The Melbourne Cup Tour in Noosa on Friday August 10 will stop at:
6.30-7.55am Noosa Heads Surf Life Saving Club Sponsors’ Breakfast
8.10-9.10am St Teresa’s Catholic College, Noosaville
9.25-10.25am St Thomas More Catholic Primary School, Sunshine Beach
10.35-11.45am Sunshine Beach State School
11.55am Board the Noosa Ferry at Sheraton Jetty to Ricky’s Jetty
Noon - 2.45pm Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour Angel Flight Charity Lunch at Ricky’s Restaurant with special guests Sheila Laxon and Wendy Green, hosted by Mark Darin from 92.7 Mix FM
3-3.30pm Carramar Noosa Home for the Aged – Melbourne Cup Tea Party
3.45-5pm Public event – Noosa Main Beach, in front of Noosa Heads Surf Life Saving Club. Cup to be winched in via rescue helicopter, followed by 24-person handicapped surf ski race with celebrity guests
5.05-5.15pm Board the Noosa Ferry to Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club jetty
5.15-6.30pm Supporters’ Bar, Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club, Noosaville
Melbourne Cup comes to Noosa
Noosa will be home to the Melbourne Cup for one day only as the prized 18-carat gold trophy makes its way through town on Friday August 10 as part of a 3-month journey around Australia and NZ in the lead-up to this year’s big race.
Noosa is one of only 25 towns to host the Melbourne Cup Tour this year, with the $175,000 Cup going on display at local schools and public events so locals and visitors can have their photograph taken alongside the world’s most travelled sporting trophy.
The Cup, which will be held high by the winner of this year’s Emirates Melbourne Cup on Tuesday November 6, will travel on the Noosa Ferry to Ricky’s Restaurant where it will hold pride of place at a charity lunch.
It will head to Carramar Noosa Home for the Aged for a Cup-themed afternoon tea, before being winched into a surf boat in front of Noosa’s Main Beach from the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. The Cup will be on the beach in front of Noosa Heads Surf Club during the afternoon so the public can take photos.
The club will host a 24-person surf ski race (in honour of the 24 Melbourne Cup horses) featuring surf champions and will then travel via Noosa Ferry to Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club for the afternoon, accompanied by a yachting flotilla.
Accompanying the Cup will be a dynamic duo of Cup-winning females – Sheila Laxon, the first official female trainer of a Melbourne Cup winner (Ethereal in 2001), and Wendy Green, the owner of 1999 Cup winner Rogan Josh. They will be guest speakers at the Melbourne Cup Tour charity lunch at Ricky’s Restaurant, with proceeds going to Angel Flight, a charity that flies rural patients in need to medical appointments. Tickets to the charity lunch cost $100 each and include a 3-course lunch with matching wines. For bookings, phone Ricky’s on 07 5447 2455.
Local businessman Rob Neely and owner of Noosa-based Equine Nutrition Australia who arranged for the Cup to visit Noosa is a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight.
Tourism Noosa General Manager Damien Massingham said it was a coup for Noosa to host the 10th anniversary Melbourne Cup Tour.
“The Melbourne Cup is one of Australia’s favourite sporting and cultural events and to have the Cup Tour coming to Noosa is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” he said.
“We all love the Melbourne Cup – the horses, the fashion and the excitement – and I’m sure locals, children and visitors in Noosa will make the most of the chance to have their photo taken with one of Australia’s true sporting icons.”
The Victoria Racing Club presents the Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour which will start at Tennant Creek this month before heading to Queensland where it will also stop in Brisbane, Gympie and Cairns.
Noosa Main Beach, Noosa Heads
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