The Eastern Suburbs is the name given to that part of the Sydney metropolitan area directly to the east and south-east of the Sydney central business district. The northern parts surrounding Sydney Harbour are blue ribbon suburbs, featuring localities such as Vaucluse, Rose Bay, Darling Point, Dover Heights, Double Bay, Point Piper, Woollahra, Woolloomooloo, Watsons Bay, Potts Point, Rushcutters Bay, Elizabeth Bay and Bellevue Hill. These areas is characterised by winding crescent-like streets, large expensive homes, harbourside beaches and villages. The coastal suburbs extend from the peninsula of South Head at Watsons Bay in the north to La Perouse in the South. Away from the coast and harbour, the inner suburban landscape is dominated by overhanging trees, renovated terrace houses, cafes and modernized pubs and bars. The futher away from the city, harbour and beaches you travel, the more the landscape has a traditional 'middle-class' suburban feel.
A neighbour of the cosmopolitan suburb of Kings Cross, Potts Point sits on a small peninsula of the same name that extends into Sydney Harbour on the east side of Woolloomooloo Bay. Kings Cross is situated at the base of the peninsula. A number of the magnificent marine mansions of the colonial era still exist today.
The suburb of Point Piper occupies the small peninsula which separates Double Bay from Rose Bay. Wolseley Road, Point Piper, is ranked the 9th most expensive street in the world, at $38,900 per square metre 920-12). In 2002, the total value of the properties on the 1 km waterfront section of Wolseley Road was A$720 million.
The harbourside suburb of Darling Point is regarded as one of the most exclusive and prestigious suburbs in Australia, where such Australian luminaries as Gough Whitlam, Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise, Helen Reddy, aviator Charles Kingsford Smith, Lara Bingle, Rachel Griffiths and Ita Buttrose have called it home.
Just around the corner from Darling Point and equally exclusive, the suburb of Double Bay is known as the most fashionable and expensive shopping district in Sydney. Its shopping strip features boutique hotels and top-end shops, restaurants and cafes. The retail area is a short walk up Bay Street from the Double Bay ferry wharf.
Located 4 kilometres east of the Sydney central business district on the Eastern Surburbs railway line, Edgecliff is the perfect stepping off point to explore Double Bay, Woollahra, Paddington, Rushcutters Bay or Darling Point if you are if you are reliant on public transport to get around.
Bondi Junction is Sydney's fifth largest business district behind the CBD itself, North Sydney, Parramatta and Chatswood. The arrival of the Eastern Suburbs railway in the late 1970s was the catalyst for Bondi Junction to be developed as the largest retail centre in the eastern suburbs.
Rose Bay is a high class suburb on the shores of Sydney Harbour in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs. Located 7 km to the east of the Sydney central business district, Rose Bay has views of both the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge together. From 1938 until 1974, seaplanes landed in Sydney Harbour on Rose Bay.
Vaucluse is located on the South Head peninsula, just south of The Gap with Sydney Harbour on the west and the Tasman Sea to the east. The suburb commands views across the harbour to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. For many years, it was the most affluent suburb in Sydney and in terms of house and property prices.
Paddington is a rare and largely intact example of an early Victorian residential suburb. Its unique qualities may be attributed to its close proximity to the city, the topography of its harbour location, the process of development and subdivision of early land grants, and the short period in the late l9th Century in which it was largely built out.
There's something for everyone at Bronte Beach - great surf, an ocean pool, a small area enclosed by rocks that is perfect for families, not to mention all the creature comforts of a great picnic area. Bronte is located on Nelson Bay midway along the coastal walk between Bondi and Coogee. Bronte Falls are a short walk from the beach.
Neilsen Park is a well used family recreational area which, in 1975, became one of the first inclusions in the Sydney Harbour National Park. The beach, interestingly called Shark Beach, has a shark net, so it is safe for swimming. Vaucluse Point contains the remnants of Aboriginal rock art.
This large public, urban park that occupies 189 hectares in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. Centennial Park was dedicated by Sir Henry Parkes in January 1888 to celebrate the first 100 years of European settlement in Australia and described by him as 'emphatically the people's park'.
It is perhaps a blessing that Parsley Bay is overshadowed by its more famous neighbour, Watsons Bay, as this picturesque corner of Sydney Harbour is a quiet haven for those lucky enough to know of its existence and have discovered its tranquility.
Once a fishing village, Watsons Bay is now one of the must-see places for visitors to Sydney Situated on a peninsula at the the southern entrance to Sydney Harbour, Watsons Bay offers panoramic views up the harbour as well as coastal vistas on the ocean side. There are enough things to see and do here to fill a few hours or a few days.
Australia's most famous beach, Bondi has a broad crescent shaped strip of golden sand backed by an equally famous pavilion and boardwalk. All are a stone's throw away from a dazzling array of trendy restaurants, cafes and hotels. All in all, great food, great surf, great atmosphere, and one of Australia's most iconic localities.
A small but popular sheltered beach at the head of a narrow cove. A saltwater pool is situated on the southern shore of Clovelly Bay. The bay is home to one of the first surf lifesaving clubs in the world, Clovelly Surf Life Saving Club, which was founded in 1906. Clovelly is located 8 kilometres south-east of the Sydney central business district.
One of Sydney's most popular beaches which is always buzzing with life, particularly on weekends. Nearby is the Mcivers Ladies Baths and the ocean pool Wylie's Baths. Beyond the beach is a fabulous array of shops, hotels and eating places. The bay is sheltered from the roughest seas by Wedding Cake Island, a rocky reef about 800m offshore.