Punters party at the Beaudesert Hotel for Melbourne Cup Day

LUNCH at the Beaudesert Hotel was a sumptuous affair featuring fresh seafood, fancy hors d’oeuvres and plenty of bubbles.

Feathers and fascinators were in evidence as guests arrived to fill the dining area. 

Most of the punters were locals but there were visitors from further afield, including the Luyben family who came all the way from Ontario, Canada to experience the unseasonably hot Melbourne Cup day weather.

The betting window did a brisk trade, with diners and drinkers lining up to have a flutter on the race that stops a nation.

Some guests were not invested in the race itself but had just come along to soak up the ambience of the event without laying any bets.

Spectators were glued to the TV screen as jockey Kerrin McEvoy rode to victory in his third Melbourne cup win on Cross Counter followed by Marmelo and A Prince of Arran in second and third place..

Marie Mulholland from the Gold Coast was in Beaudesert with her husband Garry to catch up with former neighbours Jill and Rod Heal who had moved to the Scenic Rim only weeks ago. Mrs Mulholland won the prize for best dressed female and received a $25 voucher for the Beaudesert Hotel.

The friends also took home the $170 sweepstake first prize. 

Beaudesert’s Jacki Atkinson also came away a winner after earning first prize for best hat with her magnificent home-made fascinator.