Sydney - as with many other large cities - considers suburbs grouped together to form cohesive geographic areas, eg Northern Beaches, North Shore, The Hills, Western Suburbs, The Shire, Inner West and Eastern Suburbs and St George.
Balmain is part of the Inner West and runs the length of a peninsula jutting out into Port Jackson. It is a very old working class suburb that has been "gentrified" over the last forty years. Mort Bay housed the Mort Dry Dock until about 1968 when it was no longer economically viable. It is now parkland with protected remants of dock.
|Morning becomes electric|
roars up at you out of the east
in an expressway of birds gargling their first
antiseptic song, where clouds are
bumper-to-bumper all the way back to the horizon.