Balmain

Sydney

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.


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Quiet Family Home With Garden Courtyard Near Cafes
Quiet Family Home With Garden Courtyard Near Cafes
12 St Andrews Street, Sydney, NSW
Located in Balmain, this holiday home is 2 mi (3.2 km) from International Convention Centre Sydney and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Sydney Lyric Theatre. Museum of Contemporary ...
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Quiet Family Home With Garden Courtyard Near Cafes
Boutique loft apartment Balmain, Sydney
Boutique loft apartment Balmain, Sydney
6 Thames St, Sydney, NSW
Located in Balmain, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Walsh Bay, Luna Park and Star Casino. Overseas Passenger Terminal and Sydney Opera House ...
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Boutique loft apartment Balmain, Sydney
4 Bedroom Balmain House With Swimming Pool
4 Bedroom Balmain House With Swimming Pool
3.5 out of 5
11 Creek St, Balmain, NSW
Located in Balmain, this holiday home is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Sydney Harbour National Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Star Casino and International Convention ...
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4 Bedroom Balmain House With Swimming Pool
Pop Artist's Concept Store On Darling St
Pop Artist's Concept Store On Darling St
3.5 out of 5
402 Darling Street, Balmain, NSW
Located in Balmain, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Birkenhead Point Outlet Centre, White Bay Cruise Terminal and Star Casino. Luna Park and International ...
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Pop Artist's Concept Store On Darling St
Quiet Family Home With Garden Courtyard Near Cafes
Quiet Family Home With Garden Courtyard Near Cafes
3.5 out of 5
12 St Andrews Street, Balmain, NSW
Located in Balmain, this holiday home is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Walsh Bay and within 3 miles (5 km) of Star Casino and International Convention Centre Sydney. ...
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Quiet Family Home With Garden Courtyard Near Cafes
Spacious 3-Bed Townhouse in Stylish Balmain
Spacious 3-Bed Townhouse in Stylish Balmain
13 Llewellyn St, Sydney, NSW
Located in Balmain, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Sydney Lyric Theatre, International Convention Centre Sydney and Wild Life Sydney Zoo. King ...
2/5 (1 review)
Poor amenities, Great Location
"While the location of the property is fantastic, unfortunately the house does not meet up to advertised standards. Both upstairs ceiling fans cannot be run simultaneously as they trip the circuit breaker, meaning there is no power to the two bedrooms upstairs. The curtains were filthy and riddled ..."

Reviewed on 28 Jan. 2019

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Spacious 3-Bed Townhouse in Stylish Balmain
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