Harris Street

Harris Street

Boundaries and demographics

The Harris Street Village encompasses the area from Pyrmont Point in the north to Broadway in the south, and from Darling Harbour in the east to Wattle Street, Ultimo in the west. The Village Group includes the suburbs of Pyrmont and Ultimo. A map of the area can be downloaded below.

According to latest estimates, there are 17,706 residents (9.65% of LGA) and 19,864 workers (5.15% of LGA) in the area.

From the past to today

Bought for a gallon of rum by wool industry pioneer John Macarthur, the Pyrmont peninsula is where much of the sandstone used on Sydney's colonial-era buildings was extracted.

Now it is undergoing significant change. The area's quarries, slaughterhouses, wharves and factories, once an important part of Sydney's industrial and maritime past, have been reinvigorated by recent developments such as Jones Bay Wharf, upmarket apartment complexes, office spaces and waterfront restaurants. People move here attracted to the area's proximity to the city's centre – more locals walk to work than catch public transport or drive.

Despite the increase in new residential developments, the district's public housing survives.

Shopping is concentrated on Harris Street, with the bustling Sydney Fish Market in Bank Street and the Good Living Growers' Market at Pyrmont Bay Park attracting food shoppers.

Once the power station for Sydney's tram network, the Powerhouse Museum has recharged the nearby suburb of Ultimo, which is home to parks, student-friendly pubs and a large Chinese community. The ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission) and UTS (University of Technology, Sydney) give Harris Street a media and technology focus.


2030 in Your Village: Harris Street

Last updated: Tuesday, 16 July 2013