Welcome to Alexandra and District
Alexandra is located near the Goulburn River between Yea and Eildon and is surrounded by rich pastoral land, mountains and forest.
Gold was discovered in Alexandra in 1866 and within months the township of Alexandra sprang up where previously there had just been a red gate between pastoral properties (Alexandra was originally known as Redgate or Red Gate Diggings). The Corner Hotel Alexandra was one of the first buildings in the town, and after burning down in 1872 (taking the whole east side of Grant St with it), was rebuilt as one of the first substantial brick buildings in the township.
Alexandra is an important commercial hub for the surrounding villages including Yarck, Acheron, Taggerty, Marysville, Buxton and Thornton, offering a selection of shopping and other facilities.
The historical railroad from Talarook (on the Hume Highway) to Alexandra and also up to Mansfield is now The Great Victorian Rail Trail, a new cycling, riding and walking rail trail, hugely popular with tourists and locals alike. It is the longest continuous rail trail in Australia traversing 134 kilometres. Ride through the historic Cheviot Rail Tunnel, past historic stations and into Alexandra to a warm welcome, hearty meal and overnight stay at the Corner Hotel Alexandra.
A great activity in Alexandra is a walk around the well preserved historic buildings, war memorial and parks, or a short bush walk in McKenzie Nature Reserve on the outskirts of town.
Murrindindi Shire is a great district for food and wine. Wonderful local wines compliment an incredible range of local boutique produce including trout, stone fruit (buy or pick your own fresh cherries in December), berries, beef, olives and olive oil, potatoes, free range pork, goats, deer, sheep, snails, garlic, honey and the list goes on!
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 a visitors’ centre with tourist information, picnic and BBQ areas, a shelter, and swing bridge over the creek to a children’s’ playground. The Jack Shiel Gardens, on Perkins Street, are exquisitely landscaped with conifers, colourful flowers and include the George Braden Memorial Rose Gardens.
The Timber Tramway & Museum is located in the old railway station building in Station Street and displays artefacts of the timber industry including steam engines. Train rides are available on a 600 metre loop (second and fourth Sunday of each month and all public holidays, as well as most weekends through January and over Easter)
Just south of the town, along Mount Pleasant Road, are a couple of natural attractions. The McKenzie’s Flora Reserve features a picnic ground and a nature walk through displays of native Australian wildflowers and rare orchids. Further along Mount Pleasant Road is the turn-off for the Lucky Mine lookout. The lookout itself offers good views of the surrounding countryside, hills, and a northerly view towards Alexandra.
Alexandra is also a great base to explore the nearby Lake Eildon, Lake Eildon National Park, Fraser National Park, Cathedral State Park and numerous state forests as well as the food and wine and other attractions in the district.