Balmain/Birchgrove

Macaron bakeries, cupcakeries, and coffee bars are an easy ride away from Sydney's inner core.

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.

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On the Map

Balmain/Birchgrove is bordered by Pyrmont and Lilyfield/Rozelle

International Airport: 20 minutes by cab without traffic
Central Station: 15 minutes by cab or 25 minutes by bus
Opera House / Circular Quay: 20 minutes by ferry
Bondi Beach: 20 minutes by cab or 65 minutes by bus

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

A Village Vibe on Sydney Harbor

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A village attitude permeates Balmain and Birchgrove, an esteemed couple of inner west suburbs on Sydney's iconic peninsula.

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Most of the area's activity centers on Darling Street, Balmain and Birchgrove's favorite destination for family outings and laid-back coffee dates.

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Darling Street's sidewalks crowd with Bugaboos during brunch time.

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Its sidewalk cafes and organic markets attract smartly-styled mums, grandmums, and tailored professionals.

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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

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Like the rest of Sydney, cafe culture thrives in Balmain and Birchgrove.

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Latte artists flock to Balmain's Darling Street.

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Their skills are easy to love.

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Boutique Shopping In Balmain

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While Birchgrove is primarily residential, Balmain's boutiques, bakeries, patisseries, spas, and yoga studios encourage residents never to leave the peninsula.

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Balmain's Darling Street's shops and eateries attract more than locals.

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Outer Sydney residents and Australian foreigners are enticed by its fabrics, food, and drink.

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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

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A vestige of Balmain's working heritage, pubs enliven the area's weekend afternoons.

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Like the rest of the neighborhood, Balmain's pubs look polished.

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Despite their clean leanings, they often host pub crawls.

Balmain Wharf: The Heart of Sydney In Sight

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Walk along Balmain Wharf and see the busy world of central Sydney from another side.

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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!"
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Laid-Back Recreation In Balmain and Birchgrove

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Gladstone Park and Balmain Wharf Park offer residents and their pups the perfect place to relax in Sydney's sunshine.

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Living History:  Architectural Charm on the Insular Peninsula

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Delicately perched on the harbor, Balmain and Birchgrove once primarily housed shipbuilders and dockworkers.

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Workers' cottages and sandstone churches and halls dot the blocks that lead to the shores of Sydney Harbor.

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Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Carly Earl

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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.