The racecourse is shaped not unlike a pear, and boasts a six-furlong (1,200 m) straight known as 'the Straight Six'. The track has a circumference of 2,312 metres and a final straight of 450 metres for race distances over 1,200 metres. Races are run in an anti-clockwise direction.
The course has a crowd capacity of over 120,000 and contains three grandstands. The biggest ever attendance was on VRC Derby Day in 2006 when 129,089 people saw Efficient win the VRC Derby.
The course also contains a bronze statue of the famous racehorse Phar Lap which was donated to the Club as part of Australia's bicentenary celebrations in 1988. The Hill Stand, built in 1977, houses the artist Harold Freedman's seven panel mural which traces the History of Racing. The work was commissioned to mark the Australian bicentenary in 1988.
Flemington Racecourse today hosts many of Australia's top races, including the Melbourne Cup, VRC Derby, VRC Oaks, MacKinnon Stakes, Newmarket Handicap, Australian Cup and Lightning Stakes.
How to get there from Alto Hotel on Bourke
Flemington Race Course is approximately 8 Km from Alto Hotel and it is not practical to walk there.
From the hotel walk right into Bourke St. and take Tram No. 96, to the corner of Elizabeth St. Then take Tram No. 57 to Flemington Race Course. The trip is easy and should take no longer than 30 to 40 minutes from the hotel.
This is the fastest way of getting to Flemington. From the hotel, walk right into Bourke St and walk down Bourke St. to Spencer St. enter Southern Cross Station and follow the platform signs. Flemington is serviced by several lines.
Taxis from Alto Hotel to Flemington Race Course should cost around $20 and take approximately 20 to 25 minutes, please allow for more time if travelling in peak time.