Many of us will be entering Flemington and/or the car park under general admission tickets. Here are a few pointers for new race goers so that you enjoy the day.
1. Pre-purchase your ticket General admission tickets cost $74 (adult), $60 (students), $40 (seniors), free (children) and can be purchased online or at Flinders Street, Southern Cross and North Melbourne railway stations. Don't forget to bring your ticket on the day.
2. Catch public transport
With over 100,000 people flocking to the track, the best option to get there is catching public transport. Special race trains depart from Flinders Street (Platforms 8 & 9), stop at Southern Cross station (Platform 14) and North Melbourne (Platform 6), then run express to Flemington. No. 57 tram from the corner of Elizabeth and Flinders streets stops at Flemington Drive off Epsom Road.
Place your bets early
3. Place your bets early There are ten races on the day, starting from 10.20am. Melbourne Cup is race 7, and runs at 3pm. While it's nice to put some bets on spontaneously, avoid having to queue up and walk back and forth to the betting lines, and place your bets on early then sit back and relax with another glass of bubbly.
4. Get your bearings Once inside the grounds, find a spot for the day and find out where the nearest facilities are – food and beverages, restrooms, emergency services, betting locations, and exits.
Dress to impress!
5. Dress to impress Spring racing is all about style and fashion, so frock up in your best outfit and hat. It's likely you'll be standing up and waiting in queues for most of the day, so wear shoes that won't have you squirming after race 4 - you don't want to be the person carrying their shoes home!
6. Be prepared While food and drinks are available for purchase, packing a picnic blanket, and finger food to share, can be nice too. Be prepared for Melbourne weather – rain, hail or shine, the race goes on.
7. Drink water It's a long and big day, outdoors, of eating a little and drinking a lot; so pace yourself and remember to occasionally rehydrate with water.
8. More than just horse racing
If watching horses race doesn't take your fancy, enjoy Fashions on the Field, watch the horses in the mounting yard, take the kids for a pony ride, and bask in the sun while passing time in the company of friends.
9. Plan the after party venue Pre-decide where to go after the races, and catch public transport to get there. Celebrate your winnings or dance away your losses - the parties continue all night!
10. Have fun A day of fun and fashion! Gamble what you can afford, drink responsibly, dress to impress, and have a great time.