Crown and Baptist Streets

Crown and Baptist Streets

Surry Hills and East Redfern

Although the fashion industry has played a long-standing role in the local economy, business opportunities in this area are emerging for creative start-ups and dining/café businesses.

The City of Sydney's plans for an Oxford Street cultural quarter should help reinvigorate the area and its traditional focus on art, design and other creative pursuits. Under the plan, this area will become more affordable for creative start-ups.

Hospitality continues to flourish as the area continues to be increasingly popular for drinking and dining.

Many of Australia's top chefs have set up shop on Crown and Elizabeth Streets' thriving restaurant scene.

There are a number of pubs, bars and restaurants on Bourke and Cleveland Streets, and a growing number of new small bars opening up on the streets close to Central Station.

Creative industries account for 20% of all businesses and now employs more people than any other sector in the area.

Other areas of employment include professional and business services, as well as some government agencies and not-for-profit organisations.

The majority of jobs are concentrated close to Central Station where there is more multi-storey office space.

With approximately 22,000 people living here, residential living is a big part of the area's lifestyle offering.

The population is expected to increase to roughly 24,500 by 2030 – a relatively low rate of population growth for Sydney. 

Local customers

The customer intercept survey report provides a customer profile of visitors to Surry Hills including demographics, shopping patterns, visit frequency and competition, overall precinct improvement suggestions and new opportunities for local businesses.

The survey was undertaken in April 2014.


City of Sydney
Business Precinct Coordinator
02 9265 9333

Surry Hills Creative Precinct
President: Raymond Scott02 9146 43530403 992 901

Surry Hills Business Alliance
Chairman: Brian Adams02 9318 2727


Creative Spaces Sydney 2030 – Creative city

Last updated: Thursday, 18 September 2014