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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  • The Alexandra Gardens are just opposite Federation Square and run along the bank of the Yarra River. It includes the Rowing Club sheds and great views looking north at Melbourne. On a nice day there i...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Great location to hang out, walk, run and cycle. Just located beside Flinders street station and fed square. If you like rowing, you can do in in nearby Yaara.
  • Very pretty manicured gardens. Great to have somewhere to go out of the CBD for awhile.
  • Great spot to walk along the Yarra river or wander through the botanical gardens.
  • 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.
  • Old lawn area along the Yarra River. Well maintained public outdoor zone.

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