Australia’s sporting capital will echo with thundering hooves this weekend as the city welcomes the Melbourne Cup Carnival, which runs until Nov 10 (flemington.com.au/ melbournecupcarnival). Its highlight, the Melbourne Cup, is such a big deal that it has its own bank holiday. Qantas (qantas.com) has the fastest connections from the UK via Perth, while Royal Brunei (flyroyalbrunei.com) launched one-stop flights via Borneo on Oct 28.
architecture and artworks at NGV Australia (ngv.vic.gov. au), then cross the Yarra river for a stroll on the South Bank to gold-topped Eureka Tower (4), Melbourne’s tallest building.
covered arcade with its original 1892 mosaic floor, where some shops specialise in Victoria-made products.