How the Illawarra celebrated Melbourne Cup Day 2017: photos

Whether you’re a horse racing fan or not, it’s hard to escape the Melbourne Cup hype. 

Synonymous for being the “race that stops a nation” it’s also known for office sweeps, fancy dress, long lunches with champagne and photos of racing revellers.

It may be a public holiday for Victorians but many in the Illawarra follow suit and take a break from the daily grind to dress in pretty frocks and dapper suits, fascinating headpieces and loud, bright colours.

Here’s how the region partied on Melbourne Cup Day 2017.

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