Ridleyton, South Australia facts for kids
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Adelaide, South Australia
Street view in Ridleyton
|• Density||2,350/km2 (6,100/sq mi)|
|Area||0.4 km2 (0.2 sq mi)|
|Location||4.3 km (3 mi) NW of Adelaide city centre|
|LGA(s)||City of Charles Sturt|
|State electorate(s)||Croydon (2011)|
|Federal Division(s)||Adelaide (2011)|
The area incorporating the current suburb of Ridleyton was originally granted to Osmond Gilles in March 1839. He later transferred it to John Ridley, inventor of the stripper or reaping machine, in June 1842 for £275. In 1873, Ridley lodged a plan to subdivide his land, naming one part Ridleyton.
Ridleyton is primarily bounded by South Road, Torrens Road, Wood Avenue and Blight Street. The suburb includes the northwestern end of the redeveloped Hawker Street precinct.
The 2006 Census by the Australian Bureau of Statistics counted 938 persons in Ridleyton on census night. Of these, 46.3% were male and 53.7% were female.
The age distribution of Ridleyton residents is similar to that of the greater Australian population. 71.4% of residents were over 25 years in 2006, compared to the Australian average of 66.5%; and 28.6% were younger than 25 years, compared to the Australian average of 33.5%.
Facilities and attractions
Shopping and dining
The Ridleyton Central Shopping Centre services Ridleyton and neighboring suburbs. The centre is accessible from both Hawker Street and South Road. As well as such stores as a pharmacy, bakery and news agency, the centre includes an IGA Foodland supermarket.
Other major businesses in the suburb include:
- BP service station on South Road (including a Subway (restaurant))
- McDonald's restaurant on the corner of South Road and Torrens Road
- BWS liquor store on the corner of Hawker Street and South Road.
The largest park in Ridleyton is Albert Greenshields Reserve on Torrens Road. This park includes a Girl Guide hall, barbecue area, public restrooms, creek, playing field and a children's playground. There are laneways both to Wright Street and Blight Street.
There are also small parks on Ryan Place and on the corner of Hythe Street and Wood Avenue.
Ridleyton lies beside the intersection of South Road and Torrens Road, and is thus serviced by both. Hawker Street cuts through the centre of the suburb.
Many of the local streets were established in the 19th century. Consequently, roadways tend to be narrow and, with a small volume of traffic, quiet.
Ridleyton is serviced by public transport run by the Adelaide Metro.
There is no train stop in Ridleyton itself. However, the following train services run nearby.
- Grange and Outer Harbour railway lines. The closest station is Croydon.
- Gawler railway line. The closest station is Ovingham.
The suburb is serviced by the following bus routes:
- 250, 251, 252
- 253, 254, N254
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