We’re in the home stretch in the countdown to the race that stops a nation but the odds are in your favour if you want to celebrate the day in style.
The ever-popular Melbourne Cup Day events at Nu Nu Palm Cove and the Reef Hotel Casino are sold out but there are plenty of other options.
Here are TropicNow’s seven best:
1. Hemingways Brewery, Cairns Wharf
Luncheon 12PM - 3PM
Price: $50 per person
Book a table of 8 and each guest receives 2 drink vouchers per person for Hemingway's beers or house wines/bubbles as well as grazing boards for the table.
The race will be broadcast live on the big screen plus there will be prizes for best dressed male & female, sweeps, and fundraising for Movember.
Tickets: Hemingways Brewery
2. AquaLuna, Cairns Aquarium
Luncheon 11AM – 3PM
Price: $69 per person
The price includes a two-course lunch with complimentary champagne or beer on arrival, live music with Russel Harris and the race on a big screen tv.
There’ll also be sweeps and raffles as well as prizes for best dressed.
Tickets: AquaLuna Cairns
3. C’est Bon, Lake Street
Price: $64 per person
As well as a delicious three course meal, you'll be treated to a complimentary C’est Bon punch.
There’ll be prizes for the best male and female fashions as well as sweeps and live coverage of the big race.
Tickets: C'est Bon
4. The Chambers, Spence Street
Luncheon: 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Price: $130 per person
The Chambers offers a 3-course lunch and a 3-hour beverage package including wine and beer.
There’ll also be a calcutta and charity sweep, with $10 from every ticket sold going to the Breast Cancer Foundation.
Live music will kick off at 4pm.
Tickets: The Chambers
5. The Jockey Club’s Audi Centre Cairns Melbourne Cup Race Day, Cannon Park
Luncheon and cocktail party: 11 AM - 6PM
Luncheon price: $140 per person
Cocktail party price: $150 per person.
The Cannon Park event will feature live horse racing and plenty of family entertainment.
You can watch the race that stops the nation on the track-side big screen TV and enter fashions on the field for a chance to win prizes.
The luncheon includes a buffet meal, live music and sweepstakes, while the cocktail party includes cocktail food, a beer and wine package and live music.
Tickets: Cairns Jockey Club
6. Salt House, Cairns Marina
Luncheon/cocktail party 11.30 – 2.30pm
Price: $99 per person
You can choose either the gala lunch or cup cocktail party.
The lunch includes three courses, with a glass of Moet and Chandon champagne on arrival plus two drinks with your meal.
Cam Kettle will provide live music.
At the cocktail party, handmade canapes will be served for two hours, accompanied by a two hour beverage package.
There’ll also be fashion parades, sweeps and live music from English DJ duo Aldefos.
Tickets: Salt House
7. Pullman Cairns International, Abbott Street
Luncheon 12pm – 3pm, price: $139 per person
Lobby bar 12.30pm – 2.30pm, price $49 per person
The luncheon in the grand ballroom includes a bottomless seafood feast with crafty food stations.
There’ll be an American smoking station, Asian street food and a decadent dessert offering plus a 3-hour beverages package.
In the lobby bar, there’ll be endless feasting boards and a complimentary welcome drink.
Tickets: Pullman Cairns International