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11 things to do: Special Melbourne Cup Edition

1. Ipswich Jets

Grab your friends and head to Ipswich Jets RLFC. From 11.30am, there will be a hold and cold buffet, including dessert. Sparkling on arrival. Sweeps and raffles, prizes for best dressed and best hat. Cocktails available.

Books essential, 3202 1887.

WHERE: 15 Downs St, North Ipswich

COST: $59.90 (members)

2. Falvey's Grand Hotel

Enjoy a champagne buffet lunch in the bistro from 11.30m. It’s a hot and cold buffet with a selection of meats, seafood, sushi, salad, sweets and savory. A glass of champagne is also included. The race will be shown live in the bistro and sports bar.

WHERE: 406 Warwick Rd, Yamanto

COST: $26.95 per person 

3. Char'd Dining at The Prince Alfred Hotel

Celebrate the race that stops the nation at Queensland’s Hotel of the Year 2016. Char’D at the Prince Alfred Hotel is offering a three-course lunch including a complimentary glass of sparkling wine on arrival.

The race will be shown on the big screen and there will be sweeps and best dressed prizes. For every ticket sold $5 will be donated to the Leukaemia Foundation. Bookings Essential. Call 3282-1577 to book now.

WHERE: 170 Brisbane Rd, Booval

COST: $49.90

4. Ipswich Country Club

Enjoy a two-course set menu (entree and main). A complimentary pot of beer, wine, sparkling or soft drink on arrival is included.

Prizes will be given for best dressed, and sweeps will be run.

Bookings essential on 3812 0488.

WHERE: 1a Samford Rd, Leichhardt

COST: $40 per person

5. Ipswich Turf Club

Enjoy a buffet lunch and four hour drinks package. Not only will you get to have a great day out but you will be helping Quota raise much needed funds for Hospice and Orange Sky Laundry.

Full betting facilities will be available, with raffles and lucky door prizes also planned to help you enjoy Australia’s signature race day.

The day kicks off at 11am. Bookings essential. Phone 3282 1500 or email

WHERE: Ipswich Turf Club, 219 Brisbane Road, Bundamba

COST: $80 per person, $750 table of 10

6. Brothers Leagues Club Ipswich

Enjoy all the colour and spectacle of cup day at the Brothers Melbourne Cup Luncheon. Entertainment this year will be by Two Smooth.

A ticket to the lunch includes sparkling wine and canapes on arrival, hot and cold buffet with a selection of seafood options, dessert and a mystery bet on the cup.

There will also be a Calcutta-style auction, sweeps, prizes for best dressed, best hat and lucky door as well as all the racing live on the big screen. Doors open at 11am.

Seats are limited, book on 3817 2999.

Seats are strictly limited so book now at reception before it is too late.

WHERE: Wildey St, Ipswich

COST: $58 (members), $65 (non-members)

7. Casa Mia Ipswich

Mix a touch of Italy with this year’s Melbourne Cup at Casa Mia Ipswich. The Italian licensed restaurant and function centre specialises in pizza, pasta and seafood – takeaway or dine-in.

This Melbourne Cup it is offering $3.50 wine, beer, bubbles and soft drinks. As well, there are $5 pizzas and $3.50 salads.

Lucky door prizes will be on offer and the race will be shown on three large screens.

WHERE: 43 Brisbane Rd, Ipswich

BOOKINGS: 320 4766

8. Racehorse Hotel

If a three course meal and bubbles sounds up your alley, check out the Racehorse Hotel at Booval.

The Melbourne Cup Lunchion will run from 11am with lunch served at noon. Hypnotist Wayne Donnelley will provide the entertainment.

Enjoy a glass of bubbles on arrival, take part in Melbourne Cup trivia. There will also be prizes for the best dressed as well as prizes for the man and woman with the best hat.

Book on 3282 1222.

WHERE: 215 Brisbane Rd, Booval

COST: $39.90

9. Club Services Ipswich

Take your pick of two options at Club Services Ipswich.

For $39 (members) you can get a glass of bubbly on arrival, buffet lunch and dessert. Non-members will pay $41.

Upgrade to a prawn platter and buffet, costing $49 for members and $51 for non-members.

K2 will provide live entertainment, with a best hat competition, raffles and sweeps also planned.

WHERE: 5a Lowry St, North Ipswich

BOOKING: 3812 3366

10. Raceview Hotel

If you can’t go past prawns, check out Raceview Hotel’s full buffet with prawns this Melbourne Cup Day.

For more info or to book phone 3288 8488.

WHERE: 99 Raceview St, Raceview

COST: $29.90 adults, $11.95 children

11. Orion Hotel

Enjoy a cocktail or glass of bubbles on arrival, a delicious banquet lunch with all the trimmings at Orion Hotel’s A Day on the Green Melbourne Cup event.

There will be live music, raffles, sweeps and prizes for best dressed.

More info on 3470 5549.

WHERE: 1 Main St, Springfield Central,

COST: $49

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