Secret Suburbs: Things to do and see in Balmain


One of my favourite ways to explore a suburb is to put on my running shoes, throw on a backpack and literally jog up and down each street.

For Balmain though, I had a really tough time keeping my eyes open for “secrets” because I just kept admiring the Jacaranda trees and the smell of Jasmine.

Poignantly, I was out there on Remembrance Day (11 November) and stopped near an old pub for my minute of silence. Sitting on the veranda, the rowdy patrons suddenly got very quiet, bowed their heads and after that moment, it seemed they strained to get their spark back right away.

Though those things aren’t in my column, I think they really speak to the personality of the suburb.

Thanks, Balmain. I enjoyed my visit.

Read my piece in The Sunday Telegraph: Secret Suburbs: Balmain

Secret Balmain

Secret Suburb: Balmain appeared on 16 November 2014 in The Sunday Telegraph.


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