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Alexandra Gardens, Melbourne

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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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  • Just across the Arts Centre lies a peaceful haven Don t expect too many blooms in autumn but the shedding leaves (though not as colourful as fall in Japan, Korea, east coast of Usa ) will make this pl...  more »
  • This beautiful small garden adjoining the main Royal Botanical Garden is special because of the fact that it's border is the equally beautiful Yarra river. It's just behind the tourists information ce...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • A nice, chill garden for a stroll or run. I've never been caught by crowds so the paths are definitely adequate. There are a lot of sculptures and points if interest which are definitely worth checking out if you're new to Melbourne and feel like having a wander - that's all I did! A really nice place overall.
  • Attended here recently for the Mothers Day Classic. Great set up. This park/area is always utilized for events that bring thousands to attend. Easy access, great city views and always an event to check out.
  • Very pleasant place to be, very conveniently sized. No SECURITY CHECKS on public events held in there, with huge crowds? Given all recent events here and overseas, security needs to be addressed as a real concern.
  • Cool place to spend a hot summer's day. Plenty of shade! Great for a run or a bike ride, no matter your difficulty level. My first time riding a bike since I was a kid, my partner rides most days... We both kept up with each other with little effort 👌✌️😇
  • Beautiful guiet gardens right on the edge of the Yarra