Changing Face of Sydney Transport

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

From high above, aerial images show Sydney un-earthed. These before and after images detail the changing face of Sydney’s suburbs. Major progress is being made on key Sydney infrastructure projects as the city prepares for ongoing population growth.

 Before After 

Sydney’s growing population

Sydney reached 5 million at the end of June 2016. While it took almost 30 years (1971 – 2000) for Sydney's population to increase from 3 million to 4 million people, it took only another 16 years to reach its next million. 

Growing by 83,000 people every 12 months (at 1.7%, above the national average of 1.4%), the city needs infrastructure to keep pace with this population growth.

NSW projections show that NSW will grow to 9.9 million people by 2036. Sydney is two-thirds of this number, so will reach 6.5 million in the next 20 years, and 8 million by 2050.

How we commute to work in Sydney

Almost 2 in 3 Australian commuters get to work by private car (65.5%, up from 65.3% 5 years ago) with just 1 in 10 relying on public transport. The 2011 Census showed that 58% of Sydneysiders commute to work by car, 9% by train, 5% by bus, and a further 4% walked. 

Social researcher Eliane Miles notes, "Sydney-siders are spending a significant amount of time moving each day. While the average work trip for a Sydneysider is around 35 minutes, for many Sydneysiders the journey to work takes much longer. Commuters in Sydney's outer suburbs are often spending five times this length (up to 2.5 hours) per trip each way. Sydney is investing more in infrastructure than other world cities of comparable population size, and it is critical that investment in both roads and public transport options continues." 

You can watch the full story on Nine News here

About Eliane Miles

Eliane Miles is a social researcher, trends analyst and Director of Research at the internationally recognised McCrindle. As a data analyst she understands the power of big data to inform strategic direction. Managing research across multiple sectors and locations, she is well positioned to understand the megatrends transforming the workplace, household and consumer landscapes. Her expertise is in telling the story embedded in the data and communicating the insights in visual and practical ways.

From the key demographic transformations such as population growth to social trends such as changing household structures, to generational change and the impact of technology, Eliane delivers research based presentations dealing with the big global and national trends.

To have Eliane speak at your next event, feel free to contact Kimberley Linco on 02 8824 3422 or

Download Eliane’s professional speakers pack here

Welcome to our blog...

We have a passion for research that tells a story, that can be presented visually, that brings about change and improves organisations. And we hope these resources help you know the times.

Our Social Media Sites

Facebook | McCrindle Research Social Media YouTube | McCrindle Research Social Media Twitter | McCrindle Research Social Media Flickr | McCrindle Research Social Media Pinterest | McCrindle Research Social Media Google Plus | McCrindle Research Social Media LinkedIn | McCrindle Research Social Media Mark McCrindle Slideshare

Last 150 Articles


professional father's day wolloomooloo ageing research New South Wales mateship australian communities forum optus my business awards school fresh future sector micro workplace 2020 community engagement growing population facts spirituality presentations Christchurch visualisation newspaper future proof statistics society internships toys land of the middle class trend rich households public speaking 1994 overcast new office System's Architect data visualisation australian social research PSI TED talk storytelling define survey design infographic baby names communications home results belief participants volunteering data FPA Adelaide future-proof tips marriages breakfast healthy future sector wide study communication Christmas season supply and demand sustainable trends analyst post rationalism Christmas presents tertiary education McCrindle Speakers not-for-profit Population Clock networking sydneycity stats average Australian jobs of the future happiness entrepreneur middle class office opening Res Vis changing face of sydney investing work mates sydney speaker eliane miles Valentine’s Day collaborative mccrindle tea Australian Census divorce rate Merry Christmas capital cities budget not for profit politics pharmacies Work place youth unemployment VET global financial crisis socialising water #censusfail trends of 2016 World Water Day wages volunteer population the hills monarchy city narcissism wage infographics brands ashley fell huffington post REIV Conference Australian communities trends chairty selfie cars apartments gen z census renter of the future stay home tv Crime Rates 2016 menai young australians affordable housing growth conference speaker speakers insight public speaker royal baby dare to dream millenials events high density living sydneysiders Kiwi Education Future Forum non profit Births food owning a home litter optus research report house sector wide housing trends cultural diversity unaffordable generation wealth and income social change teleworking jobs rain capital city nfp child care wealth and income distribution megatrends relevant Wagga Wagga Deaths organisational culture socialites couple business performance goals Generation Y publication trend tuesday house prices religion micro apartments population growth urban taskforce story social commentary Australian Bureau of Statistics gen alpha New Zealand marrickville christianity property Financial Planning Association winter blues Australian community trends teacher investment energy mythbusters culturally diverse 40 million Myth home owner demographic trends Kirsten Brewer personalities Territory population map earnings Australian Home population milestone tuesday average sydneysider hills conference royal influence media commentary Caregiver Tuesday Trends financial independence FOMO IT Specialists baby names report royal research services responsive mentor entrepreneurial leader 1968 buildings waverton business 2016 census results emerging generations generations young people sunburnt country income daily commute commuters Research Executive forum eliane social media retirement high density annual income NEETs prince george crime resilience snapshot financial dreams Skilling state schools students society trends urban living index online shopping shopping ACT professional services aged care DIY graphs typical australian future proofing change low density vegetarian friendship Gen Y housing infographic wall the hills shire generation Z faith culture business index earning property price cica mining boom Do It Yourself Andrew Duffin baby boom student public holiday Social Trend Word Up forecasting mythbusting learn group session social issues NT brand office cartodb travelling aged care puzzle real cooking innovation pyrmont leadership workshop Hills Shire Council environmental scanning Australian Families visual poker master mccrindle in the media group demography university degree house price January 26th event showreel cost of living entrepreneurs of today living data Aussies collaboration personal growth commute Geoff Brailey divorce youth dream demographer Australian Communities Trends award motivate the great screenage South Australia TED high density apartments engagement ideas names innovative learning styles relational etiquette brand experience ashley mckenzie Love Hornsby Shire Council know the times crows nest poor growth 2014 purpose Western Australia communicate outsourcing potts point the australian dream australia average aussie priorities australian communities trends report earn NSW cancelling plans affordability follow shopper's pick Australian Population Financial Planning Week hopes emerging trends resource women consumerism tableau baby names australia report census results sports social impact insights professional development unemployment 10 years cancel plans economy 23 million gender suburban living award winner property market world youth day rental stress 2015 Mark McCrindle focus group sydneysider in depth interviews baby boomers mother's day government darwin royal family pharmacy finance transport careers Queensland travel Northern beaches Event professional speaker faux-ciliser offenders Australians family employers suburbs shbc Channel 7 equip global winter millennials Sydney keynote speaker future of shopping Assistant Store Manager sentiments proactive moderators guide CPI domestic shifts demographics increasing densification norwest residents suburb Channel Seven Australia Day 2017 thought leadership balance February 16 ageing population ACF 2016 spend The ABC of XYZ Netflix states local community mover and shaker ACF17 emerging technologies investor plans train Northern Beaches Christian School sydney hills Wellington GPO area Christmas lunch woolworths alpha Canberra speaker house price rise hornsby medicine weekly earnings housing affordability small business shopping centre quote tattoos Wodonga education research workplace culture schools parents 1980 manly social commentator New Zeland NBRS national wealth ease of travel EFF Engineering Manager meetings workshop Scouts wellbeing fears social trends easter goal logan hello fresh baby name trends social lives Australian schools Real Estate Institute of Victoria consumer conference presentation The Daily Edition educhat global generations wealth distribution list household internship village students life futurist marriage school satisfaction 1975 australian lifestyle social analysis James Ward research data weather researcher university Sydney Hills Business Chamber coffee celebration parenting financial fears holiday work-life SRE cold dessert local communities google for education ultimo English cost office space mccrindle social life 24,000,000 technology demographic internet product Bathburst staying in brisbane Australia Day grave decision future of work sunny days year 7 australians staying home more faux-cilise google Aussie bondi social urban perth census 2016 lalor park cultural diveristy Tasmania daily telegraph baby research pack online school students economic Royals victoria program keynote speaker experience workforce 2017 Research Director cash skills safe church thrive communities language blaxland men learning WA Melbourne families VIC TDE staff click ACF forecast renting demographic transformations debt social researcher professional presenters clothing educated wealth Charlotte omnibus news interactive education sector ipswich year 12 ACF2017 leadership anzac screenage 2013 in the media Sydney charity the changing face of challenge kate middleton easy rider 24 million survey conferences learner education future report rent focus groups digital VET sector Tuesday Trend apartment christmas Generation X seasons intern grandparents social research summer entertainment Australian Trends case study NBRS Architecture sydney event data analyst long weekend the average aussie Vocational education community acf15 new york times JOMO ABS cloudy days teach high school CBD impact trades financial teaching princess charlotte sydney metro generation alpha education future engage baby name predictions community event census fail future of education going out holidays Northern Beaches recap baby name tea media release rising house prices education bus identity townhouses millionth wedding Duchess of Cambridge hobart career DESTEL friends organisations training paying to work debate SMART mobile neutral bay Australian demographics bureau criminal aussie culture optimistic national private wealth Financial Planning Association of Australia meals Macquarie University rule keeper sun employment 2016 census builders cancelling event Queensland: QLD media marketing report financial future Northern Territory national crime rates moreton bay study analysis generational trends research visualisation slideshare HSC car 2012 keynote SA salary REIV National Conference census data urban living mccrindle research hills shire dreaming local ferry geomapping market research social researchers customer repayments environment vegemite work contiki home ownership Australian Dream TAS housing market SMSF social shifts curiosity "know the times" teachers Australia street greatness speakers pack media activity panel rise of local children social enquiry authenticity Gen X video ethnography Real Estate NFP event faux-cilising TEDx qualitative research trends of 2017 deloitte twentyseventeen mortgage world christian presentation volunteers gold coast