The New Year festivities at Beaconsfield Upper opened on New Year's Eve with a plain and fancy dress ball. Prizes were awarded to Misses Elliott, Winnie Holmes, Lola King, and Walker, Mr. Sampson, Betty Knapton, and Malcolm Griffin. A successful gymkhana was held on New Year's Day by the Recreation Club. On Monday tennis and croquet tournaments were held. In tennis Mr. Hurditch and Miss Stenhouse (Upper Beaconsfield) de- feated Mr. Reid and Miss Elder (visitors). The croquet tournament was very interest- ing. Mrs. Reed and Mrs. Strahan defeated Miss Blakie and Miss Lake. Trophies were presented to both winners and runners-up by Mr. J. Harvey-Smith. At Runny-
mede there were a number of good tennis players, and many fine sets were witnessed, especially in the men's doubles. A cro- quet tournament, in which all joined, was played off on New Year's Eve. Competi- tions and musical evenings gave much plea- sure, "Auld Lang Syne" was sung, and the new year was welcomed. On New Year's Day a gymkhana was held on the lawn, and a cricket match ended the day's sport.
Visitors at Salisbury House were provided for with tennis, croquet, and ping-pong tournaments. Kia-ora and Trekceba held golf, tennis, &c. On Monday night an en- joyable dance was held in the hall as a final. The holiday rush is now over.
Visitors to Clifton Springs had ideal weather for sea bathing, tennis, motoring, and golf, but owing to unsuitable winds sea fishing was disappointing. The natural beauty of the bay and the surrounding dis- trict and the ever-changing lights and shadows of the seascapes and the moun- tains across the bay give endless pleasure to many who like to take their holidays in ease and quietness and to forget awhile the noise and bustle of the cities. Many motorists visited Portarlington, St. Leon- ards, Queenscliff, Ocean Grove, and Point Lonsdale, all of which are short runs from Clifton Springs and Drysdale. Campers
and picnic parties made the best of glori-
The five seaside resorts of the Carrum Borough are Carrum, Bonbeach, Chelsea, Edithvale, and Aspendale. Probably the safest beach in Victoria stretches along the fronts of these townships, although a drowning accident marred the New Year holidays at Chelsea. Large boarding-houses are few in the borough, but each centre has one or two. Most visitors occupy week-end houses or furnished houses for a period and spend most of the time on the beach. Amusements are provided by picture theatres and dancing halls. A dense fringe of tea-tree lines the beach almost to the Point Nepean road through- out the borough. The beach is almost entirely given up to the young and care- free during the summer months.
The many natural attractions of Franks- ton have always made it a popular sum- mer resort. This year all the hotels and accommodation houses have been booked fully, and all available houses are occupied. Mr. McCarthy, of the Bay View Hotel,
the licensee who has been longest in Frankston, states that business has never been so brisk previously. Frankston, the gateway of the Mornington Peninsula, can be reached in an hour by fast electric trains, and the road is one of the best in Victoria for motorists. Native bush, tea- tree groves, and beautifully sandy and safe beaches have proved attractive to day and week-end trippers. Good fishing can be had from boats and from the pier, ,but in common with other bay resorts the fishing was not up to the usual standard at Christmas and New Year. Frankston is built on hills, and grand panoramic views can be had from the heights of the town. Energetic citizens who from the Progress Association and the Boosters' Club are in- augurating improvements to foreshore and reserves. With Frankston as the head- quarters, there are many fine motor trips to be taken throughout the peninsula, past sandy beaches, through wooded ranges and picturesque townships, and some of the best orchard country in Victoria. A short distance from Frankston the golfer is catered for by fine links and a clubhouse replete with every comfort.
Ideal weather has prevailed for the holi- days on French Island, and visitors, of whom there is a record number, have been enabled to enjoy their vacations fully. At Gwynda guest houses a very successful con- cert and dance were held, the programme being contributed by the guests. A cricket match between the visitors and the French Island club resulted in a win for the Island team. On New Year's Day the annual picnic and sports took place on the cricket-ground. In the evening another successful dance was held at Gwynda, to which Mrs. Scott invited all residents. Fishing has been very popular at Tanker-
ton and Long Point, and the shooting is excellent, as rabbits are very plentiful.
Native bears are also numerous and of great interest to visitors.
A successful and enjoyable sports meet- ing took place on the grounds attached to Erskine House, Lorne. The principal events were the championship races, the names of the winners of which are inscribed on the honours board which has been erected in one of the rooms attached to Erskine House. The winners also received trophies presented by the managing director (Mr. H. F. Richardson). Miss Henry (Korumburra) and H. E. Rowe won the women's and men's championship races respectively. An Ameri- can croquet game was won by Miss Pearl Cole and A. H. Hill, and clock-putting com- petitions were won by Mrs. J. C. Rennie
and Hiddleston, Miss Doris Moore and H. Schweiger, and Miss Belinfaute and Rowe.
The first competition on the recently con- structed miniature golf course was won by Mrs. J. B. Rowe. An enjoyable concert took place on Sunady evening. Madam Lena Conly, Misses M. McLeod, Belinfaute, Fred- erico, and Graham, Messrs. Naples, Loftus, Moran, Austin Peters, and Whitelaw being among those who helped to make the
evening a success.
Hundreds of visitors have spent a delightful holiday at Mornington or Mt. Martha. The splendid weather made it possible to enjoy every minute of their stay, The beaches, always the greatest attraction, have been thronged by bathers whose conduct has been exemplary. Though complaint is made of the lack of bathing facilities at bay resorts. Mornington pro- vides more in this respect than many.
There are public boxes for men and women on two of the beaches, but more could be done. Visitors themselves, if organised, could raise funds to make improvements from which they would benefit. On Morn- ington pier, on New Year's eve, this was demonstrated, for about £30 resulted from a concert. A procession in the main street preceded the concert in which community singing, in which scores helped, instrumen-
tal numbers, songs, and recitations made up the programme. Nights have been spent in dancing at the Royal Palais, better known to visitors as "the barn," where an excellent orchestra has been provided by the proprietor of the Royal Hotel (Mr.
Irwin). The Continental Palais, conducted by Mr. Davies, has also been popular. In a cricket match, University High School Old Collegians defeated Mornington. The 3rd St. Kilda Boy Scouts, the Kew Wes- ley Boys' Club, the 1st Armadale Boy Scouts, the Richmond troop, and the Young Men's Christian Association have all had camps in the district. The different churches have had crowded congreations, and the bowling-green, tennis-courts, and picture shows have had numerous patrons. There was an exodus on Monday night, when most of the visitors returned.
The new year brought a further influx of visitors. The weather has greatly im- proved, and the beaches have been well- patronised, bathing have been indulged in to the full. The annual excursion by Koroit residents was held on New Year's Day, several hundreds making the journey.
They greatly enjoyed the holiday. Several good catches of fish have been reported. Mr. George Mitchell, a member of the Trading and Agency Company (Mel-
bourne) caught 90 fish in three days on the
banks of the River Moyne. A number of visitors issued a challenge to local cricketers to play a match. The challenge was ac- cepted by the Port Fairy players, who proved too strong for the visitors.The game was thoroughly enjoyed by both sides, and a return match will be arranged. The Crags were a great source of attrac- tion during the holidays, and quite a large number made the sea trip to Julia Percy Island, where innumerable seals were seen. A tennis tournament was held, and greatly appreciated by the many visitors.
RYE. Rye has been filled with visitors during
the holidays, and although most have now left, there are still many. Campers are more numerous than usual. There has
been some little complaint of unruly be- haviour, and the foreshore committee has issued a waining that rowdyism will not
be permitted. The continued easterly winds have been bad for fishing parties, but when it has been fine enough to go out good sport has been obtained. Flathead are plentiful and close in. The back bench has been patronised by hundreds of people
this summer, and the trip is growing in favour. In the holidays low tides and fine weather have been the rule, and, given these conditions, numbers of sweep and crayfish may be caught. Afternoon tea, hot water, and refreshments are obtain- able at the back beach.