Others basked within the welcome solar after months of COVID-19 restrictions, which quickly outlawed sunbathing, because the temperature topped 28 levels by 1pm.
Southbank mates Billy Inexperienced, Stefanie Islic, Tihana Yurkovic, JJ Cameron and Luke Cullen have been among the many crowd on the St Kilda foreshore.
Mr Cullen mentioned the seaside journey might save him from an unsuccessful day on the punt.
“Badly. That’s how I might’ve gone if I hadn’t come right here,” he mentioned.
Freeway patrol police spent a lot of the morning checking vehicles on Beaconsfield Parade.
Port Phillip Council known as in non-public safety to assist native regulation officers monitor social distancing and different restrictions.
Dozens of beach-goers are defying alcohol bans alongside the St Kilda foreshore. Numbers swelled by 3pm, because the temperature closed in on 30 levels.
Dom Barro, who has been attending the Cup yearly since childhood, made positive he and his mates would get a chief spot to observe the race.
This yr’s set-up features a generator, a big flat-screen tv and fluorescent audio system.
Dom even went as far as to pay a pair, utilizing on-line outsourcer Airtasker, to reach at their sought-after location at 6.30am to safe the spot.
“Come again at four o’clock, it is going to be vibe metropolis down right here,” he mentioned
Duncan MacDonald, 60, of Glen Iris, hasn’t missed a Melbourne Cup at Flemington for the previous 25 years.
This yr, his spouse Cristina Ferguson and their mates Melinda Sutherland, Serina Dowding and Helen Vay have made their Cup encampment with roses, cut-outs of horses, a tv and champagne flutes.
Cup fanatics Keith Elshout and Brod Helmers have traded their typical “suited and booted” spring carnival get-up for T-shirts and shorts of their first Cup in years spent outdoors Flemington Racecourse.
Elshout, 45, from Seddon, mentioned they might normally safe a chief location on the observe. However this yr, alongside different eager punters, they’ve proven as much as Footscray Park to safe a spot outdoors of the racecourse to listen to the Cup known as from throughout the Maribyrnong River.
“Usually we would sit within the automobile park, so usually we would be suited and booted,” Mr Elshout mentioned. “However this yr not a lot suited and never a lot booted. Now it is shorts and thongs.”
Brod Helmers, 35, from Avendale Heights agrees it is an unorthodox method to race day.
“We’re out and about, mate, and everybody’s protected and that is all that issues,” he mentioned.
Erin covers crime for The Age. Most just lately she was a police reporter on the Geelong Advertiser.
David Estcourt is a court docket and basic information reporter at The Age.