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8 Melbourne Cup Events You’ll Actually Want To Go To

By Danielle Read - 08 Oct 2018

best Melbourne Cup events on the Gold Coast

The Melbourne Cup is sweeping its way back around—and of course, our options for lunching bliss are endless. Our foodie scene is bringing the goods and we couldn’t be more stoked. When else are you allowed to admit to drinking bubbles at midday? 

Ladies, grab your cocktail dress and fellas dust off your suit, here are the best places to celebrate Melbourne Cup on the Gold Coast.

Melbourne Cup On The Lawn | Garden Kitchen & Bar


Gambling at The Star comes naturally. So you’ll be in your element when you turn up for this fancy Melbourne Cup lunch. Garden Kitchen & Bar are throwing two huge events.  And they'll make you want to cheer them on like your favourite stead. If swanning about in the sunshine is high on your list of priorities, GC's favourite alfresco bar and eatery is your go-to. Lap up free admission to the lawn bar or opt for three courses of deliciousness in the form of a three-hour drinks package and entertainment. There’ll be sweeps, live music, DJs, a beauty bar, prizes and fashions on the fields.

When: 11am till late
Cost: $160 for lunch option or picnics $1200 for eight people (includes $800 bar and food tab)
For more information, click here

Glamourous Soiree | Nineteen At The Star


Rub shoulders with the Gold Coast’s most glamourous this Melbourne Cup Day. The iconic rooftop is throwing a six-course luncheon with a four-hour drink package. Book your tickets on pay day for a neat $300 (worth it). Or opt for a selection of deluxe canapes and flowing drinks for $150. Nineteen at The Star is our pick for fashion on the field highlights, lounging luxury and possible celeb spotting. Catch all the action on the big screen with a view of Broadbeach’s picturesque skyline. Cheers to that. 

When: 11am till 3:30pm
Cost: $150 drinks package, $300 luncheon and drinks
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Melbourne Cup On The Rooftop | The Island

Surfers Paradise

No surprises that Gold Coast’s fave rooftop bar is throwing one helluva Melbourne Cup bash. Actually, The Island are throwing two! You’ll find a swanky cocktail party filling the ground floor and rooftop. Then enjoy three hours of deluxe canapés and drinks, plus prime viewing of the races. If #penthouselife is more your style, snag a seat at a sit-down gala luncheon. This one includes canapés, 3.5 hours of tipple and views of the dazzling Gold Coast skyline. Stick around for fashions of the field, sweeps, giveaways and roving entertainment. Plus, there’s the option to make a night of it and book a room at the popular boutique hotel.

When: 12pm till 3:30pm
Cost: $99 (rooftop, canapés + drinks) or $195 (level 12, three-course lunch + drinks)
For more information, click here

Melbourne Cup At Bazaar | The QT 

Surfers Paradise

Looking for a way to enjoy bottles and bottles of champagne, while also being all-class?  Welcome to QTs Bazaar Interactive Marketplace. If you’re hungry enough to eat a horse, you’re in luck. Bazaar are cooking up a huge feast to settle those grumbles. Sip on a three-hour drink package and take part in the ha-uge sweepstakes. Before hic-ing through the fashion prizes and waltzing over to Stingray Bar to end the day with a boogie. 

When: 12pm till 3pm
Cost: $149 all-inclusive
For more information, click here

In Bloom | Aviary


In case you missed it, Southport Sharks got fancy. And you're missing out if you haven't checked out their latest opening. Aviary offers luxurious rooftop sipping, feasting and race wooing this Melbourne Cup. ‘Don your smanciest outfit for your chance to win best dressed and make your way down in the courtesy bus (um, most convenient extra ever!).  Indulge in a three-hour soiree fit with all the essentials. An OTT grazing table, wood-fired pizzas, canapés and an entire dessert station. Live music, fashion parades and race day viewing makes this one a top pick for this year’s Melbourne Cup lunch. 

When: 1130am to 230pm
Cost: $140 or upgrade to the premium package for $180
For more information, click here

Melbourne Cup On The Green | Hideaway Kitchen & Bar


Do you know what most race day festivities are missing? Asian food to tuck into. But at Hideaway Kitchen and Bar, you get the best of both worlds! This is one of the more affordable all-inclusive options, so 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 of noshing on Asian-inspired canapés, drinks, sweepstakes and live music. Time to start booking that RDO.

When: 11am to 4pm
Cost: $125 all-inclusive
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Spring Fling | The Collective

Palm Beach

It’s pretty darn obvious that The Collective can do no wrong. Throwing a Melbourne Cup lunch on the Gold Coast with a difference, the annual Spring Fling is set to be a hoot. Highlights include a four-course lunch from your favourite kitchens (American, Italian, Mexican, Asian and contemporary Australian), optional drinks packages and prizes for best dressed. Oh, and of course there will be live coverage of the event itself.  You know, the reason you're drinking champagne at 2pm on a Tuesday?

When: 12pm to 5pm
Cost: $85 food and drink on arrival or upgrade with drink packages starting at $60
For more information, click here

Melbourne Cup Luncheon | The Arc At Nobbys

Nobby Beach

Looking for an affordable Melbourne Cup lunch on the Gold Coast? We’ve got you covered! In case you missed it, The Arc at Nobby’s has recently had a revamp, fit with lush indoor greenery and even a giraffe. Nestle in for a three-course meal, complimentary cocktail on arrival and live tunes from 3pm.  Oh, and it will only cost you a pineapple.  Pay at the door and let the racing begin! All available for your viewing pleasure on the big screens.

When: 12pm onwards
Cost: $50
For more information, click here 

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

Image credit: Claudio Lavenia 

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