Alexandra is situated in a scenic valley on the Ultima Thule Creek, which is close to the Goulburn River. It is located 130 km northeast of Melbourne on the Goulburn Valley Highway and the Maroondah Highway between Yea and Eildon. Alexandra is surrounded by rich pastoral land, mountains and forests.
The Alexandra Town Centre is built along the attractive boulevard of Grant Street, which features a number of historical buildings that have been preserved and date back to the 1850s when gold was discovered and mined in the area.
Alexandra’s original name was Red Gate which was first used by gold miners who were drawn to the Red Gate Diggings. The change of name occurred when someone decided that it would be more suitable to call the town Alexandra, after the Princess of Wales, the wife of the man who would become King Edward VII. A symbolic gate “The Redgate” is now situated behind the Alexandra Library, close to where the miners passed through it between the Eglinton Run and the Mt. Pleasant Run on their way to the diggings. Much of this History is preserved in Dove Cottage.
Alexandra today is the heart of the Murrindindi Shire with the Murrindindi Shire Council offices located in Perkins Street. Today, the town is an important commercial hub for the surrounding villages including Yarck, Acheron, Taggerty and Thornton, offering a selection of shopping facilities.
Regardless of whether you’re looking for great food, fine local wines and other produce, unique artisan crafts or just a hearty welcoming atmosphere you’ll find it in Alexandra at one of our fine hotels, restaurants or cafes. Entertainment is often provided in the Rotunda in Grant Street, during peak Visitor times.
Many of Alexandra’s recreational areas can be found along the Ultima Thule Creek.
Rotary Park, on the corner of Grant Street and Vickery Street, offers Picnic and BBQ areas with Public Toilets and Shelter. A swing bridge over the creek leads to a Children’s Playground. It is the home of the town’s Visitor Information Centre. A beautiful Rose Garden hosts the Victorian Truck Drivers Memorial.
The Jack Shiel Gardens, on Perkins Street, are exquisitely landscaped with conifers, colourful flowers and include the George Braden Memorial Rose Gardens and a statue of Princess Alexandra.
The Alexandra War Memorials are located in Leckie Park.
Alexandra is a stone’s throw from magical Lake Eildon with the Frazer Camping Grounds in Lake Eildon National Park:
Alexandra is uniquely situated on the Great Victorian Rail Trail;
Then the mighty Goulburn River is renowned for its Trout Fishery or for kayaking or canoeing;
All is within easy reach of the great State Forests of Victoria in the Blue Range or Black Range.
The Alexandra Timber Tramway & Museum is located in the old Railway Station building and grounds in Station Street and displays artifacts of the Timber Industry including Steam Engines. Train rides are available on a 600 metre loop. Just check at the VIC for opening times.
Just south of the town, along Mount Pleasant Road is the McKenzies Flora Reserve which features a picnic ground and a nature walk through displays of native Australian wildflowers and rare orchids.
Sporting clubs and activities carry a strong following, with AFL Football and Netball teams @ Showgrounds; Cricket & Lawn Bowling Club @ Leckie Park; Basketball & Squash @ Community Centre; Golf Course (18 Holes with Grass Greens); Swimming Pool & Tennis Club in Leckie Park on Perkins Street; and Fishing are some other well supported clubs.
The Alexandra Picnic Race Club holds very popular Race Meetings, during the Racing Season.
For racing of another form there is the Alexandra Speedway, which holds meetings throughout the year.
The Alexandra Truck, Ute & Rod Show is a major Event which attracts well over 10,000 people every Queen’s Birthday Weekend.
At Easter, there is the Easter Fair in Rotary Park on Easter Sunday.
The Spring Fair takes place on the Sunday of the Melbourne Cup Long Weekend.
The Murrindindi Beanie Festival takes place in July.
The Alexandra Open Gardens is always an extremely popular event, which has been displaying beautiful local district gardens for over 20 years on the third weekend in October each year.
The Annual Alexandra Spring Show has been run by the Alexandra Agricultural & Pastoral Association for over 130 years. It is a traditional small town Country Show on the second weekend of November each year. Horse riding events are popular at the Show.
It’s easy to find something to do at Alexandra.
UGFM 106.9FM is the local Community Radio Station provides light entertainment whilst driving in the area as well as news, community events and local weather. Importantly, UGFM is a recognized Emergency Broadcaster which will provide emergency information if ever required.
The Alexandra Visitor Information Centre operates 7 days per week from 9.00am – 5.00 pm.
Volunteers are essential in operating the Information Centre and they are professionally trained to be exceptional ambassadors for our district. The VIC offers an accommodation booking service, EFTPOS facilities, an internet corner and sales of local wine and produce and art & crafts.
36 Grant Street, Alexandra Victoria 3714
(03) 5772 1100
Alexandra website – http://www.alexandratourism.com/