Save the date, folks. You might not think to come to Australia just to watch a horse race, but miss out on the Melbourne Cup and you’ll miss out on one of the biggest sporting events of the year in arguably the most sports mad city in Australia! But that’s not the only reason you’ll want to head to Melbourne.
What is the Melbourne Cup?
What’s that, you don’t know the Melbourne Cup? You’re forgiven. Not necessarily as world famous as some locals would have you believe, if you come to Australia and hang around for a while you’ll soon learn about this epic event in the sporting calendar. The Melbourne Cup is an historic thoroughbred horse race held annually at the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne on the first Tuesday in November, which this year falls on Tuesday 5th November. Despite the first race being held back in 1861, the Melbourne Cup is as important to modern day Melburnians as ever and there is lots on besides the big race.
How to watch it and what’s on besides
The Melbourne Cup is actually part of a bigger festival called the Melbourne Cup Carnival held at the Flemington Racecourse, along with cup themed events all over Melbourne. There are a total of four race days, with the main race on 5th November, but expect all manner of festivities across the city from fashion events to food pop ups and entertainment. Every pub, restaurant and bar will have their own Melbourne Cup inspired night so check local listings and get involved.
For tickets to the race itself check out the official Melbourne Cup website for details.
Why you should hang out in Melbourne for longer
You can’t come to Australia and not pay a visit to it’s very special second city. Melbourne is a cultural haven of top notch art galleries, museums, indie cinemas and iconic laneways filled with street art and hidden bars. But beyond the city streets lies the beautiful coast of Victoria and the world famous Great Ocean Road.
Just a 90 minute drive out of the CBD, the Great Ocean Road is a wild and windswept drive past the crashing waves of the Southern Ocean, soaring cliffs and iconic sights such as the mighty limestone spires of the 12 Apostles. Most people who decide to come to Australia or Melbourne specifically take the time to explore this gorgeous stretch of road.
There are many tours to join but the most sociable on offer is that offered by Teepee Tours on their 2 day 1 night Great Ocean Road surf camp trip! The bus stops whenever you decide just like it would if you had hired your own ride. All tours include a good surfing session for a couple of hours, the opportunity to spot kangaroos and koalas along the way. Best of all your get to camp in their enormous teepee complete with campfire in the middle. Check out more here and book direct to get the best deal! https://www.baretravels.com.au/tours/teepee-tours-great-ocean-road-surf-camp-trip/
If you’re going to come to Australia, live like the Aussies for a while and bet on the races one day then cruise wild and windy Great Ocean Road the next. What are you waiting for?