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Centre of Melbourne Cup 2015

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Centre of Melbourne Cup 2015


Join us at GCCEC for the race that stops the nation in 2015
Start Date:

Tuesday, 3 November 2015 11.30am

End Date:

Tuesday, 3 November 2015 05.00pm


Centre of Melbourne Cup returns to the GCCEC in 2015.

Your ultimate race day will be filled with fun and laughter, guaranteed.

  • Moet Champagne on arrival, and premium beverage package
  • Spring summer fashion parade, proudly presented by Robina Town Centre
  • Award winning chefs creating a delicious 4 course meal
  • Live entertainment
  • Race sweeps supporting the BMD Northcliffe SLSC
  • Watching the race on the Gold Coast's biggest screen
  • Fantastic prizes for best dressed
  • A fabulous chill-out area with Moet & Chandon bubbles on offer

Individual and group bookings available, bookings essential.

  • Single ticket: $137*
  • Table of 10: $1320*

* plus booking fee

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Race attire, please see below for style tips for both the ladies and gentlemen. Please note this is a general guide.


  1. Keep it classy. Race days are steeped in tradition and that tradition should be honoured.
  2. Plan your outfit starting with the dress. It can be done but it’s a whole lot easier to find the dress and then buy the hat (or have it made) to suit.
  3. Headwear is a must. A hat, fascinator or headpiece … it’s not a race day outfit without one.
  4. It’s spring so your outfit should reflect that. Traditionally Melbourne Cup Day fashion is associated with a whole lot of colour.
  5. Match but don’t match. You want all the elements in your outfit to complement each other but you’re not going for a matchy-matchy scenario.
  6. Choose your footwear wisely. It’s never a good look to leave a Melbourne Cup Day function – or the races – barefoot and carrying your shoes in your hand.
  7. If buying a new dress, buy something that you know you’ll wear again. Ideally you already have an event or occasion coming up during the party season where you know you’ll be able to trot it out without the headwear.
  8. Book in with your hairdresser. If you haven’t already done this and are planning attending a fancy Cup Day function, stop reading and make the call.
  9. Your makeup should go the distance. Primer is your friend, as is a long-lasting foundation, smudge-proof mascara and either a gloss you can easily re-apply or a long-wear lippy.
  10. Be comfortable. You don’t want anything getting in the way of a fun afternoon.


  1. This is not a time to mess around with suiting conventions. To ensure you nail it in the style stakes this year, here’s a guide to getting suited and booted for the day.
  2. If you wear a suit, show a little shirt beneath your suit cuffs.
  3. Wear a dress shirt with cuff links – this isn’t just a day at the office!
  4. Add a buttonhole flower for the day. The rose is traditionally the Melbourne Cup flower of choice.
  5. Do make sure everything you wear is smart and neat, with no rips or tears.
  6. Don’t forget to consider your socks with your overall look, as they’ll show when you sit down.
  7. Don’t fasten the bottom button on your jacket or waistcoat.
  8. Don’t be afraid of a little colour. Even mix up your patterns for a modern look.
  9. Wear a pocket square to match your tie and nice smart shoes to finish off your look. 

What Our Clients Say

I have conducted two major formal dinners at GCCEC for approx 700 people each time, the more recent of these being held in March 2015. I am completely satisfied with all aspects of working with GCCEC and their performance in presenting our function. They were completely professional and were willing to do things exactly the way I wanted them done, even meeting some unusual requirements. When I requested to make layout changes only hours before the dinner the request was accommodated immediately and with professional ease. The dinner was an alternate drop three course full service meal with drinks package, and it was without a doubt the best formal dinner I have ever attended. I have managed many similar dinners in the past but this dinner achieved by far the best result, it was the easiest to organise and to then manage on the night. Our GCCEC functions manager was a competent and willing professional who achieved an absolutely flawless event. I am still trying to understand how the catering staff were able to prepare almost 700 perfectly cooked and presented meals and get them to the tables whilst still hot. An excellent event perfectly presented by cheerful and competent professional staff.

Bruce Schmidtchen
Chairman, 5RAR Assoc Inc 50th Anniversary Reunion Committee

We have held our major event, the Conference of Major Superannuation Funds (CMSF), at the GCCEC on six occasions since it opened in 2004. Through holding our event at the GCCEC we have established a terrific relationship with the venue. Each and every staff member works tirelessly to ensure that our event is run to the highest calibre. Any task, no matter how little or large is undertaken to ensure our expectations are met and our event is delivered successfully.

AIST Events Team

It’s the small things that make such a big difference. My organisation has held its conference annually at GCCEC since 2008, during which I’ve experienced unparalleled service. I continue to be amazed by the dedication, friendliness and professionalism of all staff – be it sales and event management to back of house and floor staff. They know my event inside and out, making the experience seamless. I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every conference I’ve held here!

Marika MacKenzie
Communications Manager, Optometry Queensland Northern Territory

You guys did it again! It is such a pleasure to work with a dedicated, proactive and friendly team. Your can-do attitude, your attention to detail and your willingness to try something new all help to make our lives easier and to keep our event fresh and interesting. Once again, the food was superb and the level of service provided by everyone at the centre was exceptional.

Julie Hood
Director Events Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association

There is no doubt that next time we need to be ‘creative’ on the Gold Coast; the GCCEC is the only venue we’d choose. No matter how difficult or unusual our demands prior to the event, nothing proved impossible for you and during the conference your professionalism and attention to detail ensured that everything ran without a hitch enabling us to focus properly on the job in hand. Last, but not least, the catering was superb!

Greg O’Neil
General Manager - Rural Merchandise CRT Rural Supplies