Balmain East is a small suburb in the inner-west of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Balmain East is located 4 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the Municipality of Leichhardt. Balmain
Balmain East is located at the eastern end of the Balmain peninsula, in Sydney Harbour and shares a boundary with the suburb of Balmain to the west. The postcode 2041 covers the suburbs of Balmain, Balmain East and Birchgrove.
The small peninsula that jutted out from the main Balmain Peninsula, along which the main artery road Darling St ran, was known to locals for decades as “East Balmain” and generally encompassed the area east of Hart St and Balmain Bowling Club. This dividing boundary was originally a natural swamp that was reclaimed early the early 1800s. Whilst the area was almost always referred to as East Balmain by locals, it was still generally regarded as just a name for the eastern peninsula of the suburb, in a similar way in that Birchgrove was the name given to the area of Balmain that encompassed Snails Bay (refer to the history of Birchgrove for more details on its name).
Balmain East's population is typically wealthier than the average, with a median weekly household income of $1,980, compared with $1,027 in Australia. The most common types of occupation for employed persons were Professionals (43.9%), Managers (20.4%), and Clerical and Administrative Workers (14.1%). 51.8% of the suburbs occupied private dwellings were family households, 33.8% were lone person households and 5.6% were group households.