A Guide to Race Day Etiquette

A day at the races can be full on yet so much fun! Make the most of your big day out with some of our handy tips below.

Spring has well and truly sprung (hasn’t the rain has been relentless?!) which means we are counting down the days til Melbourne Cup. And while the second Tuesday of November is of course the more famous meet, there is plenty more action happening and Royal Randwick Racecourse over the spring racing season. If you’re keen to dress up and have a punt take a look at some handy tips and tricks on how to survive a day at the races.

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Dress Code

It’s super important to know your dress code before each meet. You’d be surprised how it can vary! Best to head to the website before you plan your outfit as they’ll generally have advice on what to wear. As a rule of thumb, you can’t get into the members areas without a tie lads! And ladies, a dress that falls to the knee is always a winner. But who are we kidding, half the fun is getting all dolled up so make the most of it! Give me an over sized hat any ol day!


We know you’ve all heard this one before but it’s a pretty simple one. Keep yourself hydrated throughout the day to ensure you last the hours! Day drinking can really take it out of you, especially if you’re outside basking in the sun.

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Think About Your Feet

General admission tickets allow you to park yourself literally track side. This means grass ladies! Make sure your feet are comfortable as you’ll be standing and sitting throughout the day. Shoes off is not a good look and best avoided.

Know When To Call It A Day

It’s a long day filled with drinking and celebrating the wins (if you get that lucky). It’s important to know when it’s time to say your goodbyes. Don’t be the one friend who ruins it for everyone. You don’t want to wake up in the morning with regret. Keep the day a classy affair.

Got you all excited for Meblourne Cup? If you can’t make it trackside this year, make sure you join us on the rooftop for our canape soiree?

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