Tasmania: South of Melbourne is the heart-shaped island of Tasmania, smallest of the six Australian states. It is separated from the continent by 140 miles of the Bass Strait. A verdant, misty spot, it is rather like Ireland. Hobart, its capital, nestles in the shadow of Mt. Wellington, the summit of which is about twelve miles from the center of the city. The Wrest Point Hotel at Sandy Bay, Hobart, is excellent rates about $7. 50 a day single, including breakfast with private bath. There is also Hadley's Hotel, slightly cheaper. Hobart itself is a metropolis with theaters, shops, offices and factories. There are ferries and electric streetcars and trolley buses to the main suburbs. Among the attractions of Tasmania are the wildfiowers in the spring. Mountain climbing, fishing, including trout fishing, and sailing are among the sports this tiny island has to offer.
Tasmania has an excellent road system so you can tour the island in comfort by car or coach, or make your headquarters at a selected center and undertake from there day trips to many beauty spots. Tourist roads to the summits of mountains, easily accessible from Hobart and Launceston, give you impressive panoramic views. Here are two interesting trips:
Hobart to Launceston via East Coast (2 days): the East Coast provides a series of resorts of scenic interest. The tour covers 274 miles, with an overnight stop on the way. Leave Hobart via Hobart Bridge and pass by Cambridge and Sorell. Be sure to see the magnificent window in the century-old church at Buckland. Then, to Orford, Triabunna, and Swansea. During the afternoon proceed through Bicheno, St. Marys, and Scamander to St. Helens. From St. Helens.
The Cathedral of St. Mary's is one of the many fine churches in Sydney. Almost all religious denominations are represented.
The beaches are excellent in Australia. This one Brisbane, capital of Queensland the tour leaves the coastline and turns inland through Pyengana, Weldborough Pass, Derby, Branxholm to Scottsdale and over Meredith's Sidling to Launceston.
Hobart to Launceston via West Coast (2 days): this trip, almost in direct contrast to the East Coast, consists of bold, mountainous and? Orest scenery. Commencing with the Derwent Valley and passing through Ouse. Tarraleah to the Hydro-Electric Works at Butler's Gorge, in the afternoon the tour continues along the West Coast Road, from which extensive panoramas of the beautiful ranges of mountains can be seen, on the way to Queenstown. Returning over the same road on the second day to Lake St. Clair, then via Bronte Park and Great Lake to Launceston.