HYNDMAN arrived at Melbourne after a monotonous voyage of 104 days. He soon went inland and stayed with one of his Trinity friends at Glenormiston, Victoria, where he took part in hunting kangaroo and rounding up cattle. It was while he was staying in the rich district of Camperdown that he observed this vast land being quickly absorbed by squatters or land grabbers with the assent of a legislature which they virtually controlled. At an informal gathering of local squatters, Hyndman ventured to propose the resumption of the land from the large land owners. As yet he had no fine theories about the evils of land monopoly such as Henry George was to develop on the basis of observations in California less than a decade later. He was, however, apparently willing to commit himself to radical political aims. On his return to Melbourne he took a job as leader-writer on the Argus, and plunged into local politics in support of free and secular education. But after only a few months of life in Melbourne, and in spite of his liking for the variety of its club and business life, he went on his travels again, in the direction of New South Wales and Queensland.
When he travelled north in Queensland, the climate was so hot and unbearable that he came to the conclusion that the policy of 'White Australia' was untenable and that the northern territory could safely be left to colonization by the Chinese. This was on the eve of the mass immigration of the Chinese to the sugar plantations and goldfields in Queensland,