The Glasshouse, opposite the Tennis Centre, is accessed via the flat Swan St foyer and
accessible unisex toilets are available along with M&F accessible toilets. Identify your
needs when making your booking for allocated seating, a hearing loop is available.
Olympic Park, opposite the Tennis Centre, is accessed from Gate 3 off Swan St or
via the Eastern Entrance from Olympic Park Car Park. Olympic Park is an old venue,
however with Melbourne's Rugby League team taking up residence access
improvements have been made.
Seating is close to Gate 3 and accessed via bitumen (rough in places but generally
level) pathway from behind the eastern entry. Wheelchair accessible viewing is
available in the General Admission raised platform (accessed by ramp), under the
control tower and in the Western Grandstand, at Level 3, provision has been
made for at least 24 wheelchairs and additional chairs will be made available to
accompanying guests. Access is by lift with brail call buttons all within reach.
A unisex accessible toilet is close to the lift and another is located towards the
southern end of the stand.
The food and alcohol sales area is to the rear of the stand, near to the accessible
seating and generally flat entry except for a slight lip, however there is a step up to
the alcohol serving counter. Counters appear to be at a friendly height.
Flemington Racecourse (9258 4763/fax 9376 5349, www.ozracing.net.au), about
4km north west of the CBD off Epsom Rd and bounded by the Maribyrnong River to
the west, is home to one of the most famous horse races on the world racing
calendar, The Melbourne Cup.
Recognised as The race which stops the nation , The Cup is a 3200 metre
(originally two miles) handicap race for horses of at least three years and held on
the first Tuesday in November.
The Cup is a public holiday and Melbourne's social event of the year, drawing
crowds of almost 100,000 people wearing high fashion, outrageous fancy dress
and wonderful hats some even go to see the races! Flemington's Rose Gardens
are a colourful attraction in addition to the races.