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Top venues to enjoy the Melbourne Cup

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MELBOURNE Cup is one of Australia's most popular social and racing events.

While the main racing event takes place at Flemington, the race is also televised live to an audience of about 650 million people worldwide.

Known as the race that stops the nation, many people finish what they are doing shortly before 3pm on Melbourne Cup day to see who will be crowned the winner.

Dress up in your finest and don a hat or fascinator and get along to one of these fabulous events in Ipswich with your friends and family.

Ipswich Civic Centre:

Celebrate Australia's most iconic racing event of the year in style at Ipswich Civic Centre's Melbourne Cup Luncheon, promising gourmet food, drinks, raffles, thrills, excitement, and of course live coverage of the action at Flemington on their larger-than-life screen. Take part in the festivities of the day with sparkling wine on arrival, an all-inclusive three course food and drink package, sweeps, raffles and a silent auction. There will be lots of great prizes up for grabs. Dress to impress and enter their Fashions on the Field competition for your chance to take home a fantastic prize. All proceeds from the luncheon will go to charity organisations within the city. Phone 3810 6699.

Ipswich Turf Club:

Punters can head to the Ipswich Turf Club for a luncheon and live coverage of the race. The Ipswich Turf Club is located at 219 Brisbane Rd, Bundamba. For more information about the luncheon and to book tickets, phone the club on 3282 1500.

Racehorse Hotel:

A three course luncheon will be held at the Racehorse Hotel to celebrate the Melbourne Cup. The price is $39.90 and includes a glass of bubbly on arrival. The event will also feature Melbourne Cup trivia, best dressed competitions and more. The event will begin at 11am. The Racehorse Hotel is located at 215 Brisbane Rd, Booval. Phone 3282 1222 to reserve your place.

Yamanto Tavern:

The Yamanto Tavern will be hosting a two and three course meal for patrons in their restaurant. The two course meal is $29.90 and their three course lunch is $34.90. Both deals include a glass of champagne on arrival. The day will also feature sweeps, prizes for the best dressed and best hats. The tavern will also be raising money for Alara Queensland, who support people with a disability. Funds raised from the day will be donated to the cause. The Yamanto Tavern is located at 502-510 Warwick Rd, Yamanto. Phone 3294 4400.

Goodna Services Club:

Enjoy a glass of bubbly and a buffet luncheon at the Goodna Services Club. There will be live entertainment, sweeps, raffles, giveaways and more, starting at 11.30am. Tickets are available at the club's reception. Prices are $49.90 for members and $53.90 for non-members. The Goodna Services Club is located at 32 Woogaroo St, Goodna. Phone 3288 3916.

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