William Balmain was a sea-faring surgeon who pioneered medicine and traded in rum.
While he fought duals, saved lives and fell in love with a convict; Sydney mostly remembers his name because he was given an amazing piece of land fronting the harbour. Two centuries later, we invite you to wander through the rich history of Balmain on a guided walking tour to discover a side of the inner west suburb you’ve never seen before.
With a focus on the harbour-side heritage of this unique stretch of Sydney, the tour will examine its early architecture and recall its colourful characters. From the maritime merchants of the Fenwick Stores, to the thirsty ferrymen of the Shipwright's Arms; and from the surviving colonial mansions of its earliest years, to the long-lost tramline that once ran right to the wharf — this is a chance to explore the many faces of this important and historic neighbourhood.
$105 per person includes:
2-hour historical walking tour
Glass of sparkling wine on arrival
3-course set lunch menu with sides and choice of dish
Tours start and end outside The Fenwick on the waterfront.
Tours available starting at:
9:45am for an 11:45am lunch seating
12:15pm for a 2:15pm lunch seating
We recommend utilising the ferry to make your way to the meeting point and to please arrive early to prevent a delayed start time.
This event will operate according to Covid safety advise at the time