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Townsville Melbourne Cup Race Day

November 7, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm AEST

It’s no secret, the best viewing of the race that stops the nation is one that’s accompanied by live and local racing!

The only location in Townsville with dual racing action – don’t miss a second from Flemington while we host our own race card!

Choose how you’ll experience the race that stops the nation between:

Melbourne Cup Luncheon

  • The Melbourne Cup Luncheon is held in the elevated, private, air-conditioned Raceview Room located atop our heritage-listed Party King Grandstand.
  • Enjoy a luxury buffet lunch and five-hour drinks package including beer, wine, cider, RTD spirits and soft drink.
  • TV screens will keep you across the action nation-wide!
  • Bookmakers
  • Live music performed by local country artist, Josie.
  • 18+ ticket. Only accessible via stairs. No wheelchair access.

What’s On the Buffet Menu?

  • Lemon & Herb Roasted Chicken (GF)
  • Sliced Roast Beef with Horseradish Cream (GF)
  • Pumpkin, Feta & Spinach Frittata (Vegetarian, GF)
  • Watermelon, Feta & Mint Salad (GF)
  • Baby Cos, Candied Walnut, Pomegranate (GF)
  • Coleslaw
  • Artisan Breads with Butter

General Admission

Guests can enjoy General Admission access to the heritage listed Party King Grandstand and Bar, Fig Tree and Trackside Lawns, day stalls and mounting yards. Guests of all ages can enjoy the General Admission experience.

Cluden Park Wings Fly High – 500g Chicken Wings $15.00

Flavours (stand located in General Admission area):

  • Crispy cooked wings flavoured with famous Frank’s hot sauce
  • Sweet ‘n’ Sticky honey, soy, ginger & garlic with dried shallot
  • Smokey Barbecue & Bourbon

General Admission Concessions and Children Aged 12-17 – $10 (available at gate only)

Concession card holders and children 12 years of age and over can purchase their $10 GA ticket at the gate.

General Admission Children Under 12 Years of Age – Free Entry

Children under the age of 12 years old receive free GA entry when accompanied by an adult.

Please keep in mind these friendly reminders:

As our Melbourne Cup Race Day is a Feature Race Day on the Cluden Park calendar, the Members Building, including the Sports Bar, has been reserved for Members. General Admission is an outdoor experience!

  • We are a cashless venue, all bars and food stalls operated by Cluden Park will accept card payments only for your convenience.
  • Bookmakers, however, will continue to accept cash.
  • Please note that no BYO food and/or drinks are allowed. We’ve got you covered with a variety of delicious options available on-site.

Fashions on the Field

Theme: Summer Fling

Criteria: Summer


  • Laser Clinics Best Dressed Classic Lady
  • Laser Clinics Best Dressed Contemporary Lady
  • Laser Clinics Millinery
  • Laser Clinics Best Dressed Man
  • Laser Clinics Male Trendsetter

Entries: Dress to impress our roaming judges who will select the finalists out of the crowd – make sure you can be seen! The judges will be roaming through all admission areas on the day. Our judges will let you know if you’ve been selected as a finalist.

Judging: Finalists will be presented and final judging will take place between races one and two in front of the Party King Grandstand.

Prizes: Laser Clinics vouchers valued at $640 for each category winner!


November 7, 2023
10:00 am - 6:00 pm AEST


Cluden Park Racecourse
Cluden Park Racecourse
Cluden, QLD 4811 Australia