Everyone loves Melbourne Cup Day-they don’t call it the ‘race that stops the nation’ for nothing! Whether you’re crowded around a television in a supermarket, specially brought in for the occasion, or trackside at the race itself, you can’t help getting excited by the flurry of activity, racing tips being swapped around, bets being placed and hopes being high. The race, which last only a little over three minutes, is the climax to a day full of festivities—festivities that often carry over well into the next day. If you’re looking for a fun way to enjoy the Melbourne Cup, check out these suggestions—we hope you back a winner!

At Flemington

If you’re lucky enough to get the opportunity to watch the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse, DO IT! It’s one of the most exciting and enthralling sporting events in the country, and to be a part of the action is an indescribably buzz. Make sure you dress up to the nines and behave yourself though—with all those cameras around, you don’t want to be the one caught on film after one too many champagnes!

At a Melbourne Bar

Whether or not you’re at the racecourse, the entire city of Melbourne turns on a party for Melbourne Cup day. It’s a public holiday in Victoria, which means no work for anyone and a hell of a lot of partying in the streets. Find yourself a Melbourne pub or bar with a decent amount of TV screens and park yourself front and centre to watch as your horse (hopefully) makes you a few bucks!

At a Melbourne Cup Party

Who says you need to be at the pub for Melbourne Cup? You could host your own little Melbourne Cup watching party at home, complete with a barbecue, internal stakes competition and free flowing beer all day long. Park yourselves around the tellie or radio for the race, but use the rest of the day as an opportunity to celebrate with your friends and enjoy the mild spring weather.

In Canberra

Canberra, land of the public servant, and lucky recipient of the most amount of public holidays anywhere in the country, of course gets a free pass for Melbourne Cup Day as well. This means that if you’re not in Melbourne for the cup, Canberra is a nice alternative, with the bars and local racecourse packing out early and festivities filling the streets.

In Sydney

While poor old NSW has to slog away at work during the cup, it doesn’t really diminish the excitement of the day. Plenty of action happens over at the Royal Randwick Racecourse, and work usually stops for the day after the cup has been run. If you’re in Sydney and have decided to skive off work, you’ll have your pick of a number of Sydney bars hosting events, and as the work day finishes and the hoards head out to either celebrate their wins or drown their losses, you can be sure for one hell of a night in Sydney.


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