Tours & activities by Rankin Family Trust from Viator

  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
From AUD 249.00

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Join in the fun and action of the Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival with a Melbourne river cruise to Flemington Racecourse. Enjoy all the excitement of The Derby, Oaks Day and the infamous Melbourne Cup, the race that stops a nation!


  • Instant Confirmation
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Buffet lunch included
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Free drinks included
Cruise the Yarra River to Flemington aboard a decorated cruiser. You’ll be welcomed aboard with a glass of Australian sparkling wine, and during the cruise enjoy morning and afternoon tea, a gourmet buffet lunch and unlimited drinks. Study the form guide on the sun deck or just relax and admire the views. The fun doesn't stop when the races have finished, as the party continues with entertainment by our onboard DJ as you travel back to the Melbourne City Marina.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Melbourne City Marina, Docklands
    Departure Time:
      Departing Waterfront City Marina
      9.30am Melbourne Cup and Derby Day – please board at 9.00am
      10.15am Oaks Day – please board at 9.30am
      9 hours (approx.)
      Return Details:
      Depart Flemington Racecourse
      5:30pm for all race days, returning to the Melbourne City Marina at 6.15pm

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      Derby Day
      Code: DDAY

      Derby Day Cruise including morning & afternoon tea, gourmet stand up buffet lunch, premium Australian wines, beer, spirits, soft drinks and souvenir race book

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      Oaks Day
      Code: ODAY

      Oaks Day Cruise including morning & afternoon tea, gourmet stand up buffet lunch, premium Australian wines, beer, spirits, soft drinks and souvenir race book

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      Melbourne Cup Carnival: Spring Racing Day Cruise Package

      Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival - Race Day Cruising Package

      • A decorated cruiser for the entire race day, docked adjacent to the entrance gate
      • Return cruise to Flemington Racecourse from the Melbourne City Marina
      • Morning and afternoon tea
      • Selection of premium Australian red, white and sparkling wines, heavy and light beer, basic spirits, soft drinks, mineral water and orange juice
      • Gourmet stand up buffet including a selection of the freshest seafood, cold platters, salads and desserts
      • Television monitors for race viewing on board
      • Souvenir race book
      • Entertainment on the return back to the city
      • Entrance fees into Flemington Racecourse
      • Hotel pickup and drop-off
        Additional Information:
        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • Children aged 15 years and under are not permitted on Oaks Day, Derby Day and Melbourne Cup cruises
        Dress Code for Spring Racing is "Dress to Impress"
        • Men - collared shirts and dress shoes
        • Ladies - semi formal to formal
        Please Note: strictly no denim
        Flemington is the oldest and best-known racecourse in Australia with races held every year since 1840. The highlight of the racing calendar is the Spring Racing Carnival which features the main events of Derby Day, Oaks Day, Melbourne Cup and Stakes Day. Flowers, especially roses are an important part of the week's racing at Flemington, with each of the major race days having their own official flower.

        Derby Day - Victoria Derby Day kicks off the Spring Racing Carnival in style. Traditionally black and white are worn on this day by women and morning suits by men. The flower of the day is a blue Corn Flower.

        Melbourne Cup - It’s Melbourne Cup and time for the Race that stops a Nation! See fortunes won and lost and history made on the first Tuesday of November every year. Join in the fun and soak up the atmosphere as the entire nation stops to watch the Race at 3.00pm. The flower of the day is a Yellow Rose.

        Oaks Day - Also known as ladies day, Oaks Day is more famous for “fashions on the field” than the horse racing! This is the time to dress to impress with large hats and fascinators. The flower of the day is a Pink rose.
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        Traveler Reviews

        Reviewed by: Peter B, December 2014

        This was excellent value for Cup Day. We had great fun and I will book this cruise again next year. Staff were very helpful and helped make the day. Best way to go to the Cup.

        Reviewed by: Maela C, January 2014

        OMG it was beyond amazing. Once you have been to the Melbourne Cup by boat you will never travel any other way to celebrate this amazing day. The crew the boat the food the endless supply of drinks and the weather made the day the most memorable day ever also dancing our way back to the docklands was awesome - we are all still talking about it and have told everyone we know. Thank you thank you thank you! Best day everrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!