Base yourself in Alexandra to explore nearby mountain ranges and waterways, but save time for discovering this quaint historic village.
Alexandra is a neat country town located in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range, 130 kilometres north east of Melbourne. The town’s history dates back to 1824, the same year Hume and Hovell crossed the Goulburn River.
The township of Alexandra began as a mining camp when gold was discovered in 1866 and 1867. Over time the emphasis changed to timber and agriculture and today tourism is a key contributor to the township’s economy.
Stroll along the wide tree-lined streets past the National Trust classified post office, national bank and law courts, and discover arts and crafts such as pottery and glassware in gift shops and galleries.
The former Alexandra Station is currently the home of the Alexandra Timber Tramway Museum and Historic Park. Revisit the past and discover artefact displays from the timber industry of the last century.
The locals lobbied hard in the 1880’s for the Alexandra Branch Line but were beaten by nature and the engineering realities of the hilly terrain and steep gradients that surround their township. It was not until September 1909 that the Alexandra Township Railway Extension was complete.