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.
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.