Giddy Up For the Spring Racing Carnival

Gentlemen suit up and ladies get your frocks on for one of the biggest sporting events on the Victorian calendar. The Spring Racing Carnival is here and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever.

Spring has officially sprung, even though the weather in Melbourne may not reflect it. Spring means many things in Melbourne – AFL finals, a hint of warmer weather and of course, the beginning of the Spring Racing Carnival.


Moonee Valley, Caufield and Flemington racecourses all have multiple events on throughout September, October and November, so there are opportunities aplenty to dress up, have a champagne or two and have a flutter on a horse – you never know, you could win big! 


Dress codes are strict, especially if you’re lucky enough to make your way into a marquee. Make sure you are properly attired so you don’t get refused entry! Melbourne is a shopping lover’s mecca and there are hundreds of shops where you’ll be able to find the perfect dress, suit, shoes and accessories for your big day on the field. Don’t want to buy? Never fear, here’s a list of the best places to rent your dream races outfit. 

Once you’ve pre-bought your tickets, book your bed in at Melbourne Central YHA or Melbourne Metro YHAand be rest assured that you’ll have a place to rest and relax at after a long day looking fabulous at the races.

Nearby Hostels

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    Melbourne Central YHA
    Stay in the heart of the city at vibrant Melbourne Central YHA! This hostel features a newly renovated ground floor with a cafe/bar, funky communal areas, 24 hour reception and rooftop social space.
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    Melbourne Metro YHA
    Friendly and relaxed Melbourne Metro YHA has everything you need for a great stay in cultural Melbourne. The hostel is ideally located only minutes from the famous Queen Victoria Markets and new free CBD tram zone!