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.