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


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