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ALEXANDRA TOWNSHIP

Most tourists know Alexandra as a ‘stopover’ town on the way to the famous Mt. Buller Ski Resort.  However, there is more to this town than meets the eye, and those who decide to stay a little bit longer will be rewarded by its fascinating cultural and natural attractions.

Alexandra is known as a quaint historic village with a lot of pleasant walks, preserved gold rush era buildings and charming cafes. The surrounding area is known for its waterfalls and lookouts into the picturesque Goulburn Valley. 

With such a strategic location, it is a perfect gateway to exploring Victoria’s spectacular mountain ranges and waterways. Come to Alexandra, and discover a peaceful rural retreat like no other.

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HISTORY

The first European settlers arrived in Alexandra back in 1824. A number of squatting runs occupied the area until 1866, when gold-bearing locations were finally discovered. The place was formerly called Red Gate and was eventually renamed to Alexandra in 1867, in honor of the Princess of Wales at the time. Alexandra saw rapid development in the 1870’s due to the gold rush. However, it was heavily affected by the infamous Black Friday bushfires of 1939. Despite these challenges, the people of Alexandra persevered. The former shire was formally declared as a town in 1994 and celebrated its 150th year in 2017.

ATTRACTIONS NEARBY

  • Cathedral Range – Ideal for thrill-seekers.
    Those who successfully hike up the mountain ranges will be rewarded with spectacular views of the surrounding area.
  • Alexandra Timber Tramway & Museum
    Take a trip back in time and explore one of the industries that built modern-day Alexandra. Kids will surely enjoy riding the steam locomotives!
  • Alexandra & District Open Gardens
    This annual event is held every October and is a perfect opportunity to see beautiful gardens owned by the locals.
  • Historic Buildings
    The town of Alexandra is host to a number of well-preserved historic buildings dating back to the 1850’s. Great for those yearning for a taste of life back in the ‘good old days’.
  • McKenzie’s Flora Reserve
    Small bushland reserve that serves as a habitat for a wide variety of flora and fauna. Spend an afternoon walking here, and enjoy watching colorful birds and butterflies playing among the flowers.
  • Dove Cottage
    Preserved miner’s cottage from the 1890’s. A good place to visit if you’d like a snapshot of what life was like back in the day.

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