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Things to do in Balmain

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by Chloe Doyle (subscribe)
Twenty-three year old girl living in Hobart, Tassie. I am in love with nature, music, food and animals so you'll see a lot of that here 🌿 See @chloeoliviad on Instagram for more photos from where I've adventured. 🚐⛰
Published May 30th 2016
The road for adventure has always led west
In the western suburbs of Sydney, five minutes from the CBD is Balmain. A small suburb with a lot of colourful history and a vibrant day-to-day culture. For the past six months I've lived here it is a breath of fresh air in a new city. It lies next to Sydney harbour and allows an easy route to anywhere in this big city that you would be interested in going to. I have set up a day trip if you're interested in seeing this beautiful suburb and all it has to offer.
Balmain, Balmain wharf, Sydney, Sydney Harbour Bridge, lookout
Balmain wharf's view of Sydney Harbour


The perfect morning wake up would be a coffee and delicious breakfast from one of the many coffee shops or cafes along Darling Street, the main road of Balmain. This can suit every budget with either a tasty bacon and egg roll deal with a coffee of your choice that goes around $6-10 or a full breakfast option such as Eggs Benedict, a classic 'Big Breakfast' with all your favourites and the list goes on. They can be more expensive but well worth it. If you want a recommendation I would say Cafe Verona on Darling, my favourite cafe and the Benedict is amazing!

Elkington Park - perfect place for a picnic!


Once you've had your morning fuel its time to explore the sights of Balmain. Walking along Darling Street towards Rozelle you can go down Young Street to the beautiful Elkington Park. The park has amazing views of Sydney harbour and Cockatoo Island. It is a very popular off-leash dog park amongst locals, a large playground for the kids and plenty of grassy areas for a romantic sunset picnic or gathering with friends. A short walk through the park you will find the entrance to the Dawn Fraser swimming pools, perfect for a dip or just to let your hair down, sunbathe and enjoy the salty air.
Dawn Fraser Swimming Pools, Balmain, Sydney, Sydney Harbour
The Dawn Fraser Swimming Pools as seen from above


To end a day of food, sun and beautiful views why not more food and a few drinks at one of the many pubs or restaurants in Balmain. If there's one thing this suburb doesn't lack is an exciting nightlife that is open and on every night of the week. Some favourites that I can recommend is the London Hotel which is on Darling St further towards Balmain wharf.

This pub has an amazing view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, is dog-friendly (your furry friend can sit next to you while you have a beer and feed!), and the food is incredible. Other pubs such as the Town Hotel, Dicks and the Cat & Fiddle all have their own unique vibe and delicious food and beer. Balmain is a friendly side of the western suburbs of Sydney which has a lot to offer if you are willing to give it a try!
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Why? Balmain is a small town with a lot of history
When: all year round
Where: Darling Street, Balmain
Cost: Between $4-100
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