The race that stops a nation only runs for three minutes, but the celebrations lasted all day across Nowra.
Once a year, on the first Tuesday in November, Australians gather to enjoy the tradition that is Melbourne Cup day.
The Nowra CWA enjoyed lunch and laughs at the CWA rooms in Berry Street, including a 'Best Recycled Hat' competition and a 'best original limerick with a tropical theme'.
Bomaderry Bowling Club was packed with 220 people who gathered to enjoy the 6th annual Nowra Branch of the United Hospital Auxiliary Melbourne Cup fundraiser.
The popular event raises funds for the purchase of much-needed equipment at the Shoalhaven Memorial Hospital.
First run in 1861, the Melbourne Cup began as a result of oneupmanship when two Melbourne race clubs had a spat.
This year, 24 horses made up the field. The race has evolved into one of the richest of its kind in the world, with the purse in excess of $6 million.
Thoroughbreds are flown in from across the globe to compete with Australia's best in the hopes of claiming the unique, three-handled, 18 carat gold Melbourne Cup.
Fashions on the field at the Shoalhaven City Turf Club's Melbourne Cup Race Day suggest big sleeves, big shoulders and big 80s vibes are set to be the in thing this summer.
Dozens of women - and a smattering of men - competed for best-dressed, and those who committed to a retro wardrobe were rewarded by the judges.