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City of Boroondara

About the area

Name origin

Boroondara is named from an Aboriginal word meaning "where the ground is thickly shaded".

Location and boundaries

The City of Boroondara is located in the inner eastern suburbs of Melbourne, between 5 and 10 kilometres east of the Melbourne CBD. The City of Boroondara is bounded by the Cities of Banyule and Manningham in the north, the Cities of Whitehorse and Monash in the east, the City of Stonnington in the south, and the City of Yarra in the west. The City's boundaries are the Yarra River and Koonung Creek in the north, Swelyn Street, Winfield Road, Evelina Street, Kerry Parade, Kinsale Crescent, Carrick Street, Carlyle Street, Barloa Road, York Street, Wilson Street, Alexandra Crescent and Warrigal Road in the east, Gardiners Creek in the south, and the Yarra River in the west.

Included areas

The City of Boroondara includes the suburbs of Ashburton, Balwyn, Balwyn North, Camberwell, Canterbury, Deepdene, Hawthorn, Hawthorn East, Kew and Kew East, and parts of the suburbs of Glen Iris and Surrey Hills.

Land use

The City of Boroondara is a predominantly residential area, with some commercial and educational land use. The City encompasses a total land area of about 60 square kilometres.


The City of Boroondara is served by the Eastern Freeway, Citylink, the Lilydale-Belgrave and Alamein railway lines, and a number of tramlines.

Settlement history

European settlement dates from 1837. Growth was minimal until the 1850s, when the development of Hawthorn began. Development in Kew also began around this time, while the remainder of Boroondara was developed as the railway and tramlines were extended east. Significant residential and commercial development took place in the late 1800s. Expansion continued during the interwar and post-war periods. The population of the City has gradually increased since the early 1990s, rising from 141,000 in 1991 to about 157,000 in 2011.

Indigenous background

The original inhabitants of the Boroondara area were the Wurundjeri Aboriginal people.