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Your ultimate guide to Melbourne Cup celebrations in the Hunter

Thoroughbred enthusiasts tell us that the race that stops the nation deserves a celebration that’s nothing short of spectacular. So we’ve put together a guide to some of the best in the Hunter.

Whether you’re in search of the perfect venue to indulge in a sumptuous luncheon, eager to join in the fashion festivities, or simply looking for the best spots to catch all the racing action, we’ve got you covered.

So, grab your fascinators and finest suits and check out where the party’s happening on 7 November!


Get ready to don your finest frocks and join us for a fabulous long lunch! Priced at $90 per person, your ticket grants you access to a sumptuous 3-course alternate drop luncheon accompanied by a glass of bubbles upon arrival. The excitement continues with sweeps and prizes, making your Melbourne Cup experience all the more thrilling. With TAB facilities available on-site, you can easily place your bets and be part of the action. This delightful event runs from 12 pm to 4 pm, promising an unforgettable afternoon.


Kick off the festivities with a complimentary welcome drink as you and your crew get ready to enjoy a sumptuous 3-course meal – served alternately – expertly crafted by our talented new chef. Plus, as a delightful bonus, every guest will receive a $1 Mystery Trifecta to add an extra thrill to the day’s excitement. Catch all the racing action live on our array of screens, offering you the choice of a cozy bistro seat or the vibrant bar area with a larger-than-life display. And, if you’re feeling lucky, take advantage of our state-of-the-art TAB facilities to place your bets. Be sure to join us for the chance to win fantastic lucky door prizes upon entry, and don’t miss our $500 Wheel, spinning every half hour from 12pm to 8pm, offering our members the opportunity to score a cool $500 prize!


Dive headfirst into the thrill of the nation’s favourite race, all set against the stunning backdrop of one of Newcastle’s most picturesque venues. Here’s a glimpse of what’s in store: Fresh Oysters on Arrival to kickstart your palate’s adventure, A mouthwatering array of Canapes and Grazing Stations offering an explosion of flavours, A 3-hour Beverage Package, featuring premium beers and wines, perfect for toasting your favourite horses, and Best Dressed Prizes that promise recognition for those who channel their inner race-day fashionista. Priced at just $99 per person, this exclusive Melbourne Cup package is your golden ticket to a day brimming with racing excitement, culinary indulgence, style statements, and an overall festive vibe. Secure your spot now by booking and galloping alongside friends into an unforgettable Melbourne Cup celebration!


Celebrate the nation’s beloved race at Harrigan’s Cameron Park! Dive into an exceptional day with the LUNCHEON PACKAGE, beginning with a champagne reception to set the mood. Relish a delectable two-course lunch, followed by a mouthwatering dessert platter. Then, the real excitement unfolds with an afternoon of thrilling horse racing at Harrigan’s Cameron Park. Enjoy the complete experience with inclusions like champagne on arrival, fashions on the field, the best fascinator prize, lucky door prizes, sweeps, raffles, and live music. For just $90 per person (plus booking fee), secure your spot and immerse yourself in an unforgettable Melbourne Cup celebration filled with racing thrills, gourmet delights, fashion flair, and vibrant entertainment.


Step into the world’s finest beer garden as we invite you to join us for the race that stops the nation! Doors open at 12 pm with free entry, and we’ve packed the afternoon with endless entertainment. Groove to live music, participate in multiple sweeps, and capture unforgettable moments with real horses, perfect for selfies. To elevate your Melbourne Cup experience, enjoy special cocktails crafted for the occasion. For just $40 per person, secure a table under the big screen and savor 2 drinks each along with a delectable cheese grazing board for your group. It’s a day of excitement and indulgence that you won’t want to miss!


Experience the exhilaration and glamour of the Melbourne Cup at Harrigan’s Hunter Valley! For just $89 per person, indulge in a sumptuous 3-course menu and a welcome drink upon arrival. Immerse yourself in the thrill of every race, broadcast live and loud on the big screen, with convenient TAB betting facilities at your fingertips. As the excitement unfolds, anticipate lucky door prizes, a dynamic DJ, and a charismatic MC to keep the atmosphere buzzing. Don’t forget to put your best fashion foot forward, as there are prizes for the best-dressed male and female attendees, and sweeps to add to the excitement of the day!