Melbourne Cup Carnival is one of the biggest events on the Victorian social calendar. You don’t have to be a fan of the sport to enjoy the atmosphere and excitement that comes along with celebrating the ‘Race that stops the nation‘.
It’s a great opportunity to catch up with family and friends, celebrate horse racing or take the opportunity to dress up and get your fashion game on. If you are thinking about heading to Flemington this spring, here are some tips from our team to help make your day that little bit more enjoyable!
8 Tips for Melbourne Cup Carnival
1. RENT YOUR DRESS
The concept of renting a dress for a fraction of the price of buying one, is just too good not to try… We are long time fans of Glamcorner, an online designer dress destination stocking some of our favourite labels including Nicholas, Lover, White Suede and Nicola Finetti.
2. BE PREPARED
Pack some essentials in your clutch like band aids, panadol, mini sunscreen and hand sanitiser.
3. BEST FOOT FORWARD
When it comes to shoes, you must find the perfect balance of style and comfort. It’s no easy feat (pardon the pun) but it will make or break your outfit after a couple of hours on track. We love Senso heels for the perfect balance of trend and wearability.
4. COME RESTED
Resist having a big night before race day! Whilst Melbourne is buzzing and there are plenty of events happening during Spring, don’t let a hangover or tired eyes spoil your day on track.
Cup Carnival is best celebrated as special as possible. Do yourself a favour and save up for the best ticket package possible. From private and shared marquees to corporate suites and acclaimed restaurants: enjoy the unique character of each of the Carnival raceways. Head over to Flemington’s website here and check out the options for Members and Non-Members for each of the four days.
6. PACK A PICNIC
If you have purchased General Admission tickets, pack a picnic and avoid the line ups for food, particularly on the busiest days – Derby and Cup. There are no restrictions on the food you pack, however taking your own alcohol is a big no-no!
7. LEAVING THE TRACK
Don’t bother queuing for a cab – There’s always a bus service provided by Flemington Racecourse that will drop you back into the city. Just head to the main gates when the day concludes – too easy!
8. PLAN AFTER CELEBRATIONS
Plan ahead your evening after the races. Think about how you’re going to get home and if you want to kick on and have some bevies or a nice dinner. Booking a restaurant or bar area in advance is a great idea!
Team Melbourne Girl will see you all trackside at Flemington!