Steeped in tradition and home of Australia’s most iconic race, the Melbourne Cup, Flemington is arguably Australia’s most famous racecourse and is situated in Melbourne, Victoria.
Flemington bursts to life during the autumn and spring racing carnivals when the nation’s keenest racing fans descend upon the famous racecourse to witness the most exciting thoroughbred racing Australia has to offer.
Crowds in excess of 100,000 people are a common occurrence during Flemington’s biggest race days where the Victorian Racing Club provides an entertaining environment for all.
The racecourse was built in the 1850s and made its way onto the National Heritage List in 2006.
Flemington was originally named the Melbourne Racecourse on Crown Land after the Governor of New South Wales in 1848 formally declared 352 acres as a public racecourse and set up a six-member trust to oversee the racecourse.
The Victoria Racing Club Act passed by the government in 1871, made the club the trustees of the racecourse.
The Gold Rush era brought great wealth to Melbourne and Flemington soon grew in popularity, attracting vibrant crowds by the thousands.
Races were initially run in autumn, however, in 1854 the Victoria Turf Club decided to hold spring meetings due to favourable weather conditions - this eventually led to the hosting of the Melbourne Cup.
Group 1 races:
Lightning Stakes (1000m) $500,000 - February
Australian Cup (2000m) $750,000 weight-for-age - March
Newmarket Hcp (1200m) $1,000,000 handicap - March
Australian Guineas (1600m) $1,000,000 3yo set weights – March
Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) $300,000 weight-for-age - September
Turnbull Stakes (2000m) $500,000 4yo&Up SW+Pen - October
Victoria Derby (2500m) $1,500,000 3yo set weights - Oct/Nov
Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) $1,000,000 weight-for-age – Oct/Nov
Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) $500,000 3yo SW – Oct/Nov
Myer Classic (1600m) $500,000 F&M WFA – Oct/Nov
Melbourne Cup (3200m) $6,175,000 handicap - November
Crown Oaks (2500m) $1,500,000 set weights - November
Emirates Stakes (1600m) $1,000,000 handicap – November
Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) $1,000,000 weight-for-age - November
Flemington is a spacious track with one of the longest straights in Australia at 450m which gives all horses an equal chance with luck in running.
Flemington also has a 1200 metre straight track for racing which is commonly refered to as "The Straight Six" course.
Course Proper - fully grassed, anti-clockwise, fully re-constructed in 2007
Circumference – 2312m
Length of straight – 450m
Width of straight – 30m
Run to first turn (Melbourne Cup) – 888m
Victoria Racing Club
448 Epsom Road,
Flemington, Vic 3031,
Ph: 03 8378 0720
Fax: 03 9376 5846
Website: Victoria Racing Club Website
How To Get There:
Flemington is located 6km northwest of the CBD.
It is recommended that racegoers enter Flemington via the Dynon Road - Kensington Road - Hobsons Road route.
Public car parks
Limited FREE public car parking is available in the centre car park. Racegoers should enter off Smithfield Road at the Stables Drive entrance.
VRC Members' car parks
Members' parking in the Unreserved Car Park must enter via Flemington Drive off Epsom Road.
Reserved dining car parks
Racegoers should refer to directions provided with making their bookings.
Flemington bound trains will depart Flinders Street Station (platform 8 & 9), stopping at Southern Cross Station (platform 14) and North Melbourne Station (platform 6), then express to Flemington.
Catch the No. 57 tram from the corner of Elizabeth and Flinders streets. Trams stop at Flemington Drive off Epsom Road. Visit Public Transport Victoria's website for tram schedule.
Catch the Route 472 from Williamstown, Footscray or Moonee Ponds and alight on Fisher Parade, near the Riverbank entrance. Catch the Route 404 from Footscray or Moonee Ponds and alight on Smithfield Road.