Thursday, February 26, 2015

We Heart Sydney’s Month of Love

So you think Valentine’s Day is just once a year for hearts a’beating? Well think again because NSW is proving that this major organ beats on until March 7th. Sydney’s Month of Love, which started February 7th has bubble wrapped up Valentines with Mardi Gras and row boats in abundance for 28 days of spark and it’s still going strong.

Whether you’re a local or a visitor heading to Sydney, you can eat your heart out with couple dining deals, loved up cocktails and obviously, the sweetest of desserts. The city’s spreading the romance with photo booths, love lanterns and adrenaline charged competitions. If you’re looking for something more intimate, you can order personalized fireworks! The Month of Love takes place at Darling Harbour (naturally) so take advantage of row boats galore for you and your partner. 

If you’re looking for something specific, check their schedule of the daily rundown which includes events that flow right through the 28 days, or just a one night only soiree. A few of our favourites include:

Heartbeats on the Bridge (Pyrmont Bridge), a free event so you can wow over the huge pulsating heart at this landmark location.

Go selfie wild with Love is in the Air, while you check out the double love heard suspended under the expressway. Post your couple selfies socially and share your story.

For competitive lovers, the Pash N’ Dash is right up your alley where you can win a prize for your PDA. It takes place at the Hoarding Stage so remember to post your photo socially and you can win a date night prize.

Needing to light up your love life? Then the Tickle Me Pink at Darling Quarter takes place every evening except Mondays, and will have your name written all over it. Grab a heart shaped picnic rug, guzzle champers and adore the light installation.

If you’re not entertained enough, the Tickle Me Pink outdoor cinema may be your cup of tea at the Village Green between Thursdays and Sundays from 6.00pm. It’s another freebie event where you can watch incredible classic movies, watching the silver screen stars….under the stars.

Last but not least, the Firework display will be taking place with a finale show for 15 minutes from 9pm on the 6th and 7th March. Maybe this is the time to suggest rings on fingers. You never know!

After a few romantic strolls around Sydney, grab a 5 minute ferry ride back to Cremorne Point Manor, a 4 star Sydney boutique hotel. Reminisce over the loved up days and nights while you watch the skyline and Sydney Harbour. If you need additional inspiration, check our website video that’s bound to cause a flutter and get that heart beat racing!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Plan Ahead for June’s Hair Raising Event

Are you thinking of coming to Sydney this winter and possibly considering June’ish as the destination dates? Then you’re in luck if fashion and style is your vice. The Sydney Hair Expo is returning to the Exhibition Center between the 6th and 8th of June, so you can experience the largest displays of brands and products including exclusives, not available in the stores. 
More than an expo for the industry, it’s a chance for you to see hairdressers showcase their talents and educational stages hosted by the world’s leading artists. Now if you’re a budding hairdresser and want to start at the root of all things on the top of your head, this is your calling. There will also be three incredible gala events each night so you can network with industry bods and enjoy Sydney’s finest nightlife, with not one split end in sight.

It’s also a fantastically fun event for non industry attendees who are visiting the city and looking for something unique to do. Early bird 3 day passes start $81, down to one day passes at $41, or maybe treat yourself to a 3 day apprentice pass that includes seminars at $74. But you need to grab these tickets fast as they increase by around 15% for same day purchase. Additional package prices are available so check the ticket rate details here.

For families heading to the city, this event is going to make your teenage kids busy so consider it as an original tourist excursion. For all female readers, also note that there’s a master contouring make up class by the unstoppable Rae Morris on the 6th from 10.30am – 12.00pm. Another event we recommend is the colour creativity event on the same day from 3.00pm for a couple of hours.  Finally, on the 7th at 12.45pm, the Famous Five are united. These include five of Australia’s greatest industry talents on the stage for the first time. It’s going to be a seriously uplifting experience showing you tricks of the trade that will make your follicles demand an extreme makeover. 

Now that you’ve attended a truly glam event, it’s time to blow the wind through your hair on the short ferry ride to Cremorne Point. Once you’ve arrived at Cremorne Point Manor and settled in your room, enjoy the Sydney skyline and Harbour views. This heritage hotel and the scenery are so inspiring, you’ll now appreciate why Tripadvisor gave it a Certificate of Excellence, for a fourth consecutive year. For all Sydney locals planning a unique hen or stag party, how about making it a full day at the Hair Expo and then pampering yourself at the Manor overnight? You’ve plenty of time to plan this and surprise the bride or groom to be!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Lets parle vous Sydney’s French Film Festival

On a full road show through Australia from early next month to the third week of April, the Alliance Francaise (French Film Festival) will kick off this outstanding event on the 3rd of March. No worries if you’re not visiting Sydney at the starting point as it’ll be running through to the 22nd. If you’re a huge French movie fan and want to follow the tour, it’ll be hitting Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth, Byron Bay and ending in Hobart.

This is an incredibly popular event for Aussies and the national numbers have rapidly from over 133,000 attendees, over the past 2 years including 40,000+ in Sydney.  It’s not only the biggest foreign film festival in Australia; it’s actually the largest celebration of their national movies outside of France.

2015 will be the 25th anniversary so expect to see some additional big screen wows from over 40 new features and documentaries. The tickets are available online and also at the host cinemas, namely Palace Verona, Palace Norton Street, Chauvel Cinema and the Hayden Orpheum Cremorne. 

Opening with the Gala (naturally) with cocktails at 6pm and the screening at Palace Verona at 8pm of Gemma Bovery, tickets range from $60 (members) to $80 (non members).  The price includes canap├ęs, drinks, a cocktail and post movie live entertainment. On the 22nd, Paris Je T’aime will be the closing film featuring the incredible Juliette Binoche, alongside Gerard Depardieu, Natalie Portman, Bob Hoskins and Steve Buscemi. Surprisingly, this wow of a movie including a glass of bubbly and post film live entertainment only costs $27 (members) and $33 (non members).

Some of the other highlighted movies during the festival include a red carpet experience, casino prize events, cheese tasting and featured talks. If you’re on a super tight budget, we suggest you opt to see Le Rendez-Vous running from the 4th to 21st March, simply because tickets are free!

For anyone who is craving to learn French first hand, click this link to enter for the French Film Festival prize – a trip to France.  It’s all inclusive with a Club Med holiday in the stunning French Alps and you can try your nouvelle cuisine at a cooking workshop.

Since the Hayden Orpheum is just a 7 minute car drive or 30 minute walk from an affordable boutique Sydney hotel, after watching the Festival movies, just mosey on back to Cremorne Point Manor overlooking the Harbour and downtown skyline. It’s not a film up for an award but if you check our website home page, our tour video is enough to give you creative inspiration. Where’s that popcorn?

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Are You Ready for Mardi Gras?

From the 20th February to 8th March, Sydney is going Mardi Gras crazy…crazy we tell you! The full festival runs over a long duration so we’re pulling out the best parts for you to mark in your calendars, giving you time to dust off that rainbow head dress and buy a crate of body glitter.

With over 80,000 locals and tourists hitting Victoria Park from 10am – 8pm on the 22nd February for Fair Day, proof is in the pudding that the LGBTQ community will bring insane colour and entertainment with swagger and a hippy, hippy shake.

If you’re into dodgems, drag or Pad Thai, this is the place to be and remember to bring along your kids. There are gallons of rides, market stalls and live music on the stage. All dog owners, also bring your four legged pooch and maybe enter them in the Doggy/Wood show. But don’t just stick a tiara on their head and expect to win. The competition is really tough and some pet owners will go all out on with feathers, full costume, false eyelashes and platform shoes on their Labradoodle. It's worth seeing to believing!

Lets hop over to the 7th March for the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade at Oxford Street and Flinders Street. Now in its 37th year, this freebie evening (7.30 - 10.30pm) event brings together hundreds of thousands of cheerer on’ners from around the globe. With around 10,000 fabulous glam queens, kings and the in-betweeners on the parade, expect to wear your sunglasses as it’s going to be dazzling. If you prefer to not be part of the crowd but looking for a good sitting spot, you can take a perch at the Parade Slideshow or Diamond Club. With over 2,000 volunteers at the Parade, they’re more than ready to help you with questions during the evening. 

Along with a trundle of fabulous dahling parties throughout the duration, it’s worth checking out the Sydney Mardi Gras festival line up This includes Photographic Exhibition at Surry Hills Library to Gaybies at Eternity Playhouse to Inside/Out installation at Pine Street Creative Arts Center and the Rainbow Run in Sydney Park.  There are dozens of events that not only show you the fun side of the LGBTQ community but also the upheavals they’ve undertaken from society pressure to HIV, global acceptance and freedom of expression.

While you’re in town visiting the festival and taking in the scene, remember to also check out Cremorne Point Manor’s incredible and inspiring views of downtown Sydney. Only a short ferry ride to the Opera House, you can swing those feather boas in the summer breeze to and from the Manor to the main festival hub. Then after a long day and night of bantering about rainbows, head back to the hotel for a wind down. If you’re lucky, you’ll hear the lions roar LGBTQ loud & proud at nearby Taronga Zoo during the evening.