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SEQ Melbourne Cup Event Guide 2020

Frocks at the ready, the race is about to begin

SEQ Melbourne Cup Event Guide 2020

Giddyup Brisbane, the race that stops the nation is back! Find those fascinating fascinators and have your best frocks at the ready because the South East has something for everyone. Whether you want to celebrate the day in full glam with a four-course meal, or you'd prefer a secluded tranquil adventure, November 3rd is waiting at the line for you.

Worth Getting Dressed Up For


📷: Deleece Cook

Canadian Club Melbourne Cup Day

Where: Doomben Race Course

When: Tuesday 3 November, Public Gates Open 10am and Functions start 11:30am

What: Celebrate the races in style on the Premium Village Green, Gunsynd Gardens, Satchel Room, or the Trackside Marquee. Get glammed up for a not so regular fashions on the field with a photoshoot of you in your glorious frock on your very own movie set.

How much: From $30 for general admission and up to $350 for the Trackside Marquee, check out tickets here.

More: Fashions on the field theme is "Bold Colour".

📷: Sebastian Coman Photography

Balfour Hotel Melbourne Cup High Tea

Where: New Farm

When: Tuesday 3 November, 12-3pm

What: A luxurious high tea beginning at 12 with unlimited tea and coffee and a complimentary glass of sparkling when you arrive. Watch the race that stops the nation on the big screen at New Farm Cinemas. Cinema seats + high tea = the best Melbourne Cup Day you've ever had.

How much: $79pp find your tickets here.

More: Your ticket gets you an automatic entry into the sweepstakes for a 1-night luxury stay at Balfour Hotel with gourmet breakfast for two.

📷: Jacek Dylag


Where: Fortitude Valley

When: Tuesday 3 November, 11:30-3pm

What: A sweet themed scrumptious Melbourne Cup Day event with four different levels of luxury including the Birdcage, G.H. Mumm Crystal Palais Race Day Booth, G.H. Mumm Gala Luncheon Rose Room, and the Perrier-Jouet Bubbles & Pearls Pavilion Moon Room. Enjoy 3 hours of drinks, desserts, and canapes before being crowned Duke or Duchess of fashions on the field.

How much: From $139pp, grab some tickets here.

Sunshine Coast

📷: Valeria Boltneva

Miss Moneypenny's

Where: Noosa Heads

When: Tuesday 3 November, 11:30-3:30pm

What: A 4-course Lunch inspired by modern Mediterranean cuisine with a glass of champagne or lager on arrival. Choose between three delicious packages to treat yo self (and your friends) to amazing food and premium drinks. Sit back in your glorious attire and watch the Maltida COVE Fashion show (drinks and threads? Hell yes).

How much: Various packages between $115-$235pp. Check out the tickets here.

More: Prizes for best dressed on the day and heaps of sweepstakes to place a bet on.

Gold Coast

📷: Jessica Tan

Regatta Hotel Gala Event

Where: Toowong

When: Tuesday 3 November, 12-3pm

What: A cocktail party like no other, the Regatta Hotel is providing a prawn cocktail bar, summer appetizers, and a three-hour drinks package. Live it up on the Level 1 function spaces and then party like it's 1999 in the underground Walrus Club after party. Watch the race on multiple live screens and take your chances in the sweepstakes, the Gala is the event of the season.

How much: Get your tickets for $130pp here.

📷: Alasdiar Elmes

The Island Gold Coast

Where: Surfers Paradise

When: Tuesday 3 November, 12-3:30pm

What: Choose between three amazing packages for a delicious and fashun forward Melbourne Cup Day. Each package gets your three hours of food hand brought to your table, fashions on the field, and premium drinks. Each is a sit-down event for Covid regulations, but still, have the wonder of race days of the past. Put on your most fabulous outfits and enjoy a day of wonder and frivolity.

How much: Tickets are between $109-$259 and found here.

For You and Your Work Wife


📷: @thefoxhotel

The Fox Hotel

Where: South Brisbane

When: Tuesday 3 November, opens at 11am

What: Dress in your fabulous racewear and giddyup to the Fox Hotel for big screens, commentary, bites, and bubbles. You have the choice between the Dandys Rooftop Long Lunch with race commentary or watch Live + Loud on the ground floor.

How much: Free entry

More: booking is essential for Dandys Rooftop Long Lunch and recommended for Live + Loud. Call (07) 3844 2883 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

📷: Terje Sollie

QA Hotel

Where: New Farm

When: Tuesday 3 November, 12-4pm

What: Enjoy the cup in the exclusivity of a private function room with a four drink package and a three-course meal. Take part in the sweepstakes and get lucky with the TAB terminals, it's an event the whole workplace will enjoy.

How much: $149pp, get your tickets here.

More: Tables are sold in groups of 5.

📷: Davide De Giovanni

Parliament House Luncheon

Where: Brisbane City

When: Tuesday 3 November, 11:30-3pm

What: Dine on a four-course lunch with Piper Heidsieck or craft beer on arrival. Watch the race live in style with the glorious decor of Parliament House, it's regal, grand, and elegant (just like you). Dress for success and win the best-dressed prize while you're sipping on champers and dining on treats.

How much: $85pp. Check out the tickets here.

More: The dress code is smart casual, so work that fancy-schmancy office gear.

Sunshine Coast

📷: @scturfclub

Sunshine Coast Turf Club

Where: Caloundra

When: Tuesday 3 November, Gates Open at 9:30am

What: Celebrate in style and sunshine with the Sunshine Coast Turf Club. Take your work BBF's along for the ride in a corporate marquee or Parade Ring Terrace. Soak up the action with bubbles and treats in hand while you watch the race on the big screen.

How much: Packages vary between $25-$360. Grab your desired ticket package here.

Gold Coast

📷: @edgewaterdining

Edgewater Dining 'Not So' Melbourne Cup

Where: Surfers Paradise

When: Tuesday 3 November, 12-4pm

What: A three-course menu that celebrates Melbourne Cup the 2020 way. With sit down seating and delectable food on offer, the 'Not So' Melbourne Cup will still have you at the heart of the action.

How much: $99pp

More: To get your tickets call (07) 5570 1624

📷: Louis Hansel

Tamborine Mountain Coffee Plantation

Where: Tamborine Mountain

When: Tuesday 3 November, 10:30-4pm

What: Celebrate the race that stops the nation with a cocktail in hand on arrival while exploring the scrumptious dessert bar. Enjoy a main course meal along with pass Hors d'Oeuvres and try your luck at the raffles and sweeps while you wait for the heart-stopping main event.

How much: Tickets are $80pp, grab them here.

A Casual Affair


Finn McCools

Where: Fortitude Valley

When: Tuesday 3 November, 11-3pm

What: May the luck of the Irish be with you as you dine on the four-hour food and drink package while watching non-stop live coverage of Flemington Racecourse. Perhaps you'll even find a pot of gold when you bet on the winning horse.

How much: Tickets are $65pp, get them here.

📷: @cuisineoncue

Cuisine on Cue

Where: Brisbane and surrounds

When: Tuesday, 3 November

What: Take the stress out of Melbourne Cup Day and celebrate with your friends and fam with catering brought to wherever you want it. Cuisine on Cue has a variety of menu options for big or small gatherings including food stations, shared plates, buffets. Chill out, eat a snack, and watch the race in the comfort of your home.

How much: Price varies according to package

📷: @thecupcakepatisserie

The Cupcake Patisserie

Where: Albion

When: Tuesday 3 November, whenever you want

What: The Cupcake Patisserie makes and delivers absolutely delicious cupcakes around Brisbane for your enjoyment. Get a few boxes of their classics, try out some new flavours, or get your company logo put on them and enjoy the Melbourne Cup your way. There's no time pressure or major booking necessary, just choose a time, place, and a flavour and your day is underway.

How much: From $30. Explore the delicious menu here.

Saddle up and enjoy this Melbourne Cup Day in style, now you've got the know-how you can win the day.

📷: Sharon McCutcheon

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Melissa Sutton

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