CBD and Harbour

CBD and Harbour

Boundaries and demographics

The CBD and Harbour North village covers the area from Sydney Harbour in the north to Bathurst Street in the south, and from the Royal Botanic Gardens in the east to Barangaroo in the west. A map of the area can be downloaded below.

The village group includes the suburbs of Millers Point, Dawes Point, The Rocks, Barangaroo and a large portion of Sydney (suburb).

According to latest estimates 8,338 residents (4.54% of the City) and 215,484 workers (55.91% of the City) make up the local area.

Local history

When Arthur Phillip set up the penal colony that was to become Sydney he housed the convicts on the western side of the Tank Stream in an area now called The Rocks.

The area's rough topography resulted in a confusing collection of streets and laneways, rather than an orderly grid of through-fares.

The Rocks is surrounded on 3 sides by water, so it is little wonder the maritime industries had such a big effect on The Rocks in later years.

Pub names such as the Lord Nelson and the Hero of Waterloo recall this era.

In the 1930s the Harbour Bridge's approach and pylons altered the suburb forever.

The villages today

Among galleries, tourist-focused restaurants and advertising agencies, The Rocks still has a large number of public-housing tenants. Walsh Bay’s renovated wharves nearby are now home to expensive homes, waterfront restaurants and theatres.

The area just south of Circular Quay is Sydney's financial centre that employs tens of thousands of people from all over Sydney. More than half of Australia's finance sector companies are based in this part of the City. The redeveloped Barangaroo district will bring more residents and commerce to the city centre's north-western edge.

Changes to planning controls in the 1990s brought more residents into Sydney's city centre particularly in the south.

Today most of the 30,000 or so people residing in this area and the neighbouring Chinatown and CBD South Village group live in high-rise apartments that are close to world-class theatres, museums, shopping centres and restaurants. But the city centre is still primarily a place for business with many of Australia's largest companies based here.

Australia's largest commercial hub includes the ornate 19th-century Queen Victoria Building (known locally as the QVB), sleek modern complexes such as Pitt Street's new Westfield development and a resurgent George Street.


2030 in Your Village: CBD and Harbour

Last updated: Tuesday, 16 July 2013