There is only one place you have to be in Canberra on Melbourne Cup day - Thoroughbred Park.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018
Gates Open:
Local Racing:

There is only one place you have to be in Canberra on Melbourne Cup day - Thoroughbred Park. The Melbourne Cup Race Day is one of the biggest social events of the year for racing fans, socialites and fashionista's alike, who will witness the running of the Melbourne Cup on the big screen in Flemington whilst surrounded by the atmosphere and excitement of local racing.

The iconic Melbourne Cup Race day is the perfect opportunity to network with clients, entertain guests or socialise with friends and work collegaues and Thoroughbred Park have a range of hospitality packages to choose from to suit all budgets.

The Fashions on the Field will be run on the day with great prizes and is the perfect opportunity for you to "release your inner show pony"!  Click here for more information.

Ticketing Information

Tickets: Tickets are available at the gate or you can pre-purchase through Ticketek online or at a Ticketek agency (Booking fees apply for both options). Tickets are not available for purchase from the race course administration office.  For further information please phone 02 6204 0000.

*Children's Tickets (under 18): Free. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a Parent or Legal Guardian. Strict ID checks will be in place at time of ticket purchase and on the day. Wristbands will be required as proof of id check.

**Members: Members only are permitted to purchase up to 2 (two) additional Members' Enclosure tickets. (All prices include GST). Any member who joins within 2 months of any major race meeting is not entitled to purchase additional Members' Enclosure tickets. Please note price below does not include general admission.

Become a member today to receive the benefits of Thoroughbred Park membership. Young, Full & Senior memberships available. No new memberships will be able to be purchased on Melbourne Cup Day itself.

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On Tuesday 7 November ACTION will be providing free charted services from Thoroughbred Park to the City Bus Station, diverting to the official after-race day venue The Duxton, O'Connor between 4.00pm and 7.30pm.  More information is available on the ACTION website. and The Duxton website


What Melbourne Cup Race Day 2018
When Tuesday 6 November 2018
Gates Open: 10.30am Canberra Race 1 - 11:25am and last race at 4:33pm.
Local racing from approximately 1pm.


Adults $25
*Australian Government Concession Card Holders include Aged, Student & Newstart, Disability & Carer pensions and also Seniors Cards $5
Children under 18 Free - conditions apply

Tickets can be purchased online through Ticketek or at a Ticketek agency
Booking fees apply for both options.


Staged Ticketing Prices


General admission is included in membership

Members' Enclosure:

$50 does not include the $25 Admission fee

(Only members may purchase Members' Enclosure Tickets  - limit 2 tickets)



Australian Government Concession Card Holders including Aged, Student & Newstart, Disability & Carer pensions and Seniors Cards:

$5  (At gate or agency only. ID Card must be sighted.)

Children under 18 years of age :

Free (must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian)

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Thoroughbred Park offer varied hospitality packages for you to experience the glamour and excitement of racing capital on any budget.

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