Balmain East

Stunning waterfront and city views combined with a quiet and friendly village lifestyle put Balmain East in a class of its own.

There is no natural boundary to Balmain East and separated in name only from the general characteristics of the Balmain Peninsula. The eastern foreshore is marginally steeper than the rest of Balmain, and foot traffic is assisted by a number of very old and well-preserved sandstone steps.

There are many heritage listed buildings including Birchgrove Primary school and St Augustus Catholic church on the edge of Gladstone Park.

This park was originally called pidgeon ground because pigeon shooting was a popular sport there in the late 1800's. A number of well-preserved weatherboard houses overlook White Bay and Johnston's Bay container terminals. Trams once powered by steam ran from Bridge Street in the city, through Forest Lodge to Rozelle and Balmain.

By the beginning of the 1900's, the tram was converted to an electric operation and extended to the ferry wharf at the bottom of Darling Street. In order to safely manoeuvre the final steep grade down from Nicholson Street, the tram carried a large counterweight at the front which controlled the speed and gave the tram a helping hand back up Darling Street.