This blog post topic is closer to us than most we write because our sister hotel, Glenferrie Lodge, is also located in the same neighbourhood. The Kirribilli Markets are held twice a month with Art, Design & Fashion on the second Sunday and a General Market on the fourth Saturday.
The area is achingly hip and Cobble Hill, Brooklyn style cool but with the markets blazing away in a popular trail each month, this appropriately hyped region of NSW deserves editorial recognition: being one of the city’s oldest and longest running community markets.
The first Kirribilli market started in 1975 in the back yard of the Neighbourhood Center. From immediate popularity, it spread its wings to the Public School. Later on, it ventured down Alfred Street, then to Bradfield Park and finally found its forever home by Milson Point Bowling Club & Burton Street tunnel.
It’s one of the city’s most loved markets, primarily due to the extreme range of items for sale being haggled and the weekend noise that comes with the energy. From home décor to antiques, vintage clothing, plants, gourmet & artisan foods to a diverse range that would make LA’s Rose Bowl market look like a single family garage sale.
Both markets have a huge array of food stalls and designated eating areas, alongside live entertainment all day on Burton Street. The team behind the markets is driven by a community. It’s not solely profit driven yet all funds generated from each bustling day are injected back into the Kirribilli Center. The retained cash helps the community in a multitude of ways from Carer Programs to free legal advice and a support system that keeps the spirit of locals in need. In 2015 the Markets won the Better Business Partnership North Sydney Champion Waste Saver Award for diverting trash/rubbish from landfill (8000kg’s worth). All market food vendors are specifically encouraged to use biodegradable utensils and containers and the ecological, sustainable enterprise methods are now a respectful & logical staple.
So the next time you’re considering what to do on a weekend as a local or visitor, hop on a ferry and check out the Market. While you’re there, pop over to Glenferrie Lodge to take a look at our affordable, boutique hotel. On the same street, is the Prime Minister’s Residence and Admiralty House. We made sure we positioned ourselves in an impressive neighbourhood for every glamorous reason.
Ten minutes by car, 30 minutes by public transport or 27 minutes by ferry, and you’re at Cremorne Point. Our Manor is in a quieter, more affluent area and you’ll appreciate the contrast in noise levels when you venture back to our hotel. As with Glenferrie Lodge, the Sydney Harbour views are stunning from the Manor and if you listen closely, you may hear the lions roar at nearby Taronga Zoo, during the night. If you can think of a better way to spend a weekend in Sydney, then we challenge you to tweet us @CremorneManor