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Frock-up and head to one of these top spots to catch all the race day action in November

Melbourne Cup at Cloudland

Fortitude Valley

Set amongst the leaves of 5000 plants, with a retractable glass roof, this garden is a far cry from the hustle and bustle of the Valley outside. At Cloudland, they're hosting two special Melbourne Cup day menu options: a Rainbow Room Gala Luncheon or the Madame Hedges Cocktail Party. Whichever one you opt for; there will be fashions on the field, big screens and glamour aplenty.

Melbourne Cup day at Eagle Farm Racecourse


You may be nearly two thousand Ks north of the action at Flemington on Melbourne Cup day but you can still party trackside and indulge in a little equine entertainment at the Eagle Farm Racecourse. Splash out on a seat at one of the exclusive marquees, or keep things low key with general admission tickets, which leaves a lot more leftover for the sweeps.

Melbourne Cup Extravaganza at the Normanby

Red Hill

The Normanby Hotel in Red Hill is going all out for the race that stops a nation. They'll have an inner-city carnival extravaganza with live entertainment, fashions by the fig, prizes, a beauty bar and lollies! Race day attire is absolutely essential. Book early for the all-inclusive four-hour drinks package.

Melbourne Cup at the Piney

Kangaroo Point

The Pineapple Hotel is a Queenland icon, conveniently located only a few minutes from the Brisbane CBD. And for the race that stops a nation the Piney is putting on two great all-inclusive lunch options. There's a gourmet three-course seafood banquet upstairs or a two-course buffet lunch at the Steakhouse. Both options have betting, trivia, sweepstakes and prizes.

Melbourne Cup at the Regatta


For a pub with river views and cold beverages on hand to help you while away the afternoon, the Regatta is laying on gourmet snacks and grazing boxes, a four-hour drinks package, a Jazz Swing band and the Queensland Red's Players fashion parade. Stick around for the after-party with live music from 4pm.

Melbourne Cup at the Villager


The Villager has a plasma screen TV – is there anything more that you need for race day? If you're looking for a spot in the heart of Brisbane, with a four-course menu, bubbles on arrival, and less than $100 a head – this is the place to be. You can add a four-hour drinks package for $50 extra, essential for all that cheering we think.


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Updated on 14 Mar 2014.