Melbourne Cup public holiday is almost upon us. Melbourne Cup is an amazing time to don a flamboyant attire complemented by dazzling accessories as you hop off to the races to share a great time with family and friends. But what if the races do not appeal to you or you would rather stay away from all the hustle and bustle? Then look no more. Find below a non-exhaustive list of things to do on the Melbourne Cup public holiday. Enjoy.
1. Take Wine tours
Melbourne is bestowed with a host of wineries. Summer is the perfect time to enlist yourself for delightful wine tours. Consider visiting Red Hill in Mornington Peninsula for a number of grand wineries with Montalto Vineyard taking the crown for the best winery. Head towards Wangaratta in north east Victoria to visit the veritable Brown Brother's Winery and Epicurean Centre and King Valley wine region. Touring the King Valley is one of the best wine experiences.
2. Visit Great Ocean Road Summer is the best time to visit the Great Ocean Road as the sky turns azure and the deep blue sea beckons. Scenic drives, breath-taking beaches, hiking tracks, Otway Fly Adventure Treetop accompanied by a lively presence of delightful eateries, make Great Ocean Road truly amazing. Make your way through the various stunning beaches and explore the Great Otway Rainforest. Your hikes will introduce you to 200 year old trees, lush foliage, elusive wildlife and spectacular rainfalls. Triplet Falls and Little Aire Falls are some of the many gorgeous waterfalls that lay hidden in the extensive rainforest.
As your travels wear you down, unwind with delicious food from any of the wonderful eateries dotted all over Great Ocean Road. Thaihouse in Apollo Bay definitely rate a mention for tasty Thai fare. Chill @ The Bay is another wonderful destination for enchanting Spanish cuisine, in the heart of Apollo Bay.
[ADVERT]3. Visit Victoria State Rose Garden Located in Werribee Park in the Werribee Park Tourism Precinct, Victoria State Rose Garden is reputed for being one of the most beautiful rose gardens in Australia and has won many international awards. Spread over 6 acres of land, this garden boasts the presence of 5,000 roses. Early October to late July is the blooming season for roses. November is the perfect time to visit this garden.
On this Melbourne Cup weekend, grace the floral carpet of this wondrous garden with the better half or the family to feast your eyes on the diverse and flamboyant roses. Lose yourself in the sea of roses.
4. Shop at op shops Bargain hunting at op shops is another great way to spend the long weekend. Melbourne is bestowed with a wide array of trendy, upmarket and delightful op shops. Shag in Windsor and Hunter Gatherer in Fitzroy deserve a glorifying mention where you can bag groovy clothes, shoes and jewellery.
If you are feeling adventurous, why not partake in a Vintage Walking Tour to enlighten yourself with the exclusive knowledge of some of the hidden vintage gems in Melbourne? Starting from $35, these vintage tours are highly informative and enjoyable.
5. Eat, drink and be merry Melbourne and its surrounds have many eateries where you can savour delicious lunch and dinner while sipping delightful wine and cocktail. Empress of China and Supper Inn in Chinatown will win your heart with mouth-watering dumplings and other flavoursome Chinese fare. Shu in Collingwood will make you go weak in your knees with delectable Sichuan food. Salsa Mexican restaurant in Werribee will woo you with their sumptuous Mexican fare.
Seamstress on Lonsdale Street, Melbourne CBD will make you lick your fingers with their sticky fig pudding. Coda and Chinchin on Flinders Lane, Melbourne CBD will make you drool with their amazing food. Movida on Hosier Lane, Melbourne CBD will beautifully appease your hungry tummy. Philhellene in Mooneponds will delight your senses with drool-worthy Greek cuisine. Fresh Chilli Thai in Werribee will win your heart with delicious Thai cuisine. The Melba in Southbank, Melbourne CBD will spoil you with oodles of scrumptious food.
Little Red Pocket in Little Collins Street, Melbourne CBD and the Atrium in Crown Precinct will amaze you with your lip-smacking cocktails and other drinks. The choices are endless so go ahead and have a fabulous time wining and dining in the Melbourne Cup public holiday.