Natural light cascades through windows beneath brightly colored awnings in Balmain and Birchgrove. Two neighborhoods often referred to together as the "insular peninsula," Balmain and Birchgrove compose a sophisticated area filled with artisanal macaroon makers and chic stationery stores. The neighborhood’s collection of coffee bars, pubs, and boutiques usually convince residents to stay close to home, but if they do want to venture into Sydney’s core, the CBD is only a short ferry or bus ride away.See places to stay Save this neighborhood
A Village Vibe on Sydney Harbor
Birchgrove/Balmain is an upscale Sydney suburb set on a peninsula jutting out into Sydney harbour. Balmain’s shopping centre has a unique village feel with lots of parks, cafes, restaurants, pubs, fashion-shops, and supermarkets."
Brunches and Baristas In Balmain and Birchgrove
Boutique Shopping In Balmain
A lot of young families who still want to be amongst cafes and good shops choose to live in Balmain. There are numerous parks and playgrounds. [Balmain] has direct access to the city by ferry or over the Glebe Island bridge."
A Neighborly Pub Culture
Balmain Wharf: The Heart of Sydney In Sight
Birchgrove is a small neighbourhood of harbourside homes within walking distance of the vibrant culture of Balmain. The nearby harbourside parks are ideal for relaxing, walking, fishing, and cycling, not to mention viewing the New Year's Eve fireworks!"
Laid-Back Recreation In Balmain and Birchgrove
Living History: Architectural Charm on the Insular Peninsula
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Carly Earl grew up in the bush before moving to Sydney to pursue photography. She is a photojournalist for News Ltd, shooting features and front covers for publications, but still finds time for a range of freelance projects. Carly has developed a natural style to her imagery that captures the essence of the subject in a unique way. She loved discovering a new side of Sydney while exploring her suburbs for Airbnb.