Dawn Fraser Baths
Australia’s all-conquering 1956–64 Olympian Dawn Fraser sacrificed her youth swimming laps at these tidal baths. The magnificently...
If Balmain’s historic cuteness doesn’t float your boat, head to Elkington Park, named in 1883 after a local politician. At the bottom of...
On the northern tip of the Balmain peninsula (technically Birchgrove), this narrow point stretches to within 300m of the North Shore....
Cat & Fiddle
There's usually something to distract from the big-screen sports at this chilled-out pub: live music, trivia comps, pie-and-pint nights...
Riverview Hotel & Dining
The Riv's head chef, Brad Sloane, worked under the legendary Marco Pierre White in London. British expats flock here to try his...
Cockatoo Island information
Studded with photogenic industrial relics, convict architecture and art installations, fascinating Cockatoo Island (Wareamah) opened to the public in 2007 and now has regular ferry services, a campground, rental accommodation, a cafe and a bar. Information boards and audio guides ($5) explain the island's time as a prison, shipyard and naval base.
A spooky tunnel passes clear through the middle of the island and you can also explore the remains of the prison. During WWII most of the old sandstone buildings were stripped of their roofs and converted into bomb shelters. Solitary confinement cells were unearthed here recently after being filled in and forgotten in the 1890s.