Melbourne Cup and Spring Racing Carnival
The popularity and status of Flemington Racecourse stretches as far back as the Gold Rush in the mid-1800s. An explosion of wealth and growth in Melbourne meant more people could afford leisure activities, helping horseracing rise to fame and become an important fixture in society. By the 1880s, the Melbourne Cup was the most important national sporting event of the year, attracting crowds estimated at over 100,000.
Since 1875, Melbourne Cup Day has been a public holiday and day of national celebration. Its popularity continues to this day alongside other notable events, such as the annual Spring Racing Carnival. These events have contributed to Flemington Racecourse’s reputation as Australia’s most iconic sporting venue and continue to help foster the beloved traditions and pageantry with a new generation of horserace fans.
Getting to Flemington Racecourse from Melbourne Airport
Conveniently located just 15 minutes away, PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport is the perfect base for visitors looking to get a slice of the action at Flemington Racecourse. Getting there from the hotel or airport is simple, with the option of taking a taxi or public transport. Airport car hire is another popular option, as the racecourse offers public parking as well as reserved parking for ticket-holding racegoers.
The track is also easily reached from the city centre, where express trains depart from Flinders Street Station, Southern Cross Station and North Melbourne Station.