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Published March 4th 2016
Alexandra Gardens is the first park you see once you've crossed over the Princes Bridge from Federation Square. It is part of the vast Domain Parklands area south of the Yarra River that also includes the Queen Victoria Gardens, the Kings Domain and the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Alexandra Gardens is one of the more practical spaces; while the others are beautiful and provide spectacular places for picnics, this one has lots of open space (that you don't need to navigate lots of paths to find) and even a skate park.
The area, which is over 100 years old, is divided into two sections. The open lawns are is over the eastern side, along with the Avenue of Elms. On the western side, near St Kilda Road, you'll find lots of gardens, most notably a star-shaped one that represents the Federation of Australia.
The park is separated from the Yarra River by Boathouse Drive and a line of rowing clubs. Its other borders are Alexandra Avenue (over the other side is the Queen Victoria Gardens) and St Kilda Road (cross it for Southgate and Hamer Hall), both very busy and without parking.
Flinders Street Station is just across the bridge.