The Alexandra Gardens are located on the south bank of the Yarra River
, opposite Federation Square
and the Melbourne
Central Business District, in Victoria
. The Gardens are bounded by the Yarra River to the north, Princes and Swan street bridges, with Queen Victoria Gardens and Kings Domain
across Alexandra Avenue to the south. Alexandra Gardens are part of a larger group of parklands directly south-east of the city, between St. Kilda Road and the Yarra River known as the Domain Parklands.
Pedestrian and cycle access to the gardens is via steps or a ramp from Princes Bridge
, or along the promenade from Southbank
under Princes bridge. Vehicular access is provided by Boathouse drive from Alexandra avenue. Next to Princes bridge bicycles are available for hire to explore the Capital City Trail along the river. Also the prominent, The Around the Bay in a Day cycling event has its finish line at the Gardens.Alongside the Yarra River numerous Rowing Club boathouses nestle in the gardens, including the Mercantile Rowing Club.Past the boathouses are lawns with electric barbecues, which are popular spots for picnics and office parties around Christmas time.