Unmissable Melbourne Cup / Fashion, Fillys, Food and Fizz

Port Douglas and surrounds never fails to turn it on for the race that stops the nation and this year looks even brighter and bubblier than ever with a host of events being held around the Shire. On offer around the Shire you can enjoy race calcuttas, luncheons, live broadcasting, race sweeps, raffles, prizes for best dressed and best hats, photo booths and people-watching galore. Here’s a snapshot of some of the celebrations on offer-book ASAP as most events sell out quickly.

Court House Hotel Calcutta and Race Day Celebrations

Melbourne Cup kicks off with the traditional Court House Hotel Calcutta on Monday night from 7pm. The Court House Hotel is also the epicentre of Melbourne Cup celebrations in the heart of Port Douglas with early betting, live music, big screens and a vivacious motley crowd!
~ State of the Art Betting Facilities
~ Big Screen TV’s
~ Live Music by @shannon_hunter_music
~ Cocktails and Cold Beers
~ Lunch & Dinner from 11.30am-3pm and from 5-9pm
~ Sunset Lounge with bookings available

Credit / @courthouseportdouglas

Wharfside Kitchen Luncheon

Melaleuca Luncheon

Enjoy champagne upon arrival, a five course degustation menu with matching wines and mellow tunes from the talented Sea Change. Prizes for best dressed and best fascinator.
The day kicks off with 11:30am arrival.
Tickets are $150 per person with bookings essential via www.melaleucaportdouglas.com.au

Credit / Melaleuca Port Douglas

Lunch at Reef Resort Villas /  Rachel’s Pool Bar & Restaurant

Dress up with your friends and be treated to champagne and canapes on arrival, a sumptuous two-course feast, a mini glamour photo booth supplied by Bloom and Zoom Studio, sweeps, live music by Midnight Martini, door prizes and of course the Race that stops the Nation live on the big screen!

All this for $75 per head – be quick we have limited space available and tickets will go faster than Makybe Diva!!

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Celebrate the great race in style in the Boat Room (air-conditioned) at Hemingway’s Brewery, on the Marina.
Lunch includes a delicious cocktail on arrival, roaming canapes, and a three-hour beverage package!

Best dressed prizes, sweeps and live race coverage
Tickets are $115pp


Douglas Shire Historical society Society is partnering with Sassi’s La Cucina for a Melbourne Cup luncheon. We will be running a Calcutta on the race and tickets are available now from our members, so hurry and get yours – there are only 600 available.

Contact Sassi’s to book your table – bookings are filling fast. Telephone 4099 6744

$125 per head, and the Society will receive $15 for each guest.

There are prizes for Best Hat, Best Dressed Male, and there’s also a lucky door prize.

Zinc & KIND Luncheon

Sheraton Grand Mirage

Join the annual Melbourne Cup event, overlooking swaying palm trees and our crystal clear lagoon pools from Feast Restaurant.

Enjoy bubbles and canapés on arrival in Lower Daintree Bar, followed by our iconic Seafood Buffet in Feast Restaurant and a two hour beverage package of wine, beer and soft drinks for just $179 as you watch the race that stops the nation.

From sweeps to Horse Auctions and Fashions on the Field with prizes for best dressed, Melbourne Cup at Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Port Douglas will be a day to remember.

This year we are proud to partner with local charity ‘Friends of the Foundation’, with all raffle proceeds and $10 from every ticket donated to Mossman Friends of the Foundation.Limited tickets available at http://www.trybooking.com/BUTGF

Alexandra Bay Sports Club, Diwan

Alexandra Bay Sports Club will be open for the race that stops the nation from 12pm – 8pm

Tickets are $20 and include BBQ lunch wth a glass of bubbles or beer, also includes entry into the mystery door prize.

Prize for Best handmade Hat or Fascinator

Sweeps available

Cape Tribulation Calcutta and Whet

While all horses are sold in the Cape Trib Calcutta, the draw will be held on Sunday 31 October at 12pm.

For those who missed out on owning a horse – Monday night 1 November – is your night- Come along to Whet Monday 6:30pm for a fun evening hosted by our world famous auctioneer Bob Perry – it’s a night not to be missed!

Tuesday is Cup Day and Whet will again host our locals day – Seafood, delicious treats, Aperol Spritz, bubbles, beers betting and winners!


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