From beautifully restored colonial pubs to bustling markets and delicious restaurants, Balmain is an enchanting inner Sydney neighbourhood to visit. Take the ferry from Circular Quay to Balmain East Wharf and enjoy iconic Sydney attractions. There are heritage tours of fascinating Goat Island, too.

  • The Cottage Bar, Balmain
  • Balmain Market, Balmain

About Balmain

A delightful neighbourhood, Balmain charms with its heritage pubs, beautifully restored cottages and terrace houses, enticing shopping on Darling Street, and weekend markets. A great way to travel to this harbourside peninsula is by ferry from Circular Quay under the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Some of Australia's best-known writers, actors, film directors, musicians and artists call Balmain home. Stroll along the streets and discover Balmain’s heritage, from its working-class roots to the many restored Georgian and Regency buildings and some of the harbour city’s oldest pubs.

The London Hotel, Balmain

You’ll savour moreish pub fare. The London Hotel dates back to 1870. The Bald Rock Hotel was built in 1876, the Royal Oak Hotel in 1879 and the Riverview Hotel in 1880. Since 1881, the 3 Weeds in neighbouring Rozelle is a firm local favourite. The elegant Exchange Hotel was constructed in 1885.

Other great options include the Balmain Hotel, Dick’s Hotel and Unity Hall Hotel, which has jazz on Sundays. You’ll find a tempting range of restaurants and cafes too, including the acclaimed One Ford Street and Chon. Treat your sweet tooth to one of patissier Adriano Zumbo’s avant-garde desserts.

On weekends, explore bustling Balmain Markets and Rozelle Collectors Markets for fashion, food and bric-a-brac. You can bring your bathers for a dip at Australia’s oldest pool, the Dawn Fraser Baths. There are also occasional guided tours of Goat Island, rich in indigenous and convict heritage.

  1. Darling Street

    This harbourside suburb is one of Sydney's coolest shopping neighbourhoods with the highlights scattered along Darling Street. On Saturdays travel on foot from Balmain to Rozelle markets, passing Alfie's Store,...

  2. Dawn Fraser Baths

    Built in the early 1880's, Dawn Fraser Baths is the oldest pool in Australia and home to both the Balmain Water Polo and Swimming clubs. Both are the oldest of their kind and operate weekly through the season...

  3. duckeggBLUE

    Unashamedly high-brow, there's little not to like at cult fashion and lifestyle boutique duckeggBLUE, housing a covetable collection of womenswear labels. Lovers of design and top end style will...

  4. Goat Island

    Goat Island has long been a significant place in Port Jackson. The island, known as Me-mel by the local Cadigal people, was once inhabited by Bennelong and Barangaroo.Since European settlement, Goat Island...

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