Located 4kms south of the Sydney CBD, bordered by Botany Road, Gardeners Road, Mitchell Road and Sydney Park and Boundary Road.
The naming of Alexandria and neighbouring Waterloo, commemorate the famous British Empire military and naval victories over Napoleon. The Iron Duke Hotel in Alexandria, is named after the heroic Duke of Wellington, as is Wellington Street in Waterloo.
Alexandria is a largely industrial suburb with medium to high density residential areas. The suburb was once mostly terraced housing, demolished for light industrial use and warehousing. Quiet residential areas exist along the northern boundary of the suburb, adjoining Erskineville and Waterloo, adjacent to Green Square.
Culturally Alexandria has the headquarters of the Serbian Orthodox Eparchy of Australia and New Zealand. It’s the location for a Chinese community centred on the Yiu Ming Temple in Retreat Street. The temple was heritage-listed in 1999, along with the terraced houses that line Retreat Street.
Sydney Park is a large recreational area on the western border. Alexandria Park and McKell Playground are situated on Buckland Street. Tennis courts and a cricket oval are present, and Erskineville Oval is nearby. Alexandria is serviced by Sydney Buses routes to the Sydney CBD. Alexandria is close to Green Square, Erskineville and St Peters railway stations within walking distance.
A number of popular pubs are located in the suburb including the Alexandria Hotel, Iron Duke Hotel, Buckland Hotel and the Parkview Hotel.
Landmarks include former Alexandria Town Hall, Garden Street Victorian terrace house, Garden Street, Alexandria Park, Wyndham Street, Yiu Ming Temple, Retreat Street, Lord Raglan Hotel, Henderson Road, Former Alexandria Baby Clinic.