8.2 out of 10

Balmain East

Ranked 264th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.8569903059415 151.192645363381
Great for
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Internet Access
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Public Transport
  • Clean & Green
Not great for
  • Parking
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Singles


5/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
May 17, 2019

"Inner city lifestyle village that can't be beaten for access, transport and fitness options."

Moved here 2.5 years ago and can't believe how much I LOVE Balmain East. Nice community. Great amenities. Quiet as it's an insular peninsular, yet buses run every 9 mins to the city on a loop to QVB. It's exactly 4 mins on the ferry to the heavenly Barangaroo food area or to Darling Harbour another stop (5 mins added), and another 5 min walk to Wynyard where you can get to anywhere in Sydney directly.

Highly recommend the East Village family pub on Darling on Wednesdays especially for hot pot two for one Provencale Mussels. It's a 2 min drive to the much busier Balmain where there's 50 options for fitness operators for every person. I go to Body Ethos to do pilates and yoga 3-5 times a week.

Best restaurants are Gigis traditional italian or the East Village for families, Phamous Kitchen or Blue Ginger for east meets west. Balmain Blue for fish n chip night. Simone Logue for french pastries. It's an area where retailers test their business first and then they expand elsewhere. Nearly every private school bus picks up from Balmain's Gladstone Park to all over Sydney. Higher income area but with a good mix of peeps, expensive real estate though add 20% to the rest of Sydney. Nightlife goes nuts on Friday nights at the London, then rockers at the Unity on Sunday. Markets galore on the weekends, organic food stores, Bonds retail, good coffee and cafes, great medical centres, pharmacies and pet vets.

Don't come here if you want a big yard or a big house or even a pool. Swim at the Dawn Fraser, Sydney's oldest ocean baths. The streets are tiny, your car will get it's mirror or side scratched at least once a year (mine alot more) but it's highly recommended if you just want to live your life and not spend it in traffic in Sydney getting somewhere.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"Village within a Village"

Balmain east is right at the end of the Balmain peninsula, approx 2000 people live in the area. It has a lot of open space on the Harbour foreshore, a few " hidden" parks, and several kids play grounds, although some are hard to find if you don't know where to look.
There is a great family orientated pub ( East Village), a couple of cafes, restaurants, a hair dresser, doctors physio, etc in a small area between Duke lane and Johnson street. (100mts)
Public transport is the best; busses every 10 min, ferry to Darling Harbour / Circular quay every 20-30 min, so its easy to get into town, or just up the to Balmains high street, if you don't feel like walking. Busses are good for prams as you don't have to load/ unload the car, just walk on / off the bus, and it cost less then paying for parking when you heading to Balmain center.
Because its at the end of the peninsular , there is no through traffic, so it quiet, low traffic area.
  • Quiet, friendly , a village within a village., public transport, parks
  • Sometimes parking can be tricky.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids

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