Flemington Racecourse

Flemington Racecourse

Flemington Racecourse is one of the oldest and most beautiful racetracks in the world and home to Australia's most famous horse race, the Melbourne Cup.

Flemington Racecourse is located on a flood plain of the Maribyrnong River, just a few kilometres from the Melbourne city centre, has been used for horse racing every year without interruption since 1840.

This was just five years after the first settlement of Melbourne, and it makes Flemington one of the oldest racecourses in the world outside England: older, for example, than Longchamp in Paris and America's Churchill Downs where they run the Kentucky Derby.

In Melbourne Cup week 2006 the Australian Government placed Flemington Racecourse on its National Heritage List, identifying its "importance in the cultural history of Australia because of its development into one of Australia's premier racecourses". It mentions the importance of the Melbourne Cup as "the race that stops the Nation" and as a stimulus for the arts and fashion.

The Victoria Racing Club looks after the racecourse which now accommodates extensive training stables with hundreds of horses in residence. The grandstands and associated buildings are busy around the year as a popular events centre. Up to twenty times a year the course comes alive for race meetings. Outside the spring season, the biggest meeting is now called Super Saturday, held in the autumn with a program of races including the historic Newmarket Handicap and Australian Cup.


The Melbourne Cup Carnival is the highlight of the sporting calendar for Victorians, Australians and many overseas racing fans. The Melbourne Cup Carnival encompasses the famous Emirates Melbourne Cup Day (held on the first Tuesday in November) along with three other key racedays: AAMI Victoria Derby Day, Kennedy Oaks Day and Emirates Stakes Day.

Flemington is also renowned for its fabulous roses which line the mounting enclosure and are in full bloom during the carnival.


Flemington is located 6km north-west of the CBD. Please be aware during Melbourne Cup Carnival: You may experience heavy traffic conditions travelling by car to Flemington via the CBD so please take this into account when planning your journey. Delays in Ascot Vale Road at the railway gates can also be expected due to increased train frequency.

Public transport options


Fast, frequent trains will run to and from Flemington Racecourse. Special race trains will depart Flinders Street (Platforms 8 & 9), stopping at Southern Cross station (Platform 14) and North Melbourne (Platform 6), then express to Flemington.

No alcohol is to be taken on the train. Patrons bags will be checked upon entry to the course and any alcohol will be confiscated.

Make sure you have a valid Myki for your journey.

Contact Public Transport Victoria on 1800 800 007.


Catch the No. 57 tram from the corner of Elizabeth and Flinders streets. Trams stop at Flemington Drive off Epsom Road.

Make sure you have a valid Myki for your journey.

Contact Public Transport Victoria on 1800 800 007.


Catch the Route 472 from Williamstown, Footscray or Moonee Ponds and alight on Fisher Parade, near the Riverbank entrance. Catch the Route 404 from Footscray or Moonee Ponds and alight on Smithfield Road.

Private buses may drop guests off at the main taxi rank drop-off point then exit via the same route. If remaining at the racecourse, proceed to the designated bus parking area, situated in the main car park. Private buses should enter at Stables Drive (off Smithfield Road).

Buses dropping off at the Elms / River Precinct must enter at Lynch’s Bridge gate from Smithfield Road / Hobsons Road and proceed to the controlled coach drop-off point.

Taxis, limousines and hire cars

Taxis, limousines and hire cars are not permitted entry to the racecourse at Members Drive or Flemington Drive.

The main taxi ranks are situated in the main car park (adjacent to the main entry turnstiles) and the designated rank within the VIP car park situated in Leonard Crescent. During the Melbourne Cup Carnival, an additional taxi rank operates within the Elms / River Precinct.


Flights depart from Melbourne and land at the helipad/passenger area, at Flemington Racecourse. VIP Lexus courtesy vehicles will then transfer from helipad to main entrance.

For more information, contact Melbourne Cup Helicopters on 1300 724 927.


Ferry services for exclusive groups operate from the city centre to Flemington along the Maribyrnong River. For all information, contact City River Cruises on (03) 9650 2214.

Park and ride

Undercover parking is available at Docklands Stadium on all four days of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Racegoers can then walk to Southern Cross Station to catch a train to Flemington.

Travelling from the airport

The SkyBus express service operates between the city centre and Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine). They operate 24/7 including all public holidays. SkyBus offers a Hotel Transfer Service from their Southern Cross station city terminal to your hotel, using their fleet of mini buses.

A taxi from Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) to Flemington will cost approximately $35-$40.

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