Where is it? Flemington Race Course, Melbourne, Vic

It’s the race that stops the nation: Victorians get a public holiday for it, the rest of the country clips on their fascinators and slips down to the local pub to watch it on the telly. But once in your life you should make a special trip to Flemington to be trackside on the first Tuesday in November. The excitement is unbeatable. This year, the main race is on November 1, but the Emirates Melbourne Cup Carnival goes from Oct 29-Nov 5.

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