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Red Hill - Red Hill South - Merricks North - Main Ridge - Arthurs Seat

About the profile areas

The 2015 Estimated Resident Population for Red Hill - Red Hill South - Merricks North - Main Ridge - Arthurs Seat is 2,849, with a population density of 0.29 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Red Hill - Red Hill South - Merricks North - Main Ridge - Arthurs Seat is bounded by the northern edge of Arthurs Seat State Park, the suburb of Dromana, Dunns Creek Road, a line running continuous of Dunns Creek Road, a line running north-south following Bulldog Creek Road and Foxeys Road in the north, Balnarring Road, Bittern-Dromana Road, the locality of Balnarring, Stanleys Road, Tonkins Road and a line running continuous of Tonkins Road in the east, Point Leo Road, a line running between Hillcrest Road and Point Leo Road, Hillcrest Road, Shoreham Road, Shands Road, a line bounding the southern edge of the Main Ridge Flora Reserve, Mornington-Flinders Road, Baldrys Road and Main Creek in the south, and Wallermerriyong Road, Hyslops Road and the suburbs of Rosebud and McCrae in the west.

Name origin

Red Hill is named for the rich, red clay in the area. Arthurs Seat is named after the Arthurs Seat in Edinburgh.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1850s, with land used mainly for farms and orchards, and later vineyards. Growth was minimal until the late 1800s. Expansion continued during the early 1920s, spurred by the opening of the railway line. Some growth took place in the post-war years. The population increased during the late 1990s as new dwellings were added to the area. The population declined slightly between 2001 and 2011, a result of little change in dwelling stock and a decline in dwelling occupancy rates and the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Red Hill - Red Hill South - Merricks North - Main Ridge - Arthurs Seat is a mainly rural area, with a number of small townships.

Major features

Major features of the area include Arthurs Seat State Park (including Seawinds picnic area), Greens Bush, Red Hill Centrepoint Shopping Centre, Dromana Cemetery, A R & F Ditterich Reserve, Bald Hill Nature Conservation Reserve, Holmes Road Reserve, Kangerong Flora Reserve, Main Ridge Nature Conservation Reserve, Main Ridge Recreation Reserve, Red Hill Recreation Reserve, Red Hill South Community Reserve, Tubbarubba Reserve, Main Ridge Equestrian Ground, Arthurs Seat Lookout, The Enchanted Maze Garden, Red Hill Cheese, numerous wineries/vineyards and one school.