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for her population, and playgrounds for all classes. The visit of Their Majesties King George V. and Queen Mary in 1900 stirred the authorities to action in the direction of further beautifying the St. Kilda Road, the southern gate of the city, by which the Royal party entered Melbourne.
Outdoor attractions in Melbourne are of the most diverse. The traveller will not fail to see the Alexandra Drive, with its rockeries, lawns and flower beds and line stretch of road, the beauties of which have done so much to destroy the absurd tradition that the Yarra is a thing to be avoided. This will take him to the botanical gardens, situated on the most picturesque spot around Melbourne. The gardens command a lovely panorama of the city and northern suburbs, and whether it be from the point of view of botanical interest or effective arrangement, the gardens themselves are undoubtedly the finest in Australia. The visitor must also inspect the Queen's statue, overlooking the line park on the right of the entrance to Alexandra Avenue.
Short journeys by tram or railway will take the wanderer to the seaside resorts of South Melbourne, St. Kilda or Brighton. Each has fine stretches of beach and briny atmosphere, while the drive to Brighton by road, past the bold Red Bluff at Elsternwick, will be regarded as one of the most enjoyable experiences of the trip.
If the stranger would like a half-hour's blow on the briny, he can go to Williamstown by rail, a half-hour's journey, where he can see the fleet of grain and wool ships loading cargo with extraordinary expedition for markets over seas, while a short walk will take him to the Back Beach, which is a popular holiday rendezvous. From Williamstown a ferry steamer runs across Hobson's Bay to Port Melbourne, where the great