ALEXANDRA

Alexandra is an ‘old’ town that is passed through if heading north from Melbourne or heading to the Eildon Weir or Buller ski fields. Alexandra is an old town and is now mindful of its heritage. There is clearly a strong emphasis on this aspect of how future tourism will be cultivated.

The town was settled in the late 1860s, with a Post Office opening on 15 March 1867 (known until 24 April 1867) as Redgate.

The town was originally known as Redgate, or Red Gate Diggings. The current name either derives from Alexandra of Denmark, or from three men named Alexander (Alexander, McGregor, Alexander Don, and Alexander Luckie) who discovered gold in the area in 1866.

Charles Jones born Herefordshire also discovered Gold on the Luckie Mine in 1866. He bought a Hotel with John Henry Osborne and was the proprietor of the New York and London Hotel Grant Street Alexandra.

Many tourists pass through this town on and the town contains the Timber Tramway and Museum (located at the Alexandra Railway Station), and the National Trust classified post office and law courts.

Locating the Alexandra War Memorial proved fruitless and is represented by the Yarck Memorial.

The hotels in Alexandra are 100 year and more traditional pubs.

The churches are ‘oldish’ buildings. The Anglican a nice rendered design and offer.

The Catholic is a 50’s construction.

There is a lot to admire about Alexandra, but the signage to the sort after is missing.

For the traveler an overnight should be a consideration.

Heritage diary

 

 

 

 

 

Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course