Alexandra is in the foothills of Australia's Great Dividing Range. The historic town is the gateway to Lake Eildon and the national parks and snowfields of the region.
Originally known as Red Gate by gold miners in the 1860s, its name was changed to honour Alexandra, Princess of Wales who became the wife of King Edward VII.
The old timber town is a popular weekend destination and its hills and valleys provide attractive scenery. Fields of cattle grazing on emerald green grass under old gums and the mountain range in the background create the perfect picture.
The main street has historic buildings and the community hosts many annual festivals and events, and each Queen's Birthday long weekend, it's the turn of the Truck, Ute and Rod Show. It all began in 1996 when seven local businessmen decided they needed to "put Alex on the map".
The town comes to life and is packed to the brim with proud owners of trucks, utes and hotrods. They come from near and far, and this year, 10,000 spectators visited to admire the vehicles and join in the fun.
There are 48 categories for enthusiasts to compete in, each offering a much-desired trophy. When the vehicles are all on display in the town, it means there are around four square kilometres jam packed with machinery.
Vehicles, new and vintage are immaculately cared for and on Saturday they do a run from town to the dam at Eildon where they set up a barbecue and everyone admires everyone else's truck, ute and rod. After a good lunch, much chatter and renewed acquaintances, the convoy heads back to Alexandra.
Saturday and Sunday nights are Alexandra's biggest nights of the year. The Flat Out 50 is run over both nights and around a hundred stock cars compete at the town's speedway. Heats are ten laps of the speedway and they take off every eight minutes, so it is exciting and noisy and loads of fun. There is no prize money just the kudos of winning.
The weekend is not just about vehicles. There is plenty more to entertain. Sideshows, whip cracking, wood splitting and chopping, chainsaw carving, timber mill tours, woodworking and the gentle art of local quilting.
Grant Street is set up for country music acts, auctions are held to benefit local charities and, of course, there are the trophy presentations.
There is no entry fee to the show and organisers promote the event as a family-oriented day with something for everyone.
Two hours northeast of Melbourne.
Alexandra Truck, Ute and Rod show is held every June over Queen's Birthday long weekend.
Alexandra Speedway is open on Saturday nights between October and June. Entry is $15 for adults and $10 for children.
Virgin Blue has one way flights to Melbourne.
One-way fare from;
- Adelaide, $99
- Sydney, $109
- Brisbane, $140
- Darwin, $199
- Perth, $219
There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares are one-way on the net. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at July 20, 2006 and are subject to change.
Please note that the prices listed are valid at the time of filming.
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Alexandra Truck, Ute and Rod Show