The Melbourne Cup Challenge Promotion

Participation in the Contest constitutes full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of Promoter, which are final and binding. Winning the prize is contingent on fulfilling all requirements set forth herein. The ”Promoter” of the Contest is HomeAway Pty Ltd located at Level 5, 468 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3004, ABN 34 147 942 827.

WHO MAY ENTER: Entry is only open to Australian and New Zealand residents, 18 years of age and over. Employees (and their immediate families) of the Promoter are ineligible to enter.

ENTRY PERIOD: The Entry Period begins at 12:01 a.m. Australian Eastern Standard Time 10th September 2014 and ends at 11:59 p.m. Australian Eastern Standard Time 8th October 2014. The winner will be notified by email and an announcement made via Social Media on the 9th October 2014.

HOW TO ENTER: To enter the Contest, each “Entrant” must do the following:

(1) Search the site for the Melbourne Cup themed property and submit an enquiry during the Entry Period. The enquirer must state in the enquiry form why they should be the winner of the prize (each, an “Entry”);

No purchase is necessary.

Entries are in the form of text.

By entering the Contest, each Entrant consents to Promoter’s use of their names, e-mail addresses, contributed content and photographs for all legitimate business purposes in perpetuity including advertising and promotional activities without additional compensation unless prohibited by law.

Promoter is not responsible for any technical failure during the Entry Period including any technical malfunction of any computer, on-line systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail or review to be received on account of traffic congestion on the internet, or any combination thereof including any injury or damage to an Entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from downloading any material related to the Contest, all of which may affect a person’s ability to participate in the Contest.

Subject to Promoter’s sole discretion, any Entry that incorporates elements that are lewd, offensive, vulgar, sexual in nature, involve nudity, defamatory, infringing, or otherwise considered offensive or illegal shall be disqualified from the Contest.

HOW TO WIN: There will be one (1) winner selected for the best answer to the question “why do you deserve to win the prize?” on the 9th October at 10am AEST. The draw will take place at Level 5, 468 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, 3004. 

Decisions of Promoter are final and no correspondence with Entrants will be entered into.

PRIZE: The winner will receive the following prize:

  • 3 X Tickets to the Melbourne Cup (4th November)
  • Flights to Melbourne from your nearest capital city (outbound 2nd November – inbound 5th November)
  • 3 nights’ accommodation (2nd - 5th November 2014) at Edinburgh House, Fitzroy -

Only the prize specified above will be awarded. The prize winner will be notified by phone. Race tickets, flight itinerary and property check in details will be sent via email.

To accept the prize, the prize winner must agree to the terms and condition of stay at Edinburgh House, details of which will be provided to the prize winner upon notification.  This includes the provision of a$1,000 bond to Edinburgh House which must be reserved on the prize winner’s credit card before the stay at Edinburgh House. The bond will be returned by Edinburgh House after the stay given the property is in the same original condition as found and subject to their terms and conditions. The promoter is not responsible for any damage to the property that occurs to the property during the stay.  

Promoter expressly disclaims any responsibility or liability for injury or loss to any person or property relating to the prize awarded. Promoter makes no representation or warranties concerning the prizes awarded.

PRIVACY: Please review the Promoter’s privacy policy at By participating in the Contest you hereby agree to Promoter’s collection and usage of your personal information as permitted by Promoter’s privacy policy and acknowledge that you have read and accept Promoter’s privacy policy.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: By participating in the Contest, including accepting a prize, Entrants agree to release, hold harmless and agree not to institute any claim against Promoter and its parent company, affiliates, subsidiaries and their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any and all liability whatsoever for any injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising from or in connection with, either directly or indirectly, the awarding, acceptance, receipt, possession, use and/or misuse of any prize awarded herein. Upon delivery of a prize to a winner, Promoter will be deemed to have awarded the prize to such winner with winner assuming full responsibility for the prize.

Released Parties are not responsible for any technical, hardware, software, telephone or other communications malfunctions, errors or failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, website, internet, or ISP availability, unauthorized human intervention, traffic congestion, incomplete or inaccurate capture of entry information (regardless of cause) or failed, incomplete garbled, jumbled or delayed computer transmissions which may limit one’s ability to enter the Contest, including any injury or damage to your or any other person’s computer relating or resulting from participating in the Contest or downloading any materials in these Contest. Under no circumstances will Entrants be permitted to obtain awards for any action or claim related to this Contest, and Entrants hereby waive all rights to claim punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys’ fees, in relation thereto and Entrants further waive all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

MISCELLANEOUS CONDITIONS: If the Contest cannot be conducted as planned, for any reason, including, without limitation, infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Promoter, Promoter reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest and select winners from among the eligible entries prior to the cancellation. Persons found tampering with or abusing any aspect of this Contest, or whom Promoter believes to be causing malfunction, error, disruption or damage will be disqualified. Promoter reserves the right to correct any typographical, printing, computer programming or operator errors. The Promoter's failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.