Australia’s horse racing carnivals combine superb racing with high fashion, entertainment and excitement. Australia has a long history of racing horses and has produced some of the world’s greatest racehorses. In almost every major State and Territory there is a major horse racing festival from the glamorous Magic Millions on the Gold Coast to the Perth Cup in Western Australia. Two of the major highlights of the Australian racing calendar, are the Australian Spring Racing Carnival and the Melbourne Cup, known as the ‘race that stops a nation’.
Experience the excitement of one of Australia’s major horse racing carnivals. Australian and international visitors join the festivities of our horse racing events where high fashion is as much at stake as the superb racing. Australia has a long history of producing some of the world’s greatest racehorses and great horse racing events. There is a major horse racing festival in every state and territory. Watch the glamorous Magic Millions on the Gold Coast or head to the Perth Cup in Western Australia. If you are passionate about horse racing you can’t miss the major highlights of the Australian racing calendar, are the Australian Spring Racing Carnival and the Melbourne Cup, known as the ‘race that stops a nation’.
September - November
The Spring Racing Carnival is a three month-long world class festival showcasing thoroughbred racing, fashion and entertainment at its finest. From Camperdown to Caulfield, and from Manangatang to Moonee Valley, visitors will find plenty of horse racing excitement, fabulous fashion and social events at both Victorian city and country tracks. The highlight of the carnival is the Melbourne Cup, held every year on the first Tuesday in November. Known as the ‘race that stops a nation’, Melbourne Cup Day is a public holiday in Victoria. It is celebrated with luncheons and social events in workplaces and venues around the country.
The Melbourne Cup Carnival is the most vibrant horse racing event in the world. This festival of horse racing, fashion and fun starts in September and runs through until mid-November. Flemington Racecourse is the stage for big-name race days such as Derby Day, the Melbourne Cup and Oaks Day. The Melbourne Cup, held on the first Tuesday in November, is the focal point of the carnival and a public holiday in Victoria. Most of Australia stops to watch or listen to the race, but there's nothing like being there amongst the 100,000 plus crowd to experience this unique event.