Holidays in November
November holidays are focused primarily around one thing: the Melbourne Cup. In addition to this beloved horserace, there are also some other good reasons to get away during the month of November. This final month of spring is ideal for outdoor activities and city tours. Before the summer weather gets too hot, plan one more trip to enjoy the best of the great outdoors.
Why Travel In November?
Many sports fans travel to Melbourne to participate in the electric atmosphere of this annual horserace. Other reasons to travel in November include the mild weather, providing a perfect background for hiking, wine tasting tours, biking excursions, and more. The weather is also lovely for a beach holiday, including surfing, sailing, and sunbathing.
The Melbourne Cup is held on the first Tuesday of November each year. Located at the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, this is the most famous race in Australia, iconically regarded as 'The Race That Stops The Nation'. People travel from far and wide not only to attend, but also to watch the race in bars in Melbourne. The actual event includes four race days: Derby Day on Saturday, Melbourne Cup Day, Oaks Day held the Thursday after cup day, and Stakes Day held the Saturday after cup day. This is one of the most popular days of the year for placing bets on the horses.
Although not an official public holiday, many people travel for Remembrance Day. This holiday is held each year on November 11 and marks the end of World War I. In many cities and towns official ceremonies are held in commemoration of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. War shrines across Australia put on memorial services in honour of the day.
Festivals and events also inspire November holidays. If you love music, check out the Foreshore Summer Music Festival held in Canberra. Another fun event in Canberra is the Wine, Roses, and All that Jazz Festival. Anther music option is the Bridgetown Blues Festival in Western Australia. There are also some great food festivals across the country including Mango Festival in Broome and Margaret River Wine Region Festival. There is also a food festival designed just for kids called the Yum in My Tum Festival, held annually on the last weekend of the month in Perth, Western Australia.
Where To Go In November
In November, all eyes are on Melbourne for the Melbourne Cup. This highly anticipated horserace is one of the top events of the year in Melbourne. If you plan on attending, be sure to book a holiday rental in advance. Many sports fans flock to Melbourne for this event, so book early to avoid disappointment.
Beyond the Melbourne Cup, outdoor activities are a main inspiration for travel. It is a great time of year for road trips through wine country or hiking excursions in national parks. Mild weather also is a perfect backdrop for exploring the main cities. Some travellers combine a sight seeing trip to Sydney or Melbourne with a few days on the beach too.
(image courtesy of Chris Phutully)