Passengers dress to the hilt, ships are decked out in bunting and the entertainment is non-stop.
Those who claim it's the most boring trip on earth are only partly right.
There's always a new hip neighbourhood, new places to eat and new things to do - no wonder everybody's moving to Melbourne.
There are plenty of upsides to this upside-down river.
It's a pleasure to stay at a hotel that salutes a cultural hero.
This late visionary architect - and his buildings - have now become tourist attractions.
Though 10 minutes from the CBD by train, it isn't often visited by tourists. Which seems a pity.
Here's Traveller's pick of Melbourne's best accommodation on offer.
Australia's second largest capital is dinstinctly European. Known for its obsession with coffee, food and football, you'll also find lush green parks, art galleries, and a huge live music culture in its pubs and bars. Traverse down one of its laneways and be surprised at what you may find; while top restaurants, cafes, bars and unique shopping are certain; its weather is not - be sure to carry a brolly.