Bianca Clark and Hayden Matthews at Corbould Park for the 2015 Melbourne Cup race day.
Bianca Clark and Hayden Matthews at Corbould Park for the 2015 Melbourne Cup race day. Che Chapman

13 places to be part of the Melbourne Cup action

IF THE sound of hooves pounding across the turf is calling, head along to Corbould Park for the ultimate Melbourne Cup experience on the Sunshine Coast.

The Sunshine Coast Turf Club will host races between 1.23pm and 5.14pm and screen the action from Flemington live.

Function packages have sold out but racing lovers can still get along and be part of the action from 9.30am, with roving entertainment, fashions on the field and free buses from Noosa, Peregian, Coolum, Maroochydore, Mooloolaba and Caloundra.

You don't have to be track-side to be part of the Melbourne Cup Fever. Here are 12 more places to frock up, fasten on the fascinator and be a part of the race that stops the nation.

*The Melbourne Cup race starts at 2pm Queensland time.

Kawana Waters Hotel

BOOK a place at the Kawana Waters Hotel for the Races that Stops Your Local. $45pp will get you a two-course set menu in the bistro. There'll be sweeps and prizes for best dressed, with a design your own fascinator competition. Bookings essential. Phone 5444 6699. Full TAB facilities will be available from 8am and an a la carte menu available in the sports bar.

Coolum Beach Hotel

THE Coolum Beach Hotel is hosting an exclusive Melbourne Cup Luncheon, with a two-course meal and nibbles. Watch the race on big-screen televisions, enter the sweeps or snag a lucky door prize or the coveted best dressed title. $45, book on 5446 1899.

Buderim Tavern

FANCY a glass of bubbles with your two-course luncheon? The Buderim Tavern is offering live entertainment alongside the usual Melbourne Cup frills. Phone 5453 3777 to book your seat for $59.

Wharf Tavern

THE Wharf Tavern is doing Melbourne Cup day rockabilly style. Come dressed pin-up style for the chance to win great prizes. Phoenix Duo will rock out from 2.30pm, after the main race. Tickets are $65 and include a three-course lunch and a drink on arrival. Phone 5444 8383 to book.

Villa Noosa Hotel

GET out your favourite fascinator for the Villa Noosa Hotel's Melbourne Cup Lunch. There will be prizes on offer for the best hat, and the best dressed, during the three-course lunch. The $49.95 ticket price includes a glass of champagne on arrival. Phone 5430 5555 to book.

Alex Hotel

IF YOU like your race day action live and loud the Alex Hotel is the place to be. Get a two-course meal plus a drink on arrival for $35 per person, plus live entertainment from 3pm. Phone 5443 1811 to book.

Pub Mooloolaba

IF SEAFOOD is what you're after on cup day head along to Pub Mooloolaba. Join the sweeps, enter the raffles or enter the best dressed competitions. TAB opens from 7am.

Pelican Waters Tavern

CELEBRATE the Melbourne Cup with a three-course meal and a glass of bubbly at the Pelican Waters tavern. Join the best dressed and best fascinator competitions, raffles and sweeps. Book your seat for the $45 luncheon on 5437 3622.

O'Malley's Irish Bar

WATCH the big race live at O'Malley's and choose from the full dinner menu plus the chef's cup day suggestions. Don't miss the Melbourne Cup afterparty with life music from 7-9pm followed by DJ Fat Biscuit.

Noosa Reef Hotel

DINE on a three-course set menu and enjoy a glass of bubbly on arrival and full TAB facilities at Noosa Reef Hotel. Join in the cup day games and sweeps, and watch the racing action on the big screens. Phone 5430 7500 to book.


WHAT are the Lucky Loser Draws? Find out at CBX Caloundra. The UBET (TAB) opens from 7am and the bar from 10am. Watch the races on the big screens and choose your cup luncheon from the Chefs Cup Selection. Book a table on 5439 4555.

Waterfront Hotel

THE Waterfront Hotel is offering a lunch special including a glass of bubbly for cup day. TAB facilities open from 8am, and all the races will be shown live on the big screen. Join the sweeps and get out your best hat or fascinator and enter the competition. Phone 5458 2777 to book.