Late night research

Late night research

Measuring change

The late night management areas research project collects information about Sydney's night-time economy. The research helps the City to monitor and manage night-time activities and measure progress against targets set out in the OPEN Sydney strategy and action plan.

By 2030, the City hopes the night-time economy will be transformed from a focus on younger people and drinking to one where 40% of people in the City at night will be aged over 40 and 40% of businesses open at night will be shops.

Researchers count pedestrians, observe on-street activity and behaviour and record what businesses are open. Precinct surveys collect information as to why people are visiting the city at night, what venues they have visited, and their mode of transport and also their perceptions of safety.

The project started in 2010 and was then carried out in 2012 and 2015. The 2015 research builds on the survey areas of 2010 and 2012 providing increased insight into the city at night. The research is not intended to be an audit but a snapshot of the city at a point in time.

2015 research

The most recent research was conducted on a Friday and Saturday night in March 2015, across 10 precincts between 5pm and 5am:

  • CBD central
  • CBD south
  • CBD north
  • Oxford Street
  • Kings Cross
  • Newtown (King Street)
  • Surry Hills (Crown Street)
  • Glebe (Glebe Point Road)
  • Pyrmont (Harris Street)
  • Redfern (Redfern Street).

You can download report cards for each precinct.


The City is committed to conducting this research regularly.  

You can download the 2015 research report and you can also download the 2010 and 2012 research reports.

Last updated: Friday, 22 January 2016