The Sunshine Coast's best venues to catch Melbourne Cup
With Melbourne Cup just around the bend, if you’re on the final stretch for finding that perfect venue, the Sunny Coast is serving up plenty of fun times for you to (Phar) Lap up!
Here’s out list of the Sunshine Coast’s best to catch the race, from cocktail parties to trackside luncheons.
Sunshine Coast Turf Club | Caloundra
Promising a day to remember, the Turf Club still has tickets available for a few of its hospitality packages. Giddy up!
The Social Lawn
For $120 per person, you’ll get racecourse admission and access to the external courtyard complete with garden furniture. Food and drinks-wise, expect an extensive range of canapes served throughout the day and a $25 drink voucher per guest. There will also be views of the track, betting facilities and musical entertainment. If you’re a member of the club already, tickets are just $100. Sweet!
Phar Lap Trackside Marquee
For $175 per person ($155 for members), you can enjoy racecourse admission and reserved seating, as well as a two-course luncheon. The bevs will be a-flowing with selected beers, wines and soft drinks, and a cash bar available for those in the spirit of drinking spirits! You’ll have views of the track, tote facilities and a racebook included. Tickets can be purchased here. Gates open at 9.30am, the marquees will be going off from 11am, and there are absolutely no long faces allowed!
Melbourne Cup in the Forest | Maleny
Spicers Tamarind Retreat in Maleny is celebrating Melbourne Cup by throwing a delightful Thai-inspired luncheon. For $99 you can enjoy a glass of Perrier Jouët champagne on arrival followed by a lip-smacking Thai banquet prepared by Head Chef Dan Jarrett. The Melbourne Cup luncheon will have sweeps, a lucky door prize and the famous Tamarind Calcutta betting pool! Doors open from 11.30am and you can buy your tix here.
Surf Club | Mooloolaba
If you’re not too fussed on swapping trackside views for ocean views, then one of the Mooloolaba Surf Club’s events are for you! They are holding a Cocktail Party to stop the nation at their top floor function room, which will include canapés and a sparkling on arrival. The party will have live music to get you in the betting mood, sweepstakes and Fashions on the Sand (couldn’t have named it better ourselves) and, of course, big screens to watch all the action at the track. Doors open from 11am and the festivities will conclude around 4pm. Tickets are $49 + BF and can be purchased here.
For a fancier engagement, a seafood lunch will be on offer featuring prawns, oysters, and smoked salmon as more sides than you can jump over. Pair all of this with a champagne on arrival, and cheese and fruit platters for dessert, and you’ll be saddled up to enjoy the festivities long into the afternoon! There will be live music, sweepstakes, phantom race calling, lucky door prizes, TAB facilities and Fashions on the Sand with prizes for best-dressed lady and best-dressed gentlemen. Tickets for this smashing event are $95 + BF so get in quick. Sea you there!
Headland Golf Club | Mooloolaba
Headland Golf Club will play host to a lunch of a different kind this year. Their point of difference? Novelty horse races where guest participation is borderline mandatory. Whether you’re a trotter, galloper or prefer to walk the course, laughs and fun are guaranteed and cash prizes are on offer. Their chef has created a delicious three-course lunch, inclusive of a glass of bubbly on arrival.
For starters, crab cakes with roast corn and avocado salad or beetroot and goats cheese tart tatin, before moving onto mains like grilled lamb double cutlets, oven baked prosciutto and potato flan with roast Noosa tomatoes, or crispy skin salmon on Cypriot grain salad with asparagus and dijonaise sauce.
No meal is complete without dessert, so on offer are profiteroles filled with Grand Marnier cream drizzled with chocolate fudge sauce, or strawberry and rhubarb fool in a brandy snap basket. Guests are strongly encouraged to nominate for Best Dressed and Best Hat prizes. There will also be sweeps galore as well as a screening of the Cup itself. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased here.
High Tea at Aimee Provence | Buderim
We’re all about spilling the tea, but we think we might like to keep it classy this year for Aimee Provence’s indulgent champagne high tea. Start your day off with a glass of Moët, and get ready to be treated. Freshly-baked scones with clotted cream and jam, French macarons and savoury goodies like chicken Waldorf salad and roast beef with horseradish cream will form part of the menu, and boy, are we keen? Tea and barista-made coffee will also be available. Prizes include Best Hat and Best Dressed, and sweeps on the Cup will be available through the afternoon! The parlour will be open from 11.30am and festivities will end around 2.30pm. Tickets are $79 and can be purchased here.
Noosa Boathouse | Noosa
For true surf ‘n’ turf, head to Boathouse Noosa to enjoy all the action on Cup day. Putting on a four-course lunch with free-flowing bubbles, beer, and wine, Boathouse will be celebrating by screening the race on the big screen, alongside in-venue entertainment like sweeps, Best Dressed, a Calcutta, and live music. Tickets are $139 and can be booked here.
Dust off your sandy feet, and head to one of these Sunny Coast venues to make the most of Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday, November 6!