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The Eastern Suburbs is the metropolitan area directly to the east and south-east of the Sydney central business district in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. This can include the suburbs within the local government areas of the Municipality of Woollahra, Waverley Council, City of Randwick, City of Botany Bay and part of the City of Sydney. The Australian Bureau of Statistics' "Eastern Suburbs Statistical Subdivision" includes only the Woollahra, Waverley and Randwick LGAs. According to the 2011 Census, the region's population was 249,546, up from 230,757 in 2006.
The modern, somewhat excessive "McMansion" style homes in the eastern suburbs have led to one Financial Review journalist noting that "The [eastern] suburbs are full of ugly houses with good positions. Some of the furnishings would give you migraines, they are so bad. The Eastern Suburbs are a collection of affluent suburbs like Vaucluse, Point Piper, Dover Heights, and Bellevue Hill.”
The northern parts surrounding Sydney Harbour features suburbs 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. The landscape in these areas is characterized by winding crescent-like streets, large homes and harbourside beaches and villages.
South of these suburbs are Bondi Junction, Bondi, Bronte, Tamarama, Queens Park, Waverley, Clovelly, Coogee, Randwick, Maroubra, Matraville, Kingsford, Malabar, Little Bay and La Perouse. The landscape in these areas is characterized by modest yet modern homes, ocean beaches, and a traditional 'middle-class' suburban feel.
To the west of Bondi Junction are the inner-city suburbs of Centennial Park, Paddington, Surry Hills, Darlinghurst, Moore Park and the Kings Cross locality. The landscape in these areas is dominated by overhanging trees, renovated terrace houses, cafes and modernized pubs and bars.
The largest commercial areas in the Eastern Suburbs are found at Bondi Junction, North Randwick, Maroubra and Double Bay. The Eastern Suburbs features some of Sydney's well-known beaches such as Bondi Beach, Bronte Beach, and Coogee Beach. The University of New South Wales is one of Australia’s leading universities located in Kensington.
There are two NRL teams that have a fierce rivalry and following in the Eastern Suburbs: the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Sydney Roosters (Eastern Suburbs District Rugby League Football Club). The South Sydney Rabbitohs have the largest membership of all teams in the NRL, with over 30,000 members in 2014, with the Roosters having 15,000, with an additional 30,000- 45,000 members of their leagues club. At the current stage South Sydney do not have a leagues club.