Enjoy a tour in historic Balmain,
a waterbound peninsula full
of charm, village atmosphere and a wealth of 19th century sandstone architecture.
Situated on a picturesque peninsula in Sydney Harbour, Balmain is just a 10-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay. From step-back-in-time pubs to a thriving culinary scene, Balmain blends the best of old and new. Balmain hosts more than 20 heritage-listed pubs (the most pubs per capita in Australia), each filled with rich, colourful stories from the past.
About Our Tours
The walking tour involves visiting up to 5 heritage hotels over a 2.5 hour leisurely walk covering approximately 5 kms, taking back streets and historic laneways and visiting many iconic architectural places of interest along the way. The tour price includes lunch and a drink provided by the final pub stop on the tour.
Whether you're a Balmain local, Sydneysider or tourist, a tour is well worth it. The guides are full of insider stories and deep knowledge of the heritage pubs, and will give you an experience of Balmain that you won't soon forget. We also cater to groups. From history societies to groups of family and friends, Balmain Historic Pub Tours cater to everyone.
Meet our friendly tour guides
Kim Price (tour guide and founder) is third generation Balmain and passionate about the history, buildings and characters past and present on the Balmain peninsula.
Denis Calvert (tour guide) has lived in Balmain for nearly 20 years and his family connections date back to the late 1800's. Denis enjoys sharing his passion for Balmain and its history with tour guests.
Balmain Historic Pub Tours was originally established in 2003 to promote the beautiful hotels in the area and to share the wonderful history and characters that once resided in Balmain.