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BalmainAustralia

The bohemian feel of the Inner West meets the sparkle of the city in Balmain, a cozy harborside suburb known for its creative residents and stylish way of life.

Discover Balmain’s gorgeous waterfront and charming streets lined with Victorian-era terrace houses. Its location on the top of a peninsula in Sydney harbor makes Balmain a desirable neighborhood. Looking at its prized waterfront real estate now, it’s hard to imagine that Balmain was a working-class suburb for over a century.

Balmain grew rapidly after the construction of shipyards on its foreshore in the 1800s. In the 1970s, the industrial suburb with is affordable Sydney sandstone buildings started to attract bohemians, writers and politicians. They gave Balmain the artistic, cosmopolitan flair that still lingers today.

Shop in artisan and chic boutiques along winding Darling Street. This main thoroughfare also has a variety of bakeries, cafés and exotic restaurants such as Turkish restaurant Efendy. The sweet delights of celebrity chef Adriano Zumbo’s patisserie are equally hard to resist. Have a beer at one of the many historic pubs, such as the 3 Weeds, Cat and Fiddle and East Village.

If you love art, visit Balmain’s galleries of contemporary and Aboriginal works. On a Saturday, head to the grounds of the St. Andrew’s Church to browse books and collectables at the Balmain Markets, Sydney’s third-oldest markets. Taking a cruise or fishing trip from Balmain’s harbor is an excellent way to spend a sunny day.

There’s a wealth of green spaces in Balmain. Gladstone Park is a peaceful oasis in the busy center, while Elkington Park has impressive views of Cockatoo Island. Take a dip in the nearby Dawn Fraser Baths, Australia’s oldest pool complex. Illoura Reserve, near the Balmain East Wharf, offers views of the city skyline and Sydney Harbor Bridge.

The most scenic way to reach Balmain is taking a 10-minute harbor ferry from Circular Quay. You can also take a bus from the city center. Darling street has metered and free on-street parking for those arriving by car. While in the area, also explore Birchgrove, an Inner West suburb of similar charm.

Top hotels in Balmain

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Bal 12 Foy Furnished Apartment
Bal 12 Foy Furnished Apartment
3.5 out of 5
12/1 Foy Street, Balmain, NSW

Situated in Balmain, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of White Bay Cruise Terminal, Luna Park and International Convention Centre Sydney. SEA ...

Bal 12 Foy Furnished Apartment
Fantastic City and Harbour Views in Balmain Home
Fantastic City and Harbour Views in Balmain Home
4 out of 5
12a Grafton Street, Balmain, NSW

Situated in Balmain, this holiday home is within 2 miles (3 km) of Walsh Bay, White Bay Cruise Terminal and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. Luna Park and Sydney Town ...

Fantastic City and Harbour Views in Balmain Home
Stylish Studio Terrace in Balmain
Stylish Studio Terrace in Balmain
3 Bridge St, Balmain, NSW

Situated in Balmain, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Birkenhead Point Outlet Centre, White Bay Cruise Terminal and Luna Park. International ...

5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Holidays

"Excellent location and very comfortable. Thank you."…"

Reviewed on 11 Oct. 2019

Stylish Studio Terrace in Balmain

Popular places to visit in Balmain

Sydney Opera House
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Sydney Opera House

4.5/5(3,485 reviews)

Take in a performance or just take in the splendour of one of the world’s most famous buildings.

Circular Quay
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Circular Quay

4.5/5(4,882 reviews)

Under the gaze of the magnificent Opera House and Harbour Bridge, Sydney’s transport hub is a terminal of unexpected beauty.

Bondi Beach
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Bondi Beach

4.5/5(1,556 reviews)

This beach can lay reasonable claim to being the most famous expanse of golden sand on the planet, attracting visitors from Australia and all over the world.

Taronga Zoo
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Taronga Zoo

4.5/5(778 reviews)

For a wild experience combined with magnificent views over Sydney Harbour, this world-renowned zoo is a must-visit.

Sydney Harbour Bridge
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Sydney Harbour Bridge

4.5/5(3,599 reviews)

An iconic structure on a beautiful harbour with breath-taking views at any time of day or night. Climb it, walk it, photograph it or just stand back and admire it.

Manly Beach
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Manly Beach

4.5/5(1,613 reviews)

Resplendent with golden sandy beaches, crystal blue seas perfect for swimming and surfing, and the best bars, shopping and views around. Welcome to Manly Beach.

Top activities in Balmain

Balmain Neighborhood Pub Walk
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Balmain Neighborhood Pub Walk

AU$95
Per adult
Taronga Zoo Ticket with Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Cruise
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Taronga Zoo Ticket with Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Cruise

86% of travellers recommend
AU$69
Per adult
Blue Mountains & Jenolan Caves Day Tour by Gray Line
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Blue Mountains & Jenolan Caves Day Tour by Gray Line

88% of travellers recommend
AU$179
Per adult
Official Home and Away Tour to Summer Bay
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Official Home and Away Tour to Summer Bay

86% of travellers recommend
AU$135
Per adult
Canberra Discovery Tour - Australia's Capital by Gray Line
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Canberra Discovery Tour - Australia's Capital by Gray Line

AU$189
Per adult
Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise
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Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise

92% of travellers recommend
AU$105
Per adult

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