2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival – Travel Packages

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Date 31 Oct, 2020 07 Oct, 2020

2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival Packages Coming Soon – Pre-Register Now!

The Lexus Melbourne Cup is one of the most anticipated and celebrated days on the Australian sporting calendar! Known to be the most lucrative two-mile (3.2km) handicap race in the world, the Lexus Melbourne Cup, also referred to as the “The Race That Stops a Nation™” sits in an extremely high regard amongst international horse racing events with it prestige, traditions and popularity. Each year the gates of Flemington Racecourse are flooded, as over 300,000 race goers from not only Australia but the world enter dressed immaculately to experience the glitz, glamour, drama and excitement of arguably the biggest four days on the international horse racing calendar! Having it’s own public holiday certainly warrants it enormity! Patrons attend the Melbourne Cup Carnival to not only witness some of the finest horse racing on the planet, have a ‘punt’ and partake in The Cup festivities; but also to soak in the atmosphere and festivities that are unlike anything else.


If you’re interested in experiencing one of the world’s most prestigious and famous horse racing events, along with the undeniable fun, excitement and entertainment at the 2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival  – please take a moment to register your interest in the Enquiry Form below! By doing so, we’ll send you a notification when our 2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival packages are released later in the year.

Exclusive Pre-Sale: To get access to Sportsnet’s packages before they go on sale to the general public, please indicate in the form below that you’d like to place a fully-refundable $50 deposit. This will guarantee that you will have our full range of ticket and accommodation options to choose from!


Sportsnet’s range of 2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival packages will likely include the following:

  • A great range of centrally located Melbourne CBD hotel accommodation options
  • A great range of official tickets and hospitality options (including grandstands)
  • Entry into Sportsnet’s Cup Day Gala Breakfast:
    • Reserved Seating
    • Plated hot breakfast alongside freshly baked breads and seasonal fruits
    • Selection of beverages including Barista-made coffees, teas, sparkling wine, red and white wines, beers and juices
    • Live entertainment
    • Plus more!
  • One-way Cruise transfers to Flemington Racecourse
  • Exclusive Experiences
  • Plus more!

Please note inclusions are subject to select packages.

2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival travel packages and cruises

Official Tour Operator - 2019 Melbourne Cup Carnival • Sportsnet Holidays
Sportsnet is proud to be an Official Tourism Operator of the Melbourne Cup Carnival 2019


More info about the 2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival

Name Date Distance Weight Qualification Purse Known for
AAMI Victoria Derby Day Sat, 31 October 2020 2,500m Colts & geldings: 55.5kg
Fillies: 53.5kg
Three-year-olds $2,000,000 (2018) Black & white fashions;
Men’s fashion
Lexus Melbourne Cup Day Tue, 3 November 2020 3,200m N/A Three-year-olds and up $7,300,000 (2018) “The Race That Stops a Nation™”
Kennedy Oaks Day Thu, 5 November 2020 2,500m Set weights – 55.5kg Three year old fillies $1,000,000 (2018) Ladies Day
Seppelt Wines Stakes Day Sat, 7 November 2020 2,000m N/A N/A N/A Family Day

The most lucrative two-mile (3.2km) handicap race in the world, the Lexus Melbourne Cup, otherwise referred to as “The Race That Stops a Nation™”, is without a doubt one of the world’s most prestigious and iconic horse racing events! Each year over 300,000 race goers from all over Australia and the world enter the world renowned gates of Flemington Racecourse dressed to the nines to experience the glitz, glamour, drama, and excitement of the biggest and best four days of horse racing in Australia (if not the world!). After all, there aren’t many sporting events in the world that can warrant having their own public holiday! Patrons attend the Melbourne Cup Carnival to not only witness some of the finest horse racing on the planet, have a ‘punt’ and partake in The Cup festivities; but also to soak in the atmosphere and festivities that are unlike anything else in the world.

Adding further to what’s already a fabulous experience are Sportsnet’s EXCLUSIVE functions and experiences! Whether it’s a cruise (including a scrumptious morning tea and sparkling wines, red & white wine and beers) along the Maribyrnong River getting you to the AAMI Victoria Derby Day and/or the Kennedy Oaks Day in style fitting of the occasion; or our signature Cup Day Gala Breakfast, this year set to be hosted in ‘The Pavillion’ in the stunning Arts Centre Melbourne in 2019 – Sportsnet will make your trip to the Melbourne Cup Carnival so much more than just a day(s) at the races!


2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival – Event Overview

Event official name: 2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival
Event start date: October 31, 2020
Event end date: November 07, 2020
Event official website: www.flemington.com.au/melbourne-cup-carnival
Event category: Horse Racing
Performers: TBA
Event location: Flemington Racecourse
Event address: 448 Epsom Rd, Flemington VIC 3031
Package prices from: TBA

Please note that all prices and inclusions are from our range of 2019 packages and are therefore only a guide and are subject to change.


6 night P&O ‘Pacific Explorer’ Melbourne Cup 2019 cruise package from $1,755* included:

  • 6 nights’ accommodation aboard the P&O Pacific Explorer in an interior cabin including:
    • General Admission entry into Flemington Racecourse on Lexus Melbourne Cup Day –
    • Return Coach transfers from Flemington Racecourse back to the ship
    • Racing personalities onboard
    • Fashions at Sea
    • All main meals at selected restaurants
    • Daytime activities including the sports courts, whirlpool spas, pools and fully equipped gym
    • Evening entertainment featuring live comedy, theatre, nightclubs and cinema
    • Dedicated age specific children’s clubs
    • All Australian and overseas port taxes
    • Embark: Saturday 2nd November, 2019 in Sydney, Australia
    • Disembark: Friday 8th November, 2019 in Sydney, Australia
  • Entry into Sportsnet’s Cup Day Gala Breakfast including:
    • Reserved seat inside the Arts Centre Melbourne Pavilion
    • Plated hot breakfast alongside freshly baked breads and seasonal fruits
    • Selection of beverages including Barista-made coffees, teas, sparkling wine, red and white wines, beers and juices
    • Live entertainment
    • Option to partake in the Sportsnet ‘Fashions off the Field’ competition
    • Phantom Race Call with $500 cash prize
    • Complimentary pamper stations
    • One way coach transfer to Flemington at the conclusion of the function Booking and Ticket Handling Fee
  • Booking and Ticket Handling Fee

7 night P&O ‘Pacific Dawn’ Melbourne Cup 2019 cruise package from $1,505* included:

  • 7 nights’ accommodation aboard the P&O ‘Pacific Dawn’ in an interior cabin including:
    • Return coach transfers to and from Flemington Racecourse
    • General Admission entry into Flemington Racecourse on Lexus Melbourne Cup Day
    • Racing personalities onboard
    • Fashions at Sea
    • All main meals at selected restaurants
    • Daytime activities including the sports courts, whirlpool spas, pools and fully equipped gym
    • Evening entertainment featuring live comedy, theatre, nightclubs and cinema
    • Dedicated age specific children’s clubs
    • All Australian and overseas port taxes
    • Embark: Saturday 2nd November, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia
    • Disembark: Saturday 9th November, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia
  • Admission into the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
    • Enjoy a tea or coffee and cookie as you experience a flight on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
  • Booking and Ticket Handling Fee

2 night 2019 Lexus Melbourne Cup Day package from $649* included:

  • 2 nights’ accommodation at a selection of Melbourne CBD hotels
    • Check In: Monday 4th November, 2019
    • Check Out: Wednesday 6th November, 2019
  • Entry into Sportsnet’s Cup Day Gala Breakfast
    • Reserved seat inside the Arts Centre Melbourne Pavilion
    • Plated hot breakfast alongside freshly baked breads and seasonal fruits
    • Selection of beverages including Barista-made coffees, teas, sparkling wine, red and white wines, beers and juices
    • Live entertainment
    • Option to partake in the Sportsnet ‘Fashions off the Field’ competition
    • Phantom Race Call with $500 cash prize
    • Complimentary pamper stations
    • One way coach transfer to Flemington at the conclusion of the function
  • General admission ticket to the Lexus Melbourne Cup Day 
  • myki Visitor Pack including:
    • A Full Fare myki card, pre-loaded with enough myki money for one day’s travel in Zone 1, which includes the entire tram network
    • Discount offers at 15 attractions including: Melbourne Aquarium, the National Sports Museum, Eureka Skydeck and Melbourne Star, saving you more than $100
    • A protective souvenir myki wallet
  • Booking and Ticket Handling Fee

2 night 2019 AAMI Victoria Derby Day package from $589* included:

  • 2 nights’ accommodationat a selection of Melbourne CBD hotels
    • Check In: Friday 1st November, 2019
    • Check Out: Sunday 3rd November, 2019
  • One-way Derby Day cruise to Flemington Racecourse including:
    • Delivery to the doorstep of the renowned Flemington Racecourse
    • Scenic cruise along the Maribyrnong River
    • Live music
    • Stand-up morning tea buffet consisting of fresh seasonal fruits, delicious muffins, gourmet pastries and tastefully filled croissants
    • Unlimited heavy & light beers and Australian sparkling, red & white wines
    • A variety of soft drinks, freshly squeezed orange juice, tea & coffee
  • General admission ticket to AAMI Victoria Derby Day
  • myki Visitor Pack including:
    • A Full Fare myki card, pre-loaded with enough myki money for one day’s travel in Zone 1, which includes the entire tram network
    • Discount offers at 15 attractions including: Melbourne Aquarium, the National Sports Museum, Eureka Skydeck and Melbourne Star, saving you more than $100
    • A protective souvenir myki wallet
  • Booking and Ticket Handling Fee

2 night 2019 Kennedy Oaks Day package from $499* included:

  • 2 nights’ accommodation at a selection of Melbourne CBD hotels
    • Check In: Wednesday 6th November, 2019
    • Check Out: Friday 8th November, 2019
  • The Oaks Day Return Transfer to Flemington Racecourse including:
    • Return water taxi transfers from Melbourne City Marina to Flemington Racecourse
    • Delivery to the doorstep of the renowned Flemington Racecourse
    • Scenic cruise along the Maribyrnong River
    • Beverages may be purchased on board from the cash bar
  • General admission ticket to Kennedy Oaks Day 
  • myki Visitor Pack including:
    • A Full Fare myki card, pre-loaded with enough myki money for one day’s travel in Zone 1, which includes the entire tram network
    • Discount offers at 15 attractions including: Melbourne Aquarium, the National Sports Museum, Eureka Skydeck and Melbourne Star, saving you more than $100
    • A protective souvenir myki wallet
  • Booking and Ticket Handling Fee

4 night 2019 Lexus Melbourne Cup Day and Kennedy Oaks Day package from 1,088* included:

  • 4 nights’ accommodation at a selection of Melbourne CBD hotels
    • Check In: Monday 4th November, 2019
    • Check Out: Friday 8th November, 2019
  • Entry into Sportsnet’s Cup Day Gala Breakfast including:
    • Reserved seat inside the Arts Centre Melbourne Pavilion
    • Plated hot breakfast alongside freshly baked breads and seasonal fruits
    • Selection of beverages including Barista-made coffees, teas, sparkling wine, red and white wines, beers and juices
    • Live entertainment
    • Option to partake in the Sportsnet ‘Fashions off the Field’ competition
    • Phantom Race Call with $500 cash prize
    • Complimentary pamper stations
    • One way coach transfer to Flemington at the conclusion of the function
  • General admission ticket to the Lexus Melbourne Cup Day 
  • The Oaks Day Return Transfer to Flemington Racecourse including:
    • Return water taxi transfers from Melbourne City Marina to Flemington Racecourse
    • Delivery to the doorstep of the renowned Flemington Racecourse
    • Scenic cruise along the Maribyrnong River
    • Beverages may be purchased on board from the cash bar
  • General admission ticket to Kennedy Oaks Day 
  • myki Visitor Pack including:
    • A Full Fare myki card, pre-loaded with enough myki money for one day’s travel in Zone 1, which includes the entire tram network
    • Discount offers at 15 attractions including: Melbourne Aquarium, the National Sports Museum, Eureka Skydeck and Melbourne Star, saving you more than $100
    • A protective souvenir myki wallet
  • Booking and Ticket Handling Fee

5 night 2019 AAMI Victoria Derby Day and Lexus Melbourne Cup Day package from $1,305* included:

  • 5 nights’ accommodation at a selection of Melbourne CBD hotels Check In: Friday 1st November, 2019
    • Check Out: Wednesday 6th November, 2019
  • One-way Derby Day Cruise to Flemington Racecourse including:
    • Delivery to the doorstep of the renowned Flemington Racecourse
    • Scenic cruise along the Maribyrnong River
    • Live music
    • Stand-up morning tea buffet consisting of fresh seasonal fruits, delicious muffins, gourmet pastries and tastefully filled croissants
    • Unlimited heavy & light beers and Australian sparkling, red & white wines
    • A variety of soft drinks, freshly squeezed orange juice, tea & coffee
  • General admission ticket to AAMI Victoria Derby Day 
  • Entry into Sportsnet’s Cup Day Gala Breakfast including:
    • Reserved seat inside the Arts Centre Melbourne Pavilion
    • Plated hot breakfast alongside freshly baked breads and seasonal fruits
    • Selection of beverages including Barista-made coffees, teas, sparkling wine, red and white wines, beers and juices
    • Live entertainment
    • Option to partake in the Sportsnet ‘Fashions off the Field’ competition
    • Phantom Race Call with $500 cash prize
    • Complimentary pamper stations
    • One way coach transfer to Flemington at the conclusion of the function
  • General admission ticket to the Lexus Melbourne Cup Day
  • myki Visitor Pack including:
    • A Full Fare myki card, pre-loaded with enough myki money for one day’s travel in Zone 1, which includes the entire tram network
    • Discount offers at 15 attractions including: Melbourne Aquarium, the National Sports Museum, Eureka Skydeck and Melbourne Star, saving you more than $100
    • A protective souvenir myki wallet
  • Booking and Ticket Handling Fee

2 night 2019 Seppelt Wines Stakes Day package from $319* included:

  • 2 nights’ accommodation at a selection of Melbourne CBD hotels
    • Check In: Friday 8th November, 2019
    • Check Out: Sunday 10th November, 2019
  • General admission ticket to Seppelt Wines Stakes Day 
  • myki Visitor Pack including:
    • A Full Fare myki card, pre-loaded with enough myki money for one day’s travel in Zone 1, which includes the entire tram network
    • Discount offers at 15 attractions including: Melbourne Aquarium, the National Sports Museum, Eureka Skydeck and Melbourne Star, saving you more than $100
    • A protective souvenir myki wallet
  • Booking and Ticket Handling Fee

6 night 2019 Lexus Melbourne Cup Day, Kennedy Oaks Day and Seppelt Wines Stakes Day package from $1,347* included:

  • 6 nights’ accommodationat a selection of Melbourne CBD hotels
    • Check In: Monday 4th November, 2019
    • Check Out: Sunday 10th November, 2019
  • Entry into Sportsnet’s Cup Day Gala Breakfastincluding:
    • Reserved seat inside the Arts Centre Melbourne Pavilion
    • Plated hot breakfast alongside freshly baked breads and seasonal fruits
    • Selection of beverages including Barista-made coffees, teas, sparkling wine, red and white wines, beers and juices
    • Live entertainment
    • Option to partake in the Sportsnet ‘Fashions off the Field’ competition
    • Phantom Race Call with $500 cash prize
    • Complimentary pamper stations
    • One way coach transfer to Flemington at the conclusion of the function
  • General admission ticket to the Lexus Melbourne Cup Day 
  • The Oaks Day Return Transfer to Flemington Racecourse including:
    • Return water taxi transfers from Melbourne City Marina to Flemington Racecourse
    • Delivery to the doorstep of the renowned Flemington Racecourse
    • Scenic cruise along the Maribyrnong River
    • Beverages may be purchased on board from the cash bar
  • General admission ticket to Kennedy Oaks Day 
  • General admission ticket to Seppelt Wines Stakes Day 
  • myki Visitor Pack including:
    • A Full Fare myki card, pre-loaded with enough myki money for one day’s travel in Zone 1, which includes the entire tram network
    • Discount offers at 15 attractions including: Melbourne Aquarium, the National Sports Museum, Eureka Skydeck and Melbourne Star, saving you more than $100
    • A protective souvenir myki wallet
  • Booking and Ticket Handling Fee

7 night 2019 AAMI Victoria Derby Day, Lexus Melbourne Cup Day and Kennedy Oaks Day package from $1,744 included:

  • 7 nights’ accommodationat a selection of Melbourne CBD hotels
    • Check In: Friday 1st November, 2019
    • Check Out: Friday 8th November, 2019
  • One-way Derby Day Cruise to Flemington Racecourse including:
    • Delivery to the doorstep of the renowned Flemington Racecourse
    • Scenic cruise along the Maribyrnong River
    • Live music
    • Stand-up morning tea buffet consisting of fresh seasonal fruits, delicious muffins, gourmet pastries and tastefully filled croissants
    • Unlimited heavy & light beers and Australian sparkling, red & white wines
    • A variety of soft drinks, freshly squeezed orange juice, tea & coffee
  • General admission ticket to AAMI Victoria Derby Day 
  • Entry into Sportsnet’s Cup Day Gala Breakfast including:
    • Reserved seat inside the Arts Centre Melbourne Pavilion
    • Plated hot breakfast alongside freshly baked breads and seasonal fruits
    • Selection of beverages including Barista-made coffees, teas, sparkling wine, red and white wines, beers and juices
    • Live entertainment
    • Option to partake in the Sportsnet ‘Fashions off the Field’ competition
    • Phantom Race Call with $500 cash prize
    • Complimentary pamper stations
    • One way coach transfer to Flemington at the conclusion of the function
  • General admission ticket to the Lexus Melbourne Cup Day 
  • The Oaks Day Return Transfer to Flemington Racecourse including:
    • Return water taxi transfers from Melbourne City Marina to Flemington Racecourse
    • Delivery to the doorstep of the renowned Flemington Racecourse
    • Scenic cruise along the Maribyrnong River
    • Beverages may be purchased on board from the cash bar
  • General admission ticket to Kennedy Oaks Day
  • myki Visitor Pack including:
    • A Full Fare myki card, pre-loaded with enough myki money for one day’s travel in Zone 1, which includes the entire tram network
    • Discount offers at 15 attractions including: Melbourne Aquarium, the National Sports Museum, Eureka Skydeck and Melbourne Star, saving you more than $100
    • A protective souvenir myki wallet
  • Booking and Ticket Handling Fee

2018 Melbourne cup trip via the P&O Pacific Explorer – we had a fabulous time and will be looking at maybe Aussie Open tennis next year ???”
Gary Pethybridge – 21 January 2019


“I recently took a group of 12 people to the Melbourne Cup, this was the first time I have used Sportsnet Holidays. I am a person that likes control, and for this to be taken out of my hands I was a little apprehensive. The first person I dealt with was Kirby, then she left I then spoke to Glynn, as I said I like control and the many times I called Glynn, he always showed me courtesy and understanding. Sportsnet organised a Gala Dinner at the Sofitel – praise, praise, praise! What a dinner! The room looked lovely, the meal was great and too top it off they have the actual Melbourne Cup for us to have a photo with, we were blown away. I would also like to thank the person in the documents department, she could not be more obliging.

I would definitely use Sportsnet next time I go to the Melbourne Cup.
Lyn Loydall – 12 November 2019


A great package that was well organised and hassle free. Sincere thanks.
Ian Ruth – November 21, 2017


I wouldn’t add or remove anything at the current time. It was well organised and you had free time to get things done.
Bernard Taniane – November 21, 2017


Overall, we were satisfied with the service we received from Glynn, and assume positioning in marquee etc is out of his control. This was a once in a life time trip for most of us, and maybe more research on our part for location of marquee etc would have been beneficial. In saying that, we had an absolutely fabulous time in Melbourne!
Mandy Harrington – 21 November, 2017


We have just returned from our (maiden) Melbourne Cup experience booked through Sportsnet Holidays. Oh WOW! What a week we have had! I can thoroughly recommend this package, we chose our accommodation, upgraded tickets to what we wanted, stayed the time we wanted and could not fault anything! From the initial booking, to them making sure we had our tickets in plenty of time before travelling. Staff were always friendly and helpful, before hand and at the functions and everything was just fabulous! We met some lovely people at all of the functions/race days and shared lots of fun and laughs (and drinks lol) with them, which was great as we travelled as a couple. Can’t thank you enough and have already put your name out amongst many friends who are planning 2018  Biggest ‘bucket list/50th Birthday’ tick ever! Thank you again!!! Bring on your Bathurst Package  Just awesome!!
Jayne Johnston – 15 November 2017


This was our first trip with Sportsnet and we were extremely happy with the process from start to finish.
Bill Kennedy – November 17, 2016


For our first visit to Melbourne it was just great. We would like to thank sportsnet for the excellent service which was provided. Will be looking into another break away for next year. Thanks again for a great time Kay Whalan.
Kay Whalan – November 12, 2016


We will be strongly recommending Sportsnet to others thinking of attending sports events in the future. Our experience was excellent and we will be using Sportsnet again. Well done to all of your team.
Susan Gage – 12 November, 2019


A very big thank you to Glynn and the Sportsnet team for putting together such a perfect package. Have highly recommended it to friends and family and will book the exact same package next time I go to The Cup.
Amy Cole – 11 November 2019


“What a wonderful Service you did for us. Couldn’t of been done any better, thank you!”
Dawn Evans – November 11, 2016


Thank you for our wonderful package for Melbourne Cup Day, my mum organised it through you for her 77th birthday and my sister and I were blessed to join her for a once in a lifetime memory or as mum said, ‘off her bucket list’. Everything ran like clockwork from the moment we arrived. The Gala Breakfast was amazing and the staff were pleasant and helpful, who can actually say drinking bubbles and dancing with my teenage idol at 8:00 in morning is wrong, you rocked Darryl Braithwaite! A very enjoyable two nights and Melbourne we will be back, people, public transport and even the weather shined. Thank you!
Jules Harmer – 11 January 2016


Absolutely fabulous! We did a 5 night package for Derby Day and Melbourne cup. Craig, the consultant, was incredibly helpful when I booked and kept me up to date with changes and booked seating etc for me when it became available. We loved the cruise to Derby Day. We were able to relax and enjoy a drink with good friends and make some new ones along the way. The Melbourne Cup Gala Breakfast was definitely a highlight! Thoroughly enjoyed being entertained by Cosentino. Having the hair and make up parlour was a nice touch too. Darryl Braithwaite was absolutely fantastic! It’s not going to be a bad day when your up dancing to his classics at 8:30 in the morning!! Our seats in the Hill Stand on both days were excellent. Will definitely book through Sportsnet again and have been and will continue to recommend to friends and family. Thank you for a fabulous trip.
Danni-Lee Thompson – 14 November 2015


Highly recommend booking through Sportsnet Holidays. We just spent a girls weekend in Melbourne for Derby Day, everything was planned for us, staff from the 1st call I made were so helpful and very friendly. The staff on the river cruise were also wonderful. I will do it again for sure, thank you!
Jennifer Dunne – 3 November 2014