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Alexandra Gardens

Gardens on Melbourne's Yarra River

The Alexandra Gardens lie across the river from the Melbourne central business district making a verdant break between the Yarra River and Alexandra Avenue.

Alexandra Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Alexandra Gardens with Melbourne's Rialto Towers in the background. Photograph (c) Ali Kayn 1996

They are a popular and busy location during Melbourne's Moomba festival, being a good vantage point for watching the water sports. During Moomba a fairground attracts thousands of families to enjoy the rides, carnival food and busy atmosphere.

Boat sheds, Alexandra Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

University boat sheds, Alexandra Gardens Photograph (c) Ali Kayn 1996

Along the river close by the Princes Bridge are the elegant old 'boat sheds', used by the rowing clubs. From here sculling teams practice regularly despite the often chilly conditions.

To get there by public transport:

Southbound tram except 1 or 2 to stop 18

For a panorama which includes Alexandra gardens, click here.

Last visit August, 2005