Melbourne Cup Day Events at The Cronulla RSL. What you need to know

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As the sun rises on the first Tuesday of November, the Sutherland Shire awakens to a city transformed.

Streets buzz with anticipation, cafes fill with animated conversations about odds and favourites, and fashion boutiques see a flurry of last-minute wardrobe adjustments.

This is truly a day when the Sutherland Shire comes alive, all in the name of the race that truly stops a nation.

Shire Talk's major sponsors the Cronulla RSL have a fantastic line-up of events and are even giving punters the chance to WIN a trip for Two to Melbourne to witness the race in all its glory worth $4900.

Keep reading to find out how below.

Melbourne Cup 2023

A venerable institution in the world of horse racing, the Melbourne Cup is an event steeped in tradition, history, and sheer excitement.

In 2023, this iconic race will once again take centre stage, bringing together racing enthusiasts, fashion aficionados, and the entire community for a day of exhilarating competition and unbridled celebration.

The Melbourne Cup takes place annually on the first Tuesday of November, which, in 2023, falls on the 7th of November. Flemington Racecourse, located just a few kilometres from Melbourne's city centre, has been the hallowed ground for this event since its inception.

With its lush green lawns and picturesque rose gardens, Flemington provides the perfect backdrop for the Cup's pageantry and thrills.

Beyond The Race

While the Melbourne Cup is undoubtedly the centrepiece of the day, the event is about much more than horse racing. It is a cultural phenomenon that captivates the entire nation.


Bright & Bold Garden Party

Join the Cronulla RSL on Tuesday 7th November 12-4pm for our Melbourne Cup Bright & Bold Garden party in the Sunroom and Deck.

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Attendees come adorned in their finest attire, with the fashion and style on display being an event in itself. The Birdcage, an exclusive enclosure at Flemington, sees celebrities, politicians, and socialites mingle in a glamorous atmosphere.

From elegant dresses and daring fascinators to sharp suits and polished shoes, the fashion stakes are as high as the racing ones.

Community Spirit

The Melbourne Cup is not just about racing and fashion; it's about community and camaraderie. Across The Sutherland Shire, countless events, fundraisers, and celebrations are held in the lead-up to the big day, creating a palpable sense of excitement and unity throughout the Shire.

Secure your tickets here for the Cronulla RSL Melbourne Cup Luncheon happening on Tuesday 7th November 12-4pm in the beautiful Soldiers on the Esplanade.

Includes entrée with shared main platter, drink on arrival, Live entertainment, Roving entertainment, Sweeps, Lucky door prizes, Fashion on the field, fashion parade and all races live on the big screen.

As Melbourne prepares to host the Melbourne Cup for the 162nd time, the Shire's heartbeat quickens, and the anticipation grows.

It's a day when the boundaries blur between sport, culture, and tradition, and the Cronulla RSL comes together to witness history unfold at Flemington Racecourse.

WIN A Trip To The Melbourne Cup

That's right! The Cronulla RSL are giving members the chance to WIN a return trip to Melbourne including flights, 2 nights in a luxe king room staying at the Crown Metropol and 2x Lawn Stand tickets to the 2023 Melbourne Cup.

Simply click the image below and follow the instructions to enter. Entries close October 8th and winner drawn October 9th. Goodluck!

As the nation pauses to watch the Melbourne Cup, it's not just about the horses charging down the track; it's about the stories, the traditions, and the shared experience of a nation coming together for a single moment.

Cameron Laing
Owner | Local Supporter
Shire Talk

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