Get those hire car engines ready to rumble because November is chock-a-block with a plethora of exciting events around Australia! Summer is well and truly on its way, and since we are heading towards the end of the year, now is a particularly good time to make 2015 count by embarking on a memorable road trip.
With such a wide range of tantalising events on next month, be sure to spread the word and get your mates together to share in the fun. Here's our guide to the best of the best activities in November.
The Age Good Food Month, coinciding with Taste of Melbourne (November 12 to 15)
It seems that our love for food shows no signs of ebbing, because October has been a top month for foodies and November looks just as delicious. Melbourne is the melting pot for cuisine next month because it's the site for The Age Good Food Month from November 1 to 30, as well as Taste of Melbourne.
The former is a chance to enjoy the iconic Night Noodle Markets that take the city by storm, which are only available in the second half of the month from November 12 onwards. Held along the banks of the Yarra River at Birrarung Marr, there are 56 stalls this year, and with free entry there's nothing stopping you from indulging in signature dishes from top Asian restaurants in the city.
There's also a special visit from international guest chef Diego Munoz, who runs the 14th restaurant on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list. If you're in the mood for world-class Peruvian Japanese food, pop by the Lady Carolina stall to taste the creations of this master chef.
November isn't just about noodles, though. The Age Good Food Month has several other mouthwatering feature events, so be sure to rent a car in Melbourne to attend them all! Highlights include Sweetfest, sure to delight the sweet-toothed traveller with two days of treats that are sugar, spice and everything nice. Think baked, iced, whipped, fried – basically, everything yum. Masterclass presentations from world-renowned desert chefs are also on offer, and cocktail bars whip up drinks to match the flavours.
As for Taste of Melbourne, expect more one-of-a-kind events such as creating your own custom gin at Bass & Flinders Distillery, cocktail-making masterclasses and an artisan produce market to shop for fresh, organic goodies.
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Australia's International 3-Day Event, Adelaide, November 19 – 22
Horse lovers will adore this Olympic-class equestrian event, which is the only four-star Concours Complet International equestrian contest held in the Southern Hemisphere. Show jumping, cross country and dressage are all hallmarks of this event with a prize money package of more than $120,000 up for grabs!
Melbourne Cup Week, November 3 – 7
Of course, the iconic horse racing event of the month is without a doubt the Melbourne Cup on November 3, which has been a staple of the Victorian calendar since 1861. Whether you are visiting the glamorous, fashionable event with a group of girlfriends or heading there with family, it's a gem of an event. Complete with million-dollar prizes and the chic Fashion on the Field contest – where ladies and gents showcase their best looks in the biggest outdoor fashion runway in the country – the Melbourne Cup is full of palpable energy and excitement.
Best of all, the fun around the Cup lasts all week long. While the main event is on a Tuesday, there's also the Crown Oaks Day on November 5 and the Emirates Stakes Day on November 7. The former is known as 'ladies day', which stars fillies racing for a spectacular crystal trophy and $1 million prize. The latter is a family-friendly day, with contests for kids to shine.
Sculpture in the Vineyards, Wollombi Valley, until November 29
Within driving distance from Sydney is Wollombi Valley, which will transform into a glorious blend of wonderful wines and stellar sculptures in November. The vino in this region is globally renowned, and now the sips of wine dancing on your tongue can be doubly delightful as you look at artworks around you. These have been created by both leading Australian artists as well as international creatives, and as a result, more than 5,000 people visit the sculptures each year. Why not be one of them in 2015?
More than 100 sculptures will be exhibited in the Valley's vineyards, and there are a range of smaller free exhibitions, too. If you would like to learn about the history and culture of the native Aboriginal people of Wollombi Valley, there are guided Twilight Tours through the terrain on November 7, 14 and 21.
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If you want even more sculpture in your life, be sure to also see Sculpture by the Sea on Bondi Beach in Sydney, which will be finishing on November 8.
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