St Andrews, Victoria

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St Andrews
St Andrews Hotel.jpg
St Andrews Hotel
St Andrews is located in Melbourne
St Andrews
St Andrews
Coordinates 37°35′38″S 145°16′08″E / 37.594°S 145.269°E / -37.594; 145.269Coordinates: 37°35′38″S 145°16′08″E / 37.594°S 145.269°E / -37.594; 145.269
Population 1,138 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 3761
Elevation 209 m (686 ft)
LGA(s) Shire of Nillumbik
State electorate(s) Eildon
Federal Division(s) McEwen
Localities around St Andrews:
Strathewen Kinglake Kinglake
Arthurs Creek St Andrews Yarra Glen
Cottles Bridge Smiths Gully Christmas Hills

St Andrews is a town in Victoria, Australia, 36 km north-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the Shire of Nillumbik. At the 2011 Census, St Andrews had a population of 1,138.[1]

St Andrews is well known for its alternative market, which is open every Saturday from 8am to 2pm. It also contains a hotel, primary school, bakery, CFA, general store and a community centre.


Originally called Queenstown, the area was surveyed in 1858 and a town proclaimed on 25 February 1861.

St Andrew Post Office had opened earlier on 1 January 1856 and was renamed St Andrews in 1923.[2]

It experienced population growth during the Victorian gold rush, when prospectors mined the hills around the town. The first discovery of gold in Queenstown was recorded in The Herald on 9 and 11 March 1855 and was attributed to a George Boston and two Scotsmen.

In April 2015, it was named Victoria's Wealthiest Town, as a result of ATO statistios. The town beat Toorak and Portsea, traditional leaders in this ranking.

St Andrews has a great community feel and is much loved by its residents and visitors alike.


On 7 February 2009 a major bushfire destroyed houses on Ninks, Muller, Jacksons and Wild Dog Creek Roads, as well as Buttermans Track and Olives Lane.[3] Its progression toward the town centre was halted by a southerly wind change,[3] which saved the rest of the town, but drove the fire front further east, destroying the towns of Kinglake and Marysville.

See also[edit]

  • Shire of Eltham - the former local government area of which St Andrews was a part


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "St Andrews (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-07-05. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 2008-04-11. 
  3. ^ a b Jackson, William (8 February 2009). "St Andrews residents devastated after fires". Whittlesea Leader. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 

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