Get Frocked up at these essential Sunshine Coast Melbourne Cup Events
Are you ready for the race that stops the nation? We are!
The Melbourne Cup AKA Australia’s excuse to down an ungodly amount of champagne before 1pm is fast approaching. Place your bets, whip out your fanciest fascinator, your best cocktail dress and race your way to 8 of the classiest joints to enjoy the big day on the Sunshine Coast. Saddle up, it’s going to be a fun ride.
Sunshine Coast Turf Club | Caloundra
📷 Philippe Gras
The first horse out of the stable has got to be the iconic Sunshine Coast Turf Club. When it comes to racing, this is the place to be. Bring your best outfits and winning spirit down to Caloundra and prepare for a day of thrills and frills. You’ll be all set with their hospitality packages, new Marquees and your classic fashion on the field, it’s the almost like being at the real Melbourne Cup. Giddy up!
Gates Open: 9:30am
Where: 170 Pierce Avenue, Caloundra
Price: From $20
The Savvy Squire | Mooloolaba
📷 Fabio Alves
Pop open the complimentary glass of bubbly or pot of beer and settle in for a night of good grub and laughs at one of the Sunny Coast’s best water-front brewhouses. The Savvy is dishing up one hell of a feast for the lads and ladies offering up two massive courses of scrumptious rustic grub or cocktail style canapes. Have a round on us and settle in for a night of booze, bets and hopefully winnings.
Where: 123 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba (The Wharf)
Price: Meal packages from $49
The Pavilion | Mooloolaba
📷 Sultan Esra Sahin
Bring that Flemington spirit right into the heart of Mooloolaba at the Pavilion. Offering up the sweetest champagne and ocean views, it’s the place to be if you crave a bit of the high life. Sit down with your most elegant girlfriends and enjoy an afternoon of fresh seafood, canapes and the best in local beer and wine. Soak up the infectious Cup Day atmosphere with the Pav’s house DJ and continue the festivities with the after dark (4pm) afterparty.
This one is a bit pricy but it’s well worth forking out some cash for this once in a year event. Race to their website to book your exclusive ticket. You won’t regret it!
Where: 26/121 Mooloolaba Esplanade
Pizzami Gourmet Pizza Bar | Peregian Beach
Get a slice of the action at Pizzami Gourmet Pizza Bar this race day. This charming bar is serving up an afternoon full of unlimited cheesy pizzas, delicious entrees and champagne on arrival. What makes this even better is that it’ll only cost you $55 per person. Mamma Mia! Bookings are essential so call the folks up at Peregian Beach on 54712300.
Where: Slap bang on the corner of Kingfisher Drive and Heron Street
Price: From $55 per person
Café Le Monde | Noosa Heads
📷 Inga Seliverstova
Grab your very best besties and your best threads and head on down to our favourite hang-out spot, Café’ Le Monde. Raise a glass (or two) and celebrate this year’s Melbourne Cup in style with live entertainment, fresh seafood and oysters to die for. And with 3 big screens and 2 hours of all you can drink wine and beer, what’s not to love.
When: Doors Open 11:30am
Where: 52 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
Price: $129 per person
Miss Moneypenny’s Noosa | Noosa Heads
📷 Skylake Studios
Over the years, Miss Moneypenny’s has gained the reputation of throwing some of the best parties on the Coast. And this year is no different. Bring along your most luxurious dresses and fine pressed suits and strap yourself in for one of the best afternoons you’ve had in a while. Indulge yourself with a trip to their VIP Birdcage with an endless supply of oysters and copious amounts of champagne. Honestly, the more we talk about it, the more excited we are becoming. You book the Uber and we’ll get the outfits. See you there!
Where: 6 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
Price: From $90 per person
Fish on Parkyn | Mooloolaba
📷 Jay Wennington
Pull up a chair at the famous Fish on Parkyn. Soak in the beautiful views of the Mooloolaba Spit while sipping on your favourite bevvie and indulging yourself in the Coast’s best seafood, straight from the harbour. Treat yourself to complimentary sweep tickets and place your bets for the race that stops the nation. Lets go, we're all rooting for you.
Where: 25 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba
Price: From $25
Matthew Flinders and Sunreef Cruise | Mooloolaba
📷 Omar Eagle-Clarke
Can you imagine a better way to top off your Melbourne Cup Day celebrations than on the ocean? Set sail with Flinders P&F and Sunreef Mooloolaba on the famous Whale One boat for a 2 hour pleasure cruise along the pristine waters of Mooloolaba and beyond. Take in that gorgeous golden hour sun and nibble on some of the best seafood and food all cooked by Sunreef’s private chef. In classic Melb Cup tradition there will of course be “fashions on the boat” and a raffle with some amazing prizes to be won.
Where: The Wharf Mooloolaba (123 Parkyn Parade)
Price: $155 per person
Champagne check. Outfit check. Fascinator check. Winning bet? We’ll just have to wait and see. Wherever you chose to celebrate this year’s Melbourne Cup, we are sure you’ll have a blast. Go on down that glass and enjoy yourself. You deserve it.
About the Author
I love walking at my local Sunshine Coast beaches, exploring new brunch spots (as long as they have coffee and hash browns- I’m all set) and enjoying a classic ginger beer with lime.
When I’m not stressing over my uni assignments, I like to practice photography, play video games with my friends and paint.
Currently dreaming of learning how to ski and visiting the snow in NSW.