Flemington Racecourse - Flemington, VIC

Flemington Racecourse

The first race meeting in Melbourne was held on 5th February 1837 on the course where the present Spencer Street Railway Station now stands. The track was marked by a few stakes, saplings, and broad palings; the grandstand comprised two bullock-drays lashed together; and the jumps were piled logs and gum-tree branches. The following year a racing association, known as the Melbourne Race Club, was formed and it held its first race-meeting on 6th March 1838 on the same course.

Flemington Racecourse, four kms south of Melbourne, is the most important in Australia; for it is here, on the first Tuesday in November each year, that the race for the famous Melbourne Cup is run before crowds which exceed 100,000. Prize money for the winner is over $1,000,000.

Location

flemington racecourse
Flemington, VIC, 3031