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Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival

With the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival being only a few months away, it’s time to start planning. Spring is the time for Melbourne’s stunning gardens to awake from their slumber and for fashionistas to plan their outfits. It’s also time to plan your schedule for the action packed racing carnival.

No international city can claim to have a public holiday dedicated to a sporting event. Melbourne has two public holidays dedicated to sporting events; the AFL Grand Final and the Melbourne Cup. That’s just an indication of how serious the City of Melbourne takes its sport.

The Spring Racing Carnival started in 1861 with the race that stops the nation: The Melbourne Cup. The Melbourne Cup today is the richest two-mile handicap in the world. It attracts well over 100,000 punters, local and international celebrities and racing enthusiasts from around the world.

In 2019 be part of Australia’s most iconic and loved event. It’s a bucket list event to attend as it combines sport, fashion, entertainment and food all in one place. The glamorous and full of history Flemington Racecourse sets the scene for all visitors. It’s a must-do for Melbournians, interstate and international visitors alike.

When is the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival?

The Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival will be held at Flemington Racecourse from the 2nd of November to the 9th of November 2019.  

What are the key event dates for the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival?

There are four key events on the calendar;

  • AAMI Victoria Derby Day – Saturday 2nd November 2019
  • Lexus Melbourne Cup Day – Tuesday 5th November 2019
  • Kennedy Oaks Day – Thursday 7th November 2019
  • Seppelt Wine Stakes Day – Saturday 9th November 2019


What to do at the Flemington Racecourse besides watching the racing?

Come and play at the party of the year at The Park at the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The Park is a playground of endless fun with performances by some of Australia’s hottest musical acts. For the foodies there will be Melbourne’s trendiest eateries and most stylish bars.  It is located on the hill, adjacent to the Flemington Train Station. It’s an exciting place where you can be carefree, fashionable and fabulous. The best thing about The Park is that it is free for all Melbourne Cup Carnival ticket holders.

For fashionistas there will be an impressive two-story enclosure housing the Myer Fashions on the Field.

Over the last 57 years Myer Fashions on the Field has established itself a Australia’s largest and most prestigious outdoor fashion event. It attracts both local and international media and celebrity judges from around the world.



Why to stay at Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders for the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival?

Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders is perfectly located in the Melbourne CBD. We are located a 5 minute walk from Southern Cross Train Station. Trains travel directly from Southern Cross Train Station to the Flemington Racecourse. This makes it easy to avoid the congestion of the racecourse.

Our accommodation is 4.5 star and won the 2018 TAA Vic Award for Best Mid Scale hotel. We are also the number 1 ranked hotel on ihg.com. Our accommodation has been ranked by guests who have stayed with us.

Make it an even better Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival with a stay in our beautiful Spencer Suite. The Spencer Suite provides panoramic views of Spencer Street with the floor to ceiling windows.

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