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Tour code: 3013MELCUP
Travel to Flemington Racecourse in style with a festive river cruise from Melbourne! You’ll be well taken care of as you make your way to and from the Spring Racing Carnival, with morning and afternoon tea, a gourmet buffet lunch and unlimited premium wine and beer. Beat the traffic and crowds and simply relax on the sundeck as you cruise along the Yarra River. Enjoy onboard entertainment on the return cruise to Melbourne’s Victoria Harbor.

Highlights

  • Join the Melbourne Spring Carnival Racing festivities
  • Full-day round-trip cruising tour to Flemington Racecourse
  • Enjoy morning and afternoon tea, gourmet lunch including a selection of Australian wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks

What You Can Expect

Melbourne Cup Carnival: Spring Racing Day Cruise Package

Melbourne Spring Racing, Buffet

This year, make Derby Day, Oaks Day or the Melbourne Cup extra special and arrive at the racecourse by river! Depart Melbourne’s Victoria Harbor in the morning, and enjoy a welcome glass of sparkling wine and a sumptuous spread of breakfast pastries as you settle into the comfortable cruiser’s inside cabin or open-air sundecks. Receive a souvenir race book and form guide to prepare for the action.
When you arrive at Flemington Racecourse, the boat will dock just outside the entrance gate for a convenient entry. Head inside to take in all the action of the Spring Racing Carnival (own expense), or take a breather on the boat with onboard television monitors so you don’t miss a moment. 
Midday, return for a delicious standup buffet lunch of fresh seafood selections, cold platters, salad and sweet treats. Enjoy premium Australian wines, beer, spirits and nonalcoholic beverages throughout the day. 
Climb back on board the decked-out boat to depart Flemington Racecourse in the evening. Compare notes on the derby’s best moments with your fellow passengers, and enjoy onboard DJ entertainment on the return trip to Melbourne.

Itinerary

Flemington is the oldest and best-known racecourse in Australia with races held every year since 1840. The highlight of the racing calendar is the Spring Racing Carnival which features the main events of Derby Day, Oaks Day, Melbourne Cup and Stakes Day. Flowers, especially roses are an important part of the week's racing at Flemington, with each of the major race days having their own official flower.

Derby Day - Victoria Derby Day kicks off the Spring Racing Carnival in style. Traditionally black and white are worn on this day by women and morning suits by men. The flower of the day is a blue Corn Flower.

Melbourne Cup - It’s Melbourne Cup and time for the Race that stops a Nation! See fortunes won and lost and history made on the first Tuesday of November every year. Join in the fun and soak up the atmosphere as the entire nation stops to watch the Race at 3.00pm. The flower of the day is a Yellow Rose.

Oaks Day - Also known as ladies day, Oaks Day is more famous for “fashions on the field” than the horse racing! This is the time to dress to impress with large hats and fascinators. The flower of the day is a Pink rose.

Customer Reviews

Peter B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

This was excellent value for Cup Day. We had great fun and I will book this cruise again next year. Staff were very helpful and helped make the day. Best way to go to the Cup.

Maela C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

OMG it was beyond amazing. Once you have been to the Melbourne Cup by boat you will never travel any other way to celebrate this amazing day. The crew the boat the food the endless supply of drinks and the weather made the day the most memorable day ever also dancing our way back to the docklands was awesome - we are all still talking about it and have told everyone we know. Thank you thank you thank you! Best day everrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!

Lynette R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

We all had a great time. The staff where great nothing was too much for them. The service was very good. We would highly recommend this to other people

Leanne R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Absolutely fantastic. The staff, the food, the whole thing cannot fault. Well done to you all. A+

kjack

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2013

This was definitely a 5 star day. Plenty of Food and Drink. Boat was fabulous, staff were amazing. A little bit of a "boogie" on the dance floor on the way home. Would definitely recommend. Just a note that this package does not include your entry to the Race Track so make sure you prepurchase

Nola E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2012

12 out of 10 its was amazing great food excellent staff lots of fun good company I was on my own and was made to feel welcome. The only issue I had was that am from Perth and flew in the night before the event and did not know that I couldn't but a ticket at the gate at Flemington. I might just go again one never knows

William J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

It was an excellent day. The staff and crew did everything to make it so, very friendly and did everything they could to make it an enjoyable experience. Food was excellent as was the bubbles and wine. My view is that if you did not enjoy it then it was only your own fault. - GREAT DAY!!!

Lindsay B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

Was an excellent day out, would highly recommend for anyone to do it, staff were great, friendly and attentive, drinks and food plentiful, will be booking again next year for sure.

V t C New Zealand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2010

6 of us from Timaru NZ booked some months ago to go on this trip. Having been to 4 cups, we were looking for something different. This proved to be a great value for the money - great food, all beverages, tv to watch the race, excellent service. A great day out helped by a very friendly crew. This is a must on your social calendar. Thanks to you all for a great day.

Kellie F Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2010

A fantastic way to spend a big day out. Every need catered for. Only suggestion would be more seating.
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