Spring racing season is upon us once again and you know what that means Gold Coasters? Champagne and fancy frocks for everyone.
Because we know you love a party as much as we do, we’ve collated a list of 17 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. From north to south, here’s where to spend the day on November 5th, get in quick, they’re all selling fast.
QT Gold Coast
Gather your friends, dress to impress and be seen at the ultimate seaside location for the race that stops the nation. Tickets include four hours of canapes and bottomless drinks, a Chandon cocktail on arrival, live tunes by Manu Music, Saxomorphonist and DJs into the night plus fashions on the field, lucky door prizes, sweeps and more. Tickets are $129pp here.
Where: Level 2, 8 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise
Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort
The renowned Marriott Melbourne Cup Luncheon is on again with live entertainment by ‘Musique’, a fashion show presented by Lisa Brown, sweepstakes by Variety, the Children’s Charity, prizes for best dressed, live coverage from Flemington, raffle tickets AND giveaways. Tickets include a three course lunch, three hours of premium wine, beer and soft drink and Spring After Party access at Chapter & Verse from 3:30pm. Tickets are $149 here.
Enjoy a twist on the traditional high tea with a variety of fresh Australian seafood for $89 per person or traditional High Tea including a variety of both sweet and savory dishes for $79 per person including a beverage on arrival. Tickets here.
Where: 158 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise
The Island Gold Coast
Whether you choose to be amongst the first to experience the Birdcage-inspired race day party at The Island’s new event space ‘the Glasshouse’, or the Rooftop Party in the open-air with its energetic and dynamic race-day vibe – you’ll be partying in style. Tickets to the Rooftop Party are $99 including beverages and canapés and the VIP G.H MUMM Glasshouse Party will set you back $169 including drinks at the Spritz Station, premium wine and beer and a charcuterie station, a live paella station plus hot and cold canapés.
Where: 3128 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
Novotel Surfers Paradise
The Paradise Ballroom will host a festive day including a three course lunch with four hour premium drinks package, live music and streaming of the race, sweepstakes, fashion catwalk show presented by Blondie & Red Boutique, make up and Brow touch ups by Monroe Hair and lucky door prizes. Tickets are $125 here.
Where: 3105 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise
Pink Flamingo Spiegelclub
It’s the sassiest Melbourne Cup cocktail party the city has ever seen at The Pink Flamingo Spiegelclub. Saunter down the pink turf with a glass of bubbly in hand before indulging in delicious canapes and food stations catered by the crew from The Collective Catering. They’ll be streaming all the racing action live on their huge 10 metre theatre screen in air-conditioned comfort and if that’s not exciting enough, the sexy squad from The Pink Flamingo’s resident show SUAVE will also tease and tantalise with a host of pop-up dance, cirque and acrobatic performances throughout the day. Tickets are $69 per person including substantial canapes and food stations with a Petit Cordon by Mumm Champagne or Corona Beer on arrival or $99 per person including all of the above PLUS a four hour beverage package with Petit Cordon Champagne, Mud House Sauvignon Blanc, Petaluma Chardonnay, St. Hallett Garden of Eden Shiraz, Days of Rosé, Corona beer, soft drink, juice. Get yours here before they sell out.
Where: 88 Surf Pde, Broadbeach
Fashion and flair will shape the perfect afternoon, where you’ll enjoy a glass of champagne on arrival and savour a four course lunch menu accompanied by a three hour premium beverage package. Enjoy a bespoke event with live entertainment, Melbourne Cup live streaming, and sweepstakes. Tickets are $155pp here.
Where: 81 Surf Parade, Broadbeach
It’s a three course a la carte luncheon at Broadbeach newbie Miss Moneypenny’s this Melbourne Cup day. You’ll receive a complimentary champagne or beer on arrival and entry to the afterparty later on. There’s also a beverage package on offer. Tickets are $155pp.
Where: 50 Surf Pde, Broadbeach
The Gold Coast Turf Club
Trackside is the perfect place to be to watch the race that stops the nation this year. There are several packages to choose from including the Members Day Pass, the Event Centre Package including a grazing menu and beverage package and Skyline Restaurant is offering first class dining from $178.
Where: Racecourse Drive, Bundall
Hideaway Kitchen and Bar
Broadbeach’s hottest Melbourne Cup on the Green is back this year providing you with all the drinks, an Asian street buffet and live music. Enjoy a four hour gold drinks package including beer, wine, bubbles, cider and basic spirits, a two hour Asian street food buffet (think oyster bar, dumplings, hawker bbq, noodles etc) and live music by the talented Zac Keenan. Tickets are $125 pp or priced per table.
Where: 2657 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach
The Star Gold Coast
RACV Royal Pines
Join in on a relaxed Melbourne Cup party next to the beach, with healthy canapes, welcome drink and live music. It’s $60pp and you get a welcome drink, four healthy canapés, live music from 12.30pm until 4pm, fashions on the field and best dressed prizes and of course, the race live on the big screens.
Where: 4 Lavarack Rd, Nobby Beach
Indulge in Melbourne Cup by the sea at Burleigh favourite Rick Shores. You’ll get their incredible signature canapes plus a four-hour beverage package and you can choose from standing tickets ($225pp) or shared seated tickets ($250pp).
Where: Goodwin Tce, Burleigh Heads
The Tropic invites you to join the best Melbourne Cup party on the Coast. Bottomless Veuve Clicquot, freshly shucked oysters and a five course Mediterranean inspired menu. Catwalks, prizes for best dressed and once the race is over the after party begins. DJs until late. It’s $179pp.
Where: Goodwin Tce, Burleigh Heads
It’s a Spring Fling at Palmy fave The Collective. Celebrate in style with a four course lunch and welcome bubbles. Participate in fashions on the field or nominated your friends for fun! The race will be shown on a huge 4m screen so you won’t miss a moment. We’ve also got live music and a DJ to finish off the afternoon with some good old fashioned dancing! Tickets are $99pp.
Where: Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach