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Melbourne Cup FAQs

How do I book?

All bookings can be made online.

How do I pay? Can I get a tax invoice?

Payment is processed online and required at the time of booking. You will automatically receive a tax invoice via email.

Are there any venues which don’t require bookings?

Yes. The following venues do not require bookings and welcome walk-ins on the day:
Allawah Hotel
Wynyard Hotel
Vic on the Park (Walk-in and package)
The Royal George (Walk-in and package)
The Royal
The Newport (Lower Ground)
Tennyson Hotel
Palmer and Co
Little Felix
Jimmy’s Falafel
Hotel CBD
Bar Topa
Charlie Parker’s
The Alex
Angel Hotel
El Loco at Excelsior (Front of venue and outside)

Which venues will have TAB facilities?

To place a bet, download the TAB app on your Apple or Android device. Electronic betting terminals (EBTs) will be available at the following venues: ivy precinct, establishment precinct, Coogee Pavilion, Hotel Centennial, The Newport, Hotel CBD, The Beresford, The Paddington.

What is the dress code?

This is the perfect excuse to dress up in bright and bold colours and really make a statement. Ladies, make sure you pop on an eye-catching headpiece or accessories, and gents, be brave and unexpected in pastels or floral.

This Melbourne Cup, don’t be shy – let your creativity and imagination run wild!

Will any venues be catering for dietary requirements?

Our menu contains allergens and is prepared in a kitchen that handles nuts, shellfish and gluten. While all reasonable efforts are taken to accommodate guest dietary needs, we cannot guarantee that our food will be allergen free.

What happens if it rains on the day?

Most of our venues offer ample undercover and shaded areas but nothing will holt us from celebrating the day that stops the nation – rain, hail or shine we’ll see you there!

Are minors permitted?

Minors are permitted to attend in restaurants only. All minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. A seat may be required to be purchased for minors.

What time is the big race?

Coverage for the main race commences at 3pm.

Is there a cancellation policy?

All pre-purchased tickets are non-refundable.

What time will venues open?

Venue opening times vary. Please visit your preferred venue page to see opening hours.

Will there be ATM facilities?

All existing ATM facilities within our venues will be available for use on the day. We are expecting a high volume of guests on the day and encourage you to make arrangements in advance to avoid long queues.

Where can I celebrate after the race?

Evening reservations are available across a range of venues. It’s set to be a busy day, so book now to reserve your spot.