Healesville Derby Day - Abandoned due to state of track
Alexandra is followed up by the Flemington Derby Day meeting at Healesville on Saturday 29th October 2016, then the Melbourne Cup meeting at Mansfield on Tuesday 1st November 2016 with the final meeting of the carnival at Balnarring on Stakes Day on Saturday 5th November 2016.
Healesville is renowned for its setting under the Elms and is a perfect for a family picnic. There is plenty of lawn space and many shaded areas for spreading the picnic rug. The feeling of being close to the action where ever you are around the course, adds excitement to the pleasure of relaxing in a picturesque setting.
Mansfield Melbourne Cup Day
Cup Day at Mansfield is one of the highlight meetings of the year. Set in the spectacular surrounds of the High Country it is worth visiting overnight and spending some extra time in the area. Mansfield is surrounded by grazing districts and mountain forests. The area is famous for its stunning scenery with a number of movies being filmed in the attractive mountain ranges. Mansfield is the closest major town to the snowfields of Mount Buller which is Australia's largest ski resort and the most popular in Victoria. Within a short drive of Mansfield are natural attractions such as Lake Eildon, Lake Nillahcootie, and a number of state and national parks.
The Cup Day meeting is a major attraction for the area with many of the local businesses setting up marquees along the home straight to enjoy the day. The day is fully serviced by local bookmakers and totalisator. A pleasant drive from Melbourne this is another great option for avoiding the expense and crowds of Flemington yet being able to enjoy the atmosphere of a Melbourne Cup.
Balnarring Stakes Day
Stakes Day at Balnarring closes out the Cup week nicely, a favourite for picnic racegoers where you can drive into the treed racecourse and setup a picnic beside your car and stroll to all facilities. The Balnarring Picnic Race Club has a long and proud history dating back to 1863. It was in that year that the Hastings and Balnarring Racing Club, as it was then known, commenced racing. The site used for the first meeting remains the site used today.
The Balnarring Race Course is located on the picturesque Mornington Peninsula between Port Philip and Western Port Bays. Only 1 hour from Melbourne, the unique location offers the racegoer the opportunity to explore many nearby wineries, restaurants and popular beaches. A day at the Balnarring races is an ideal social event for corporate or social groups. In a relaxed environment, the Balnarring Picnic Racing Club can provide for:
- the entertaining of clients;
- company social clubs;
- staff Christmas parties; and
- group social days.
Racegoers can take the opportunity to enjoy the races from the comfort of a marquee. There are a number of options for Marquee packages and their location at Balnarring.