Harris Street

Harris Street

Village characteristics

  • The Harris Street village is located in the north of the City of Sydney local area. It includes the suburb of Pyrmont and most of Ultimo and is bounded by the shore of Johnstons Bay and Darling Harbour in the north, Murray Street in the east, Broadway in the south and Wattle Street and the shore of Blackwattle Bay in the west.
  • The village accommodates a diverse range of industrial, entertainment and educational land uses. It is home to major features such as The Star (formerly Star City Casino) in the north, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney Institute of TAFE and Australian Broadcasting Corporation in the southwest and Powerhouse Museum in the centre.
  • Residential uses are predominantly high density, multi-unit apartments in the north of the village, with terrace housing in the centre. Nearly 50% of employment is north of Pyrmont Bridge Road.

Total figures

In 2017, in the village area there were:

  • 975 buildings
  • 1,164 business establishments employing workers
  • 34,982 workers
  • 3,120,547m² of internal floor area surveyed
  • 9,611 residential dwellings.


Between 2012 and 2017 there were 119 more businesses, representing an increase of 11.4%. The top 6 sectors by number of businesses:

City-based industry sector Businesses
Food and drink
Professional and business services
Creative industries
Retail and personal services 115
Property development and operation 71

In 2017 the sector with the largest growth was food and drink, which increased by 36 businesses (18.6% increase) in the past 5 years. Small businesses (1–19 workers) accounted for 83.8% of all businesses, employing 15.2% of workers in the village.


There were 34,982 workers up 20.6% from 2012. The top 6 sectors by number of workers:

City-based industry sector Workers
Creative industries
Higher education and research
Professional and business services 5,324
Tourist, cultural and leisure
Food and drink 2,035 

The sector with the largest growth in worker numbers was professional and business services, which grew by 2,524 workers (90.1% increase) followed by ICT, which grew by 2,098 workers (49.7% increase) and higher education and research, which grew by 1,198 workers (22.8% increase) since the 2012 survey. The sector with the largest decrease in worker numbers was food and drink, which decreased by 406 workers (16.6% decrease).

Floor area

In 2017 the business floor area increased by 9.0% to 1,341,669m² and accounted for 42.1% of total floor space in the village. The top 6 sectors by floor area:

City-based industry sector Floor area (m²)
Higher education and research
Tourist, cultural and leisure
Creative industries
ICT 134,715
Professional and business services
Transport and logistics 66,620 

Significant growth sectors in the village by business floor area were food and drink, which grew by 72,177m² (25.6% increase) followed by tourist, cultural and leisure, which grew by 19,930m² (6.3% increase). Negative growth sectors included finance and financial services which declined by 14,900m² (57.8% decrease) and government, which declined by 7,181m² (98.1% decrease) in the last 5 years.

Work space ratio

Work space ratios are calculated by dividing the total internal area (m²) by the total number of employees. The average work space ratio for all industry sectors decreased from 42.4m² per worker in 2012 to 38.4m² per worker in 2017. The most intensive use of work space occurred in the professional and business services sector with 15.7m² for every worker, down from 25.1m² per worker in 2012.

Visitor accommodation

In 2017 there were 1,013 hotel rooms (6.3% increase), 853 serviced apartment units (8.7% increase) and 12 backpacker beds (no change). 


  • Housing, pipeline development and forecasts can be found on the City Monitors page.
  • For information on the classifications for city-based industry sectors and space use divisions, please see the floor space and employment survey home page.

Last updated: Tuesday, 2 April 2019