Shamrock Hotel, Bendigo

There could not be another hotel in Bendigo as steeped in history as the Shamrock. This enormous structure has retained much of its original features and its rooms are styled to match all the way to the third floor. There are several suites named after prominent local literary types, I landed in the William Gay Suite named for the much lauded Federation era poet. The Melburnian in me adores the dramatic style of the place, as you alight the creaky stars you can easily imagine yourself in an elegant hoop and bustle dress, passing Dame Nellie on the stairs.