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 7 of the best Melbourne Cup events happening on the Coast that are offering much more than just a horse race.
Melbourne Cup High Tea
Hosted by high tea pros 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 (which includes a glass of Möet on arrival) as well as some beautiful petite cakes, scones, and macaroons. There’ll also be some prizes up for grabs for best hat and best dressed, so be sure to dress for the occasion. All the deets are here.
Time: 11:30am till 2:30pm
Where: 1/100 Burnett St, Buderim
Melbourne Cup Day At Bombetta
Italian dining powerhouse Bombetta is taking race day to a whole other level. Think a three course feasting menu (which includes a 2 hour drinks package), best dressed and luck door prizes, sweepstakes, and big screens to view all of the action. Sound like your cup of tea? Then be sure to book ASAP to avoid missing out.
Time: From 11:30am
Where: 1/77 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads
Cost: $110.00 per person
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.
Time: 11:30am till 3:00pm
Where: 88 Obi Lane, Maleny
Cost: $99.00 per person
Melbourne Cup Day At The Turf Club
If it’s live action you’re after, then this is the cup day event for you. Dress up in your best frock, 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. All the deets are here.
Time: Gates open at 9:30am
Where: 170 Pierce Avenue, Caloundra
Cost: $20.00-$25.00 for general admissions
Race Day At The Post Office
If your perfect race day includes pizzas, beers, and live music, then head to The Post Office for a more chilled out cup day. With specials including cocktails, Caronas, pizzas, and share platters, and the race action broadcast live on big screens, it’s everything you need for a perfect race day with your mates. If you’re keen to keep the party going, there’ll be live music and a DJ playing in the beer garden from 3pm. Afternoon = sorted.
Time: Venue open from 10:00am
Where: 10 Ocean St, Maroochydore
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.
Where: 6 Hastings St Noosa, Noosa Heads
Cost: Prices vary
Cup Day At The Lake Kawana Hotel
Celebrate the race that stops the nation with a two course luncheon at the Kawana Hotel’s lakeside restaurant, the The Wildflower. The menu includes eye fillet, gnocchi, strawberry meringue and vanilla, cardamom and orange pannacotta, so you won’t leave hungry. There’ll be complimentary champagne and beer on arrival, all the action from the big race, and heaps of prizes up for grabs. If you’re planning a big one, then there’s also the option to book a room and spend the night, or even reserve your own function room for just you and your mates. Race day sorted.
Where: 9 Florey Boulevard, Kawana
Cost: $55.00 per person
So whether you’re looking to get fancy and frock up, 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. Giddy up. Need to find yourself a new frock for the big day? Check out these Sunshine Coast fashion boutiques.
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