Guided tour

Balmain Historic Pub Walking Tour with Beer or Wine

Activity provider: Dave's Travel Group
Guided tour

Balmain Historic Pub Walking Tour with Beer or Wine

Activity provider: Dave's Travel Group

From US$ 66.19 per person

Duelling colonists, escaped convicts, gangsters, football players that can’t be killed and all of them in the place that has more pubs per person than anywhere else in Australia!

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Enjoy a beer or wine at each pub that you visit
  • Discover the fascinating history of Balmain and all its character and dark stories
  • Learn about the gangsters, convicts and hard times of Australia back in the day whilst enjoying a nice drop
Full description
If you ask a Sydneysider about Balmain, they think of 3 things: the Balmain Tigers footy team, Olympic swimming champion Dawn Fraser and pubs. Lots of pubs. In fact, Balmain has the highest pub-to-person ratio in Australia. This 3-hour walking tour of this peninsula on Sydney Harbour covers Balmain's sordid history of escaped convicts,dodgy gangsters and corrupt politicians. In between weaving the backstreets, you'll stop for a drink of craft beer, wine or cider in 4 of the area's most iconic and oldest pubs. You can enjoy a choice of craft beer or wine in each pub that you visit!  Tour highlights include: 
  • Balmain's Oldest Pub
  • The Balmain Watch House, and stories of Balmain gangsters
  • The Balmain Tigers' 'Team of the Penitentiary'
  • Duelling colonists
  • The murderous confectioner
  • The hidden treasure of Australia's most audacious robbery- and many more tales of murder, vice and intrigue
  • Choice of a craft beer, wine or soft drink (285ml or 10oz) at each of the 4 pubs
  • 3-hour guided walking tour
  • Local guide
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Transport
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
  • Children under 18 years

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Meeting point

East Village Hotel, Balmain

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • You must be older than 18 years to join this tour and a photo ID is required to drink alcohol
  • This is a walking tour, wear appropriate footwear
  • Other times and dates can be booked for private tours with a minimum group of 4 persons
  • No tours are available on public holidays, New Year's Eve and St. Patrick's Day

Product ID: 65126