Facts: Census

The most recent Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is the 2016 Census.

When compared to earlier census data, the 2011 figures show population increases in the Sydney LGA up 8.2 per cent over the last five years.

The 2016 Census shows an increase in the Sydney LGA of almost 5%.

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Darlinghurst is 12,202 with a population density of 140.97 persons per hectare.
You can access the ABS 2016 profiles for your suburb at by selecting the census tab.

Statistical Information including some mapping is available across the entire Sydney Local Government area. This information can be found by an ABS Search at

City of Sydney's also hosts LGA profiles.

City of Sydney Community Atlas -
City of Sydney Community Profile -

Note: census has a number of changes in how it reports information, so data is not easily comparable between censuses. For example, Potts Point splits along Macleay Street so one side is in Potts Point, while the other side is in Elizabeth Bay.

These problems are addressed when the data is further crunched to produce community profiles comparing the various census years.


Darlo History

Darlinghurst stands on the unceded lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation.

The Gadigal people maintained and inhabited the area until well into the 1840s,

Darlinghurst was a quarry and windmill site before it became popular for the fine villas of the colony's well-to-do, in the 1830s. Subsequent booms and busts raised and lowered the suburb's fortunes, creating the mix of poor and posh, criminal and respectable that have made Darlinghurst one of Sydney's most interesting localities.

See: Dictionary of Sydney at


Art & Culture

Art & Culture

Darlinghurst is home to many cultural treasures. Preeminent is the Australian Museum opened in 1857 and the oldest museum in Australia, with an international reputation in the fields of natural history and anthropology. The Sydney Jewish Museum on Darlinghurst Road adjacent to Green Park opened in 1992 by members of the Australian Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, and its world-class exhibitions continue to attract tens of thousands of visitors a year with constant school excursions and great teacher training. For contemporary art see Sydney East Art Walk which has an updated list of more than 20 contemporary art galleries. 4 times a year they organise a popular Art Walk and updated local map -

Performing Arts, Parades & Film
The area has always quietly hummed with performing arts — from the official to the unofficial: the mighty ABC radio was housed at 184 Forbes Street (now Horizon) from 1936 to 1991. This was the ABC’s main Sydney radio complex before Ultimo, with a number of studios and also Master Control switching facilities, Nearby was St Peter’s Theatre and Filmmakers’ Co-op. Today Stables Theatre and Griffin Theatre Company are hugely popular. The newer restored 129-year-old Baptist Tabernacle houses Eternity Playhouse, home to Darlinghurst Theatre Company (formerly at the Wayside Chapel). See:

Darlinghurst has a proud LGBTQI+ heritage and the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, one of Sydney’s biggest festivals, is centred here. The first Mardi Gras took place in 1978, when gay liberation activists staged a demonstration parade along Oxford Street to Hyde Park and back up William Street to Kings Cross. A “riot” in Darlinghurst Road Kings Cross ensued when the crowd was trapped by police (who have since apologised). See:

Today Darlinghurst Road and Oxford Street are amongst Sydney’s most proud LGBTQI+ symbols (an honour now shared with other high profile main streets) but Oxford Street remains the route of the Mardi Gras parade.

Hospitals and Medical Research

Established in 1857 as a free hospital for Sydney’s poor, today St Vincent’s Hospital and St Vincent’s Private Hospital are leading medical, surgical and research facilities offering a comprehensive range of services and treatments.

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