Thank you for helping to bring the Melbourne Cup to Queenscliff

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Cottage by the Sea is the proud charity partner of the 2023 Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour to Queenscliff. Celebrating the tour yesterday was an incredible day for our community. From starting at 7am at the Queenscliff Lonsdale Yacht Club for a seaside breakfast to finishing at 8pm with a phenomenal cocktail fundraiser at Suma Park, it was a huge day of celebrations. Events like this reinforce the importance of “community”, which is one of our values at Cottage.

As part of yesterday’s events, our visiting children on this week’s program were able to meet two Melbourne Cup-winning horses and feel the Cup in their own hands – some participants were even able to hand-feed carrots to the horses. We aim for experiences at Cottage to leave a lasting impact on children, and yesterday’s visit from the Cup is no exception to this.

A spectacular celebration like this doesn’t come without a huge team working tirelessly behind the scenes to make everything happen. Thank you to the generous support of the community organisations and supporters below that helped bring this day of events to life.

In addition, a big thank you to everyone at Cottage by the Sea – including staff and volunteers, visiting teachers and participants – for helping to make the day such a success and giving our community a wonderful and memorable event.

Victoria Racing Club

  • Joe McGrath and his team from the 2023 Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour
  • Cup Ambassador Greg Miles


Port Phillip Sea Pilots

Searoad Ferries

Borough of Queenscliff and Mayor Isabelle Tolhurst

Queenscliff Fire Brigade

Queenscliff Bowling, Tennis & Croquet Club

Teachers and students from Point Lonsdale Primary School and St Aloysius Catholic Primary School


Queenscliff Lonsdale Yacht Club (breakfast)

Queenscliff Brewhouse (Happy Hour)

Bellarine Railway for a grand entry to Suma Park for the Cup along the railway

Suma Park for the stunning event space for our cocktail fundraiser and event supporters

  • Fiona Provan
  • Barry Iddles and 360Q
  • Prestige Jayco Geelong
  • OTI Racing
  • Lion & Furphy Beer
  • Chas Cole Cellars
  • Queenscliff Brewhouse
  • Paragon Embroidery
  • Pearls & Roses Bridal
  • Mitre 10 Wallington
  • Ron and John Begg
  • Café Jag
  • Thorsten Werges

Equine stars and their riders & grooms

  • Living Legends – Efficient & Twilight Payment
  • Equestrian – St Leonards
  • Rafiki Equestrian – Rafiki Cielo and Rafiki Epic Deal


  • Times News Group – Bellarine Times
  • Geelong Advertiser GT Magazine
  • Forte Magazine

Cottage by the Sea

  • Parade and cocktail party MC – Cottage Ambassador Ian Cover OAM
  • Cocktail party auctioneer extraordinaire – Cottage Ambassador Phil de Fégely
  • Cottage Patron Rebecca Maddern
  • Members and supporters of The Rippers Club
  • Andrew and Jade Augustine from Joyful Marketing and Events


  • Wadawurrung Traditional Owner Ash Skinner
  • Bagpiper and pianist Callum Watson
  • Queenscliff Music Festival
  • Geelong Bellarine Tourism
  • Event suppliers
  • Bellarine AV
  • Michael Chambers Photography     
  • Geelong Tennis Bowling Croquet
  • Queensclff Sweet Shop
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