The Ultimate Guide to Melbourne Cup 2022

Melbourne, known as one of the most liveable cities and often referred to as the sporting capital of the world, comes alive for The Melbourne Cup Carnival. On the 1st of November this year, Australia’s most famous annual thoroughbred horse race will once again return. Dating back to 1861, the very first Melbourne Cup race attracted an audience of 4,000 people and saw the winner awarded a gold watch. Today, the highly anticipated event draws in more than double that number and will award the winner with A$4.4 million dollars in prize money.

So, unless you’re lucky enough to live in this vibrant city, we have some jet deals to make sure you don’t miss out on this year’s Melbourne Cup, while also avoiding the commercial airport chaos.

Private jet flights

Route: Bankstown, NSW to Essendon, Victoria
Aircraft type: Phenom 100
Flight time: About 65 minutes each way
Passengers: Up to 5
Price: A$11,675 +GST or 2335pp same day return
Overnight stay: A$12,875 +GST or A$2,575pp
Where to book: Speak with Bronte at Navair Jet services on 0408 636 555

Source: Navair Jet Services

Route: Bankstown, NSW to Essendon, Victoria
Aircraft type: Phenom 300
Flight time: About 65 minutes each way
Passengers: Up to 9
Same day return price: A$15,590 + GST or A$1,732pp
Overnight price: A$16,790 + GST or A$1,865pp
Where to book: Speak with Bronte at Navair Jet services on 0408 636 555

Source: Navair Jet Services

Route: Brisbane to Melbourne return
Aircraft Type: Cessna Citation 7 C650
Flight time: 1 hour and 55 minutes each way
Passengers: Up to 7
Price: A$36,900 + GST or A$5,272pp
Where to book: Speak with Markus Edwards from Edwards Aviation on 1800 747 800

Source: Edwards Aviation

Route: Perth to Melbourne return
Aircraft Type: Falcon 900
Passengers: Up to 12
Price: A$95,000 + GST or A$7,916pp
Where to book: Speak with Phil Mifsud from Adagold on 07 3622 8200

Where to watch

In the Rose Room, you can look out onto the track with floor-to-ceiling windows from your table while indulging in an exquisite range of food and beverages. Prices for the Rose Room package start from A$1,500 per person.

A new and exclusive experience nestled in the heart of the action is offered at Villa Paradiso. Limited to just 350 guests per day, the Villa Paradiso experience brings the very best culinary delights from a world-class chef as well as perfectly paired wines picked by the Penfolds sommelier. Prices for the Villa Paradiso package start from A$1,800 per person. 

However, if you’re a true horse lover looking to get up close to all the action, the Parade Lounge will be the best spot for you. With prices starting at A$1,100 per person, the Parade Lounge package grants you easy access to the front lawn as you are located above the horse stalls, as well as an all-day drinks package and an all-inclusive grazing menu included.

Where to stay

After jetting in via private jet, be sure to continue the luxury by staying at one of Melbourne’s top five-star hotels, W Melbourne. Located in the iconic Flinders Lane, you’ll be steps away from all the top dining and shopping venues Melbourne has to offer while being just a 20-minute drive to the racecourse and Essendon airport. Prices for a sophisticated Fabulous Double Room over the Melbourne Cup period start from around A$800 a night.

W Melbourne hotel
Source: W Melbourne

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