Grandstand view, Melbourne Cup ©
Melbourne's premier turf event is not just any old horse race. The annual Melbourne Cup has been variously billed as 'the celebration that stops a nation', and 'Australia's most famous Tuesday'. The race is the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere, and draws interest from elsewhere in the world besides Australia. The race was first run in 1861 and carries a proud tradition. It is the highlight of the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival. Apart from the exciting horse races, the event is also an excuse for dressing up and sampling all the gourmet delights of the racecourse; the Melbourne Cup, like many internationally acclaimed horse races, is a chance to show off for the fashionable and famous of Melbourne.
Venue: Flemington Racecourse
Date: 3 November 2015