BETTER OUT THAN IN
It's so much better spending your weekend outside, than in and when there's the Great Victorian Rail Trail a fabulous range of welcoming country pubs, great eateries, local art galleries and quirky stores only 2 hours from Melbourne who wouldn't want to explore the great outdoors?
Alexandra and the surrounding villages and hamlets of Acheron, Molesworth and Yarck have a proud and rich history of gold and agriculture - still evident today in the many National Trust classified buildings, stately homesteads and grand hotels. A stone's throw from Lake Eildon and the Lake Eildon National Park, Alexandra and surrounds is a great location for outdoor enthusiasts, foodies and history buffs.
Ride the Great Victorian Rail Trail up to Eglinton Cutting Lookout
Located on the 134km Great Victorian Rail Trail from Tallarook to Mansfield, along the Alexandra Spur line is Eglinton Cutting Lookout. The 13km Alexandra leg includes the moderate climb of Eglinton Cutting, however it is not too difficult and riders are well rewarded with sweeping views of the Cathedral Range and the Alexandra township in the valley below. The lookout can also be accessed by car from Maroondah Highway and it has a small shelter and picnic table to enjoy the stunning views of the country side.
Walk through the Rubicon Valley Historic Area & uncover the magic of this hidden gem
The Rubicon Valley HIstoric Area has a rich timber history with many of its remnants still visible today. It's also home to Victoria's first hydro scheme which in the 1930s provided one fifth of Victoria's electricity needs. You'll find trestle bridges, aqueducts and pipelines, old tramlines, the stunning Rubicon Falls and Rubicon Dam as you explore up and down the valley. Read the interpretive signs at the Royston Powerstation, Siphon Bridge and sawmill to learn more about the history of this area.
Fish on the banks of the Goulburn River near Alexandra & Acheron
For fishing it doesn't get much better than the Goulburn River - one of Victoria's premier fishing locations for Murray Cod, Golden Perch, Trout, Redfin, Carp. With plenty of shady banks to choose from, it is popular with anglers of all levels. Book a guide and learn to fly fish from one of our local operators or discover these sites for yourself - the choice is yours. Alexandra Bridge, Breaway Bridge at Acheron, and Back Eildon Road are some of the great locations to find your next big catch on the Goulburn River.
-- ALEXANDRA MUST DOS --
* Ride the Great Victorian Rail Trail from Yarck to Alexandra
* Sample some country hospitality at a local café, bakery or pub
* Spend an afternoon among the birds and butterflies at McKenzie’s Flora Reserve
* Explore the great range of local shops and produce stores
* Drop into the Alexandra Timber Tramway and Museum for a ride on one of the historic locomotives and learn more about the early history of rail in the area.