Stacked to the Clouds – A Top 10 Guide to Your Melbourne Cup Celebrations

If you’re still jostling for spots, looking for an inside run and undecided on where to take your Melbourne Cup frivolities this year, fear not… Cloudland has compiled a top ten list to make your Melbourne Cup celebration a winning one!

Not just a party baby

Cloudland is known for throwing maxed-out parties and this year’s Melbourne Cup event will prove no different. But this year, we are adding some Flemington-flair to the occasion with race-day greeters (did we mention they’ll be 12 foot tall!), very dapper vintage paparazzi donned in tweed and top hats and a bevy of roaming performers to keep you entertained even beyond the big race. Of course we will have the Cloudland staple of live bands and DJs throughout the day and well into the night, to cap off a Melbourne Cup production unrivalled in Brisbane.

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Keep the heels dry and the glasses wet

Don’t risk ruining that spring carnival outfit by venturing into the outside paddocks. Cloudland’s urban oasis gives you those outdoor vibes with it’s 5000 live plants, vertical gardens, water pond, clear roof and waterfall, but without the need to constantly check the BOM app.

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Have a laugh even with a long face

If your equine friend doesn’t salute the judges in the big race, there is still a reason to crack a smile. Our Gala Luncheon will feature the comic genius of Mark McConville and our fabulous team of resident drag queens will keep all revellers entertained throughout the day. Who wants to do ‘boring’ on Melbourne Cup day, right?    

Capture the moment

Cloudland is home to enough photo opps to keep even the most insta-savvy snapper busier than a moth in a mitten. Add to the mix our dazzling pop-up floral displays, gify booths, media walls and next-level natural backdrops, there will be #nofilter needed this Cup Day at Cloudland.

Leave the specs at home

There won’t be any excuse for missing the live race-day action with screens galore, including our giant LED suspended proudly in front of the famous Cloudland waterfall. It’s the next best thing to being there!


On point

For many, the race-day fashion is as important (if not more-so) as the race itself and we hear and feel you! This year’s Cloudland Fashions on the Field will be more colourful than ever with categories for the guys, girls and best hat/fascinator. With separate competitions for the Cocktail Party and the Gala Luncheon (both curated by our incredibly fashionable and trending drag queens) the spring fashion will certainly be on show! Our team of make-up artists will also be on hand to fix any of those little unforeseen slip-ups during the day.

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There’s more to winning

So let’s set the record straight. Winning is not: backing the short-priced favourite and gloating to your mates about your fail-safe tipping ‘system’. Winning is: backing a roughie and then gloating to your mates about your fail-safe tipping ‘system’. If horse tipping isn’t in your blood and you’re after some more lighthearted thrills, then there’s every chance you will enjoy our range of sweeps, raffles and fun giveaways that’s as long as the Flemington straight. (Featuring some next level prizes btw) you’re every chance of finishing the day in front.    

Stacked to the clouds

Never one to do things by halves, Cloudland’s Melbourne Cup event will span all four levels and every room, making it one of the biggest shows in town. The Cocktail Party will grace the ground and mezzanine levels of Madame Hedges and Crystal Palais (plus the totally exclusive Cellar lounge), while the Gala Luncheon will span the entire top level of Cloudland. Most importantly, there will be plenty of room for you! Check out the packages here.

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Sit, stand, dance repeat

With the sit down Gala Luncheon and the Cocktail Party to pick from, Cloudland’s Melbourne Cup event is all about choice. Kick back and settle into the day in one the luxe Crystal Palais booths, mingle with colleagues in the Rockefeller-inspired Rainbow Room on the top level, or find your little hidey-hole beside the pond at Madame Hedges – there is a space for you. And when the race is over and the sun settles on yet another Melbourne Cup day, slide on the flats, grab your significant other by the hand and party your way into the night with classic dance floor fillers by LaBoum.

Be a part of the bigger picture

Cloudland’s charity partner for this year’s Melbourne Cup Event, ‘Traction’, will be joining us on the day to raise funds for the amazing work they do helping disadvantaged kids realise their full potential. Read more about the work Traction does here. The team at Traction will be running sweeps and raffles throughout the day with all proceeds going directly to help fund the great work they do around Brisbane. Did we mention that $10 from every Gala Luncheon seat sold will be going directly to Traction?! Be a part of the bigger picture at this year’s Cloudland Melbourne Cup Day Event.

Lastly, whether you’re keen to show off that hot new outfit or just want to enjoy an afternoon of bubbles, bites, beers and banquets – at Cloudland’s Melbourne Cup Day event, you can do it in style.

Check out the packages here