More Than A Race

The Melbourne Cup Carnival is one of the most celebrated sporting events on Australia’s well decorated sporting calendar – with the title ‘the race that stops a nation’, suggests just how prolific it is! Annually the Melbourne Cup Carnival attracts over 300,000 people from all over Australia and the globe, flooding the gates of iconic Flemington Racecourse to experience days filled with glory, glamour, fun, laughter and of course tribulation for some.

Racing is of course the integral part of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, but as the years have progressed, the Melbourne Cup Carnival has found itself immersing into complete diversity – this is where the beauty and the beast of the Melbourne Cup Carnival lies. With a strong number in attendance purely for the racing of course, many others attend for the fashion, social, or just there for a good time and experience with a mix of both – the Melbourne Cup Carnival certainly has all bases covered to deliver a special experience!


Just when you thought your Melbourne Cup Carnival experience could not be improved – prepare to be proven wrong! Attending Melbourne Cup Carnival functions is an excellent way to build up or conclude your day at the races. Attending functions is also a great chance to separate yourself from the chaos surrounding the track to enjoy fantastic hospitality, entertainment and meet new people!

Sportsnet’s Cup Day Gala Breakfast

Enjoy the perfect start to a massive day with a reserved seat to Sportsnet’s Cup Day Gala Breakfast – held at the Arts Centre Melbourne Pavilion. To begin your day in tasteful fashion, you will be served a delicious plated hot breakfast along with freshly baked breads and seasonal fruits, but what’s a tasty hot breakfast without a delicious hot or cold drink? Enjoy your delectable hot breakfast with a Barista-made coffee/tea and fresh juice, or if you’re feeling the itch for an early start, sparkling wine, red and white wines, crisp beers will be available! Live entertainment will be on show ensuring the good times are rolling and the spirits are high as its never too early for a good dance with amongst company. Many other great activities will be ongoing during the course of the morning; if you fancy yourself a bit of a fashionista there will no better opportunity to flaunt your style amongst the Sportsnet ‘Fashions off the field’ competition and be declared ‘best dressed’! You’ll also have the chance to strut through Flemington’s gates $500 richer by being victorious in the Phantom Race Call, enjoy a lavish moment at one our complimentary pamper stations and then at the Cup Day Gala Breakfast’s conclusion, hop on the one-way coach to the big race!

One-way Derby Day Cruise

Watch the world pass by as you cruise across the Maribyrnong River – accompanied by a whole lot of fun, excellent hospitality and great company aboard Sportsnet’s One-way Derby Day Cruise! Throughout your journey there will be fantastic live music to begin your afternoons festivities, a beautiful stand-up morning tea buffet consisting of fresh seasonal fruits, scrumptious muffins, gourmet pastries and tastefully filled croissants. To compliment the delectable spread, unlimited heavy and light beer, Australian Sparkling, red and white wines will be available to consume in a safe manner, as well as a variety of soft drinks, freshly squeezed orange juice and tea & coffee. Hopping aboard the One-way Derby Cruise is the perfect way to commence your Derby Day experience and of course arrive in style!