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Balmain is a suburb located 5 km (3 miles) west of the Sydney commercial business district in the Australian state of New South Wales. Balmain is part of the local government area of the Municipality of Leichhardt. Situated on the Balmain peninsula, this suburb is surrounded by Port Jackson. The main thoroughfare in the suburb is Darling Street, which houses the Post Office and Court House, Balmain Town Hall, the historic Westpac Bank, the Balmain Fire Station, and Balmain Working Men’s Institute.
Balmain is a tourist area offering many historic hotels that include the Cat and Fiddle Hotel, Cricketer’s Arms Hotel (now The Monkey Bar), Dick’s Hotel, Dry Dock Hotel, Exchange Hotel, Forth & Clyde Hotel, Kent Hotel, London Hotel, Mort Bay Hotel, Norfolk Pines Hotel, Pacific Hotel, Royal Oak Hotel, Shipwright’s Arms Hotel, Star Hotel, Town Hall Hotel, Volunteer Hotel, and the West End Hotel. As a suburb in Sydney, Balmain shares in economic importance of the financial industry. Major foreign banks with office space in Sydney include Citigroup, UBS Australia, Mizuho Corporate Bank, HSBC Bank Australia, and Deutsche Bank.
Entertainment And Dining Out
The nearby Sydney Harbour has a ferry system that can be used to visit Sydney attractions such as the Taronga Zoo, Manly Beach, or go west under the Harbour Bridge towards Parramatta. Dining options in Balmain include Brioche Organic Bakery & Café, Satasia (Asian), All About…Romana’s, Balmain BBQ Chichens, Balmain Blu (Seafood), and Balmain Star (Chinese). Nearby the East Circular Quay in the City Centre offers waterfront dining and includes Cafe Sydney, Aria, and Sailors Thai. Cappello Pizzeria is said to serve the best pizza in the whole of Sydney. They use simple locally sourced ingredients as toppings to provide big flavours to be enjoyed in a warm and friendly atmosphere.
The closest major airport to Balmain is the Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport. This airport is 19 km (12 miles) from the suburb. Sydney’s public transportation system consists of commuter rail, bus, ferry and light rail, and a tourist oriented monorail. Balmain offers Inner Harbour ferry services and bus service in its immediate area.