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Elevate your next Sydney race day

ATC - Racing CarnivalCredit: Paul McMillan

ATC - Racing Carnival

#feelnewsydney #ilovesydney

Elevate your next Sydney race day

ATC - Racing Carnival Credit: Paul McMillan

ATC - Racing Carnival

#feelnewsydney #ilovesydney

Hashtags #feelnewsydney #ilovesydney

The thunder of thoroughbreds, the roaring crowd. The earthy scent of fresh turf, the crisp fizz of bubbly. And everywhere you look, bold colours and effortless glamour. Spring racing dazzles every sense and, whether you’re enjoying the Sydney Everest Carnival at Royal Randwick and Rosehill Gardens, or cheering trackside at Warwick Farm, these experiences up the ante on race day and beyond.

Find your own fashions on the field

The style stakes are high on race day, with prizes awarded to the best-dressed fashionistas. Whether you’re hunting for a showstopping designer headpiece or glamming up from top to toe, Sydney’s boutiques offer everything from festive frocks to bespoke menswear. In the city centre, visit the Strand Arcade, Queen Victoria Building and The Galeries for leading labels and vintage accessories, or check out Pitt Street Mall’s 600 specialty stores. Nearby, the Paddington Intersection is a sartorial mecca where Australian designers showcase their artistry, while Newtown’s King Street offers a treasure trove of colourful boutiques. Ready for your photo finish? Pony up for a professional stylist who’ll help you create the perfect race day ensemble.

Score the sunset quinella

As the sun sinks down on your day at the races, move on to a chic bar for a winning quinella of standout sips and inspiring vistas. Close to Randwick, the Coogee Pavilion Rooftop, Royal Hotel Paddington and Brigade Bar all offer stunning sunset viewpoints and tasty tipples. Nearer to Rosehill Gardens and Warwick Farm,  Nick & Nora’s has jaw-dropping 26th-floor panoramas and innovative cocktails. Kicking on in the city? Both CIRQ and Zephyr boast grand twilight views over Sydney Harbour and impressive Champagne lists starring Krug, Moet Chandon, Cristal and Veuve Clicquot.

ATC - Racing Carnival Credit: Paul McMillan

ATC - Racing Carnival

#feelnewsydney #ilovesydney

ATC - Racing Carnival Credit: Paul McMillan

ATC - Racing Carnival

#feelnewsydney #ilovesydney

The Strand, Sydney Credit: Destination NSW

Friends enjoying a day of shopping at The Strand Arcade in Sydney CBD.

#feelnewsydney #ilovesydney

The Strand, Sydney Credit: Destination NSW

Friends enjoying a day of shopping at The Strand Arcade in Sydney CBD.

#feelnewsydney #ilovesydney

Feast like a winner

Feeling peckish after all that race day adrenaline? Thankfully there’s fine-dining within easy reach. In fact, you don’t need to leave Royal Randwick for a delicious three-course menu crafted by Executive Chef George Mullen at the Grandview Restaurant – and the tables have racetrack vistas. Nearby at Mimi’s, savour new memories with your crew during an elegant private dining experience. Or, venture into the heart of Sydney for sophisticated eats in landmark restaurants like Abode, famous for its five-course degustation; and Infinity, where there’s revolving city views from 81 stories up, and local delicacies like East 33 Sydney Rock Oysters and Hawkesbury Duck Breast.

Hit the hay in style

Sydney’s boutique hotels keep you close to all the trackside fun, in stylish comfort. Moments from Royal Randwick in trendy Paddington, the ultra-cool Oxford House offers tastefully understated suites and a laidback bar with live DJs. Beside the harbour, Ovolo Woolloomooloo pairs contemporary design with luxurious, heritage accents – just a stroll from the Opera House and Potts Point’s lively bar scene. Heading trackside in Western Sydney? Stay at Parramatta’s Park Royal or SKYE Suites – both plush options within easy reach of Rosehill Gardens – or at Warrick Farm’s luxe, horse-themed William Inglis Hotel, just five minutes’ walk from the historic racecourse.

Nick and Nora's, Parramatta Credit: Destination NSW

Bartender creating cocktails at Nick and Nora's bar in Parramatta.

#feelnewsydney #ilovesydney

Nick and Nora's, Parramatta Credit: Destination NSW

Bartender creating cocktails at Nick and Nora's bar in Parramatta.

#feelnewsydney #ilovesydney

Oxford House, Paddington Credit: Anson Smart

Taking its cues from the understated and stylish aesthetic of Palm Springs, Oxford House - Paddington’s first lifestyle hotel- recently opened its doors on the iconic inner-city strip of Oxford Street. Featuring all day street level dining, a first level poolside bar, OH! as the hotel is affectionately known, provides an urban oasis just a short stroll from the bustling street and nightlife.

#feelnewsydney #ilovesydney

Oxford House, Paddington Credit: Anson Smart

Taking its cues from the understated and stylish aesthetic of Palm Springs, Oxford House - Paddington’s first lifestyle hotel- recently opened its doors on the iconic inner-city strip of Oxford Street. Featuring all day street level dining, a first level poolside bar, OH! as the hotel is affectionately known, provides an urban oasis just a short stroll from the bustling street and nightlife.

#feelnewsydney #ilovesydney

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