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A lady posing with a horse at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth


A Short History of the Melbourne Cup

The Melbourne Cup, often hailed as "the race that stops a nation," is one of Australia’s most iconic horse racing events. Since its inception in 1861, the Cup has been a tradition celebrated by Australians and racing enthusiasts worldwide. While the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne typically takes centre stage, Sydney, with its cosmopolitan charm, offers a unique and equally captivating experience for race enthusiasts. The allure of celebrating the Melbourne Cup in Sydney is where the city's vibrant spirit seamlessly merges with the elegance of this iconic race day.

Melbourne Cup at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

Nestled in the heart of Sydney CBD, the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth is more than just a luxury hotel; it's a living testament to Parisian heritage and a cherished landmark, designated as a heritage-listed building. This renowned establishment holds a special place in Sydney's heart, and its Garden Court Terrace and Restaurant is where the timeless allure of Parisian heritage converges with the city's lively atmosphere. Here, guests are invited to immerse themselves in an atmosphere reminiscent of the Melbourne Cup's fervour, right in the heart of Sydney's CBD.

A Feast for the Senses

One of the highlights of celebrating the Melbourne Cup in Sydney is the sensational food experience that comes with the festivities. The Garden Court Terrace offers a 3.5-hour bottomless food and beverage package, featuring the finest Pommery Champagne, an exclusive Tanqueray Gin bar, and a selection of premium beers and wines. Guests can delight in gourmet roaming canapés, indulge in a fresh oyster bar, and savour artisanal meats and cheeses that tantalise the taste buds, crafting an unforgettable culinary journey.

Live entertainment is an integral part of the Melbourne Cup experience in Sydney. The event at Garden Court Terrace features a live DJ and broadcasts the Melbourne Cup race on a state-of-the-art LED big screen, creating an electrifying atmosphere that resonates with the pulsating energy of the racecourse itself.

In the true spirit of the Melbourne Cup, attendees are encouraged to don their most stylish and creative outfits. In partnership with Ford Millinery, guests receive a 10% discount for headpieces, encouraging them to be the best-dressed guest and ace spring racing carnival style.

A Day of Elegance, Excitement and Memories

Celebrating the Melbourne Cup in Sydney is a unique and unforgettable experience, offering a fusion of elegance, excitement and cultural richness. Venues like the Garden Court Terrace at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth transport guests to a world where Parisian sophistication meets the vibrant energy of Sydney's CBD. With a delectable culinary spread, live entertainment and awards celebrating style and creativity, this Melbourne Cup event promises an unparalleled day of luxury and excitement. Secure your spot, don your finest attire and prepare to create memories that will last a lifetime. Let's saddle up for a Melbourne Cup day to remember!

Melbourne Cup Early Bird Package: $120 per person