In keeping with its structure -- it is more an assembly of discrete suburbs, each with its own (often banner-held-high) reputation, than it is a metropolis with a blend of neighborhoods -- I stumbled across its treats and its treasures one trove at a time.
Melbourne will leave a lasting impression on any discerning traveller, and we can guarantee that it will become one of your top cities to explore time and time again.
Having grown up in Australia, there's always a part of me that's quietly resented winter's monopoly over Christmas. You know exactly what I'm talking about: the "white Christmas" hoopla.
Plenty of cities claim to have an underground art scene, but in Tasmania the art scene is literally underground.
There are plenty of ways to get around in Sydney, but for the best views of the city nothing beats seeing Sydney by the air in a seaplane.
The Melbourne Festival is a 17-day, multi-venue exploration of visual and performing arts held each October in Australia's cultural capital. It's Melbourne's preeminent yearly cultural event, showcasing theatre, music, film, dance, visual art and more -- and it's every bit as ambitious, audacious and sprawling as one could expect.
In the Northern Hemisphere, we may be waving a tearful goodbye to summer, but Down Under, they're greeting the beach season in all its sunny glory.
Australia presents itself to outsiders like a gigantic national park with gleaming cities along its perimeter.
Hamilton Island is a part of the Whitsundays, a collection of islands located off the central coast of Queensland, Australia. And I was headed there for an outstanding food festival.
The songstress joined Kris Kringle in boarding the train from New South Wales into the Outback to perform free concerts in rarely visited communities.
Handing over my $10 to a surly bloke in a tank top listening to metal music, I got something roughly the size of a baby's thumb that was glossed in guacamole with a spatula and spiced with a substance resembling ketchup.
After a visa snafu kept me off a flight to the South Pacific island nation of Nauru, I made a quick detour to magical Sydney.
Looking for an authentic island escape? Here are the 10 purest, wildest and most eco-friendly islands, based on their efforts to preserve culture and ecology.
Rising over a thousand feet up from the flat red desert of central Australia stands Uluru, a sandstone megalith that embodies the history, mystery and culture of the Outback.