What a week! Derby Day, Melbourne Cup Day and Crown Oaks Day.
I’ve attended all three days for the past two years and, although it is a lot of fun, Spring Carnival is a full on week. And I don’t travel light either. So, with two big suitcases, 40kg of luggage and 5 hats, off to Melbourne I flew for Spring Carnival.
A Tour of the New Flemington Park
The Park is the newest addition to Flemington Racecourse. The area is at the back of Flemington and entry is free to all ticket holders. I’m grateful to the marketing genius who came up with the idea!
In terms of visual appeal, it’s gorgeous. From the moment you walk through the gold and green leafy arches, it’s as if you’ve stepped into a mini carnival!
It was wonderful to have somewhere for all the ladies to gather and socialize during Spring Carnival – and there are a lot of us!
Usually we are allocated a few small tables in the fashions enclosure, which is trackside, but if you don’t have a table you stand around awkwardly wondering where to put yourself.
In the new park there are lots more tables, and activities to do together during the down time.
Activities like …
The Ferris Wheel (!)
They’ve really gone all out on the attractions… what carnival isn’t complete without a Ferris Wheel?
If I wasn’t so scared of heights, I would have gone for a spin- it looked so cute with its little red carriages.
But there is something for everyone at Flemington Racecourse, and I thought it only appropriate I ride a horse- on the Merry Go Round that is.
The Karaoke Stage
I’ve always wanted to be a Japanese Pop Star. The only problem is I can’t sing to save my life.
So when a group of us fashion ladies discovered the Karaoke enclosure, there were no problems getting me on stage! I enjoyed having a boogie, others played blow up balloon instruments and we all sang along to Aretha Franklin’s Respect.
I’m not sure if it was the inner Japanese-popstar-diva in me, or the champagne, but it was so fun! And even if you can’t sing, you still get a $30 TAB voucher for trying. Hooray!
The Food Stands
Although Flemington Racecourse does have some decent meals for hungry punters, Flemington Park only has, well, treats!! FREE pink fairy floss, donuts and (almost as if they knew I was coming) messina gelato!
Some finger food like hot chips and mini spring rolls were also available (yes, I indulged) and next door to me was a Greek tent, complete with dancing men in overalls- hubba hubba.
The Stunning Backdrops
There are so many great locations for photo’s inside The Park. My favourite being The Pink Room, which had this incredible grey horse statue with balloons for a head!!
If you get to the enclosure between 10 and 11am, there are a lot of photographers hanging around too, so it’s a great opportunity to get pap’d!!