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Best Things to do in Balaclava

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by Geoff Edlund (subscribe)
Always on the hunt for creative, fun, and interesting places, events, and experiences.
Published May 8th 2013
Balaclava is a great Sunday afternoon hangout
Balaclava is a suburb with great cafes and shops. It is easy to get to by public transport, and well worth a visit on a weekend.

1. Where is Balaclava?

Balaclava is 7 kilometres south of the Melbourne CBD.

Carlisle Street, Balaclava
Carlisle Street Balaclava at night.


2. What is the history of Balaclava?

Balaclava was named after the Battle of Balaclava from the Crimean War.

3. Who lives there?

This is a multicultural and diverse suburb, with the majority of residents aged between 20 and 39 years old.

4. Are there sporting facilities?

There is some parkland, and several gyms in the area.

5. What are the restaurants like?

Carlisle Street has a great range of restaurants and cafes, and there is something to cater for everyone in this diverse community.

Carlisle Street, Balaclava, Kosher, Sushi
Kosher sushi on Carlisle Street


6. Are there any good pubs?

There are some pubs and small bars along Inkerman Street and Carlisle Street. Pause Bar is at 268 Carlisle Street, and Ilona Staller is at 282 Carlisle Street, and is also a restaurant.

7. What are the houses like?

Many properties are terrace houses, or apartments.

8. Is it expensive to live there?

Houses average around $1 million, and units are around $500,000.

9. How do I get there?

Balaclava is a station on the Sandringham train line, and there is a tram from the city.

10. Any other important information about Balaclava?

Graham Kennedy, Judith Lucy and several other Australian comedians are from Balaclava.

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Where: Balaclava
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