Spring racing season is almost upon us once again, and you know what that means, Gold Coasters? Champagne, fancy frocks, and swish-looking suits for everyone.
Because we know you love a party as much as we do, we’ve collated a list of top spots to watch the race that stops the nation while also enjoying bulk food and beverages and probably placing the odd bet or two. Here’s where to spend your day on Tuesday 2nd November — get in quick they’re already selling fast!
The Gold Coast Turf Club
Trackside is the perfect place to be to watch the horsies this year. The Event Centre Package 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. Tickets are $160pp. Or join in on the inaugural Fashions Luncheon at the Glasshouse with an exclusive Fashions on the Field competition. The Glasshouse package includes a prosecco on arrival and an impressive 6-hour drinks package, two-course lunch, TAB and bookmaker facilities, and reserved seating on long tables — perfect for those bigger groups. Cost is $221pp for members and $260pp for non-members. Or head to the Perch for an event with a difference. For $295pp race-goers will enjoy a five-hour premium beverage package including Veuve Clicquot, premium beer and wine with basic spirits and a delicious grazing style menu served from 12.30pm.
Where: Racecourse Drive, Bundall
Hideaway Kitchen & Bar
Everyone’s favourite Asian-inspired eatery in Broadbeach is back once again with a Melbourne Cup offering you have to get around. Besides a whopping 4-hour drinks package — with nothing held back — you can enjoy an Asian street feast with delectable food stations featuring dumplings, noodles, oysters, and hawker-style BBQ. The talented muso Nick Waters will take you through the afternoon before deciding to continue on or to go home early — the choice is yours!
Where: 2657 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach
Take in the exquisite views across the Gold Coast whilst indulging in a high tea. For $99pp, a 3-hour beverage package is included accompanied by the sensational high tea Videre is revered for. You cab watch all the live action along with sweepstakes and lucky door prizes. Grab your tickets here.
Where: RACV Royal Pines, Ross Street, Benowa
The Island Gold Coast
Choose between The Birdcage, a G.H. Mumm Gala Luncheon at The Island Glasshouse or their Bubble and Pearls Pavilion at The Penthouse. A Birdcage ticket is $109pp and will include premium beverages and plenty of share-style canapes, live entertainment and fashions on the field from 12.30pm to 3.30pm. The G.H. Mumm Gala Luncheon (from 12pm to 3.30pm) includes G.H. Mumm Champagne (of course), a three-course luncheon, live entertainment and the chance to be crowned the best dressed Duke and Duchess! Tickets are at $209pp, with $10 of every ticket going to their charity partner on the day. Or indulge in the ultimate seated cocktail event on The Island’s Penthouse between 12pm – 3.30pm. You can expect 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, numerous prizes for best dressed and hat, sweeps and more! Tickets are $259pp. Whichever ticket you get you’ll be sure to enjoy yourself!
Where: 3128 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
Bine Bar & Dining
One of the locals favourite bars on the Gold Coast is inviting you down for an afternoon like no other. For a reasonable $35pp, you will get a drink on arrival, and copious amounts of delicious finger food will be doing the rounds. Zak Keenan will be serenading the crowd throughout the day, so all you need to do is show up looking your best and be prepared to let your hair down.
Where: 1/28 Chairlift Avenue, Nobby Beach
Southport Sharks have not one but three unique ways for you to enjoy the day. At the main club, you can enjoy a succulent-looking seafood buffet, sweepstakes and best-dressed competitions, a Mr Consistent pop-up bar, a huge screen and handy TAB facilities for your convenience. Tickets are $65pp for members and $80pp for guests. Their Events Centre will take things up a notch with a decadent three-course menu accompanied with a three-hour drinks package, multiple screens, (so you don’t miss any of the action), and live entertainment. Available are tables of up to ten with prices at $99pp for members and $110pp for guests. Why not take things up a level at Aviary Rooftop Bar? Whilst you take in the stunning skyline, you’ll be spoilt with a three-hour premium drinks package, handmade pizzas, a pop-up spritz bar, and a fabulous fascinator competition for all you ladies out there. Early bird tickets have already sold out, so tickets are now $149pp — so don’t hang around.
Where: Corner Olsen & Musgrave Avenues, Southport
The Cavill Hotel
Celebrate Melbourne Cup in style whilst you take in the action from Surfers Paradise’s largest screen. Tickets are $119pp; for this, you’ll have access to onsite TAB facilities, a three-hour food and beverage package, sweeps, fashions on the field and lucky door prizes — more than enough to keep you and your friends entertained!
Where: 46 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise
JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa
If you’re looking for a grand event, look no further than the Grand Ballroom Melbourne Cup Luncheon. A 3 course spring lunch, 3 hours of luxury wine, beer and soft drink accompanied by live entertainment, a fashion show, sweepstakes and giveaways will have you entertained for the afternoon. Tickets are $169 and you can book yours here.
Where: 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise
The Club at Parkwood
With two sparkling yet different events, you’re bound to have a day you won’t forget in a hurry. Choose from a cocktail party with a difference with a 2-hour drinks package, canapes and platters galore, and prizes for the best dressed for a very modest $79pp. Or if you prefer something a little grander, their sit-down experience in the Grandview room with a 4-hour drinks package and three-course menu should do the trick for $125pp. Live music is being played through both parties, and there’s a good time guaranteed for everyone!
Book your tickets here.
Where: 76 – 122 Napper Road, Parkwood
Yet again, the Gold Coast’s biggest and best entertainment space comes up with the goods for Melbourne Cup day. So many options and so many venues, which will you choose? More of an Italian lover, opt for a 5-course and 3-hour drinks package at Cucina Vivo for $185pp, grab your tickets here. Looking for a location to boogy and eat some roaming canapes with a 2.5-hour drinks package – look no further than Atrium Bar for $100pp, grab your tickets here. Keen punter? Head directly to the Sports Bar and enjoy all the action uninterrupted, plus enjoy a buffet-style feast for just $66pp, grab your tickets here. Want to have a bit more of a relaxed Cup day amongst some greenery? Garden Kitchen & Bar spoils you for choice with the option to sit outside on the lawn tables with up to 9 of your friends for $1500 per table (grab your tickets here) or inside with a 3-course meal and 3-hour drinks package for $169pp, grab your tickets here. If these events still aren’t delightful enough, elevate the day with heading to Nineteen at the Star with their tickets from $179pp and choose between their bar or restaurant offerings – both accompanied with Veuve Clicquot Champagne of course! And once the race is all done and dusted head to Kiyomi for a post-race feast with their Melbourne Cup Day specials to round out for your fun-filled day.
Where: The Star Gold Coast, Casino Drive, Broadbeach
Always one to pull out the stops, it’s a Spring Fling at Palm Beach fave The Collective Palm Beach. With three varying packages available between $79pp and $179pp you’ll be sure to find the event for you and your mates. The Stables is perfect for groups of ten or more, set on high tables and chairs at the venue’s front. You’ll enjoy bubbles or beer on arrival and a 4-course set menu. ($79pp) The Courtyard area is available with high and low seating in their courtyard space, where you’ll be treated to a glass of bubbles or beer upon arrival, followed by a 4-course set menu while enjoying Fashions On The Field and live music. ($99pp) Or go the extra mile with a ticket to their Parade Ring ($179pp) which is a cocktail Rooftop party including an oyster bar, extensive roaming canapés and a 3-hour premium beverage package!
Where: Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
The Pink Flamingo
Giddy up and think pink at The Pink Flamingo this Melbourne Cup Day! Enjoy a day of racing, raunchiness and rivers of flowing champagne. Limited First Release tickets are currently $125pp; if you decide to get involved, you can enjoy a fork and walk at various food stations and substantial canapes plus a glass of Mumm Champagne on arrival, followed by a three-hour beverage package. Amongst all this, you’ll capture the action on a whopping 10-metre screen before being encouraged to stay for a fun-filled after-party with live DJ. The dress code is (naturally) sexy and sassy!
Where: 88 Surf Parade, Broadbeach
Words by Alex Mitcheson.
There are a few things quintessential here in Australia that help denote the arrival of Spring: the sun begins to rise earlier in the mornings, magpies are lurking ready, and one of the most significant events of the year takes place — Melbourne Cup Day!
Held on the first Tuesday of November and part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, this race is the richest two-mile horse race in the world and attracts spectators not only from around the country but also the globe.
Recognised as a public holiday in Victoria, the event is loved so much for the glamourous parties that take place, it’s pretty much a public holiday everywhere else these days. And we can’t see anything wrong with that!
One place where you can catch all the excitement whilst choosing from a smorgasbord of different venues and offerings is, of course, The Star Gold Coast. Below we have broken down what’s on and what each celebration includes… don’t worry, you’ll be sure to pick a real winner.
Cucina Vivo (12pm-3pm) — $185 per person
An incredible five-course menu backed up by a generous three-hour drinks package is more than enough to see you through the afternoon. You’ll be greeted with a glass of Rosé Champagne on arrival before tucking into charming dishes like Tweed River Prawn Campanelle Pasta and Wagyu Bresaola. To keep things flowing a fashion off the field competition and special guest MC are sure to keep things fun and frivolous.
Summed up: Fabulous flavours, colours, and fashion are sure to combine for a taste of Italy you won’t forget.
Buy your tickets here.
Garden Kitchen & Bar (12pm-3pm) — From $169 per person
Giving you the chance to experience the day in two different ways. Opt to stay inside, and you’ll enjoy a three hours drinks package and an equally impressive three-course menu to accompany it with the likes of House Smoked Tasmanian Salmon and Black Tyde Striploin.
Buy your tickets here.
Or enjoy our Spring weather out on the lawn. The afternoon is set to go with a bang as tables of eight to ten people ($1500 per table) will partake in picnic table dining with plenty of share style platters doing the rounds. Again, a three-hour drinks package affair will only get things started as entertainment will continue after the race with The Stafford Brothers giving your fascinators a run for their money.
Buy your tickets here.
Summed up: Sun-splashed merrymaking is guaranteed, all backed up with the action broadcast on a huge screen and of course extremely tasty food.
Nineteen at The Star (Bar 11am-3pm and Restaurant 11.30am-3.30pm)— From $179 per person
Whatever part of this iconic venue you choose, you are promised a Melbourne Cup Day like no other. On the restaurant side, a generous 4-hour drinks package — including Veuve Clicquot Champagne — accompanies a lavish four-course lunch with inclusions such as Shallot Tarte Tatin with La Luna Goat Cheese and an extravagant ‘Fruits De Mer’ selection of the finest seafood. Go all out for the big day with tickets $375 per person.
For those who want to socialise and hang out at the epitome of opulent fun-filled bashes, the bar side of things is more for you. Here the seated cocktail format will include four hours’ worth of drinks and a rotation of flavoursome bar canapés including Mac & Cheese Croquettes and Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls — plus more. Live DJs will keep the party going long into the afternoon as you and your friends enjoy the atmosphere overlooking our beautiful skyline. Tickets are $179 per person with the option (but a must if you ask us) to upgrade to Veuve Clicquot Champagne for just $50. Because what sort of day is it without exquisite Champagne in hand?
Summed up: Unmatched sky-high sophistication with the Gold Coast’s most opulent celebration.
Atrium Bar (12pm-2.30pm) — $100 per person
If you’re a fan of yesteryear’s shenanigans had at the original Atrium Bar, then you will love the new look venue, and no doubt enjoy what’s on offer in this magically reinvented space. A 2.5-hour drinks package will run alongside roaming canapés with plenty of large screens covering the action with a special guest MC to keep the afternoon eventful. After the race, a DJ set will begin and, well, the rest is up to you
Summed up: Serious atmosphere in everyone’s favourite newly renovated iconic bar.
Buy your tickets here.
Sports Bar (12pm-3pm) — $66 per person
Dress up and step out at one of the most immersive Cup Day experiences this year — with enough screens and surround sound to make you feel like you’re there! A race lover’s retreat, you’ll have access to the terrace, where an indulgent buffet-style feast awaits with fresh oysters, salads, and a couple of cheeky desserts like a chocolate parfait with berries.
Summed up: For those sporting fanatics out there. You won’t miss a minute of the action here!
Buy your tickets here.
Kiyomi (From 5.30pm)
Whether your flutter came in good, or your horse didn’t get anywhere near the top of the field, it doesn’t matter when you sit down post-race to a delectable Asian spread at Kiyomi. The already incredible menu will feature two specials for the day including Grilled Pacific Oysters accompanied by seaweed ginger-lime dressing or Pan Seared Hokkaido Scallop (2pcs) bathed in wasabi pepper sauce. Delicious dishes fit for a day like no other!
Summed up: Wrap up the day with your favourite flavours.
Words by Alex Mitcheson.
STORY SPONSORED BY THE STAR GOLD COAST