$750,000 Melbourne Cup goes on tour around Australia

$750,000 Melbourne Cup goes on tour around Australia
Edited by Travel Weekly


    If you ever wanted to clap your eyes on the real Melbourne Cup, a 1.69kg 18 carat yellow gold trophy valued at $750,000, then here are the Australian destinations where you can see it.

    Manufacturer of the Melbourne Cup, W.J. Sanders, and sister company, ABC Bullion, have shared the Australian destinations in the 2024 Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour, which starts this Friday, 28 June in Cowes, Victoria. The start of the Australian leg follows an international trip for the Cup to Japan and the US.

    “We are deeply honoured at W.J. Sanders and ABC Bullion to play a role in crafting this remarkable legacy,” said Darren May, general manager at W.J. Sanders.

    “The Lexus Melbourne Cup embodies the true essence of being proudly Australian made and it fills me with immense pride that, in a world of mass production and lean manufacturing, our team of talented craftsmen and women have been entrusted to create this iconic symbol of international sport.”

    Of the 39 destinations in the 2024 Melbourne Cup tour, 31 are on Australian soil, allowing communities an up-close audience with the iconic trophy.

    The Cup has been hand-forged by W.J. Sanders since 2016. Each year, the Cup takes more than 250 hours to produce at the W.J. Sanders workshop in Marrickville, Sydney.

    Michelle Payne, Jamie Kah, Corey Brown and Glen Boss in a Lexus with the Lexus Melbourne Cup trophy to kick off the 2024 Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour. Image: Lucas Dawson

    Tour destinations

    The tour includes visits to Barellan, NSW, Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory, Nathalia in regional Victoria and Esperance in Western Australia. Other Victorian destinations at a glance include Melbourne, Rochester, Woodside, Trentham, Alpine Shire, Mt. Wycheproof, Lancefield, Nathalia.

    In NSW, it includes Sydney, Boorowa, Cootamundra, Harden-Murrumburrah, Barellan and Taree.
    South Australia destinations include Adelaide, Port Lincoln, Murray Bridge and Clare.

    In Western Australia, it’s Perth, Wyalkatchem and Esperance, while Queensland covers Brisbane, Cassowary Coast, Gregory and Emerald. In Tasmania its Hobart and Rowella, while the Northern Territory covers Darwin, Tennant Creek and Katherine.

    Overseas cities it has already hit include Tokyo, New York, Auckland, Cambridge, London, Chichester, Dublin and Galway.

    For more details on the Tour, visit melbournecuptour.com.au.

    Email the Travel Weekly team at traveldesk@travelweekly.com.au

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