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Each year, the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour celebrates the heroes and stories intrinsically linked to the Victoria Racing Club’s 160-year old Melbourne Cup race and its contribution to the nation's historical and cultural heritage.

The 18-carat gold Lexus Melbourne Cup trophy visits various destinations in an effort to unite communities by engaging councils, schools, hospitals, aged-care homes and racing groups in events to raise funds for local causes.


3 - 4 July Port Augusta, SA
6 July Adelaide, SA
10 July Melbourne, VIC
13 July Coleraine, VIC
15 July Kaniva, VIC
22 July Melbourne, VIC
24 July Nagambie, VIC
27 July Taree, NSW
29 July Muswellbrook, NSW
1 - 2 August Darwin, NT
4 August Kalgoorlie, WA
6 - 7 August Gold Coast, QLD
13 - 14 August Broome, WA
18 August Jennacubbine, WA
19 August Perth, WA
21 August Newman (The Pilbara), WA
23 - 25 August Apollo Bay, VIC
28 - 29 August Sapphire Coast, NSW
30 - 31 August Sydney, NSW
1 - 2 September Sydney, NSW
5 September Melbourne, VIC
7 - 8 September Melbourne, VIC
9 - 11 September Cairns, QLD
14 - 15 September Richmond, QLD
17 September Melbourne, VIC
20 September Bendigo/Fosterville, VIC
27 September Warra, QLD
29 September Warwick, QLD
30 September Brisbane, QLD
1 October Brisbane, QLD
2 October Melbourne, VIC
3 - 4 October Noosa, QLD
5 October Kandanga, QLD
6 October Gayndah, QLD
8 - 10 October Melbourne, VIC
12 October Merbein (Mildura), VIC
14 October Kerang, VIC
15 - 16 October Melbourne, VIC
18 October Longford, TAS
20 - 22 October Melbourne, VIC
25 - 31 October Melbourne, VIC
1 November Melbourne, VIC
2 November Lexus Melbourne Cup Day, VIC

2020 Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour National Sweep Winner - Kangaroo Island, SA

The bushfire-ravaged community of Kangaroo Island in South Australia is $100,000 richer after winning the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour National Sweep when Twilight Payment led from start to finish to win the 2020 Lexus Melbourne Cup.

The VRC donated $50,000 to the Kangaroo Island community as part of the national sweep initiative, which was put towards their nominated charity, the Royal Flying Doctors.

Inspired by this initiative, the ownership group behind Twilight Payment also matched the prize to make the total contribution of $100,000 in recognition of the hardship that the people of Kangaroo Island faced in 2020.

$50,000 Community Sweep

$50,000 Community Sweep

The Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour National Sweep will see 24 rural and regional tour destinations across Australia be allocated a barrier for the 2021 Lexus Melbourne Cup.

The town that draws the barrier of the Lexus Melbourne Cup-winning horse will be presented with a cash prize of $50,000 to put towards a charity for a local community initiative. Barriers for the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour National Sweep will be drawn in October.

To see full terms & conditions, please click here.

Reflecting on the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour

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