Package Holidays in Victoria
Flemington Melbourne Victoria Australia
Flemington is a residential suburb of Melbourne, located some 4 km north west of Melbourne CBD between North Melbourne and Ascot Vale.
Melbourne's first official race meeting was held at Batman Hill where Spencer Street railway station now stands in 1838. While the first government land sale was to Robert Fleming in December 1840, Saltwater Flat' on the banks of the Maribyrnong River had already been in use as a racecourse for horse racing since March 1840 when farmer Fleming set up what was to become the Flemington Race Track for the event, with meetings held over three days. The famous Flemington Hotel has been there since around 1848 when the Port Phillip Racing Club took out the lease of the racecourse site.In 1861, the line from North Melbourne to Essendon, bringing the railway to Flemington; some years later the Melbourne trams gave excellent access to the city and Flemington grew as an industrial suburb of MelbourneAfter the Second World War, migrants from continental Europe flooded Flemington and the Catholic Church and school, St. Brendan's, was particularly well attended. As the 20th century closed, the migrant families had moved on and the proximity of Flemington to Melbourne CBD caused house prices to rocket.
Flemington - Today
Today, the Flemington Racecourse site covers some 320 acres and is reverted to State ownership as Crown land. Flemington continues to be best known for the Flemington Racecourse. On the first Tuesday of November, across the nation Australians traditionally stop to celebrate this major annual horse event. The world flocks to Flemington and for those who cannot, hotels and venues across the country hold long Australian Melbourne Cup lunches with ladies wearing their best bib and tucker and best hat as the 145-year old social and cultural tradition that literally brings Australia to a standstill. Flemington is in a good position to access to the attractions of Melbourne: the MCG, Melbourne Convention Centre, theatres and shows, Melbourne shops and markets, especially the world famous Queen Victoria Markets; a cacophony of sounds, colours and taste with wonderful fresh foods and bargains in abundance.