We would be lying if we said we didn’t miss anything about Melbourne, since moving to Hervey Bay earlier this year. There are some great things about Melbourne. One of those is The Melbourne Cup. We never needed to go to Flemington to have a wonderful Cup Day in Melbourne, there was always a friend putting something on. Normally, a barbeque and a sweep and a few bets, surrounded by good friends.
In Queensland, it’s a little different, for starters, it’s not actually a public holiday. In saying that, it surprised me how many people still seemed to be dressed up in their shirts and dresses, fascinators on and out and about.
We chose to check out one of our most loved hang outs here, Crafty Cargo. It was $100 per head, which included unlimited craft beer on tap (selected choices), a couple of cocktail options, champagne and a constant flow of delicious canapes being walked around from 12pm to 3:30pm. The staff and owners there did an absolutely amazing job. They had fashions on the field, which encouraged all of the guests to dress up, making the day feel Verry Elleegant.
For those of you who live in this area and haven’t been to Crafty Cargo, give them a go! Especially, if you have an appreciation for great Aussie craft beer. They only stock beer from independent breweries and they’re always fresh, with a good selection on tap. For those who don’t like beer, they also serve other drinks. There is a kitchen and also a little arcade game area.
After Crafty’s we went for a stroll, ending up at The Torquay for one, we walked some more down to The Beach House. That’s where more drinks and pool tables took over the night. The conclusion, Hervey Bay puts on a decent Cup Day.
Looking forward to doing it all again next year