Sydney/Eastern Suburbs

The Eastern Suburbs of Sydney are located between Sydney City and the Pacific Ocean coastline. It is one of the most popular areas for visitors to Sydney, including the Bondi Beach and Watsons Bay areas. It is well-served by public transport and located on the same side of Sydney Harbour as the city.


Coogee Beach, looking north

The Eastern Suburbs enjoys extensive frontages on the Harbour, the Ocean beaches and extensive towering sandstone clifftops. This part of Sydney has a choice of over 20 different beaches. Sydney's eastern suburbs connect through to the City Centre through the City east precinct and adjoin the City south precinct toward the south of the city and on further toward the Kingsford Smith International airport at Mascot.


The eastern suburbs lines the southern side of the harbour from the city to South Head, with some of Sydney's finest views, and most expensive houses. Potts Point and Elizabeth Bay almost form part of Central Sydney. Some interesting areas are Rushcutters Bay, Darling Point, Double Bay, Rose Bay, and Watsons Bay and South Head.


Get in

By bus

By train

The Eastern Suburbs Line goes to Kings Cross, Edgecliff and terminates at Bondi Junction, where passengers can interchange with buses. The train does provide a speedy alternative to taking a bus all the way from the city.

By car

Most places in the Eastern Suburbs are accessible by car. However travelling to and parking at popular beachside locations during summer weekends and holidays can be frustrating and time consuming.


Ocean beaches

Swim, surf, walk or explore the Eastern Suburbs beaches. All of them have public transport access by bus, check Transport Info for more information .

From North to South

Bronte Beach
Maroubra Beach

Harbour Shoreline

See the different aspects of the harbour to walk, admire the views. Take a swim in the Sydney Harbour. There's generally public transport access by ferry or bus .

From the city to the heads

Towards Darling Point there is more parkland lining the shoreline. The bay was originally called Blackburn Cove honouring the Master of HM Armed Tender Supply and still has a small Naval depot. The area was popular for cutting the reeds often used as roof thatching in the early days of the colony. The name hence became established as the 'Rushcutting Bay'. The bay was fed by a creek with two arms; one rising in present day Darlinghurst and the other, Glenmore Brook, rising in Woollahra and which passed through lower Paddington. This lower valley of Paddington also carried the name Lacro. If you walk further north and toward the east to Darling Point there is a ferry wharf there to catch a ferry to the City or onwards eastward along the harbour shoreline . Some of the marina and dock areas have restricted access.
Watsons Bay, with the Gap on the right and Sydney city centre in the background

La Perouse and Botany Bay

Bare Island Fort at La Perouse

La Perouse was the site of some of Australia's earliest European influenced history and is named after a French explorer Jean François de Galaup de Lapérouse, who was commissioned by King Louis XVI of France to explore the Pacific. The La Perouse area has also been an aboriginal reserve, a defence site and even a home for hundreds of homeless Sydneysiders during the Great Depression. Much of the area is now a national park, and there are cliffs, inlets, bays, and walking trails to explore. Visit on a summer Sunday, and you will see Sydney in full recreation mode, with boomerang throwers, kite fliers, beach goers, fishermen, walkers, and picnic blankets with fish and chips. You might even catch the snake man showing Australian native snakes, all for a dollar in the hat at the end of the show.

The voyage of Lapérouse

Lapérouse landed in Botany Bay on 26 January 1788, only days after the First Fleet arrived in Australia and just as the British were leaving for Port Jackson. Contrary to popular belief, the French did not have orders to claim Terra Australis for France, having been directed by the French government to observe the founding of the British Colony, and their meeting with the British was cordial.

In Samoa there had been a skirmish with the inhabitants, killing 13 members of the French expedition and injuring Father Reçeveur, expedition naturalist and chaplain, who later died at Botany Bay. He was buried at Frenchmans Cove below the headland that is now called La Perouse.

The French stayed for six weeks and the last official sighting of the French expedition was in March 1788 when British lookouts stationed at the South Head of Port Jackson saw their ships set sail. The entire expedition was wrecked on the reefs of Vanikoro in the Solomon Islands during a cyclone sometime during April or May 1788 — the circumstances remaining a mystery for the next 40 years.

Parks and gardens

Centennial Park

  • Moonlight Cinema (is held during the summer months), Belvedere Amphitheatre, Centennial Park (See the Moonlight Cinema website for special entry and admission charge information).
  • Cycling. The main circuit is 4km in length, and there is a separate, much smaller circuit, for children just learning to ride. Cycle hire is available from Centennial Park Cycles, 50 Clovelly Road, Randwick ☎ +61 2 93985027
  • Roller-blading (Centennial Park is a venue for all levels from children to club competitors), Centennial Park. You can hire blades from Roller Bladers Total Skate, 36 Oxford Street, Woollahra ☎ +61 2 9380-6356 or Centennial Park Cycles, 50 Clovelly Road, Randwick ☎ +61 2 93985027.
  • Horse riding track (Centennial Park is a popular site for horse riding), Centennial Park (Pavilion B, Corner of Cook and Lang Roads, Centennial Park),  +61 2 93605650 or 1300 764000, e-mail: . Centennial Park has a 3.6km horse riding track and the Centennial Parklands Equestrian Centre is nearby.
For maps of the Centennial park precincts and facilities visit Centennial Park maps .

Moore Park

Harbourfront parks

Historical Sites






Hotels and hostels are available throughout the Eastern Suburbs. Bondi Beach is one of the main areas for backpacker and budget accommodation in Sydney.

Stay healthy

For a serious medical emergency you should call 000 from any phone for immediate attention of the emergency services.

The Prince of Wales Hospital is the major Public Hospital servicing the Eastern suburbs. It is on a large Randwick campus which also incorporates The Prince of Wales Private Hospital, The Royal Hospital for Women and Sydney Children’s Hospital with The University of New South Wales located on an adjoining campus.

Public Hospital emergency departments are open 24 hours a day, including public holidays.


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