Wandin North is in Eastern Melbourne, a massive region that stretches from the relatively suburban Ringwood and the Dandenong Valley Parklands to the Yarra Ranges. Ringwood village emerged following land sales in the 1850s and 1920s when the land was predominantly used for orchards, with some grazing, brick making and mining of antimony (important then for pewter, paint and printing, not so important now). It became a major shopping area in the 1950s, due to its location at the junction of several transport routes. This also appealed to post-war home buyers and the population exploded in the 1960s. Most of the settlement in Eastern Melbourne is sandwiched between the Eastlink Expressway (M3) and Dandenong Ranges National Park with properties further East tending to be rural. Access to urban Melbourne on one side and both the Dandenong and Yarra Ranges on the other is a major drawcard.