Key Things You Need To Know When Travelling To Melbourne In November

Melbourne is a city of contrasts in many ways and there’s always a lot to see and do at all times of the year. But if you’re planning a holiday in Melbourne in November, then here are some things to consider and keep in mind when visiting the southern city at this time of year.

The Weather Is (Almost) Perfect

There is a common saying in Australia about Melbourne, and that is you can experience 4 seasons in one day, and it’s true. As far as Melbourne’s rather unpredictable weather goes though, November is one of the most pleasant and stable times of the year to be there.

For much of the year in Melbourne, it could be hot one minute, then bucketing down rain and cold an hour later. It makes the place interesting, but hard to predict. However, in November the weather is consistently warm, dry and sunny. It’s late spring and one of the most beautiful times of the year to visit this iconic city.

That’s not to say there isn’t the chance of unpredictable weather still, and it does happen, but there’s less chance of experiencing the 4 seasons in a one-day phenomenon in the second last month of the year.

Early November In Melbourne Is Very Busy

Why is the city so busy in early November each year?

Because one of Australia’s most famous and popular sporting events takes place at Flemington Racecourse for the annual running of the Melbourne Cup horse race.

This is Australia’s most prestigious thoroughbred horse race and one of the world’s richest. It’s literally a race that stops a nation, as just about everyone around the country stops to at least watch the race on TV.

It’s the first Tuesday of November that the 2019 Melbourne Cup will be run, so if you’re planning on being in town at that time, just know the city is going to be a hive of activity. You’ll also want to book your accommodation early so you don’t miss out, as the Melbourne Cup attracts lots of visitors from all over.

Rather than trying to avoid the crowds, get involved in the festivities, even if you don’t plan on going to the track on race day. The Melbourne Cup Carnival is a week-long party and loads of fun.

November Means the Grapevine Festival

What is the Grapevine Festival?

It’s a wine and music festival that takes place each year just prior to the start of summer. What better combination is there than music and wine combined?

Basically, the festival is all about local growers and offering up samples of their wares to create awareness of some of the country’s best wines. Music is included in the festival to really liven things up, so if you’re a bit of a wine connoisseur, then Melbourne is an awesome place to be in the eleventh month.

You can catch the event at the Rochford Winery.

Accommodation Might Be More Expensive

This will be especially true in early November around Melbourne Cup time, but even after that event is over, because it’s coming into summer and the Australian holiday season is about to get into full swing, you’ll likely find that accommodation prices overall are more expensive than they would be at more low season times, such as during winter (June to August).

It won’t be as expensive or elusive as it will be around Christmas and New Year, but definitely an increase in the quieter times of the year in the city.

How About Another Festival?

Melbourne is big on cultural events and the city loves hosting festivals all throughout the year.

November plays host to MMW (Melbourne Music Week), which actually runs for an entire 10 days and not 7. It doesn’t take place in just one venue either, but multiple venues all throughout the city

Just like the Grapevine Festival is a way for winemakers to exhibit their wares, MMW gives local talent and music artists a chance to gain exposure for their creativity and skills. Another key component of this festival is it’s all about portraying the uniqueness and history of Melbourne as told through the medium of music, something every one of us can relate to.

You’ll never experience anything else quite like Melbourne Music Week in November.

Posted By LauraG

Updated : 21st October 2021 | Words : 715 | Views : 1074

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