Balmain East, New South Wales

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Balmain East
SydneyNew South Wales
Simons point, east balmain.JPG
Simons Point, Balmain East
Balmain East
Population1,900 (SAL 2021)[1]
Area0.3 km2 (0.1 sq mi)
Location5 km (3 mi) west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)Inner West Council
State electorate(s)Balmain
Federal division(s)Grayndler
Suburbs around Balmain East:
Birchgrove Port Jackson
Balmain Balmain East Darling Harbour
Balmain East Wharf

Balmain East is a suburb in the Inner West of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Balmain East is located three kilometres west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the Inner West Council.

Situated on the eastern end of the Balmain peninsula in Sydney Harbour, Balmain East shares a boundary with the suburb of Balmain to the west. The postcode 2041 covers the suburbs of Balmain, Balmain East and Birchgrove.

History and culture[edit]

The area now known as Balmain East was part of a 550-acre (2.2 km2) grant to colonial surgeon Dr. William Balmain (1762–1803) made in 1800 by Governor John Hunter. Balmain was first settled in 1836 and by 1861 had been divided into the well populated eastern areas of Balmain and the sparsely populated western area, extending to the gates of Callan Park.[2]

The small peninsula that jutted out from the main Balmain Peninsula, along which the main artery road Darling Street ran, was known to locals for decades as either "East Balmain" or "The East End" and generally encompassed the area east of Hart St and Balmain Bowling Club. This dividing boundary was originally a natural swamp that was reclaimed early the early 19th century. Whilst the area was almost always referred to as East Balmain by locals, it was still generally regarded as just a name for the eastern peninsula of the suburb, in a similar way in that Birchgrove was the name given to the area of Balmain that encompassed Snails Bay (refer to the history of Birchgrove for more details on its name).[3]

The Balmain markets showcases elements of the suburbs past, with antiques and second hand books, whilst also highlighting the area as a cultural hub in the region. Held weekly on Darling Street, the markets operate between 8:30am and 4pm.[4]

Heritage listings[edit]

Balmain East has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


Balmain East ferry wharf, upgraded in 2015, provides access to the Cross Harbour ferry services, with ferry services to Barangaroo, Circular Quay, and Darling Harbour. There are two bus services that leave from Balmain East, the 442,[7] which is a service from Balmain East to the Queen Victoria Building and the 445,[8] which is a service that terminates at Campsie, and runs through the suburbs of Balmain, Rozelle, Leichhardt, Petersham and Campsie via Leichhardt Marketplace.



According to the 2016 census, there were 1,932 residents in Balmain East. 63.5% of people were born in Australia. The next most common country of birth was England at 8.9%. 79.8% of people only spoke English at home. The most common responses for religious affiliation were No Religion 40.7%, Catholic 22.5% and Anglican 13.2%. Balmain East's population is typically wealthier than the average, with a median weekly household income of $2,485, compared with $1,438 in Australia. The most common types of occupation for employed persons were Professionals (44.2%), Managers (24.3%), and Clerical and Administrative Workers (10.0%). 65.2% of the suburb's occupied private dwellings were family households and 31.1% were lone person households.[9]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Balmain East (Suburb and Locality)". Australian Census 2021 QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Lawrence, Joan; Warne, Catherine (1995). A Pictorial History of Balmain to Glebe. Kingsclear Books Pty Ltd. ISBN 978-0-908272-40-2.
  3. ^ Max Solling; Peter L. Reynolds (1997). Leichhardt on the Margins of the City a Social History of Leichhardt and the Former Municipalities of Annandale, Balmain and Glebe. ISBN 978-1-86448-408-3.
  4. ^ "Balmain Markets | Balmain Event". Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Fenwick & Co Boat Store". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment & Heritage. H01396. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Iloura Reserve". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment & Heritage. H01923. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Transit Systems route 442". Transport for NSW.
  8. ^ "Transit Systems route 445". Transport for NSW.
  9. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Balmain East (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 February 2018. Edit this at Wikidata

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Coordinates: 33°51′29″S 151°11′25″E / 33.85811°S 151.19017°E / -33.85811; 151.19017