Towns in Australia

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Alexandra VIC


Postcode: 3714

Alexandra is a town in Victoria, Australia. It is located at the junction of the Goulburn Valley Highway (B340) and Maroondah Highway (B360), 26 kilometres east of Eildon, in the Murrindindi Shire local government area. At the 2001 census, Alexandra had a population of 2,080.[1] Many tourists pass through this town on their way to the Mount Buller ski resort from Melbourne.

The town contains the Timber & Tramway Museum, and National Trust classified post-office and law courts. There is a bush market on the second Sunday of each month, and annual art show at Easter, an agricultural show and rose festival in November, and the Truck, Rod, and Ute Show in June. Historically, this town was called Redgate.

Alexandra was awkwardly located for connection by railway to Melbourne. It could have had a direct line via the difficult Yarra Ranges or a spur from the Melbourne to Mansfield line. It achieved the latter in 1909. The line was seldom profitable, depending on freight from timber. Tourism was active, particularly in the shire’s southern areas of Buxton and Taggerty, but most tourists came by road through the ranges. The town had lodges, churches, a library and a mechanics’ institute, but had lost about 40% of its population since 1875. The shire’s population had declined by about 15%.