Desperate Housewives star Andrea Bowen is heading to Australia for this year's Melbourne Cup Carnival.

One of Hollywood 's hottest young actresses, Andrea plays "Julie Mayer", daughter of "Susan Mayer" (Teri Hatcher), in the worldwide smash hit series.

Andrea will attend both the AAMI Victoria Derby Day on Saturday November 4 and the 2006 Emirates Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday November 7 as a guest of the Seven Network.

"I am so thrilled to be coming to Australia ," said Andrea. "It will be my first time overseas, and I can't tell you how excited I am. I love horses and go horseback riding whenever I get the chance and I am so looking forward to the Melbourne Cup. I am very honoured that Seven has asked me to be their ambassador to this year's race."

Andrea is taking time out from filming the third season of Desperate Housewives where storylines for her character "Julie" have taken a hot turn: she finds romance with Wisteria Lane 's new resident bad boy, "Austin", played by Ashlee Simpson's former squeeze, Josh Henderson. " Austin " is Edie Britt's ( Nic ollette Sheridan) nephew and shares his aunt's knack for stirring up trouble.

The third season of Desperate Housewives is currently the #3 Most Watched program in the United States with over 20 million viewers.

It will premiere on the Seven Network

in February 2007.