The race that stops the nation has finally arrived! Put on your fascinator, tie, fancy shoes and that one of a kind dress or suit you've been dying to wear for so long, and head on down to Flemington Racecourse for what is sure to be an amazing time at the 2015 Emirates Melbourne Cup.
The Melbourne Cup is Australia's most significant horse race, held on the first Tuesday of November every year. The 'Cup' is one of the biggest social events of the spring racing carnival season, and everyone from David Guetta and Chris Hemsworth to the award winning Australian horse trainer Gai Waterhouse will be there.
Take your time, choose carefully and place your bet! With so many great horses to pick from this year, it is going to be an interesting and close race. The favourite to win race 7 is 'Fame Game', coming all the way over from Japan, he is a six year old horse with a great track record. We have our money on 'Max Dynamite' for the win, not just for the great name but he looks to be the dark horse of this year's Melbourne Cup.
If it's not just the horse racing you are after then make the most it and visit some of Melbourne's finest destinations like the Yarra Valley, St Kilda or even drive to Phillip Island on your next self-drive holiday.
Only a short drive from Melbourne's CBD, the Yarra Valley offers much to see and do. Try the local wineries and restaurants for an incredible culinary experience, with stunning scenery to match. Our suggested wineries to visit would be the Fergusson Winery and restaurant along with the TarraWarra Estate and if you have time (make time) visit the famous De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate.
If its adventure that you are searching for then try ballooning or a scenic flight, which you can do for a sunrise and get that amazing birds eye view of the region. These are just a couple of great options for travellers who are looking to discover more about the 'garden state' Victoria.
Looking for something a little closer to the city? St Kilda is a popular destination, which is easily accessible by car and offers again great food, drink and activities. Visit the Luna Park location along the shore of St Kilda's boardwalk, and take a stroll down to the Pavillion for a small bite to eat. If you happen to be visiting over a weekend then the St Kilda markets are always on for a little bit of retail therapy.
In the spirit of Melbourne Cup and the Australian way, try to visit more of Melbourne when you travel for the Spring Racing Carnival. Auto Europe have all your Melbourne car hire needs covered so there are no excuses not to visit these marvellous destinations! Book online today or call us on 1300 656 601!