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Melbourne Cup Carnival

  • Sport and fitness, Racing
Horses come racing toward the finish line
Photograph: Roberto Seba

Time Out says

Take part in Melbourne's famous week-long carnival of horse racing

Take a break from the telly and get yourself down to Flemington to experience the race that stops the nation first-hand. The Melbourne Cup takes place on the first Tuesday of November each year as part of the Spring Racing Carnival, which kicks off on October 29 this year. 

Since starting in 1861 the Melbourne Cup has become the most prestigious race in Australia, attracting a significant number of international competitors and guests, as well as its own public holiday in Melbourne and some parts of regional Victoria.

Not a fan of horse racing? Check out our round-up of the best things to do in Melbourne that week.

Written by
Time Out editors


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