Hot Tips for Melbourne Cup in Townsville

We might be a long flight and a few weather zones away from our southern states, but that’s never stopped us from getting right into the celebrations for Melbourne Cup Day! 
Whether you’ve studied the form guide or simply picked your favourite number or the prettiest jockey silks (in our case, it’s the first horse that winks at the camera in the mounting yard), it doesn’t matter, because there’s no such thing as a sure bet – we love a long shot and anyone can be a winner! Here are our 5 top tips for a great Melbourne Cup day in Townsville.


The Pavilion

Frock up and put your best fascinator forward at The Pavilion at their glamorous garden party hosted by Kurt Phelan, and with a four-hour premium beverage package, canapés and shared plates, live oyster shucking, DJ, Pamper Lounge and spectacular Bubble Bar. 
With the dress code ‘elegant racewear’ for the ladies and ‘jacket and tie’ for the fellas, you can watch the fashions on the field and races streamed live from Flemington, have a flutter at the live betting facilities from 11am-3pm, then kick on for the afternoon at the official After-Party at the Quarterdeck.  An 18+ event, tickets are $175 with $5 from every ticket sold donated to Ronald McDonald House North Queensland, get them HERE or call or call 4771 4000




Master Builders Melbourne Cup Day

Come and crack a coldie at the only place in Townsville to watch live on-track racing action, as well as all the action from Flemington.  No dress code, enjoy the day in a relaxed family atmosphere or frock up if you want to!  Five local races, air-conditioned bars, bookmakers on site, and you can rock into the afternoon with live music - gates open at 10am, Tickets: $10 online HERE (Buy tickets online and go in the draw to win a Great Northern esky valued at $300!) or $15 at the gate, kids under 17 FREE. For more info check out their facebook page

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The Banquet Centre

Whether you're a punter, fashionista or foodie – head to The Banquet Centre and celebrate 'The race that stops the nation' in glamorous style. Enjoy a decadent four-course luncheon with canapes, entrée and main, finished with an array of mouth-watering cheeses, plus a four-hour beverage package including wine, beer, soft drinks and, of course, bubbles. 
Watch fashions on the field and races live from Flemington on the big screen, plus sweepstakes, door prizes, best-dressed male and female, and more, then kick on downstairs at The Brewery’s after-party!
Tuesday November 6, from 11.00am - 3.00pm at The Banquet Centre, Tickets $110pp - on sale HERE - you can check it out on facebook HERE 



Pier Restaurant and Bar

Yippee! Extra tickets have been released for the Melbourne Cup - Project Booyah luncheon at The Pier Restaurant and Bar. Bubbles on arrival, canapés, a delicious two course lunch plus a cash bar for all of your wine and cocktail requirements, plus live racing on big screens, raffles and silent auction, lucky door prizes and pamper station! 
The theme is ‘A Touch of Blue’ so get into the spirit of the day, and if you missed out on the first round of tickets or haven’t made your Melbourne Cup plans yet, call Lily on 4721 2567, tickets are $99 and support an awesome cause, it’s 11.30am for a 12pm start, check out the facebook page HERE

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Watermark Townsville

Where better to be than somewhere with a sea breeze on Cup Day, and the option to celebrate in a restaurant or Beach Bar! Watch all the action on supersized screens, with all races from all states televised, best dressed prizes for Lady of the Day, Raceday Hat and Dapper Male, hamper raffles and calcuttas on the day, but best of all is the incredible menu – take your pick from a selection of Watermark favourites for entrée, main and dessert, plus you’ll get a glass of bubbles on arrival, for only $65! It kicks off from 11am and bookings are essential - tickets must be pre-paid, check out the menu HERE and book on (07) 4724 4281