Balmain is more regularly associated with bargain second-hand shops and artsy locals than it is natural wonders. Located in the inner-west of Sydney, there are various landmarks for someone eager to explore: from the Callan Park Hospital for the Insane to the NSW Writers Centre.
There are, however, options for the outdoor enthusiast - in particular, Elkington Park.
Elkington Park lies on the foreshore of Balmain, within walking distance of Birchgrove. Located on a peninsula jutting out onto the Parramatta River, the park looks onto a popular mooring location for boats and Cockatoo Island. As a result, visitors to Elkington Park will be in close proximity of the artistic hub that is the heritage-listed Cockatoo Island.
Elkington Park is also home of the Dawn Fraser Baths, the oldest pool and swimming club in Australia. With solar heating and a kiosk, the site is not only of historical interest, but is also an excellent place to enjoy salt water and walk in the sand (at least, during low tide).
A popular location for wedding photos, the park is a picturesque location for an evening stroll or a daylight picnic. Visitors hoping to take a dip in the Dawn Fraser Baths should be advised that the pool opens at 7.15am and is closed by 6.30pm. Further, there is a $3.90 admission fee for adults aged 17 years and older.