Riddells Creek seen from the air
|Population||3,753 (2011 census)|
|Elevation||385 m (1,263 ft)|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Macedon Ranges|
Riddells Creek /
Riddells Creek was originally settled by John Carre Riddell and Thomas Ferrier Hamilton in 1841, when they purchased around 640 acres (260 ha) of land and leased another 2,000 acres (810 ha). The dirt road running parallel and opposite to the train station,Hamilton Street, was home to Mr John Carre Riddell whose house still standing is also the oldest house in Riddells Creek to date.Hamilton Street and the Road between New Gisborne and Riddells Creek is named Hamilton Road after Thomas Hamilton.
Riddells Creek Post Office opened on 1 February 1859.
Environment and facilities
Riddells Creek is on the southern foothills of the Macedon Ranges. Riddells Creek is home to two historic railway bridges and is surrounded by natural bushland. There is also a small creek that runs through the town at Wybejong Park.
Riddells Creek Primary School provides education for children in the area. Sporting and clubs in Riddells Creek include a Pony Club, Riddells Junior Basketball Association, Riddell Football Club, Cricket Club and Dog Obedience Club. There is also a Living and Learning Centre, the Riddells Creek Winery and Riddells Creek Landcare.
Riddells Creek is home to the Dromkeen Museum, a nineteenth century homestead classified by the National Trust of Australia that is home to the Australian Children's Literature Collection. It also provides educational displays and programs relating to Australian children's literature.
To the east of Riddells Creek, adjacent to the Mount Charlie State Forest, the 74-hectare (180-acre) Rowallan Recreation and Adventure Camp is owned by the Scouts and Guides of Essendon Area. It is named after Lord Rowallan and opened in 1950.
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