- Village atmosphere with a great pub culture
- Inner west peninsula
- A 10-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay
Why go there
Balmain is one of Sydney’s oldest working-class suburbs, and the place where most of Sydney’s ferries were built.
Balmain is now a colourful and artistic suburb, home to some of Australia’s best-known writers, actors, film directors, musicians and artists. Stylish cafés, bistros, pubs and restaurants burst with creative energy. Its pulsating nightlife is a magnet for a cosmopolitan crowd.
Things to do
- Browse up and down Darling Street for your fill of retail therapy – galleries, bookshops, flowers, homewares, delis, children’s wear and toy shops.
- Explore back streets and spot the different architectural styles typical of the 1800s and early 1900s, from wrought-iron and sandstone to timber workers’ cottages.
- Party on at one of the many great hotels, such as the Unity Hall, Cat & Fiddle and Royal Oak – DJs, jazz, bands and live theatre.
- Give the boutique fashion racks the once over.
- Relax at an alfresco café or restaurant and watch the street scene.
- Stopping off at The Watch House, HQ of the Balmain Association, for information on self-guided walks or a heritage pub tour.
- Balmain Sailing Club’s regatta in October, which reveals historic workboats, plus vintage and sleek sailing yachts of today.
- Balmain and Rozelle markets every Saturday.