James McDonald won the 2021 Melbourne Cup, riding winning horse Verry Elleegant. PHOTO: VRC/Supplied.

The Melbourne Cup will visit 41 locations, including nine in Victoria, the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) announced today.

The Melbourne Cup, widely recognized as “the race that stops a nation,” will visit 41 locations across seven countries and all Australian states for this year’s Melbourne Cup Tour.

In Victoria, the Cup will visit Melbourne, Port Fairy, Koroit, Ballarat, Macedon, Bendigo, Boort, Nagambie and Queenscliff.

International destinations include New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Hong Kong and Japan.

Iconic seaside towns Port Fairy and Queenscliff are set to feature in the Victorian leg. Other Australian towns like Thargomindah in Queensland and Pinjarra in Western Australia will also host the Cup.

VRC Chairman Neil Wilson remarked on the overwhelming interest for this year’s Melbourne Cup tour.

“This year we are very pleased to take the iconic trophy far and wide across Australia and to the most overseas locations of any tour, reflecting the international interest in the Lexus Melbourne Cup,” Wilson said.

The Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour has not only brought the trophy closer to communities, reached over 590 local communities and has contributed to charity and local initiatives by raising hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The tour’s role extends beyond creating early interest for the race—it has also spurred tourism for Victoria, with the Melbourne Cup Carnival delivering a whopping $422 million in gross economic benefit to its home state in 2022.

“Another benefit of the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour is driving visitation to Victoria for the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

“We can’t wait for the 21st edition of the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour to begin,” Wilson said.

Melbourne Cup Tour 2023

Victoria – Melbourne, Port Fairy/Koroit, Ballarat, Macedon, Bendigo, Boort, Nagambie, Queenscliff;

New South Wales – Sydney, Hillston, Maitland, Coffs Coast, Orange;

South Australia – Adelaide, Balaklava, Port Augusta, Quorn, Kangaroo Island;

Western Australia – Perth, Pinjarra, Broome;

Australian Capital Territory – Canberra;

Queensland – Brisbane, Gold Coast, Boulia, Thargomindah, Cunnamulla, Cairns, Mount Isa;

Tasmania – Launceston, Deloraine;

Northern Territory – Darwin; and

International – York (UK), Cambridge (NZ), Auckland (NZ), London (UK), Hong Kong (HK), Tokyo (Japan), Hokkaido (Japan), Country Kildare (Ireland), Deauville (France).

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SOURCEVictorian Racing Commission
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