Things to Do in Melbourne during the Melbourne Cup Carnival

Melbourne Cup Carnival has been a part of Melbourne’s history for over 150 years. An iconic event that is watched by millions in Australia and across the world, the Carnival creates a vibrant atmosphere in the host city in the lead up to the eagerly anticipated Melbourne Cup race. Horse trainer and Australian icon, Gai Waterhouse has attended the Carnival numerous times over the years and reveals her favourite restaurants, shopping areas and destinations to visit when she is in town to attend the race. Things to Do in Melbourne during the Melbourne Cup Carnival
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Things to Do in Melbourne during the Melbourne Cup Carnival

Head to Melbourne and experience the dynamic atmosphere that takes over the city during Melbourne Cup Carnival.


Melbourne Cup Carnival has been a part of Melbourne’s history for over 150 years. An iconic event that is watched by millions in Australia and across the world, the Carnival creates a vibrant atmosphere in the host city in the lead up to the eagerly anticipated Melbourne Cup race.

Horse trainer and Australian icon, Gai Waterhouse has attended the Carnival numerous times over the years and reveals her favourite restaurants, shopping areas and destinations to visit when she is in town to attend the race. 

Melbourne Sporting Precinct, Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne is an ever growing international city with a multitude of things to see and do. While I am there, racing is my number one objective, but on many occasions I have enjoyed the walk between Spring Street, through the gardens to South Yarra and Chapel Street, back along the Yarra to the Crown Casino precinct. It is all very close. “

“Then on St Kilda Road, just a short distance from the centre of town, you have the magnificent Arts Centre and the National Gallery of Victoria. Then back across Flinders Street near the mighty MCG there is a little building; the Victorian Artists Society which has housed some of the greatest artists that Australia has produced. Dame Nellie Melba even used to practice her singing in the downstairs foyer.”

Melbourne, VIC

“Melbourne has some iconic shopping areas like Chapel Street in South Yarra, the petite Greville Street in Prahran as well as the major shopping centres like Chadstone in the Eastern suburbs. I enjoy visiting them all, together with the many beautiful galleries around the inner city.”    

“There are also so many wonderful food and wine establishments in Melbourne. After Fiorente won the Melbourne Cup we held a massive party at The French Brasserie in Malthouse Lane, so this place will always hold a special place in my heart. My husband, Rob, and I have always enjoyed the food and the service at Il Bacaro in Little Collins Street and for years our favourite coffee shop has been Lawson Grove in South Yarra.”

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