Somehow, it’s that time of year again. All of a sudden, Melbourne Cup Day is coming around the track (pun intended) and it is bringing with it all of the usual festivities.
But, if you’re like us, and watching a bunch of horses run in a circle repeatedly isn’t your thing, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best Melbourne Cup events happening on the Sunshine Coast that are offering much more than just a horse race.
Everyone’s favourite summer hangout, grab your hats and throw on your frocks for Pier 33’s race day event. With glittering water views, table seating, live entertainment, a cool crowd, four-hour premium canape package and sparkling glass of MUMM Champagne on arrival, you honestly can’t go wrong. For more info, click here.
When: 12pm to 4pm
Where: 33-45 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba
The Savvy Squire
No surprises that one of the Sunshine Coast’s newest and best brewhouses is throwing one hell of a Melbourne Cup bash. Ladies, grab your cocktail dress and fellas dust off your suit because The Savvy Squire is dishing up two massive courses of tasty eats for just $55 per person. Our advice? Order a few rounds of James Squire to wash it all down as you watch the main event. For more info, click here.
Where: 123 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba
Melbourne Cup High Tea
Hosted by high tea pros at Aimee Provence, the Melbourne Cup High Tea promises to deliver an event as classy as the cup itself. Treat yourself to a signature champagne high tea as well as some beautiful petite cakes, scones, macaroons and free-flowing bubbles. There’ll also be some prizes up for grabs for best hat and best dressed, so be sure to get done up for the occasion. For more info, click here.
When: 1pm to 3pm
Where: 1/100 Burnett Street, Buderim
Melbourne Cup Day At Bombetta
Italian dining powerhouse Bombetta is taking race day to a whole other level. It’s going to be a massive party with live DJs on stage, pizza and cocktails (of course), a club-like dance floor, race sweeps and all the live action on the big screen. Sound like your cup of tea? Then be sure to book ASAP to avoid missing out. For more info, click here.
When: From 12pm
Where: 1/77 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads
Melbourne Cup In The Forest
Looking to make your race day a fancy affair? Then look no further than Melbourne Cup In The Forest at Spicers Tamarind Retreat. Sit back, relax and enjoy a famous Thai banquet from Head Chef Dan Jarrett, while you soak up the tranquil surroundings of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Perfect. For more, click here.
When: 11.30am to 3pm
Where: 88 Obi Lane, Maleny
Melbourne Cup Day At The Turf Club
If it’s live action you’re after, then the turf club is where you should spend your Melbourne Cup Day on the Sunshine Coast. Dress up in your best threads and prepare for a day of fillies, frivolity and fun. With hospitality packages, complimentary buses, fashions of the field and actual horse races, it’s the closest you can come to the real thing without forking out for the flight to Melbourne. And in true cup day style, things are sure to get a little messy. Bring it on. For more info, click here.
When: Gates open at 9.30am
Where: 170 Pierce Avenue, Caloundra
Cost: From $20
Melbourne Cup At Miss Moneypenny's
This year’s Melbourne Cup at Miss Moneypenny’s is set to be the biggest and best party the Coast has seen in a long while. We're excited for ‘The Birdcage’, a VIP canapé and champagne marquee, and there will also be a three-course luncheon and a legendary after-party. Be sure to get your tickets ASAP, so you don’t miss out. For more info, click here.
When: 11.30am until late
Where: 6 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
Cost: Prices vary
Don’t miss out on one of the best Melbourne Cup Day events on the Sunshine Coast. Set to a backdrop of glistening water views, Spice Bar is serving up your choice of a two-hour canape package for $99 or a five-course degustation seated inside for $125 and a glass of champagne on arrival. For more info, click here.
Time: From 12pm
Where: 123 Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba
Cost: $99 to $125
Rococo Bistro is throwing the party of all Melbourne Cup parties and you need to be there. With everything from a wine bar and ladies lounge to DJs, canapes and cocktails, this iconic Noosa shindig will not disappoint. Avoid the heartbreak of missing out and grab your tickets here. For more info, click here.
Time: 11am to 10pm
Where: 42 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
Cost: Prices vary
Malt Shovel Taphouse
If you’ve been itching to check out the Sunshine Coast’s newest watering hole then their Melbourne Cup bash is the perfect excuse. For a cool $45 you could be sipping craft beers and champagne, munching on a drool-worthy two-course lunch, and soaking up all the live action on the big screen at Malt Shovel Taphouse. If you’re looking for the best Melbourne Cup Day events on the Sunshine Coast, this is one of them! For more info, click here.
Time: 11am to 9pm
Where: 8 The Avenue, Birtinya
So whether you’re looking to get fancy or just want to have a few beers and a few punts, the Sunshine Coast is providing the goods when it comes to race day frivolities. Need to find yourself a new frock for the big day? Check out these Sunshine Coast fashion boutiques.
Image credit: Christian Vierig