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Hailed as Australia’s most prestigious horse race, the Emirates Melbourne Cup unites and excites the nation. An excuse to dress up, drink big and bet even bigger, this event is not only a fan favourite for young Aussies, but a global drawcard for international visitors. Undoubtedly one of the most prestigious events on the international racing circuit, The Emirates Melbourne Cup is a must see for racing enthusiasts.

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Whilst in town why not investigate a selection of Melbourne’s top eateries and bars?

ARIA Bar & Lounge – Located upstairs in the marvellous Langham Hotel in Melbourne’s high end Southbank precinct. This discreet bar and lounge is the ideal setting for social engagements and post-event nightcaps.

The Gin Palace – a certified mecca for Gin drinkers. This is a Melbourne institution for those who appreciate fine cocktails amid a semi art deco setting. Slightly hidden in Melbourne’s central CBD, just off Little Collins Street. Head here for a classy evening with a smooth ambience. Tip – The Gin Palace bartenders are top level mixologists.

Attica – An award winning venue that consistently places in the top 50 restaurants in the world! Head chef Ben Shewry believes that food can have a deeper meaning than just another item to consume; it can be evocative and emotional. This is reflected in his delectable menu choices. A true sensory journey of epic proportions awaits you at Attica. But you’ll need to book early, as in now!

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So much to see and so little time! Check out some of Melbourne’s biggest tourist hotspots:

NGV – The National Gallery of Victoria is a veritable hub of stunning art, spanning all genres. Fashionistas take note The House of Dior ‘Seventy Years of Haute Coutre’ an extensive collection of exquisite Dior pieces will be on display here during the Melbourne Cup.

Science Works – Feeling curious? Seeking intellectual stimulation? Science Works delivers the answers to many ‘but how’ universal questions. An interactive and thought provoking journey well worth your time.

Melbourne Zoo – a world of wildlife in the heart of Melbourne. Featuring over 320 animal species. With a strong commitment to fighting wildlife extinction by way of conservation programs, campaigns and research. Feel good knowing your admission fee is going towards an important global cause.

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The buzz at the famous Flemington racetrack is truly electric. You can expect to rub shoulders with celebrities (watch out for Shane Warne) and witness some amazing outfits with Fashion on The Field- which is arguably just as famous as the race itself. However we mustn’t forget that the the horses, jockeys and trainers are the real stars of the show. Nabbing the first place in the Emirates Melbourne Cup Race is to cement your name in history..

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