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Gold Coast Melbourne Cup Guide

Your Guide To Celebrating The Races In Style (Plus Where To Go To Boycott Them)

Gold Coast Melbourne Cup Guide

It's that time of year again... It's time for the Melbourne Cup! The race that stops the nation will be hitting our big screens in just a couple of weeks, and plenty of our favourite restaurant's, bar's and cafe's are pulling out all of the stops to make our race day celebrations truly spectacular. Whether you pull in a win or you need to drown your sorrows, we've sourced ten of the hottest spots to hit up this Melbourne Cup!

Baskk at Kirra Point

Baskk has become pretty famous down south for it's stunning beachside views, totally drool-worthy menu and insane drinks list, so it was no surprise to us when they announced they would be offering two delicious packages to help us celebrate in style. Grab their food package for just $65 a head and enjoy an afternoon of canapes, or splash out on their all-inclusive package and enjoy two hours of unlimited food, drinks and good times, as well as a professional photo on arrival!

The Star Gold Coast

We all know The Star can throw some seriously spectacular parties, so of course we had to include them on the list - Especially when they're throwing not one, not two, not three, but five incredible parties! Throwing spectacular parties in Cucina Vivo, the Sports Bar Terrace, Garden Kitchen & Bar, Harvest Buffet and Nineteen at The Star, you can pick and choose from the perfect party to suit your style and price point, with packages starting from just $100 a head and including all of the food, drinks and good times that you could ever want. Oh, and with plenty of prizes going, you'll want to make sure you're dressed up appropriately!


If you've ever been to Harbourtown, chances are you would have visited Crafty's at least once by now - But did you know they're hosting their very first Melbourne Cup event soon? Celebrating Melbourne Cup the way they know best, grab some gal pals and some heels and spend the afternoon watching the races on the big screens, with plenty of TV's set up all around the space to make sure you don't miss a second of the action. Offering the option to enjoy three hours of canapes, wine and beer for just $59, or the option to indulge in a three-course set lunch with plenty of drinks for $79 a head, there's plenty of pocket-friendly options to help everyone enjoy the day in style!

Sheraton Resort

Looking for an excuse to dress up, take the day off and head down to Sheraton Resort? Well thank goodness Melbourne Cup is right around the corner. Running from midday until 3pm, dress up in your finest and indulge in three hours of raffles, races, drinks and gourmet seafood, with plenty of prizes and glasses of Chandon going around to make the entire day unforgettable! Set against the shimmering lagoons of Sheraton Resort, there's really no better place to dress up and celebrate the races - Just don't forget to take a selfie!

The Marine Village Sanctuary Cove

Dreaming of spending Race Day sipping champagne and enjoying mouth-watering food by the water? Well, let us introduce you to Melbourne Cup in the Marine Village. Throwing Race Day parties in Jonez on Food, Cove Tavern, Black Angus Bar & Grill, Artichoke Restaurant and the famous InterContinental Resort, you can spend your afternoon wining and dining on everything from Steak and Seafood to three-course feasts, with plenty of package options to suit everyone's budget. Also offering more casual dining options in their other restaurants, even if you don't get into the races you can still take the day off to dress up and head out for lunch. Go on, treat yo'self!

Hyde Paradiso

Have you been to the fabulous new Hyde Paradiso yet? Well if you haven't, now you have a good reason to - They're throwing their very first fabulous Melbourne Cup Party! Celebrating all things Chandon, sunshine and smooth sips, slip into some heels and head on up to experience the ultimate seaside celebration, with four hours of canapes, Chandon and live music to help make your Race Day unforgettable. With plenty of prizes available on the day, no matter what place your horse comes in you're sure to fin something - So make sure you grab tickets ASAP!

The Island Gold Coast

We all know that The Island Rooftop throws pretty good parties - So of course they're throwing a Melbourne Cup party, and of course you want to be up there! Bringing all of the colour, class and champagne that you'd expect from any spectacular event, grab your highest heels and your sharpest suit and head on up to the Rooftop, with plenty of canapes and free-flowing drinks to help celebrate the race that stops the nation. Offering two ticket options (including the option to party in their brand new Glasshouse), you can splash out and celebrate as much as you'd like!


What's even better than spending Race Day celebrating with champagne and incredible food? Celebrating the races (literally) on top of the world at SkyPoint! Offering an incredible 3.5 hour package for just $125 a head, spend your Melbourne Cup in the clouds as you eat, drink and dance your way to a victory, with plenty of lucky door prizes to be won on the day to guarantee that everyone comes out a winner. Bringing all of the glitz, glam and fashion of Melbourne Cup to the skyline, there's really no better place to go this Melbourne Cup - But there's limited tickets available, so get in fast before they sell out!


Seaside views, mouth-watering food and plenty of sipping is what's promised at BSKT Cafe for Melbourne Cup this year - And quite frankly, we think it sounds pretty darn good to us. Kicking off their celebrations at 12:30pm, indulge in a range of totally drool-worthy canapes, drinks and live entertainment, with the race that stops the nation live on the big screens so you don't miss a second of the action. And with the beach right nearby, what more could you possibly want!

No Bones Byron Bay

We know that not everyone loves or follows the Melbourne Cup - So No Bones is stepping up to the plate this year, hosting their very first 'Say Nup To The Cup' event to support horse rescue around the country. Running from 12:30pm onwards, grab your gal pals and head on down to Byron for a spectacular afternoon of food, wine and good times, with a drool-worthy five-course tasting menu available alongside beer, wine or Chandon to top off the whole day perfectly. With proceeds from the event going towards horse rescue around the country, you can be rest-assured that you're supporting the cause - So why not grab tickets and have some fun!

About the Author

Aimee Higgins

Aimee Higgins

I'm a creative at heart - I love reading, I love writing and I love my social media! I spend the majority of my time sipping coffee and finding the next best cafe, but when I get a second off chances are I'll be brunching at my local or running off to whatever event is on that night! During Summer you can find me sipping coffee and tanning down by Burleigh Beach, and in Winter I'll be skiing the slopes of Perisher or buried under a mountain of blankets with chocolate and a good book.