaurant or picnic packages with drinks from $800 for eight people
Book: 07 5592 8787

Melbourne Cup On The Rooftop | The Island 

Surfers Paradise 

No surprises that Gold Coast’s hottest new rooftop bar is throwing one helluva Melbourne Cup party. Matter of fact, The Island is throwing two! One of the first public appearances of their new Level 12 function area, book in for a sit-down three-course luncheon with Mumm champagne. Or, if you go the punter-level option, a ticket to the rooftop bar soiree (sure to turn a little wild!) gets you canapés and a three-hour drinks package including French bubbles. There are also fashions of the field, sweeps, giveaways, roving entertainment and the option to make a night of it and book a room at the new boutique hotel. 

When: 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Cost: $99 (rooftop, canapés + drinks) or $195 (level 12, three-course lunch + drinks) **sit-down lunch is sold out
Book: Via the website 

Melbourne Cup Day | Baskk At Kirra Point 


We are mad for Baskk here at The Urban List, so the idea of a special Melbourne Cup party at this hip hangout—with an Ink Gin cocktail on arrival to set the mood—was music to our horsey-loving ears. Add to that roving canapés, three-hour drink package, fashion runways, live music, some sweet fashion on the field prizes, and we’re just waiting to whip out those fascinators for the fateful day in November! This is certain to be one of the most glamorous Melbourne Cup events on the Gold Coast for those based on the far southern end. 

When: 11:30am to 2:30pm
Cost: $120 silver ticket, $180 gold ticket (gold ticket includes Ink Gin cocktails)  
Book: Via the website 

Melbourne Cup At Room81 | Sofitel 


Nothing says Melbourne Cup like sitting down to a five-star four-course banquet at Sofitel Hotel’s room81. Take your beautiful self out for a long lunch catered by the talented chef de cuisine Sam Moore, complete with premium drinks package, champagne, sweeps, prizes for best dressed and live entertainment. You’ll start (and end) the day with bubbles, so you’re a winner no matter what horse you back. 

When: 12pm to 4pm
Cost: $149 all-inclusive 
Book: 07 5570 0383

Rosé At The Races | Stingray Lounge

Surfers Paradise 

Seasoned veterans when it comes to throwing one of the best Melbourne Cup events on the Gold Coast (or any event for that matter), is Stingray Lounge at QT Gold Coast. Taking over the bar and alfresco pool area, and because QT never likes to do things in halves, funky new izakaya Yamagen will also be a part of the action. This is the place to bust out your brightest dress and loudest fascinator, with tickets including Mumm Rosé on arrival, two hours of premium drinks, canapés, DJs, best-dressed contests (competition will be fierce) and big screens to catch the race that stops a nation, this is certain to be one of the best Melbourne Cup events on the Gold Coast. Giddy up!

When: 12pm to 3pm
Cost: $110 all-inclusive (or $100 with group of 10 or more) 
Book: Via the website 

Bazaar Melbourne Cup Lunch | Bazaar

Surfers Paradise

Eager to join the QT Gold Coast sparkle, but don’t want to wander around all afternoon in those four-inch stilettos? Upstairs at Bazaar Interactive Marketplace, a more civilized sit-down luncheon is being planned including champers on arrival, a foodie feast, three hours of bevvies, sweeps, fashion competitions and TVs to catch the action. If you don’t feel like a nanna nap after all that daytime drinking, you’re invited to party on afterwards at Stingray Lounge.

When: 12pm to 3pm
Cost: $149 all-inclusive (or $140 with group of 10 or more) 
Book: Via the website 

Melbourne Cup On The Green | Hideaway Kitchen & Bar


Hosting one of the best Melbourne Cup events on the Gold Coast is Broadbeach Asian fave, Hideaway Kitchen & Bar. One of the more affordable all-inclusive options, you’ll want to act fast to nab yourself an outdoor table in the sunny beer garden. The Hideaway crew are brewing up an afternoon that involves noshing on their banquet, drinks, sweepstakes, live music and fashions on the green. Time to start booking that RDO.

When: 12pm to 4:30pm
Cost: $99 all-inclusive 
Book: Call 07 5679 0369

Melbourne Cup Luncheon | Marriott Resort & Spa

Surfers Paradise 

Did we mention we were spoilt for choice when it comes to Melbourne Cup events on the Gold Coast? Not to be outdone, Marriott Resort & Spa is celebrating the spring racing carnival with canapés on arrival, a three-course luncheon, three hours of premium beer and wine, raffles, fashion parades and live entertainment. Afterwards, you’re invited to kick on at adjoining cocktail lounge, Chapter & Verse. PS: please maintain your dignity at all times, as nudie runs to the pool will not be accepted.

When: 12pm to 3pm
Cost: $140 all-inclusive 
Book: Via the website 

Red Carpet Champagne Luncheon | The Fish House

Burleigh Heads

One of the Coast’s swankiest Melbourne Cup gatherings will be at celebrated Burleigh restaurant, The Fish House. Promising to be a red carpet affair with Ruinart champagne and Sydney Rock oysters on arrival and a seriously indulgent six-course luncheon. Anyone need a date and wanna take us?

When: 11:30am onwards
Cost: $160 all-inclusive  
Book: 07 5535 7725

Pier’s Pony Party | Pier Marina Mirage

Main Beach

While we never need an excuse to spend a lazy afternoon day drinking and gazing at bobbing yachts, the first Tuesday in November is an exceptional one. With all the essential ingredients for one of the best Melbourne Cup events on the Gold Coast, at Pier Marina Mirage you’ll be spoiled with multiple grazing stations, unlimited Chandon, select wine and tap beers. Having trouble keeping your eyes open after all that midday feasting? They’ve thought of that too, with espresso martinis (and strawberry margaritas) thrown in for good luck. 

When: 12pm to 4pm
Cost: $120 all-inclusive ($150 for Moet upgrade) 
Book: 07 5527 0472

Melbourne Cup Day | Gold Coast Turf Club 


If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. If you’re seeking the whole festival atmosphere, a trip to the track is high on the list of best Melbourne Cup events on the Gold Coast. Gold Coast Turf Club is turning it on for one of their biggest meets of the year with seven real-life horse races, fashions of the field and people-watching galore. While majority of the best hospitality packages have already been snapped up, try your luck via the website or go general admission with $30 tickets at the gate. Don’t forget, if you’re heading to the track, wedges are essential if you don’t want to end up looking like you’re walking on the moon every time you encounter a grassy patch. Happy betting!  

When: Gates open 11:30am
Cost: $30 general admission or from $145 for packages 
Book: Via the website 

Chances are you'll need something greasy the next morning, so hit up one of these breakfast joints and thank us later.

Image credit: The Urban List 

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