Melbourne's Crowne Plaza is part-way through a remarkable renovation.
Just wandering the streets at night you can hear bands bursting through the walls in this city.
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.
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.