The Melbourne Cup is known as “the race that stops a nation” and one of the most famous thoroughbred horse races in the world. While it’s a public holiday only in Victoria, it’s common for many individuals and businesses around Australia to stop during the race for an afternoon of food, excitement, and celebration. If you’re located in Coolangatta or visiting the area on Cup Day, you can still join in the excitement at one of the many events happening in and around the locale.
You can barrack for your horse on Cup Day at the Coolangatta Hotel as this local favourite will be hosting a special Melbourne Cup Day event. The day will be styled as a Cup party by the beach and is scheduled for an early start at 7:00 am. Featuring big screens and speakers, the hotel will of course be offering full TAB facilities, along with sweeps and raffles for attendees.
Guests will enjoy the atmospheric outdoor beer-garden, a range of tasty bar snacks, platters of delicious food, and live entertainment after the race. Entry includes a three course meal and sparkling wine upon arrival. The tickets to the Coolangatta Hotel event are priced at $59 each.
Details: 7:00 am at Marine Parade, Coolangatta
The Kirra Sports Club is an atmospheric local sports club situated on Appel Street, and it will be hosting a formal Melbourne Cup luncheon starting at 11:00 am on the day. The club will be serving champagne on arrival, followed by a hot and cold buffet lunch for guests. Attendees will enjoy plenty of excitement as they watch the race, with prizes for best dressed and best hat, as well as a number of sweeps and raffles. Tickets are $30.
Details: 11:00 am at 22 Appel Street, Coolangatta.
Celebrate the Melbourne Cup in style at the Currumbin Beach Vikings. The luncheon starts at 11:00 am with entrees to be served at 11:45 am. Attendees will be served a two course lunch and enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne or a schooner of beer on arrival. There will be prizes for the best dressed attendees, and live music from 2:00 pm. The event will feature big screens and the club is offering a courtesy bus service to guests who need to have transportation arranged for them. Tickets are $69 each.
Details: 11:00 am at 741 Pacific Parade, Currumbin
The Coolangatta Sands Hotel will be hosting its own Melbourne Cup Day celebration luncheon this year. Starting at 10:00 am, the event’s entry ticket covers a two course meal and dessert, as well as champagne or beer on arrival. There will be sweeps and full TAB facilities, so you can make your bets with ease. Prizes on the day will include best fashion on the field and best headpiece. Tickets are $35 each.
Details: 10:00 am at the corner of Griffith and Mclean Streets, Coolangatta
Held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, the luxurious Centre of Melbourne Cup event starts at 11:30 am. Attendees will enjoy Moet and Chandon upon arrival, followed by a four course lunch and a premium beverage package. The event will be hosted by Galey and Charli from Sea FM, and guests will enjoy a spring-summer fashion parade by Robina Town Centre.
The event will also feature live entertainment and music, a Moet bar, and race-day sweeps. Entry tickets to this premium event are priced at $145 per person or $1,400 per table of ten.
Details: 11:30 am at 2684-2690 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach
The Coolangatta Surf Club will be hosting its own Melbourne Cup special event with a lunch and fashion parade on race day. Entry covers champagne on arrival and a three course lunch. There will be plenty of local draught beers, Barefoot wines and sparkling wine, prizes for best dressed, and sweeps. The event starts at 11:30 am and tickets are $80 per person.
Details: 11:30 am at the corner of Marine Parade and Dutton Streets, Coolangatta
Currumbin RSL will be hosting several great luncheons on Cup Day at Alleys Restaurant and Waterside Event Rooms.
The Waterside luncheon will include a decadent buffet, and the entry ticket covers Barefoot sparkling wine on arrival. Starting at 11:30 am, the event will feature giant screens and live entertainment by Smooth and Grove. There will be lucky door and best dressed prizes, along with lots of sweeps. Guests can take advantage of the TAB downstairs and the Deck Creekside Café, which is fitted out with three TAB betting terminals. Tickets cost $75 for members and $85 for non-members.
Details: 11:30 am at 165 Duringan Street, Currumbin
Starting at 11:30 am, the Alleys Restaurant luncheon will include a delicious three course meal and live entertainment by Elephant Rock after the race. There will be big TV screens, and plenty of race coverage. Facilities available include three TAB betting terminals and the TAB and DECK Café will be open early. Tickets to the Alleys Restaurant luncheon are $65 for members and $75 for non-members.
Details: 11:30 am at 165 Duringan Street, Currumbin
A little further up the coast is Skypoint, which will be hosting a special Melbourne Cup lunch on the day. Attendees will enjoy the 360-degree views of the Gold Coast as they’re served a special three-course meal with a three hour beverage package and live entertainment. The event will feature raffles, sweeps, and prizes for best dressed. Tickets are $120 each.
Details: 3/3003 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
Just a short drive away is the oceanfront Burleigh Heads Hotel, which will be hosting its very own Melbourne Cup lunch featuring a special three course menu for attendees. The event will feature lots of prizes, including best gear and best hat.
Tickets are $70 per person.
Details: 4 The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads There are plenty of options available in and around Coolangatta for Melbourne Cup Day, so why not make it a social outing on the day? By attending one of these events, you can place your bets and watch the race while enjoying a delicious meal and sharing the excitement of the races with others.