The Spring Racing Carnival has kicked off in Melbourne and those in the know are already making plans for this year’s calendar.
If you are looking for a unique hat, or an event to attend away from the hustle and bustle of Flemington, Southbank is the place to be.
Positioned in a loft studio just up the road in South Melbourne, milliner Phillip Rhodes is regularly engaged to create hats, putting together exclusive pieces he calls “like plum pudding on Christmas Day”.
This year he notes that smaller hats reign, both for their simplicity and ease of wear. Your hat should be comfortable from the moment you put the piece on, until you return home many hours later. Keep the design fresh, yet classic, and you will be able to enjoy it for years to come.
The Melba Restaurant at the Langham Hotel will be hosting events on Cup Day and Oaks Day, with prizes for best dressed and best hat. $125 will get you a delicious array of dishes for lunch with sparking wine on arrival on Cup Day, and free flowing wine over lunch on Oaks Day.
World Restaurant and Bar is celebrating Cup and Oaks Days with three-course lunches, for $70pp. Champagne on arrival, live entertainment and door prizes will create a party atmosphere, together with a free photo booth on Cup Day and manicures and massages on Oaks Day.
If the nightlife is more your scene, Eureka 89 is planning a Cup Eve party, from 8pm, for $30pp. With sparkling wine on arrival, live entertainment and a spectacular view of the city, the pop-up will set the atmosphere for the coming days.
Whether you head to Flemington, or a fabulous party by the Yarra, spring racing is a wonderful time to enjoy Southbank.