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Stay classy this Melbourne Cup

HerCanberra Team

On Melbourne Cup Day, a day where anything can happen, there are a few things that are constant.

There will be office sweepstakes, there will be fascinators, and there will be a picture on the front page of the local paper the next day of racegoers staggering out of their venue of choice in the late afternoon, bedraggled, with their shoes in hand.

No one would assume that these people spent hour after hour painstakingly making themselves ‘Race Day perfect’ only to find themselves walking barefoot over muddy ground later that afternoon. It’s simply the nature of the beast (last drinks at 4pm, anyone?) that encourages racing enthusiasts to peak at 2pm and let the day go downhill from there.

There is, however, an alternative.

Instead of retiring to bed around 6pm with a large bottle of electrolytes, why not pace yourself and let the celebrations continue into the night, stylishly.

This year, Casino Canberra are offering patrons the chance to let the frivolity of Cup Day evolve from rowdy trackside champagne into something more elegant.

Canberra’s biggest Melbourne Cup after party kicks off at 4pm – the time that most other Cup Events wind down.

If your carefully applied make up has managed to go AWOL during the day’s celebrations, why not visit the Private Beauty Lounge for complimentary guest beauty touch ups?

So your face is fresh and your feel comfortable – what now? To keep the buzz going, big name Melbourne DJ TWINSY will be playing a DJ set from 4.30 until 8.30pm – the perfect soundtrack to sip Flemington Sunset cocktails to as the sun goes down.

Want to start the party earlier?

Grab your friends, partner, housemates and colleagues and check out Casino Canberra’s two Melbourne Cup Experiences.

The Natural 9 Experience is a sure bet for foodies, with a gourmet three-course lunch and a three-hour beverage package for all guests. If you’re looking to spend Tuesday 1 November with your significant other or a small group of close friends or colleagues, an elegant table within Natural 9’s marble interior will be a great way to pass the day.

For those looking to attend with a large group or enjoy a more casual atmosphere, the Onyx Lounge Experience will give patrons the opportunity to indulge in a signature buffet and three-hour beverage package.

Frivolities on the day include a Myer Fashion Parade curated by Marie Claire Fashion Office Coordinator Hayley O’Neill and live entertainment and, of course, all the race day action on the big screens.

the essentials

What: Melbourne Cup at Casino Canberra
When: Lunch packages start from 11.30am. Casino Canberra’s after party with complimentary beauty touch ups starts from 4.30pm.
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