The City of Sydney encompasses the central business district of Sydney and the immediately surrounding residential suburbs. The Sydney City local area consists of 28 suburbs, however, the geographical area is significantly smaller than many other Sydney regions, only stretching 8km from one side of the region to the other. The suburbs which constitute Sydney city are Alexandria, Barangaroo, Beaconsfield, Centennial Park, Chippendale, Darlinghurst, Darlington, Dawes Point, Elizabeth Bay, Erskineville, Eveleigh, Forest Lodge, Glebe, Haymarket, Millers Point, Moore Park, Newtown, Potts Point, Pyrmont, Redfern, Rosebery, Rushcutters Bay, Surry Hills, Sydney CBD, The Rocks, Ultimo, Waterloo, Woolloomooloo and Zetland.

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Extensive trains and buses can be used to get around the Sydney area and beyond. There are also ferry services which run from Circular Quay.

Location & Transport

The City of Sydney is home to 240,229 people within a 27km² area, making it one of the most densely populated areas in Australia. The City of Sydney is connected to several main highways including the Bradfield Highway, the Cahill Expressway, the Eastern Distributor, Western Distributor and the popular Parramatta Road. The proximity of the City of Sydney to these major highways means transit out of the city is easy. That said, the inner-city Sydney traffic is likely to add a fair amount of time to any journey. Not just reserved for peak hour, the traffic throughout most of the region is notoriously terrible. With excellent access to the public transport network, commuters are definitely better off leaving their car at home.

Extensive trains and buses can be used to get around the Sydney area and beyond. There are also ferry services which run regularly from Circular Quay Ferry Terminus as well as King Street Wharf, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont Bay, Wooloomooloo and Darling Point. Circular Quay is the most highly-connected ferry terminal in all of Sydney, with popular routes including the Manly Ferry and Parramatta Ferry, as well as several others which provide quick and easy access to the entire network.


A location right in the centre of the action means life in the City of Sydney is packed full of adventure. Although a surprising 33% of residents live by themselves, living in the City of Sydney is a very social experience with the majority of residences being large apartment developments.

Along with a slew of gorgeous parks peppering the area (Moore Park, Centennial Park, Hyde Park and the Royal Botanical Gardens are all worth noting), there are also a number of specifically crafted areas designed for entertainment. The Carriageworks precinct in Everleigh is a diverse space which hosts everything from Saturday farmers markets to large art installations and even concerts — there isn’t a weekend that goes by that you won’t find something exciting going on a Carriageworks. The Entertainment Quarter is also located within the city and has been specifically designed to be your one-stop-shop for a great weekend; expect food trucks, restaurants, bars, markets, art galleries, performing arts centres, old-school arcades, cinemas, concert venues, bowling and even an indoor ski simulator!

The City of Sydney

With Sydney’s nightlife currently recovering from tough lockout laws, Newtown is the new centre of the hipster club scene: if you’re after 50 different craft beers in every pub, this is where you’ll find it. Of course, living in the City of Sydney also means the iconic Darling Harbour and The Rocks precincts are right on your doorstep. Although undeniably touristy, the waterfront is still stunning. Not many Australians are lucky enough to pass the Opera House on their morning walk!

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Although the City of Sydney is pretty much as gentrified as it gets, there are still several new developments. The biggest and most significant is the building of a new town centre in Green Square, a precinct in the inner-east of Sydney in the suburbs of Alexandria, Zetland, Waterloo, Rosebery and Beaconsfield. The City has committed $540 million over 10 years to create world-class community facilities including a new library and plaza (which is now complete), a new pool complex (the largest built in Sydney since the 2000 Olympics), and more than 40 parks. The project also includes the transformation and reuse of several heritage-listed buildings in the area. Some of the buildings have been repurposed as a Creative Centre, a childcare centre, a community shed dedicated to the reuse and repair of household electronics, and public art. Green Square has won a number of design and architecture awards, highlighting how innovative and transformative the space is expected to be once complete.

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As part of the update, major infrastructure works are also being undertaken in these areas. New stormwater drains and roads are nearing completion, with construction expected to end in 2021. Each new street is tree-lined to cool the area and create shade, while extra-wide footpaths have been included to ensure residents can safely exercise and get between destinations quickly. Self-watering raingardens, bright LED lights and wayfinding signs highlighting the history of Green Square will make the area greener and safer, according to the council and city designers.


While only 15.3% of the population of the City of Sydney consists of families, there are still several top schools in the area. In terms of government-run schools, primary-school-aged children will fall into the catchment of Bourke Street Public School, Ultimo Public School, Newtown Public School or Glebe Public School, depending on which individual suburb you reside in (check the School Catchment map for further details). 2020 marks the opening of the first public high school in the area — Inner Sydney High School in Surry Hills. The second stage is still under construction, with the school currently accepting Year 7 students. In 2021 they will also be accepting Year 8 students, and so forth until 2024, when the first Year 12 cohort will graduate. If you would prefer private education, there are many options including St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, St Andrew’s Cathedral School, International Grammar School Sydney. Sydney Grammar School, the state’s most popular all-boys high school is also located right in the middle of the City of Sydney on College Street.

The central location also means you are close by to many university campuses, which is ideal for students and academic staff alike. Western City University is located right in the city, as is the University of Sydney. The University of Notre Dame is situated in Darlinghurst and the large University of Technology Syndey campus sits in the suburb of Ultimo. UNSW Sydney campus is located just outside the boundary of the City of Sydney in Kensington.