Hold on to your horses, folks - it’s once again time for Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival!

Dubbed the pinnacle of the Australian racing calendar, for six straight weeks the Spring Racing Carnival brings together the finest thoroughbreds from the country and the world across dozens of races.

A are you more of a casual viewer than a racing aficionado? The Spring Racing Carnival is also an important period for the Melbourne fashion scene!

With live entertainment, plenty of attractions and events, there’s sure to be something for everyone this Spring Racing season.

 Spring Racing Carnival 2017

BMW Caulfield Cup Carnival

  • 14-21 October
  • Caulfield Racecourse

Kicking off this year’s series is the BMW Caulfield Cup Carnival.

Watch the world’s best horses compete across six races to win the $3.1 million Caulfield Cup. Will the local Jameka live up to expectations or will we witness a dark horse (pun intended) come along and defeat the favourite?

Fear not socialites, there’s plenty for you too! The Caulfield Cup also plays host to other notable fashion and entertainment events, including a performance from Australia’s own The  Temper Trap, as well as the ritzy David Jones Fashion Stable.


Manikato Stakes and WS Cox Plate at Moonee Valley

  • 27-28 October
  • Moonee Valley Racecourse

There’s something magical about night racing!

With a total prize pool of $1 million, the Manikato Stakes is a race hosted by the Moonee Valley Racing Club for thoroughbred horses aged three years old and over. Experience the class and atmosphere at Australian racing’s night of nights.

This is the perfect prelude to Moonee Valley Racing Club's top race day of the year, the WS Cox Plate.  Expect a memorable race as the very best thoroughbreds aged three years and over to run over a distance of 2040m and after the $3,000,000 prize money.


Melbourne Cup Carnival

  • 4-11 November
  • Flemington Racecourse

What do you get when you combine four fantastic race days into one event?  You get the Melbourne Cup Carnival: four straight days of exciting races, high fashion and glamour.

Whether you’re up to go to one event (or all four), there’s plenty of wonderful races and off-course events to enjoy for everyone!


AAMI Victoria Derby Day

  • Saturday, 4 November
  • Flemington Racecourse

If you’re keen to part of an event that features amazing races and sensational fashion, then book your ticket to Derby Day today! Feature nine thrilling races, live music, good food, and of course, stunning outfits there are plenty of fun and exciting events both on and off the field.

Dress to impress - Derby Day is traditionally black and white day. Save your colours for another day.


Emirates Melbourne Cup Day

  • Tuesday, 7 November
  • Flemington Racecourse

The big one. The crown jewel.

They don’t call this race “the race that stops the nation” for nothing!

Join the rest of the country in witnessing one of the most spectacular races in the world on a wonderful Tuesday in Melbourne.  

Don’t miss the event that features the richest prize in Australian sport in the form of an 18ct solid gold trophy valued at AU$175,000!


Kennedy Oaks Day

  • Thursday, 9 November
  • Flemington Racecourse

Who runs the world? Well on November 9th, the ladies will! Oaks Day is often referred to as Ladies Day as it features races for three-year-old fillies.  But don’t worry, gents, there’s plenty of room for you, too!

The Kennedy Oaks Day promises to be an exciting race day featuring a prize worth a whopping AU$1 million on the line! Join revelers from all over the world and enjoy the race features and other notable events on this Thursday to remember.


Emirates Stakes Day

  • Saturday, 11 November
  • Flemington Racecourse

Family Day wraps up another Melbourne Cup Carnival in Melbourne.

The final race of the Spring Carnival is all about those closest to you. Gather your friends and family (including kids), bring a picnic basket and umbrella and come together for the final race day of this year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival.  

Expect an exciting jam-packed day of entertainment and life-long memories as stars of the horse racing circuit vie for the U$2 million Group 1 Emirates Stake prize.  What better way to wrap up the Spring Carnival than this?


Looking for a great place to stay during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival?

Whether you are a true blood racing fan or just popping round to see what the buzz is about, there are plenty of racing events in Melbourne in October and November.

If you’re stopping by the city and looking for a place to stay during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival events, look no further!

Urban Central offers clean and cheap accommodation in Melbourne, and with rooms ranging from communal dorms, family rooms and double rooms, there’s sure to be a room that suits your needs.

We are minutes away from the city’s public transport hubs which means you are never too far away from all the racing action - during the Melbourne Cup Carnival, trains will be running exclusively to Flemington from both Flinders Street and Southern Cross stations – too easy!

If you’ve got any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. To reserve your room, book online NOW!