9.4 out of 10

Balmain

Ranked 22nd best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.8600280602579 151.181274308128
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Clean & Green
  • Eating Out
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+
Editors Choice

"Historic Balmain"

So much history, sandstone & unique buildings! Churches, parks and walking tracks on the harbour. 20 minutes to CBD by ferry or bus. Walking or cycling tracks direct into city - often taking no longer than public transport! Unique old pubs, retail and restaurants at reasonable prices. Markets on the weekends as well as Jazz bands and other low key relaxing social events. Direct views to city and harbour at most points around Balmain. Great people and neighbours.
Pros
  • Historic and unique
  • No thoroughfare for traffic - only one access to Balmain only so traffic managed
  • Walking and cycling tracks - safe on road, beautiful off road
  • Beautiful Parks and excellent outdoor facilities e.g Dawn Frazer Pool, Tennis Courts etc.
  • Extremely easy to access the city with no thru traffic.
  • Friendly Community with Excellent People.
Cons
  • Parking during weekends or school ballet outside Churches
  • Can't think of any more..
  • No boat ramp
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
RobynG
RobynG We moved from Queensland 11 months ago for my husbands work, not knowing a lo about Balmain wasn't sure about coming, but this suburb is soo good, love living here, It is so close to the city, Darlng Harbour, even the beaches aren't far away, eating out is amazing, and the pubs are great too, it has a real community feel, you can be in the city with all the hussel and Bussel then come back here and not really feel like you are in Sydney, just love living here and also having the ferry so close is just fabulous, and the people are great too, the only negative is the housing prices, we are renting a unit looking over the water, which is amazing, but to buy here is going to be a challenge, I just wouldnt want to live any where else!!!
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Balmain - Lifestyle and convenience"

Balmain Lifestyle
Balmain is a peninsula suburb west of Sydney’s city centre. The Balmain peninsula is surrounded by Port Jackson, adjacent to the suburbs of Rozelle to the south-west, Birchgrove to the north-west, and Balmain East to the east. Iron Cove sits on the western side of the peninsula, with White Bay on the south-east side and Mort Bay on the north-east side.

The area is one of Sydney’s oldest suburbs, and during its industrial past was the place where most of Sydney’s iconic green and yellow ferries were built. Balmain is now a colourful and artistic suburb, home to some of Australia’s best-known writers, actors, film directors, musicians and artists. Stylish cafés, bistros, pubs and restaurants burst with creative energy. Its popular pubs are a magnet for a cosmopolitan crowd.

Balmain Transport
Balmain has several ferry wharves that are serviced by the Inner Harbour ferry services. These wharves are located at Thames Street, Elliot Street and in Darling Street, Balmain East. Services run to Circular Quay. Regular buses travel along Darling Street and Rowntree Street to the CBD, neighbouring suburbs, Canterbury and Millers Point.

Balmain Local Amenities
Balmain has several excellent primary schools and one local high school as well as an array of child care centres.
Balmain is home to an abundance of delightful parks, off-leash parks and reserves. Many are located by the water with magnificent views of Sydney harbour. Many residents of the suburb realise the importance of green open space in the inner-city neighbourhood.
Relax at an alfresco café or restaurant and watch the street scene.
Stop off at The Watch House, HQ of the Balmain Association, for information on self-guided walks or a heritage pub tour.
Balmain markets at St Andrews Congregational Church every Saturday for an eclectic mix of food, clothing, art and crafts.
Browse up and down Darling Street for your fill of retail therapy – galleries, bookshops, flowers, home wares, delis, children’s wear and toy shops.
Party on at one of the many great local pubs.
Pros
  • Great culture
  • Abundance of beautiful parks and waterside reserves
  • Frequent transport and rapid access into the CBD
  • Historic and unique
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Trendy & Stylish
Todd Schulberg
Todd Schulberg A premiere suburb, one of Sydney's most desired!
2yrs+
Rocky Bartolotto
Rocky Bartolotto The Inner West dream suburb to live in. Balmain markets, parklands, Sydney harbour and the easy access via car, ferry or bus into the CBD makes this such a desirable Sydney suburb.
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"2041 the place to be"

Having been living locally in Balmain for over 5 years it is clear to see why this suburb is in such demand.`
Pros
  • Beautiful Parks and excellent outdoor facilities e.g Dawn Frazer Pool, Tennis Courts etc.
  • Extremely easy to access the city with no thru traffic.
  • Friendly Community with Excellent People.
  • Historic and unique
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Worth ever penny to purchase in this suburb."

Pros
  • Friendly Community with Excellent People.
  • Extremely easy to access the city with no thru traffic.
  • Beautiful Parks and excellent outdoor facilities e.g Dawn Frazer Pool, Tennis Courts etc.
Cons
  • Small block sizes
  • No boat ramp
  • Can't think of any more..
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Balmain a great place to be"

Balmain has been many things over the years, some good some bad however Balmain will always be a great place to catch up with friends over a drink at one of its many pubs or a meal in one of its great restaurants. My favourite thing about Balmain is its people, it is a place where all walks of life come together and are treated equally.
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Sydney's best kep secret except on New Year's Eve!"

Balmain East is almost a self contained village East of the main part of Balmain. It is the oldest suburb in Sydney apart from The Rocks. It has excellent parks for the dogs and children, first class transport on our doorstep with a great ferry service (one stop to Darling Harbour or a couple to Circular Quay), and bus service right to/from the wharf. As it is at the end of the peninsula, many houses have good water views - hence the expensive real estate here. However, it is worth it for a 10 minute trip to the CBD and the peaceful lifestyle - you can take a glass of wine to the waterfront park in the evening and relax, instead of sitting in a traffic jam for hours. Neighbours are friendly and supportive, though some new 'Balmain Eastites' with megabucks think they make the rules and sometimes get away with it (same everywhere!). We get invaded at New Year's Eve by people wanting to share our great Harbour Bridge view but we don't mind! Don't pay any attention to the property sales stats/trends as there are so few house sales here per year (less than 20 usually) that the stats cannot be relied on.
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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5
2yrs+

"Typical inner Sydney suburb with sky-high real estate"

Despite the sky high cost of living in Balmain and its ultra narrow roads (typical of inner Sydney living), there is nothing else you can place a fault with this suburb. This suburb has all the convenience that you can ask for. It is a five to ten minutes drive from Sydney city and it can also be accessible by buses.

The buildings in Balmain lends gives it plenty of charm. Often these buildings are heritage listed and just really pretty. It's main street - Darling Street, is dotted with pubs, cafes, restaurants, antiques, doctors, banks, shops that sell organic produce, boutiques, homewares and real estate agents. Businesses here offer quality food and I have never been disappointed when I shop here. When I have visitors from overseas, Balmain is always a must to stop by for drinks or shopping especially when it is so close to the city.
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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5
2yrs+

"So Many Yuppies!"

For several decades inner city Balmain has been the address of choice for young singles, couples and families with an alternative bent on life. The more traditional Australian family craves the home on a suburban block with enough yard to throw a ball, no so the folks in Balmain. Here, they feel blessed if they have enough room to park their cars off the very narrow streets. Packed tightly together, many of the terraced houses have been restored to create comfortable living areas – but I was very glad to get out and have some elbow room. If its jazz you like – then Balmain is the place to be with several of the many pubs hosting jazz bands on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids