11 sweet Melbourne Cup soirées

Gold Coasters love to party and here we are again with the perfect excuse to get dressed up and swig (I mean sip) champagne.

That’s right folks, Melbourne Cup day is upon us and you probably need a new outfit to match the fancy party you’re attending (which is why we got in early).

Here’s 11 to choose from and good luck with that because they are all a guaranteed good time. Happy horse racing. 

baskk at Kirra Point
Celebrate the race of the year beachfront, with roving canapés and a three-hour premium drink package. Enjoy a flute of Chandon champagne on the sun deck when you arrive and experience all day music, running race commentary and a fashion runaway show by labels TJ Swim and DBAR HOUSE. From $120 per person.
Where: Shop 2, 52-58 Marine Parade, Beach House Plaza, Coolangatta

Garden Kitchen & Bar
The prettiest bar in town is hosting what’s sure to be a delightful event. Inside the restaurant you’ll enjoy a delicious three-course lunch, pop up beauty bar, fashions on the field, prizes, DJ, sweeps and more. While outside you can opt for a picnic package including race viewing, bubbles and smoked meat options for the boys. $95 per person.
Where: The Star, Casino Drive, Broadbeach 

Stingray Lounge
QT Gold Coast’s famed bars Stingray and Yamagen combine to create a Melbourne Cup party you won’t forget. Guests will be treated to sparkling Mumm Rosé on arrival and two hours of premium food and drinks. Pairing Instagram-worthy floral backdrops with flowing Rosé and the Gold Coast’s most glamorous crowd, it’s a dream come true. $110 per person.
Where: QT, 7 Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise 

Wildernis
The party people of Palm Beach are at it again! Join them for an exclusive Melbourne Cup event and be treated to a two-hour drink package and delicious canapés between 11am-3pm. There’ll be best dressed prizes on the day, sweepstake tickets and a live screening of the race! Happy days friends. $110 per person.
Where: 1166 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach 

Gold Coast Turf Club
It’s your local home of horse racing and there’s sure to be plenty of trackside action. While some events are sold out there’s still tickets available for The Dome – a seafood buffet lunch and six hour beverage package and The Event Centre Party. Get in quick! From $145 per person.
Where: Racecourse Drive, Bundall

Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa
As always The Marriott will host a stylish event in the Grand Ballroom that will include a three-course lunch by their award-winning chef, live entertainment and beverages and canapés on arrival. Of course, there’ll be the annual fashion show, racing on the big screen and live entertainment. $140 per person. Book here.
Where: 158 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise  

Hideaway Kitchen & Bar
Trot into Hideaway for a Melbourne Cup lunch on the green! There’ll be live music, sweepstakes, a banquet of delicious Asian street food and a selection of beverages. It’s a guaranteed good time with the crew. Dress up and get down there. $99 per person.
Where: 2657 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach

Café Catalina
You’ll be greeted with a glass of Jansz sparkling wine on arrival and a luscious three-course meal to enjoy throughout the afternoon. Not only that, they’ll be streaming all the racing action across three big screens and encouraging you to don your best races attire! Special prizes are on offer for the best-dressed, a lucky door prize and a sweep! $65 per person.
Where: 10/11 Broadwater Parklands, Gold Coast Hwy, Southport 

The Collective
Get ready for a decadent four-course lunch and a two-hour drinks package at The Collective’s Spring Fling. There will be a media wall on arrival so you can get papped on your way in and of course, fashions on the field for all those fabulously dressed fillies. The race itself will be projected on the giant screen and it’s sure to be a good time. Tickets from $129 per person.
Where: 1128 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach

Melbas
Celebrate the race that stops the nation in absolute style. It will be a glamourous affair, the venue will be transformed into an elegant race day event. Fashions on the field, free WIFI, race sweeps and esquisite food from our chef – Melbas is THE destination for the biggest event in the racing calendar. Book here.
Where: 46 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise

Sage Restaurant
Enjoy live music from the talented Micka Scene from 12pm onwards and a sumptuous two or three course sharing menu. Plus watch the race on the big screen, enjoy the sweeps and perhaps be one of the luck best dressed winners on the day! From $39 per person. Book here.
Where: 5/20 Queensland Ave, Broadbeach

Giddyup.

Words by Kirra Smith.

RELATED STORIES