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Alexandra Gardens, Melbourne

(4.2/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web)
The Alexandra Gardens are located on the south bank of the Yarra River, opposite Federation Square and the Melbourne Central Business District, in Victoria, Australia. The Gardens are bounded by the Yarra River to the north, Princes and Swan street bridges, with Queen Victoria Gardens and Kings Domain across Alexandra Avenue to the south. The gardens are part of the Domain parklands which stretch to the Royal Botanic Gardens and were first laid out in 1901, under the direction of Carlo Catani, Chief Engineer of the Public Works Department. They are listed on the Victorian Heritage Register due to their historical and archaeological significance.Domain ParklandsAlexandra Gardens are part of a larger group of parklands directly south-east of the city, between St. Kilda Road and the Yarra River known as the Domain Parklands, which includes; The Royal Botanic Gardens Kings DomainAlexandra Gardens Queen Victoria GardensHistoryFrom the time of European settlement of Melbourne in 1835, the area of the gardens were used for timber cutting, cattle grazing and as a brickmakers’ field. Regular flooding occurred, until a new channel for the Yarra River was dug from 1896 to 1900 to straighten and widen the river. The spoil was used to fill the swampy lagoons and brickmakers pits and raise the height of the river bank where Alexandra Gardens now stands. Landscaping occurred immediately, and the gardens were planned and laid out for the visit of the Duke of York in May 1901.
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  • These gardens have awesome views of the CBD, and it's good for taking photographs of Melbourne CBD. Lovely place to sit and watch fireworks or other Melbourne activities if you happen to be there when...  more »
  • We walked through the gardens on our way to the Government House. It is very well maintained and clean. 
  • not as pleasant as its fellow domain parklands (shrine,botanic gardens,King domain or queen victoria) but still worth a look for great photo opps of city eg eureka tower and its location on yarra 
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  • Beautiful location by the Yarra River. Plenty of clean public toilets. Lots of trees and open grass for picnics and a large skate park.
  • If you visit Melbourne and have a camera the go for a wander. You won't regret it. Lots to look at or just to chill.
  • The whole area worth the visit. Take your camera and friends.
  • Walk through it to the botanical gardens, quite a relaxing place.
  • Beautiful on a non wet day. Hard to believe your so close to the city