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Things to Do During the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival

Things to Do During the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival

The grand finale of the Spring Racing Carnival, the Melbourne Cup, is the year’s biggest horse race and a glittering event. Whether you’ve got tickets—to Victoria Derby Day, Emirates Melbourne Cup Day, Kennedy Oaks Day, or Emirates Stakes Day—or want an inside peek, here’s how to enjoy the Melbourne Cup.

  • Ensure you arrive in style at the Melbourne Cup with a racing day cruise package and indulge with in a decadent morning or afternoon tea as you sail down the Yarra River. 

  • Come face-to-face with champion racehorses on a tour of the Living Legends stables in Woodlands Historic Park.

  • Discover Melbourne’s favorite sports, including Australian Football League (AFL), cricket, and horse racing at the National Sports Museum.

  • Admire sports venues including the Flemington Racecourse and an AFL stadium on a cultural tour of Melbourne.

  • Be sure to save some time for sightseeing—the Eureka Skydeck, Fitzroy Gardens, Queen Victoria Market, and St. Kilda beach are all must-sees.

  • Make the most of your time in Melbourne with a day tour to the Yarra Valley wine region, Mornington Peninsula, Phillip Island, or Great Ocean Road.

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Central Melbourne Walking Tour

Central Melbourne Walking Tour

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Get the inside scoop on Melbourne’s history and highlights on this entertaining walking tour. Learn about Melbourne’s early settlers and how the city transitioned from a 19th-century port town to Victoria’s modern capital. Your local guide leads you through central Melbourne’s iconic laneways and arcades and fills you in on landmarks like Flinders Street Station, Federation Square, and Hosier Lane.
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  • 3 hours
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Champion Racehorse Tour with Beer and Wine Tasting

Champion Racehorse Tour with Beer and Wine Tasting

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Aspiring equestrians and fans of the Melbourne Cup will love this champion racehorse tour, complete with beer and wine tastings. Come face-to-face with retired champion racehorses at the Living Legends stables, and enjoy traditional English tea at a historic homestead nearby. Dig into a lunch of gourmet wood-fired pizza, and cap off your meal with tastings at a picturesque Macedon Ranges winery and cozy brewpub.
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  • 8 hours
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Full-Day Sports and Beer Tour of Melbourne with Lunch

Full-Day Sports and Beer Tour of Melbourne with Lunch

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This tour is designed for those who love the thrill of the game and the refreshing taste of an ice-cold beer! Get an insider’s tour of some of Melbourne’s most iconic sporting venues including Flemington Race Course and the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), to see where history is made and battles are won. Feel the rush of the Grand Prix as we drive a lap around the Formula 1 circuit, and top off the day with a tour and tastings at Stomping Ground Craft Brewery.
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  • 7 hours
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Cultural Melbourne City Tour

Cultural Melbourne City Tour

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Learn about Melbourne’s rich creative culture on a 3-hour small-group city tour. Visit cultural sites such as the Royal Exhibition Building, Lygon Street, and Flemington Racecourse and learn about the vibrant cultural and creative history of the city. Discover the famous cafe culture, renowned street art, and the unique Australian Football League, as you enjoy light refreshments and listen to informative commentary throughout the day.
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  • 3 hours
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Melbourne City Tour: Sporting Icons and the Bayside

Melbourne City Tour: Sporting Icons and the Bayside

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See the highlights of the Bayside district of Melbourne during a 3-hour tour that takes in the city’s popular sports venues, shopping streets and landmarks on Port Phillip Bay. Pass the National Tennis Centre, MCG and Albert Park Formula 1 Grand Prix Track. Peruse the shops along Acland Street in St Kilda and Church Street in Brighton, and purchase fresh oysters or other treats at the South Melbourne Market. You’ll also get photo ops at the Brighton Bathing Boxes and St Kilda beach during your sightseeing tour.
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  • 3 hours
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