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Saddle up for these Gold Coast Melbourne Cup events

Kate Webster | October 5, 2021

Grab your fillies and stallions because it is that time of year again; pop the champagne and celebrate the Melbourne Cup.

And where better to watch the race that stops the nation? Grab a drink, enjoy a bite to eat and try your luck with a bet on the stunning Gold Coast.

Here is a list of the spots around the Gold Coast where you can frock up and rock up to sip the bubbles in celebration of the Melbourne Cup. Tickets are selling fast to events, so get in quick and book your place now.


Trackside at Gold Coast Turf Club

Where better to take in all the action than trackside at the Gold Coast Turf Club. Feel the buzz and watch the horses race with the Event Centre Package, which includes entry to the racecourse, non-reserved cocktail style seating, a select beverage package including beer and wine, a grazing menu, watching on the big screen and live entertainment. Want more? This year is the inaugural Fashions Luncheon at the Glasshouse with an exclusive Fashions on the Field competition. The Glasshouse package includes a welcome glass of prosecco, a massive 6-hour drinks package, two-course lunch, TAB and bookmaker facilities, all on reserved long table seating. This is perfect if you have a group.

General admission: $20

The Palms Melbourne Cup edition: $40

Event Centre Package Price: $160 pp

Fashions Luncheon at the Glasshouse Package: Sold out

Where: Racecourse Drive, Bundall


Giddy Up at The Star

Where else can you expect the celebration to be BIG than at the Gold Coast’s biggest entertainment venue, The Star. With so many options on offer, you will be giddy with choice. Italian lovers can feast on a 5-course and 3-hour drinks package at Cucina Vivo. The Atrium Bar has roaming canapes with a 2.5-hour drinks package. Fancy a bet and a bite to eat? Then try the Sports Bar and enjoy all the action uninterrupted, plus enjoy a buffet-style feast. For a day relaxing in the green, then Garden Kitchen & Bar is your best bet with the option to sit outside on the lawn tables with up to 9 of your friends for a private table or head inside with a 3-course meal and 3-hour drinks package. Want more? Then Nineteen at the Star gives you the choice between their bar or restaurant offerings – both accompanied with Veuve Clicquot Champagne of course. Get your tickets here.

Cucina Vivo Package: $185pp

Atrium Bar Package: $100pp

Sports Bar Package: $66 pp

Garden Kitchen & Bar Package: Sold out

Nineteen at the Star Package: Sold out

Where: The Star Gold Coast, Casino Drive, Broadbeach


Soirée at the Island Gold Coast

Looking for a seriously glam Melbourne Cup soirée? Then the Island Gold Coast is just your ticket. Put yourself in the saddle to enjoy the sunny side of good times and glamour, while working up an appetite for a Spring-inspired feast, a selection of drinks and live entertainment. Going the distance beyond the race day action, the Island Rooftop will remain open until late after the packages conclude. The Birdcage Package includes premium beverages and share-style canapes to enjoy with live entertainment and fashions on the field from 12.30pm to 3.30pm. Step it up a speed with the G.H. Mumm Gala Luncheon, running from 12pm to 3.30pm. It includes G.H. Mumm Champagne, a three-course luncheon and the chance to be crowned the best dressed Duke and Duchess. For ultimate in indulgence, race to the Bubbles & Pearls Pavilion event at The Island’s Penthouse between 12pm – 3.30pm. This includes 3.5 hours of beverages including G.H. Mumm Champagne, select cocktails like espresso martini’s and Aperol spritz and more, a selection of hot and cold canapés with shared plates (with fresh seafood), live entertainment and fashions on the field, prizes for best dressed and hat, sweeps and so much more. Book tickets here.

Birdcage Package: $109 pp

G.H. Mumm Gala Luncheon: $209 pp

Bubbles & Pearls Pavilion: $259 pp (tickets are limited)

Where: 3128 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise


Credit: Gold Coast Turf Club

Credit: Burleigh Pavilion

Credit: The Star

Bubbles by the beach at Burleigh Pavilion & The Tropic

Burleigh Pavilion is the ultimate destination to enjoy the Melbourne Cup party with epic beachfront water views. Here you can make a booking per table only, starting at a table for two, all the way up to a table for 18 people. Punters will enjoy a fashions on the field hosted by Ryan Gallagher, large screens to view the races and a 3-course menu from 10.30am – 2pm. Step it up a notch at The Tropic for their Cup package including a beautiful collection of Guillaume Zika’s favourite dishes, 3hr premium beverage package, fashions on the field and entertainment. Table capacities range between 5- 20 seats for this package. Book tickets here.

Burleigh Pavilion Package: $99 pp on table + booking fee

The Tropic Package: Sold out

Where: 3/43 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads


Spring Fling at the Collective

Spring Fling is back at the Collective for Melbourne Cup where you can celebrate in style with a welcome bite to eat from the venue’s five kitchens as well as bubbles on arrival, followed by a four-course lunch. Up your bet and choose the Parade Ring ticket for a cocktail rooftop party including an oyster bar, roaming canapes and a three-hour premium beverage package. The venue will have live entertainment including a fashions on the field competition and the race will be shown on a huge four metre screen so you won’t miss a moment. There’s also a live band to finish off the afternoon on the right note. This event is a sell-out every year! Book tickets here.

The Stables Package: $79.00 pp

The Courtyard Package: $99.00

The Parade Ring Package: $179.00

Where: 1128 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach Qld 4221


Pretty in pink at The Pink Flamingo

Think pink this Melbourne Cup Day at the The Pink Flamingo and enjoy a day of racing and flowing champagne with a dress code of sexy and sassy. Limited First Release tickets includes grazing at various food stations and substantial canapes, washed down with a glass of Mumm Champagne on arrival followed by a three-hour beverage package. Of course you will capture all the race day action on the big screen with the fun continuing into the after party with live DJ. Get your tickets here.

New Release Package: $98 pp (selling fast)

Where: 88 Surf Parade, Broadbeach


Be a supporter at the Southport Sharks

Southport Sharks has the trifecta this Melbourne Cup with three ways to enjoy the day. The main club is serving up the seafood buffet, a Mr Consistent pop-up bar, sweepstakes and best-dressed competitions and a huge screen and handy TAB facilities for your convenience. Uping the ante in the Events Centre, punters can enjoy a decadent three-course menu accompanied with a three-hour drinks package. You won’t miss any of the action with multiple screens and there is live entertainment throughout the day. There are tables for groups of up to ten people. Winning the trifecta on offer is the Aviary Rooftop Bar package, serving up stunning skyline views, a three-hour premium drinks package, handmade pizzas, a pop-up spritz bar, and a fabulous fascinator competition for all the fillies. Book tickets here.

Main Club Package: $65 pp (members) and $80 pp (guests)

Events Centre Package: $99 pp (members) and $110 pp (guests)

Aviary Rooftop Bar Package: Sold out

Where: Corner Olsen & Musgrave Avenues, Southport


Credit: The Collective