Situated on 127ha, Flemington Racecourse was originally known as Saltwater Flats
and saw its first race meeting in 1840. The first Cup was held in 1861 and was won
by a horse named Archer. The most famous Cup winner is Phar Lap (meaning
lightning in Thai), whose statue stands proudly outside the members entrance.
You can get to Flemington by taxi or car by entering through gate H off Fisher Pde or
Gates C or D off Epsom Rd which lead to a large area with 18 dedicated parking
spaces and room for many more. This car park is bitumen and flat and leads to the
walkway to the main entry.
On Cup Day trains arrive from Flinders St Station. Access for wheelchairs is approx
50m up the hill from the station to the rear of the Prince of Wales Stand. Access into
the stand is gained by double glass doors and a unisex accessible toilet is available
on this level, it is well signed. Fantastic views over the course can be had by the
huge glass windows and a goods lift, accessed from the kitchen via the public area
will take you down to ground level. The Prince of Wales Stand becomes Members
Only on Cup day.
Access on the paved and bitumen site slopes gently from the Betting Ring up to the
food and bar areas, and becomes steeper up towards the Prince of Wales Stand
(and the lift). You can head under the stand to the lawn by the Mounting Yard or up
the rise to an open area adjacent to the Lawn Stand.
Dedicated viewing areas are provided in the Lawn Stand; at the east end a section
allows five wheelchair spaces, at the west end there is a bluestone building
allowing space for many wheelchairs and there are two unisex accessible toilets.
You get to this section by ramp from the lawn area in front of the Lawn Stand or by
coming through the standing room area (Undercroft Terrace) behind the seats.
Excellent views of the course can be had from the area behind the seats but watch
out for the three steps in front of you the course manager may place seats or a
hand rail to eliminate the danger.
Accessible Male and Female toilets are provided in the building next to Casualty,
underneath the Members Stand (male only), east end of the Lawn Stand (female
only) and in the Prince Of Wales Stand, Level 1. Renovations to the Prince of Wales
Stand will include additional levels, lift access and full wheelchair access linking to
the Hill Stand.