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Australia in November

The Last Month of Spring


The running of the Melbourne Cup

November is the month of the Melbourne Cup

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November in Australia is best known as the month of the Melbourne Cup. It is, too, the last month of spring and the days of ski and snow are well and truly over.

Melbourne Cup Day, the first Tuesday of November, is a public holiday in Melbourne. All eyes are focused on Flemington racecourse where Australia's most famous horse race is run in mid-afternoon.

Four racing days

The Melbourne Cup Carnival actually comprises four major Melbourne race days: Derby Day on the Saturday before the Melbourne Cup; Melbourne Cup Day; Oaks Day on the Thursday after the Melbourne Cup; and Stakes Day on the Saturday after the Melbourne Cup.

The main races on these days are all Group 1 races, but it is for the running of the Melbourne Cup that all Australian stands still.

Remembrance Day

Australia marks Remembrance Day on November 11, and commemorations occur each year on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month at war shrines throughout the country. Remembrance Day commemorates the end of World War I on November 11, 1918.

Remembrance Day is not a public holiday

How's the November weather?

Almost all of Australia has generally fine weather, warmer in the north and tapering to mild as one starts heading south. Of the capital cities, only Hobart is expected to have a maximum daily average temperature of just below 20°C (68°F).

There will be little rainfall in most capital cities, with the most November rain expected in Darwin and Brisbane with an average of just 100mm.

Outdoor activities

With generally fine weather in most of Australia, outdoor activities are favored.

Go on daytrips, cruises, bushwalking, wine tasting expeditions, sailing, surfing, swimming, diving.

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