8 Tips for Melbourne Cup Carnival

8 Tips for Melbourne Cup Carnival

Here are our 8 Tips for Melbourne Cup Carnival. To have you trackside ready this Spring!

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 - MELBOURNE GIRL


8 Tips for Melbourne Cup Carnival


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.



Pack some essentials in your clutch like band aids, panadol, mini sunscreen and hand sanitiser.




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.



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.



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!




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!



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!





Emily Collie is Founder and Editor of well-known Australian travel blog, Melbourne Girl. Emily has written travel articles for Expedia, eHarmony, Amex Shop Small Blogger Series and Racing.com, and has been featured on many Australian websites including Mimco Mimzine and Bonds Australia Blog, and was invited on behalf of the VRC and Myer, to judge the Myer Fashions on the Field competition on Emirates Melbourne Cup Day.

1 Comment

  • October 23, 2015


    LOVE THIS POST!!!! Can’t wait to come back!!!!! I just got back from there, and relaxing in Merredin Western Australia…… need to recharge, and then come again!!!! <3

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