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Welcome to Surry Hills(2010)

  • Local Government Area (LGA): City of Council of the City of Sydney
  • Distance from Sydney CBD: 2km (1.5 miles)
  • Approximate size for this postcode: 2.2 km²
  • Surrounding suburbs: Chippendale(2008), Paddington(2021), Haymarket(2000), Redfern(2016), Moore Park(2021)
  • Other suburbs with same post code: Darlinghurst,
  • Total of population in this suburb in year 2011 : 15,342 people
  • Median age persons in 2011 was: 33 years old
  • Most of people in Surry Hills were born in Australia
  • Ancestors were mostly from: English
  • Median individual income in 2011 was: $986 per week
  • Median family income was: $2,448 per week
  • Median house price (2010): $800,000
  • Median unit price (2010): $445,000
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Suburb Highlights
Suburb Highlights

In the early 19th century Surry Hills was on the outskirts of the city and the ideal place to build a mansion, but the area later sank into decline, becoming an overcrowded slum, with brothels and notorious gangs – as described by Ruth Park in her 1940s novels, Poor Man’s Orange and The Harp in the South.  But today, Surry Hills is a very different place – a colourful and diverse inner-city suburb that is well known for its art galleries, antique dealers, cafes and pubs, and fashion and rag trade outlets.  Surry Hills is a curious mixture of fashion and seediness. Newly renovated houses stand alongside dilapidated dwellings while streets of elegant Victorian terraces abut modern high-rise flats and factory warehouses.

Surry Hills is located 1.5km east of the CBD.  The focus of Surry Hills shopping, busy Crown Street is popular for its off beat clothing homewares and collectables, bookshops and food stores. On the first Saturday of every month, the Surry Hills Market is held at Shannon Reserve, and this is a great place to find clothing gifts, creative crafts and bric-a-brac. Also in the area is the excellent Sydney Antique Centre on  South Dowling Street, and Cleveland Street’s Surry Hills Shopping Village, ideal for food and every day shopping.

Once again Crown Street is the place to go for dining, particularly when it crosses Oxford, Fitzroy, Devonshire and Cleveland Streets. There is an extraordinary range of eateries here – from tiny Lebanese and Turkish takeaways to upmarket Modern Australian restaurants and some excellent pub dining rooms, such as the Dolphin, Clock and Hopetoun, offering meals at very reasonable prices. Oxford, Riley, Albion and Bourke Streets also feature many places to eat, including some good Asian and Italian establishments.

Prince Alfred Park is located just south of Central Station, Prince Alfred Park is best known for its 1950s-style outdoor swimming pool. Spanning more than 7.5 hectares, this vital community park also features large grassed areas, a playground and tennis courts.

Shannon Reserve is at the corner of Crown and Collins streets is the location of the Surry Hills Market – held on the first Saturday of every month, subject to weather.

Moore Park is part of the excitement of big-time sport and entertainment, which includes the Sydney Cricket Ground and Aussie Stadium, featuring Australian Rules Football, cricket, Rugby League, Rugby Union, soccer, concerts and interactive venue tours.

Crown Street Primary School, Sydney Boys & Girls High, Cleveland Street Boys High School are state schools in Surry Hills.


The demographics information are compiled from a variety of sources including the Australian Bureau of Statistics (2011 Census). Copyright in ABS Data resides with Commonwealth of Australia. Used with permission.