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Planning a Successful Day Out for Melbourne Cup

on 01 October 2021 in General News

Taking place on Tuesday 2 November 2021, the Melbourne Cup Day features the race that stops a nation. And although you may not be anywhere near Flemington Park where all the action is taking place, you can definitely still set yourself up for an amazing Melbourne Cup Carnival experience.

From dressing up to finding the right crowd, here’s how to plan for a successful day out for Melbourne Cup when in the Gold Coast.

Know your dates 

The Melbourne Cup Carnival begins on Saturday 30 October 2021 with Victoria Derby Day, followed by the Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday 2 November, the VRC Oaks Day on 4 November, and Mackinnon Stakes Day on 6 November 2021.

Derby Day features races from only Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3, with many avid racers and punters boasting that the best action happens on this day. 

Melbourne Cup Day however, has won the heart of the people and is often the race event that brings the crowd to Flemington racecourse.

Mackinnon Stakes Day, also known simply as Stakes Day, is where the last feature race takes place prized at $2 million dollars making it very much worth the watch.

Where to celebrate Melbourne Cup Carnival in the Gold Coast

Just because you aren’t there in Flemington to enjoy a live view, doesn’t mean you have to miss the entertainment. After all, the big screen offers vantage points a live show can never provide. And with all the best angles, close up views and commentary, you’ll be getting all the hype you need to jump when the pistol goes bang.

Gaining the best views of the race means you’ll want to pick the right spot to enjoy the show – and that means not being huddled around 20 others trying to watch a single small screen.

At the Coolangatta Hotel, you’ll be spoiled with amazing views of the event happening live. Strategic placements of screens throughout the venue will give you the tactical standpoints to never miss a moment.

There are also TAB facilities for avid punters to try their luck, and with two terminals at hand, you won’t have to wait in long lines to place your bets. TAB offers a live betting odds service run by racing experts with betting tips. 

With an amazing menu that features all the best of Aussie fare along with popular international cuisines that have been curated with love by professionally trained chefs, a celebration of the Melbourne Cup Carnival at the Cooly Hotel will be an experience you won’t forget.

There’s also fresh beer on tap waiting to quench your thirst, with a full feast waiting to soothe your hunger and excitement. 

We know that the racing isn’t the only thing that draws the crowd when it comes to the Melbourne Cup. A good part of the fun comes in the dress ups with men donning their best suits and ties while the ladies put on their dresses and fascinators. At the Cooly Hotel, prizes are given to the Best Dressed guests on Melbourne Cup Day, with the further fun of lucky door prizes for everyone.

The event is strictly over 18 only, ensuring maximum fun and games for the adults during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Bookings are essential to secure your spot at the best 2021 Melbourne Cup celebrations on the Gold Coast at the Cooly Hotel. Call (07) 5589 6888 or email functions@thecoolyhotel.com.au to book now.

VRC Oaks Day and Mackinnon Stakes Day will also be played on the big screen on 4 and 6 November. So come along and don’t miss an event.

Keeping you entertained 

The Cooly Hotel features an excellent lineup of musicians that will make your Melbourne Cup Carnival that much more amazing. From the moment you enter the Cooly Hotel to watch the races, to the moment the event is officially over, live entertainment will be there to lift your spirits up throughout. A soothing backdrop that won’t overwhelm the sounds of the 2021 Melbourne Cup, it’s time to embrace the beauty of racing and live entertainment together.

With Steven Michael set to play on 6 November on Stakes Day, you definitely are in for a treat. 

It’s all about location

Being in the Gold Coast means having the opportunity to make the most of your time here. The Coolangatta Hotel is strategically located on the beachfront of Coolangatta beach, offering magnificent views of the sea and beach access that gives you the opportunity to make the most of the Gold Coast beach life.

Public transport isn’t far from the Cooly Hotel and the site has plenty of free parking to ensure that your attendance to the Melbourne Cup Celebrations will not be stifled as a result of logistic issues.

Having a great crowd

Don’t forget that every amazing experience is made by those who are in it. To get the most enjoyment out of your 2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival celebrations, you’ll definitely want your best mates by your side.

With mouth watering food at your service, wait staff that are prepared to make your night amazing, drinks and entertainment to keep your senses heightened, you won’t want to miss out on the action happening at the Coolangatta Hotel this 2021 Melbourne Cup.

Don’t forget to call (07) 5589 6888 to make a booking and avoid disappointment. 

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