Ringwood, Victoria

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Ringwood Clocktower
Ringwood is located in Melbourne
Coordinates 37°48′41″S 145°13′50″E / 37.8114°S 145.2306°E / -37.8114; 145.2306Coordinates: 37°48′41″S 145°13′50″E / 37.8114°S 145.2306°E / -37.8114; 145.2306
Population 16,009 (2011)[1]
 • Density 1,634/km2 (4,231/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 3134
Area 9.8 km2 (3.8 sq mi)
Location 23 km (14 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s) City of Maroondah
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s) Deakin
Suburbs around Ringwood:
Donvale Ringwood North Croydon
Mitcham Ringwood Ringwood East
Vermont Wantirna Heathmont

Ringwood is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 23 km (14 mi) east of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Maroondah. At the 2011 Census, Ringwood had a population of 16,009. Ringwood has many parks reserves, most notably, Ringwood Lake.[2] As of July 2012, the average house price in Ringwood was $583,500 and $390,000 for a unit.[3]


Ringwood village emerged in the mid to late 19th century, following the 1850s land sales.[4] Before this, Ringwood was used primarily for agriculture.[4] The post office opened on 2 August 1875, in the then rural area.[5]

In 1882, the construction of the Hawthorn to Lilydale railway through the suburb caused Ringwood to emerge as a more notable town.[4]

1924 marked major growth for Ringwood. The railway was electrified and the township was further developed.[4] This development boomed post war, causing the City of Ringwood to be declared in 1960.[4]

The Ringwood clock tower was built in 1928 as a memorial to the war. After the successful post-depression subdivisions of land in the area, Ringwood was recognised to be a part of metropolitan Melbourne. The shopping centre Eastland was opened for trade in Ringwood in 1967.[6] It was redeveloped in the late 1990s and in its current state has over 80,000 square feet (7,400 m2) of retail and hospitality floor space, car parks and a cinema complex on its top floor. In 2009, the owners of Eastland, QIC, planned to commence another redevelopment of the Eastland site. The Arcade near Eastland and the Ringwood Library commenced re-location in 2012. The redevelopment of the Eastland precinct will be completed by mid 2016. [7]

Ringwood has been the site of a Cadbury chocolate factory since the company's acquisition of MacRobertson Chocolates in 1967. The factory is the company's second-largest in Australia and produces chocolate bars, such as Cherry Ripe and Boost, and Easter eggs.[8]

In 2009, the State Government controversially approved the building of a nine storey housing development near Ringwood Lake, without Council or public consultation. In 2007, Ringwood became the home of ConnectEast, owner and operator of Melbourne's second toll road, EastLink. In 2012, major retail chain store Costco announced plans to open in Ringwood.[9] Construction is expected to finish mid-2013.[10]It opened 20 November 2013 (Emma Hastings Maroondah Leader November 20, 2013 12:59PM)[11]

Perhaps Ringwood's most global notoriety is the development in 1958 of the "Pride of Ringwood" hop variety, which today flavors Fosters Lager, Victoria Bitter and many other beers around the world. The hops were developed along the Mullum Mullum Creek, near the site of what later became Penguin Books, in 1963.[12]


In the 2011 census the population of Ringwood was 16,009, approximately 51.9% female and 48.1% male.

The median/average age of the people in Ringwood is 37 years of age.

67.4% of people living in the suburb of Ringwood were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were 4.1% England, 3.4% China , 2.8% India, 1.7% Burma , 1.5% New Zealand, 0.8% Malaysia, 0.8% Vietnam, 0.7% Sri Lanka, 0.7% Scotland, 0.7% Italy, 0.6% Poland, 0.6% South Africa, 0.6% Germany, 0.6% Thailand.

74.8% of people living in Ringwood speak English only. The other top languages spoken are 4.5% Other, 3.4% Mandarin, 3.1% Language spoken at home not stated, 2.0% Cantonese, 1.1% Punjabi, 1.0% Italian, 0.9% Hindi, 0.7% Greek, 0.7% Vietnamese.

The religious makeup of Ringwood is 26.4% No religion, 22.5% Catholic, 12.4% Anglican, 6.9% Religious affiliation not stated, 5.0% Uniting Church, 4.1% Baptist, 3.3% Christian, nfd, 2.9% Buddhism, 2.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, 2.0% Hinduism.


Primary schools:

Secondary colleges:

Politics and representation[edit]

Ringwood operated a number of polling booths at the 2010 Federal Election, distributed mostly across the federal electorates of Deakin and Menzies, with another few allocated to Casey for pre-polling. Traditionally a relatively Liberal-leaning suburb, the combined results across all Ringwood booths produced a primary vote result of 35.7% for Labor, 47.2% for the Liberals and 12.0% for the Greens; on a two-party basis after preferences, the result was 53.02% Liberal and 46.98% Labor.[13][14][15]


The suburb has two Australian Rules football teams, the Norwood Norsemen, who are the current Division 1 Eastern Football League (EFL) premiers, whose home ground is Mullum Reserve. The second team is the Ringwood Redbacks who play in Division 3 of the EFL, at Jubilee Park.[16]

Ringwood is also the home to Ringwood City Soccer Club. Founded in 1953, the club became the Victorian State League champions in 1959. However, the club has seen very limited success since and they now play in the Victorian State League Division 5; the lowest level on the Victorian soccer pyramid. The club is based at the Ringwood City Soccer Complex located at Jubilee Park.[17][18]

Ringwood is further home to the Ringwood Hawks Basketball Club who play in the Big V. The Hawks have been a very successful team throughout its history in both senior and junior competitions. The club plays out of the Maroondah Indoor Sports Centre.

Other sporting facilities include:

  • Maroondah Indoor Sports Centre[19]
  • Ringwood Public Golf Course[19]
  • Proclamation Park
  • Jubilee Park
  • Action Indoor Sports Centre (hosting indoor soccer, cricket, beach volleyball and netball)
  • Aquanation Ringwood Regional Aquatic and Leisure Centre (opened Monday 17 August 2015)[20]


The Ringwood Field Naturalists Club Inc. (RFNC) is an Australian natural history and conservation organisation. The club was founded in 1961 by Jack Hyett[21] and William (Bill) King, with other notable members, including Bruce Fuhrer and Fred Rogers.

The club provides an amateur forum for the study and enjoyment of natural history and travels both locally and within Victoria.

The club logo was designed in 1964 by Jack Truscott, a local artist and Foundation[clarification needed] member and features a male golden whistler and the cinnamon wattle (Acacia leprosa), both of which were common in Ringwood in the 1960s.

Places of interest[edit]

Ringwood includes notable places such as:

  • Ringwood Magistrates Court [22]
  • Eastland Shopping Centre [23]
  • Ringwood Railway Station[24]
  • Ringwood Clock Tower [4]

Places of worship[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Ringwood (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ringwood Lake Information Kit - Maroondah City Council". Maroondah.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  3. ^ Century 21 - On Centre. "Ringwood, Victoria Property Data & Trends - realestate.com.au". Rs.realestate.com.au. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "History of Ringwood - Maroondah City Council". Maroondah.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  5. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008 
  6. ^ "Eastland". Eastland. 2002-10-31. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  7. ^ "Ringwood Library". Erl.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  8. ^ "Cadbury in Australia". 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  9. ^ http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/costco-to-open-new-store-in-ringwood/story-fndo3ewo-1226428915400
  10. ^ Hastings, Emma. "Work starts at Ringwood Costco site - Business - News - Maroondah Leader". Maroondah-leader.whereilive.com.au. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  11. ^ http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/east/crowd-queues-for-hours-as-costcos-ringwood-store-opens/story-fngnvlxu-1226764225719
  12. ^ "Ringwood Hop Research Farm Family Biography". 2015. 
  13. ^ "AEC". Election 2010: Virtual Tally Room.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  14. ^ "AEC". Election 2010: Virtual Tally Room.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  15. ^ "AEC". Election 2010: Virtual Tally Room.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  16. ^ Full Point Footy, Eastern Football League, retrieved 21 October 2008 
  17. ^ "Ringwood City Divisional History". OzFootball. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  18. ^ "The Early Beginnings – Pre 1960". Ringwood City Soccer Club. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  19. ^ a b Maroondah Leisure Website
  20. ^ "Aquanation opens its doors - Maroondah City Council". www.maroondah.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 2015-08-20. 
  21. ^ Rosanne Walker, 'Hyett, Jack (1915 - 2001)', Encyclopedia of Australian Science, created 8 February 2001, last modified 24 May 2006. Retrieved 6/4/2011
  22. ^ "Ringwood Magistrates' Court | Magistrates' Court of Victoria". Magistratescourt.vic.gov.au. 2012-08-13. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  23. ^ "Eastland". Eastland. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  24. ^ "Ringwood Railway Station (Ringwood) - Train Stop - Public Transport Victoria". Ptv.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 

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