Like clockwork, the 2016 Melbourne Cup will be held on the first Tuesday of November this year (November 1st) at Flemington Racecourse in Victoria. Fondly called “The race that stops a nation,” it is Australia’s most beloved racing event.

More than 100,000 people are expected to attend this year’s races and like always, the week-long event is expected to be a spectacle, as the excitement for the race results is mixed with the vibrant colours of Flemington racecourse and Melbourne Cup fashion.

So how does one prepare for “the race that stops a nation?” There is so much to see and do during the races, and because we don’t want you to miss out on anything, we’ve come up with a few things that you can do to get ready for Australia’s beloved racing event.

1.Place Your Bets Early

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If you’re going to place your bets in the races this year, make sure you do so early. Many Cup attendees place their bets at the last minute, which causes them to mix the next race’s cut-off time. The same goes if you’re going to place bets online, since major betting websites typically see a spike in their traffic during the races. So to avoid hassles, set up an account in advance and place your bets at least an hour before the day’s race begins.

2.Dress Appropriately

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Apart from the races, the Melbourne Cup is famous for the vibrant outfits attendees wear for the week. Men look dapper in top hats and suits while the women outdo each other with their colourful upmarket style dresses and hats.

Remember, the Melbourne Cup is a huge occasion, and is a great opportunity to look and feel like a million dollars. Needless to say, arriving at the races wearing sneakers and jeans make you look so out of place. Besides, why would anyone NOT get dolled up for the Melbourne Cup?

3. Enjoy The Day’s Activities

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The Melbourne Cup is full of sights and activities. It’s the time of the year when you can check out prize racehorses, get to know the jockeys, listen to live musical performances by some of the country’s finest artists and even watch fashion shows. Boredom is definitely something you won’t feel when attending the Melbourne Cup. So go and try something new at the races this year, you might enjoy it.

4. Drive To Melbourne’s Hottest Attractions

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If you’re driving to the Melbourne Cup this year, make sure that you don’t miss out on the hottest tourist spots the city has to offer. If you only have a day to spare, drive to St. Paul’s Cathedral fora  guided tour or perhaps stay to listen to the church’s world famous pipe organ and choir.  A few minutes drive from St. Paul’s Church is the National Gallery of Victoria where you’ll find a wide range of historic and contemporary art, fashion and furniture exhibits.

After you’ve had your fill of the races’ excitement, why not drive your campervan to explore Melbourne’s wine country? Take a break from the bustling city and drive towards Yarra Valley for a taste of the region’s finest vino and breathtaking country landscapes.

The Melbourne Cup is one of – if not the – most popular annual event in Australia. The time of the year when you can dress up, socialize and enjoy the thrill of picking out winning racehorses. So what are you waiting for? Grab a campervan hire and start planning your trip to Flemington Racecourse. You don’t want to miss this year’s Melbourne Cup, do you?