Melbourne : Melbourne is popularly described as being like Boston in temperament and atmosphere. Its citizens are conservative and rather aloof. But once they know you, they are hospitable in the extreme. The city’s streets are broad and airy. The center of the city is busy and crowded, but in the outlying sections there are beautiful gardens and parks. The city is situated on the Yarra River and from the river banks you get a lovely view of the skyline (sightseeing boats operate during Melbourne’s summer months from Prince’s Bridge). Collins Street is the pride of the town, a broad tree-lined street with shops, cafes and coffee houses. At the top of Collins Street is the Treasury Building, surrounded by the Treasury Gardens. An avenue of elms leads into Fitzroy Gardens, where you will see Captain Cook’s cottage, miniature village, and the carved fairy tree. Enter from Spring Street or Wellington Parade. The Botanic Gardens to the southeast of the city feature the wonderful flowers for which this land is famous. Government House, residence of the State Governor, is near here. Take a trip to the zoo in Royal Park. There is a miniature railroad and an elephant ride for the children. You’ll enjoy a drive along St. Kilda Road, a boulevard lined with triple rows of trees which runs from Prince’s Bridge to St. Kilda, where you will find Luna Park, an amusement spot like Coney Island. There are restaurants, cinemas, skating rinks and roller coasters. At Village Belle, adjacent to the park, are night clubs and restaurants. Other points of interest include the Geological Museum, Gisborne Street; the Museum of Applied Science next to the National Art Gallery, Swanston Street.
Less than an hour by electric train from Flinders Street Station and well worth while is the trip to Upper Fern Tree Gully with connecting bus to Olinda, Sassafras, Belgrave and Monbulk, resort towns which are noted for their beautiful fern gullies, forests and picturesque mountain walks. Readily accessible by train is Geelong, 45 miles from Melbourne, on Corio Bay. This progressive city is the gateway to Victoria’s rich Western District. Two other interesting day trips well worth taking from Melbourne are to Ballarat, one of Victoria’s leading provincial cities with beautiful gardens and statuary, arid the Eureka Stockade; and to Bendigo, a charming provincial center in Northern Victoria.
Cowes (Phillip Island) is a delightful seaside resort noted for its remarkable mutton-bird rookeries, seal colony and koalas. Frankston is another popular seaside resort with panoramic views across the bay and pleasant inland walks. It’s one hour from Flinders Street Station, Melbourne. Also take a day’s trip to the favorite seaside resorts of Sorrento, Portsea, Flinders and Mornington, all on Morning-ton Peninsula; and Torquay Anglesea and Lorne all on the ocean.
Canberra : The federal capital of Australia is about 200 miles from Sydney. This is a modern city about 40 years old. It has pleasant gardens, and some beautiful buildings.
Brisbane : The capital of Queensland is a modern subtropical city with a population of 502,353. The hotels include Lennon’s, the Carlton, the Gresham and the National. From Brisbane it is quite easy to visit Great Barrier Reef.
Great Barrier Reef ; I. This great coral reef stretches for about 1,200 miles along the Queensland coast. It is reached by plane frbm Sydney in about 3 hours. Here you will find hundreds of small islands and coves almost completely unspoiled. There are plans for luxury hotels and resorts; one at Hayman Island has opened. But for the most part it is a paradise for fishermen, surf lovers and people who like to laze in the sun. At some points the reef is only about 20 miles from the mainland; at the widest it is 150 miles off. The most popular group of islands are the Whitsundays, south of Bowen, including Hayman Island, Lindeman Island, Day Dream Island. These are the “high” islands on the inner edge of the reef. The “low” islands such as Heron, Dnnk and Green Island are part of the reef proper and are actually coral cays. At the Whitsundays, Lindeman is the first stopping place. Here is Mt. Olden, from which you can see for miles
Cruises and tours of all kinds are available to the vast vacation area of Great Barrier Reef. The group above is near Day Dream Island.