We are already looking forward to the upcoming 2017 Melbourne Cup Carnival and hope that you are too! This fantastic week of racing takes place at Flemington racecourse just outside of the centre of Melbourne, Victoria. The racecourse boasts a six-furlong straight and is now part of the Australian National Heritage List.
The week begins on Saturday 4th November with the AAMI Victoria Derby Day which hosts a fabulous display of impeccable fashion from both men and women as well as a spectacle of racing. After a short break in the week, the action kicks off again for the feature Group 1 race of the week, the one and only Emirates Melbourne Cup held on Tuesday 7th. Considered to be one of the best staying handicap races in the world, this race is run over 2 miles and the winner receives a staggering prize of A$6.2m. Surprisingly, Dettori is yet to win a Melbourne Cup…perhaps 2017 will be his year?
Last years winner was Almandin, trained by local Australian trainer Robert Hickmott who had a previous winner in 2012, and was ridden by Kerrin McEvoy. 2015 was one for the records as Michelle Payne rode Prince of Penzance to a great finish making her the first female ever to win the prestigious Cup. The Kennedy Oaks; which takes place a couple days later on the Thursday, was won by an amazing 100-1 chance Lasqueti Spirit last year. The final day of racing is by no means any quieter with the Group 1 Emirates Stakes which attracts runners from all over the world.
During the days away from the hype of the racecourse, there is a plethora of things to do and see in and around Melbourne. Take a trip to Phillip Island which is approximately 87 miles south-east of Melbourne. The island has a wildlife park which is home to native animals such as fairy penguins, wallabies and kangaroos, and you can even take part in whale watching. If animals aren’t your thing and you fancy something a little more sophisticated, then why not take a wine tour in the Yarra Valley. Here you can experience wine tasting from commercial and boutique wineries, a restaurant lunch, cheese tasting and a visit to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie. An opportunity not to miss is a visit to the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), the home of Australian Football since 1859 and only a ten minute walk from the heart of the city.
In the evenings you can discover some of the top bars and restaurants around. Eau De Vie offer an interactive evening of cocktail and whisky masterclasses. Or why not treat yourself to Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and try a weird and wonderful ice cream with vegemite dessert?
We offer packages ranging from £2,695 per person which include 9 nights accommodation at the Alto Hotel, return flights from London Heathrow, breakfast every morning, general admission to all four race days of the carnival, and car hire for the duration of your stay.
To view all packages on offer and learn more about what we have in store for you, click here and book today.