Balmain Attractions

Minutes from Darling Harbour, the inner-western suburb of Balmain is one of Sydney’s oldest neighbourhoods.

With its working-class history, you can see many well-preserved workers’ cottages lining its streets and laneways, as well as charming shops, cafes and restaurants. Although it’s only minutes from the city by bus or ferry, it feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Pop over to Balmain from the city for a spot of boutique shopping, and on the weekends, you can check out the Rozelle and the Balmain Markets, two of the longest-running and most popular of Sydney’s local markets. Follow Darling Street from Balmain East all the way to Rozelle and take in the sights of the area. Also worth exploring is Goat Island, a great spot from which to watch Sydney’s NYE Fireworks, and the Dawn Fraser Baths, a saltwater harbour pool and the oldest in Australia.

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  1. Goat Island

    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...

  2. 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...

  3. quintessential duckeggBLUE

    quintessential duckeggBLUE

    If you covet industrial and antique objects then quintessential duckeggBLUE is the store to visit - offering only the most select pieces from around the world. From reconditioned French industrial...

  4. Darling Street

    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,...

  5. Dawn Fraser Baths

    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...

  6. The Source Bulk Foods

    The Source Bulk Foods

    To shop as nature intended, fill up your bags at The Source Bulk Foods in Balmain, a heaven for those looking to nourish nutrition, health and the environment. Over 350 raw products line the walls of this eco savvy...

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