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For a relaxing getaway, head to Alexandra, at the foothills of the Great Dividing Range in high country Victoria. You’ll stroll through streets spotted with buildings constructed during the gold rush of the 1850s, as well as enjoy a serene holiday surrounded by mountains and forests. Sound good? Then make sure you check out our Alexandra hotels to Kick back, relax and enjoy nature at its finest. Get your feet wet in Ultima Thule Creek, Johnson Creek and/or Goulburn River. Rotary Park is a great picnic spot with barbeques and a swing bridge over the creek. Another good picnic ground is the McKenzies Flora Reserve, which has a beautiful nature walk featuringrare orchids and native Australian wildflowers. Speaking of which, Alexandra is well-known for two of its gardens – Jack Shiel Gardens and George Braden Memorial Rose Gardens. If you're here in October, you'll have the opportunity to attend the Open Gardens Weekend festival, when local gardeners open their gardens to the public. The most popular annual event in the town is the Alexandra Truck, Ute and Rod Show, which is held on the Queen's Birthday long weekend in June and showcases vehicles from near and far, with live entertainment and the popular wood chopping event. No matter what time of year you're in Alexandra, you can enjoy the local golf course and sports ovals. You can also watch sprint car drivers go head to head on the dirt racing track, which is home to the Annual Sprint Car Races and Junior Racing Car Championships. For those who love to get out in the great outdoors, make sure you head to Cathedral Range State Park, where you can go bushwalking, camping and/or rock climbing.
Alexandra is the shopping hub for the surrounding towns. Here, you'll find plenty of general stores, as well as gift shops and galleries, where you can pick up some local pottery and glassware. Grab a bite to eat at one of the local bakeries or cafes, or, if you feel like going on an adventure, you can head to the nearby town of Yarck and spend the afternoon in one of the tea rooms. Alexandra also has a great selection of good old fashioned pub meals.
Alexandra is 140km from Melbourne and is a great base for exploring some of the surrounding regions. You can easily check out the snow fields of Mt Buller in winter, or enjoy the water sports, bushwalking, boating and fishing on offer at Lake Eildon National Park, which isn't far away either. For an unforgettable holiday, check out our cheap flights to Melbourne. You can catch a bus from Melbourne to Alexandra, but it's probably best to hire a car to really explore the region. Now the only thing left to do is book your Alexandra accommodation.
Hotels in Alexandra start at AU$80 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.