Postcode: 2155 | Distance to Sydney CBD: 41 km
Kellyville Ridge is a suburb located 41 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district in the City of Blacktown.
The suburb takes its name from the ridge, the main geographical feature of vertical significance in the northern part of the area. Kellyville Ridge is thought to be the area where the Castle Hill Rebellion (also known as the Second Battle of Vinegar Hill) took place, many roads and reserves are named after it in Kellyville and a memorial was placed in Castlebrook Lawn Cemetery in 1988. Kellyville Ridge became a separate suburb when the area west of Windsor Road was renamed in 2002.
Kellyville Ridge is one of the fastest growing suburbs in Sydney. The latest population estimates by the Australian Bureau of Statistics indicated that Kellyville Ridge and surrounding neighbourhoods had the largest growth in 2013-14 in Sydney. The area experienced one of metropolitan Sydney's fastest growth rates, with a 9 per cent increase in population in 12 months.
The newly opened Ponds Shopping Centre is the main shopping facility that services Kellyville Ridge. It is located on the western perimeter of the suburb at the intersection of The Ponds Boulevard and Riverbank Drive. It houses Woolworths plus other 25 specialty stores, cafes and restaurants. It also features a Medical and Dental Centre and a Priceline Pharmacy.
Stanhope Village is a shopping centre adjacent to the suburb, with Aldi, Coles, Kmart and other specialised retail, service, fashion and food outlets.
Alternative shopping is provided by the newly developed Rouse Hill Town Centre, located 1 kilometre away at Rouse Hill, where approximately 250 retail stores are available featuring Coles, Woolworths, Target, Big W and Reading Cinemas. Castle Towers, located 9 kilometres away, and Westpoint Blacktown, located 10 kilometres away, provide for other places of shopping.
There is a commercial and residential complex to be built on Merriville Road, adjacent to McDonalds, however its construction has been widely opposed by residents and councillors.
Road to Sydney CBD
Transport to the city is provided by the M2 and M7 motorway. Driving time to Sydney CBD is approximately 34 minutes by car.
Train to Sydney CBD via Parramatta
Kellyville Ridge is located within 8 minutes drive (5.2km) to Schofields Train Station and 10 minutes (6km) to Quakers Hill Train Station. Trip by train from these stations to Sydney CBD takes around 47 minutes. Both stations have free all-day commuters parking. The train services also stop at the busy business area of Parramatta, Westmead and Strathfield.
Buses to Sydney CBD
Hillsbus and Busways services take around 60 minutes to Sydney CBD from Kellyville Ridge. The suburb is serviced by Merriville and Sanctuary stations on the North-West T-way, whilst T71, 616X and T63 routes travel through Kellyville Ridge.
North West Rail Link (Sydney Metro)
The new North West Rail Link - now known as Sydney Metro Northwest - will provide high frequency services to Kellyville Ridge, linking it to Sydney CBD in around 50 minutes, which will drop to 40 minutes on completion of the second stage of the project. The metro service will pass through Norwest Business Park, Castle Hill, Epping, Macquarie Park and University, North Ryde, Chatswood, and North Sydney. It will be operational by 2019.
Kellyville Ridge is positioned in a strategic location surrounded by three stations sitting on its perimeters; Cudgegong Road station, Rouse Hill station and Kellyville station. Both Cudgegong Road station and Kellyville station will have free all-day commuters parking.
Buses to other business areas
Hillsbus provides services to Parramatta (T63,T65,T66), Rouse Hill (T63, T65, T66, 607X,619), Castle Hill (619), Macquarie Park (619), North Sydney (602) and Sydney CBD (607X, 616X)
Busways provides services to Blacktown (T71, T75), Castle Hill (T71), Rouse Hill (T71, T75) and Stanhope Gardens (T71).
The newly renovated Ettamogah Pub is located on the corner of Merriville & Windsor roads in Kellyville Ridge. The hotel is awarded by the Australian Hotel Association the Best Family Friendly Hotel in NSW. The hotel features a large undercover courtyard with spacious dining areas, a children's play centre including a jumping castle which operates daily and a state of the art eight metre rock climbing wall. Live music is available on a weekly basis.
Kellyville Ridge has a wide selection of schools to choose from. Primary schools include Kellyville Ridge Public School, John XXIII Primary. Nearby high schools include Glenwood High, Kellyville High and St Marks Catholic College.
A high school was proposed to be built within Kellyville Ridge. However it was announced by Education minister Adrian Piccoli that the High School will be built in The Ponds and would still serve the families of Stanhope Gardens, Kellyville Ridge and The Ponds. The new high school will accommodate 1100 students in 52 classrooms is due to open in 2015. The school will be built at the intersection of Hambledon Rd and an extended Riverbank Drive.
Kellyville Ridge has gone under many new developments since 2002, with new estates developing quickly. There are also several medium-rise apartments on the southern side of the suburb, backing Windsor Road.
Notable current and former residents of the suburb include:
ChloŽ, ARIA Top 10-scoring singer, full name ChloŽ Stafford.