A suburb of the Australian city of Sydney, New South Wales, Alexandria is one of its more historic areas. Alexandria’s origins lie back in the middle of the 19th century, when British emigrants made this part of the city home, while later on, the suburb found its feet as a major industrial hub, although it is currently undergoing extensive renovation.
Today, Alexandria is home to a number of Sydney’s alternative attractions, ranging from public parks to markets. However, traces of its industrial past are still to be found, with a number of local and international businesses having offices and warehouses throughout the area. Meanwhile, it’s not too far away from Sydney’s bustling city centre.
Just for getting around the area without spending a huge amount on fuel, a small economical car such as a supermini is the best thing for driving in Alexandria and neighbouring suburbs.
One of many historic buildings in the area is Alexandria Town Hall. Although it no longer gets used for municipal purposes, it’s one of the most striking buildings in Alexandria, being a fine example of early Victorian-era architecture.
Another listed building in Alexandria is the Yiu Ming Temple, which is at the heart of the local Chinese community. The temple is a good place from which to explore this microcosm of Chinese-Australian culture.
On the edge of Alexandria, there is Sydney Park, the city’s largest and most popular municipal park. Here, there are plenty of sports fields for cricket, football, Australian Rules football, tennis, rugby league and rugby union.
Mitchell Road is one of the best streets in the suburb to go for a pint of something cold and refreshing. There are four much-loved pubs here, with the Alexandria Hotel being amongst the most popular. Parkview Hotel is also worth a visit, and has been a favourite haunt of natives for decades.
Alexandria is close to the city’s main airport and is often a major bottleneck for road traffic to and from the domestic and international terminals.
The nearest major motorway to Alexandria is the M1, which goes north to central Sydney and south to Botany Bay.
Public transport is plentiful in Alexandria, but frequent bus services can often contribute to heavy rush hour road traffic, especially on Botany Road.
Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport is just over two miles south southwest of the centre of Alexandria. It is the only airport serving the wider Sydney area and has three passenger terminals ‚Äì 1, 2 and 3. Terminal 1 is for international flights, with regional and local destinations served by the other two.
Getting to the airport is possible by driving southbound on O‚ÄôRiordan Street, which goes onto Qantas Drive and Airport Drive. Both are connected to Sydney Airport.