Boambee East is a relatively recent residential and rural-residential area, with an industrial area in the north. Boambee East is bounded by Sawtell Road and Boambee Creek in the north, the locality of Toormina in the east, Lyons Road in the south, and the Pacific Highway in the west. Boambee East is named for the area east of Boambee, which is thought to be named from an Aboriginal word meaning "to hit".
Settlement of the area dates from the late 1800s, with land used mainly for farming. Population was minimal until the post-war years. Significant development did not occur until the late 1980s. Rapid growth took place during the early 1990s. The population continued to increase from the mid 1990s, although at a slower rate, a result of new dwellings being added to the area.
Major features of the area include Boambee East Community Centre, Borrowdale Crescent Reserve, Meadow View Reserve, Boambee Central Shopping Centre, Spoonbill Lake, Boambee Creek and Cordwells Creek.