Ringwood East, Victoria
|Population||10,265 (2016 census)|
|• Density||2,095/km2 ( 5,430/sq mi)|
|Area||4.9 km2 (1.9 sq mi)|
|Location||25 km (16 mi) from Melbourne|
|LGA(s)||City of Maroondah|
Ringwood East is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 25 km east of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Maroondah. At the 2016 Census, Ringwood East had a population of 10,265.
It is located in the "Green Belt" of Melbourne, with a lot of native trees and wildlife preserved in areas such as Wombalono Park and its surrounding suburban streets.
The access to high performing public schools, such as Ringwood Secondary College, as well as renowned private schools Tintern Girls Grammar and Aquinas College, is leading to high demand for housing in Ringwood East. The area is now being seen as a real life-style option by people who may have previously looked to areas, such as Balwyn and Camberwell, for quality schools.
Ringwood East Post Office opened around 1902, in what was then a rural area, before the railway station opened in 1925.
Burnt Bridge is a locality within the suburb. It is named after the Burnt Bridge Hotel, which was operated by Elizabeth Moore and Lucy Dawson as early as the 1840s and was located along the Lilydale Trail, near the present day junction of Maroondah Highway, Old Lilydale Road and Beaufort Roads. At the time of the hotel's existence, the area was grazing land. Hotels in these times usually began as shanties, selling coffee to passing coaches, before gaining their liquor licences.
Although some historians have speculated that the name is derived from the Scottish word 'burn', meaning 'stream', it is more popularly believed to be derived from a canvas toll bridge in the area, which was burnt down. The hotel was also known to locals as 'The Blazing Stump'.
The shopping precinct serves residents from both sides of Maroondah Highway and from as far as Mount Dandenong Road.
They are based at the reserve located on the corner of Mount Dandenong Road and Dublin Road but used to play on a field which is now the site of Maroondah Hospital. The East Ringwood Cricket Club and Tennis Club are also based at the reserve.
- Alfred "Alfonzo" Vezey
- Eastwood Primary School
- City of Ringwood - the former local government area of which Ringwood East was a part