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About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Rosebud is 13,537, with a population density of 8.25 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Rosebud is bounded by Port Phillip Bay, Lonsdale Street, Agonis Court, the suburb of McCrae, the Mornington Peninsula Freeway and a line running between Austin Avenue and Sunningdale Road in the north, generally by the suburbs of Arthurs Seat and Main Ridge in the east, Drum Drum Alloc Creek, Old Cape Schanck Road and the suburb of Boneo in the south, and Boneo Road, Rosebud Secondary College, Whitehead Grove and the suburb of Rosebud West in the west.

Name origin

Rosebud is thought to be named after the schooner "The Rosebud".

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1850s, with land used mainly for farming and grazing. Growth took place in the 1870s and 1880s, when the township of Rosebud was established, founded on the fishing industry. Significant development occurred from the 1950s. The Rosebud area has long been a holiday location for Melbournians. The population generally increased between 1991 and 2011 as new dwellings were added to the area, including medium density housing.

Land use

Rosebud is a residential, holiday and rural area, with some small commercial areas. The rural areas are located in the south-east.

Major features

Major features of the area include Arthurs Seat State Park, Rosebud Country Club, Rosebud Park Public Golf Course, Rosebud Plaza, Rosebud Beach Shopping Centre, the Rosebud shopping area, Rosebud Pier, Banksia Woods Reserve, Betty Clift Conservation Reserve, C R Coleman Park, Goolgowie Bushland Reserve, Lawson Park, Old Cape Schanck Bushland Reserve, Olympic Park Reserve, Rosebud Public Park & Recreation Reserve, Sylvan Bushland Reserve, Terry Goodard Reserve, Tom Salt Park, the Port Phillip Bay foreshore and several schools.