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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  • It runs along the Yarra River from St Kilda Road and although not the best of the parks in this area it is still a great park with sweeping views of the city and of course the expanse of green and the...  more »
  • Soft grass, wide paths, park benches, skatepark (and nearby kiosk), drinking-water, some tall shade trees, city and river views. Popular with city workers exercising at lunchtime. A nice place to shel...  more »
  • Here can walk very well: we went from Federation Square on the bridge through the Alexandra Gardens to the Queen Victoria Gardens with a large statue. Very pleasant in July – although not quite warm but dry and sunny.
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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.
  • Fantastic Park in the city. Great views. Great walks
  • 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.
  • A quiet and pretty garden with beautiful trees and green land.Romantic place for talking and relax.

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