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Things to do on Melbourne Cup Day

Whether you’re watching the race or avoiding it completely, here are the best things to do in Melbourne this Cup Day

Written by
Time Out editors
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It's been a funny old year, but one thing never changes: we still get a public holiday for a horse race. Whether you want to score tickets to the Melbourne Cup itself, frock up and watch the race that stops the nation at home or you're firmly nup to the Cup, here are some things to do with your precious day off.

Just want to chill out? Here are our favourite parks to enjoy the gorgeous weather.

Best events for Melbourne Cup Day

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Catch a movie outside
  • Film
  • Outdoor cinema

Are you keen for a classic garden cinema experience? Or what about an inner-city rooftop? You could even catch a film by the beach. These are our top choices of alfresco cinema in Melbourne.

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  • Film
  • Outdoor cinema

For those craving a nostalgic cinema experience, these drive-in cinemas in and around Melbourne are brimming with the feeling of old-timey movie outings. Park yourself in front of the screen, tune into the FM broadcast and enjoy your movie.

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  • Attractions
  • Beaches

You never know what kind of weather Melbourne is going to throw at us, but be brave and hit the beach anyway. Here are Melbourne's best bay beaches to spend some time outside, whether you're keen on swimming, wading, beachcombing or just relaxing on the sand. 

  • Restaurants
  • Ice cream and gelato

Hot weather and public holidays are the perfect best friends of ice cream and gelato. No matter how you roll, here are the super-duper scoopers serving Melbourne’s best ice cream, gelato and soft serve. 

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  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars

Melbourne's bar game is strong. From world-beating cocktail lounges to down-and-divey saloons to quench our never-ending thirst, there's just about somewhere for everyone. If you're looking for a bar to head to on this sunny day, we've rounded up the best 53 bars that represent the pinnacle of Melbourne drinking.

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  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars

There's something about drinking on a rooftop that is at least 20 per cent more fun than drinking at street level. So jump on those stairs, hit that lift button and check out these high-and-mighty gems. Some of these are in the city, and some in the surrounding suburbs are perfect for city views. 

  • Things to do
  • Southbank

You’ve had lunch by the river, now try lunch on the river. GoBoat is an electric boat hire service currently running in Melbourne that makes it super easy to have picnics at sea (well, a river). GoBoat’s five-metre-long boats seat up to eight people and don’t need a boating licence to operate. The best part? They come equipped with a built-in wooden picnic table in the middle of the boat.

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Kicking on? Here are Melbourne's best bars

Looking to get out of town?

  • Travel

If you're looking for a break from the inner-city grid, there's no better cure than a day trip from Melbourne. The state of Victoria is full of friendly neighbourhood towns, whether you're in the mood for a winery tour, a road trip or a national park to explore. These one-day escapes are just what the doctor ordered, so get out there and explore Melbourne's beautiful backyard.  

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