It’s the race that stops the nation but let’s face it, the real sport for so many of us is the fabulous frock watching.
And when it comes to fashions on the fields, our favourite Aussie names always bring their A game.
First to arrive for the day is model and businesswoman Lindy Klim, whose making a statement in a bold fuchsia shift dress. Proving you don’t always need an OTT fascinator, the mother-of-four opted for an understated silver headband, which matched her peep-toe metallic heels and bag.
Meanwhile, cute couples like Andy Lee and Rebecca Harding, Kris Smith and a pregnant Sarah Boulazeris and The Bachelorette‘s Georgia Love and Lee Elliott have brought some much needed sunshine-y vibes on the rainy Melbourne day.
So grab the bubbles, pick a horse based on the best-sounding name and click through our gallery as we round up for all the fashion, fun and festivities from the day’s events!
Being Lara Bingle… The Aussie model opts for a Parisian-inspired look. (Image: Media Mode)
The 31-year-old’s loose-fitting outfit, complete with beret and belt, is by French fashion house Chloe. (Image: Media Mode)
It’s so good to see the mother-of-two back on home soil. (Image: Media Mode)
Actress Jodi Gordon channels her inner space invader in this futuristic look. (Image: Media Mode)
UK singer Sam Smith performs before the race. (Image: Getty)
She’s a total knockout! Bachelor babe Anna Heinrich turns head in this block colour strapless By Johnny dress. (Image: Media Mode)
Andy Lee Rebecca Harding
Talk about colour-coordinated! Andy Lee and girlfriend Rebecca Harding kept it neutral. (Image: Media Mode)
Georgia Love Lee Elliott
Bachelorette power couple Georgia Love and Lee Elliott rocked their power suits. (Image: Media Mode)
Ricky Ponting and Rianna Jennifer Cantor
Cricket legend Ricky Ponting sported some interesting footwear while wife Rianna Jennifer Cantor, glowed in green beside him. (Image: Media Mode)
We said a little prayer and now singer Dionne Warwick is here! (Image: Getty)
Mining magnate Gina Rinehart opted for all white. (Image: Getty Images)
Power players! Mining magnate Gina Rinehart rubs shoulders with fellow billionaire Anthony Pratt at the Melbourne Cup.(Image: Getty)
We love Dynasty (Netflix) star Nathalie Kelley’s pop of colour with her shoes. (Image: Media Mode)
Former Deputy PM Julie Bishop is looking chic with her partner David Panton at the Bumble Birdcage Marquee. (Image: Getty Images)
Horse racing is in her blood so it’s no wonder Kate Waterhouse looks stunning. (Image: Getty Images)
Megan Gale is oozing classic chicness as she holds the coveted Melbourne Cup. (Image: Getty Images)
Rubbing shoulders with royalty! Kate and Megan get up close and personal with the Melbourne Cup. (Source: Getty)
Lady in red! Rachael Finch is looking hot to trot. (Image: Getty Images)
Sarah Boulazeris cradles her baby bump, could pink be a hint? (Image: Media Mode)
Dad-to-be Kris Smith is in fine form in his bright blue jacket. (Image: Media Mode)
Bumping along beautifully! (Image: Media Mode)
The Block‘s Elyse Knowles is bringing some much needed sunshine to the rainy Melbourne Cup in this sunshine-yellow top and trouser combo. (Image: Media Mode)
“Bucketing down outside but still one the move to Cup day,” the model mused on Instagram. (Image: Media Mode)
Melbourne Cup 2018: Wet weather
As pretty as a Sunrise! Seven network breakfast host Samantha Armytage oozes elegance in this off-the-shoulder navy dress by Camilla and Marc. But it’s her floral handmade headpiece by Polka Co that really packs a vibrant punch.(Image: Media Mode)
Cheers to us! The Sunrise gang prove it’s never too early to crack open the champers on Cup Day, especially when you’ve been up since dawn. (Image: Media Mode)
She’s got that newlywed glow! Fresh from her recent nuptials with Adam Ellis, Lindy Rama-Ellis makes a statement in this structured fuchsia shift dress. (Image: Media Mode)
Proving you don’t always need an OTT fascinator, the mother-of-four opted for an understated silver headband, which matched her peep-toe metallic heels and bag. (Image: Media Mode)
Melbourne Cup 2018- Lindy Rama Ellis has makeup for days
Dapper as always, MasterChef‘s Matt Preston looks prepared for the wild weather ahead. (Image: Media Mode)