Please see below the answers to some of our frequently asked questions. If you have a question that we have not answered here, please get in contact with us and we would be happy to assist! Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1300 730 023.
WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO GET TO AND FROM MELBOURNE CUP CARNIVAL?
To avoid the traffic, we recommend taking the train. Trains run every 10 minutes across the carnival to accommodate for the large crowds. Use journey planner to find the best route for you.
For the ultimate way into Flemington on Lexus Melbourne Cup Day, Keith Prowse Travel offers guests the opportunity to cruise in style on our private boat. Departing from Docklands and arriving directly at the racecourse, you will not only avoid the traffic but also be treated to a champagne breakfast and canapes to start off your day.
IS THERE A DRESS CODE? WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Guests who are entering the Members Enclosure, Dining Enclosures and Corporate Hospitality areas are required to adhere to a dress code.
For members, the dress regulations can be viewed here.
For dining enclosures and corporate hospitality areas, dress regulations are as follows:
Gentlemen (including children over 12)
Gentlemen are required to wear a suit of tailored slacks (tailored chinos acceptable), sports coat or blazer, plus tie and dress shoes. Overseas visitors are welcome to wear the formal national dress of their country.
Ladies (including children over 12)
Ladies are expected to maintain a suitable standard of racewear attire. Overseas visitors are welcome to wear the formal national dress of their country.
Younger children must be neatly dressed and accompanied by an adult.
Please note: it is the responsibility of the person booking the tickets to ensure their guests adhere to the dress regulations.
There’s no formal dress code for General Admission, however racegoers are encouraged to dress for a smart occasion. Each day also has its own dress theme – read all about them below.
AAMI VICTORIA DERBY DAY – 2 NOVEMEBER
On AAMI Victoria Derby Day, ladies embrace the traditional black and white palette, while men often choose to wear a grey morning suit and top hat, creating classic racing elegance in a larger than life world of glamour and sophistication.
LEXUS MELBOURNE CUP DAY – 5 NOVEMBER
With a reputation for fashion with a penchant for drama, Lexus Melbourne Cup Day is the day to make your strongest fashion statement with an exotic or outrageous ensemble that matches the scale and splendour of the event.
KENNEDY OAKS DAY – 7 NOVEMBER
The tradition of Kennedy Oaks Day is beauty, femininity, style and grace. It’s a day that the racegoer can embrace wonderment and escape the normal of a week day. The style is not just for the females, the men also take it up a notch, making it one of the best days of the year for men to dress up and explore fashion.
Kennedy Oaks Day’s significance on the fashion calendar is further reinforced with the crowning of the Myer Fashions on the Field Women’s Racewear national winner.
SEPPELT WINES STAKES DAY – 9 NOVEMBER
Seppelt Wine Stakes Day is also a big day for fashion’s future trendsetters with Stakes Day Fashions on the Field focusing on children and family. With a fun, friendly atmosphere as well as great racing, Seppelt Wines Stakes Day is the perfect day to let your hair down and wear something more playful.
WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE?
The average template in Melbourne in November is typically between 22°C and 12°C. However, during this time the weather is known to change suddenly from calm and sunny to cold and windy within minutes. We recommend to be prepared for all weather.
Many of the seats and spectator locations for the Melbourne Cup and not sheltered, so be prepared to bring an umbrella or rain jacket to avoid getting caught in the rain. Similarly, bring a jacket or something to keep you warm if a cold front appears.
We also recommend to be ready for the sun. Bring a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses to avoid getting burnt.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I LOSE MY TICKET?
If you have lost your ticket, Keith Prowse Travel can get it reprinted through Victoria Racing Club, however there is a $50 fee per ticket. If you have lost your ticket, get in contact with us on email@example.com
CAN I WITHDRAW CASH AT THE VENUE?
ATMs are situated at various locations on course for both the public and Members. However, we strongly recommend withdrawing money before you arrive at Flemington as the ATM queues on race day are always long and it is not unusual to be in line for an hour or more!
Public areas ATMs are located in the following places:
- Outside Flemington Heritage Centre, Betting Ring East (ATM)
- Outside The Precinct Fence Line (ATM)
- Outside Elms Trackside Fence (ATM)
- Hill Stand Level 1 (Eftpos)
CAN I LEAVE AND RE-ENTER FLEMINGTON RACECOURSE THROUGHOUT THE DAY?
Of course you can. Just make sure you scan your ticket to exit at the turnstiles as you leave the racecourse.
WHEN WILL MY TRAVEL DOCUMENTS ARRIVE?
Your travel documents are scheduled to arrive approximately 3 weeks out from your trip. If you require them sooner, please contact our operations team so we can accommodate your needs.
CAN I BRING FOOD AND DRINK INTO THE VENUE?
You’re welcome to bring your own food into Flemington and many people will set up picnics on the Front Lawn. Please note no alcohol can be brought through the turnstiles into the racecourse and anything that is considered dangerous, including glassware and knives, will also not be permitted. Bag checks will be conducted by security at points of entry.
WHAT CAN’T I BRING INTO FLEMINGTON RACECOURSE?
For the comfort and safety of persons at the Course, You are not permitted to bring into the Course (or have in your possession at the Course) any of the following without the written consent of VRC:
- alcoholic beverages, glass containers or open beverage containers;
- any structure or item that may be used to erect a structure (including without limitation ‘market’ or ‘beach’ umbrellas or similar large umbrellas, portable shade structures or gazebos), or which is capable of supporting the weight of a person, such as any chairs, lounges, benches or stools (other than a folding fabric chair or folding fabric stool);
- Prohibited weapons or controlled weapons and any dangerous goods
- any object that could be used to distract, hinder or interfere with any animal or person taking part in an Event, or disrupt, interrupt or behave in any manner that may disrupt or interrupt any Event, whether intentionally or otherwise, such as a laser pointer device (or a device incorporating a laser pointer) or a drone;
- any animals (other than, if the person is blind, deaf or otherwise suffering a disability, a guide dog);
- any flags larger than 1 metre x 1 metre or with handles longer than 1 metre or any banner;
- any whistle, loud hailer, public address system, electronic or other broadcast device or any device which may interfere with electronic or radio communications or broadcasting signals or equipment used by VRC or other persons authorised by VRC in connection with an Event; (h) any fireworks, flares or distress signals;
- any item that you intend to distribute, hawk, sell, offer or expose for sale;
- any object, device or substance that may be used to deface or damage any part of the Course, such as any spray paint or permanent markers;
- any torn-up or shredded paper, confetti, rice, streamers or similar items;
- on the Course (excluding the Car Park), any vehicle or transportation device, such as any motorcycle, motor scooter, bicycle, scooter, skateboard, roller skates or roller blades, but not including any wheelchair or similar apparatus which You require as a result of a disability or impairment;
- any ball or other item of sporting equipment; or
- any item (such as any article of clothing, poster or sign) bearing any image, slogan or text which is indecent, discriminatory, obscene, insulting or threatening or which may be offensive to other persons present at the Course (as determined by VRC in its sole discretion).