Thursday, August 24, 2017

Hail To All Fathers Early September

On the 3rd September, it’s the day that dads (and father figures) across the nation are pampered from dawn and over the consecutive 18 hours. Tracing the back the history of this day, it originated in Spokane, Washington (U.S.) in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd. Her dad, the Civil War veteran (William Jackson Smart) raised his six kids and Sonora rightfully felt that William required a day of honoring and celebrating. This was based on the idea popping into her head while she listened to a Mother’s Day sermon in church, the previous year.

Sonora felt mothers were getting all the praise with their own celebrated day…but why not her father? Too right Sonora! Her dad was quite a character. William was a war vet, as we already mentioned, and a widower when his wife died during her sixth child birth. Raising the rugrats all by himself was obviously a huge ordeal. So Sonora decided to pay homage to him, and all dads with her brainwave. Originally, the national date was to be the 5th June (the anniversary of William’s death) but other folks were disorganized and it moved to the third Sunday in June. Now, around the world, countries celebrate Dad’s Day on different, scheduled dates but the foundation purpose always remains intact: it’s all about him!

Then again, there are a few conflicts about the above story, with a second explanation rearing its head. It’s been told that in Fairmont, West Virginia on 5th July 1908, Grace Golden Clayton had a revelation. She suggested to her local minister (Methodist church) that they hold a celebration service of the 361 fathers killed in a mine explosion.

Regardless of whether Grace or Sonora initiated this concept, in 1924, it was proposed that Dad’s Day became a national holiday…but this unofficial suggestion fell by the wayside. By the time Lyndon B. Johnson rose to presidential power, in 1966 he created an executive order to make it official. Even though stamped and sealed, it took another six years for Nixon’s administration to officially recognise it. That’s politics for you.

On the first Sunday each September, Aussies bow down to dads and father figures, adore them with excessive BBQ food and drag them to the beach or park. From all of us, to all those amazing dads, if it gets too much and you need a break, you can always swing by our hotel, stare at the Sydney skyline from Cremorne Point and be thankful those kids are in your life. They may drive you nuts but wouldn’t life be dull without them! 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Come to Sydney and then Get Lost

You’ve travelled to Sydney, checked into your room at our Cremorne Point hotel and have the usual suspect attractions on your excursion radar. Before you start the obvious sightseeing, we highly suggest you get lost! It could be the most fun adventure you’ve taken and it’s not an idea solely for tourists. Sydneysiders regularly attempt this feat and it’s why they love living in this city. The Botanical Gardens, Opera House and Luna Park will still be there once you’re done but for half a day, enjoy taking a different type of adventure with Urban Hunt.

Remember when you were a kid and enjoyed car rallies or scavenger hunts? Well this is along the same theme, just a tad more up to date. Teams compete to solve clues through Facebook messenger and the ones that win, are the ones that finish in the fastest time possible. The Urban Hunt’s objective is to ensure you absolutely veer off the beaten track and along the way, you’ll find amazing hidden gem spots right in the heart of Sydney.

Even if you’re a couple or individual on vacation and want to join a team, you can do this. Or you’re on a mass family and friend’s group trip, so simply divide into groups of four and you’re ready to rumble. Seeing Sydney in a completely different light is going to be right up your alley - and you may just end up down a few of these. Be competitive or take your time, either way you’ll reach the end line eventually.

All you need is to get started is set up a Hunt in your Facebook messenger and follow the instructions. Alternatively, you can view the web version of planned trails, click the ones that grab your attention and off you stroll (or gallop). On any given Hunt, there may be up to 10 teams wandering around the city, with the person setting up the Hunt as the organiser. They own the pure power (magic wand may be included) and they decide when the Hunt commences. Now you may mosey around the trails and not step up your brain game during the scavenger, but it’ll cost you. There are rules in this Hunt including penalty points for answering questions incorrectly, skipping answers or asking for hints from others.

The Hunt organisers suggest you stop for a break mid stream and also take advantage of discounted deals at local food joints they’ve set up deals with. Additionally, since the cost to take part in the hunt is $25 per team, they’re open to you taking a free test run to try before you buy. For those with credit card trigger happy fingers, some of the sponsored trails can increase to $50, depending if you’re in a super adventurous mood.

There’s no nicer way to tour Sydney than on foot, scrambling for clues, walking right into off the beaten path and stumbling over some hidden stairs that could take you to Narnia (or the next street).  When you’re all walked out, come back to our hotel and tell us which sneaky streets you pottered down. Maybe you’ll teach us a thing or two about our city. 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Going Underground, I’m going Underground

The Jam sang it and we’re now writing about it. From the 14th to 17th September, the Sydney Underground Film Festival (SUFF) takes place at the Factory Theatre. The program reveal party is free, taking place August 9th from 7.00 – 10.00pm so be sure to sign up as space is limited. But if you’re not in town or unavailable for this, then you must grab your early bird festival pass going at the cracking rate of $95 for the September curtain call. This is a full festival Wonka golden ticket price, where as the later prices will jump up by $50 for late purchases.

SUFF will be holding over 100 movies during these three days alongside Q&A’s with the audience and movie experts, a master class and obviously the obligatory opening & closing parties. For budding Spielberg’s, you can take the workshops and learn how to make it on the big screen, or just enjoy learning something new about an industry that’s synonymous with blockbusters.

The line up’s still work in progress but be prepared to hob-nob with industry movers and shakers, while sitting back with popcorn and listening to guest speakers. Now even though we touched on the blockbuster topic, the SUFF is purely designed to provide newer film makers with a way to exhibit and promote their art. It’s a brilliant platform to network, expose your hidden behind or front of scene talents and gain positive, critical responses. And you never know; if you’re the next Matt Damon, you may bump into your next Ben Affleck and make cinematographic history.

Going since 2007, the SUFF will also be handing out awards for various categories including Innovation Narrative and Taboo Film. If you’re expecting to see Disney style flicks, this is not the event for you. But if unique, artistic and boundary-breaking cinema is what makes you wake up every day, then absolutely get your early bird ticket.

Only 35 minutes by car or 50 minutes by public transport (including a breezy ferry ride across the Harbour), you’ll be back at our place. With our stunning Sydney boutique hotel, Cremorne Point Manor, just begging you to rest your weary head after movie overloading, we have created the perfect ending. Imagine this: You’re chilling on our guest-only balcony, glass of wine in hand watching the downtown skyline listening to nearby Taronga Zoo lions roar. The End! 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Scandinavia Lights up Sydney

Already underway since 11th July, and running to the 2nd August, the Scandinavian Film Festival has hit NSW with an abundance of gravlax and meatballs. With one of the biggest exports from this continent, namely Abba, resulting into the fantastic Aussie based Muriel’s Wedding (if you’ve not seen it…then do so), the festival is already showing signs of being a corking great success.

Not only are you going to be seeing incredible films, but you can enjoy a few bites of native food along the way before the big screen airs each movie.  With some of the biggest icons to come out the continent, namely Ingmar Bergman, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Oscar nominated & winning Nordic flicks, the standards this year are high.

If you love the films beyond standard proportions, the festival tours around the country so you can catch up next year from city to city, including Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane. But if Sydney is your sole pit stop, expect to see festival Guest Charlotte Sieling along with movies such as A Hustler’s Diary and The King’s Choice. Ticket prices are $13.00 with concessions for seniors and multi film passes or group bookings for both participating hosts: Palace Norton Street and Palace Verona.

Want to know more about the continent? Then here are a few fun teasers. Did you know Sweden’s most popular souvenir is the ‘moose-crossing’ warning sign? The country has to replace thousands of these a year from the public permanently ‘borrowing’ them. Finland is comprised of 98,000 islands and has in excess of 188,000 lakes – even though the country’s called the Land of 1000 lakes. And if you’re having a birthday coming up, it’s Danish tradition to fly a flag outside to celebrate the momentum occasion. But if you’re turning 30 years old and still unmarried, expect pepper shakers as gifts: known as Pepperman for males and Peppermaid for females. What a lovely way to start your third decade by perpetual sneezing. 

One sight to see is the Northern Lights, right across the northern tip of Scandinavia, Iceland, Greenland, Canada, Alaska and Siberia.  From protons and electrons streaming on the solar surface, hitting the Earth’s magnetic field, the results are visually breathtaking auras and are even visible from space, as they move south. With a final fact to freak out all the insomniacs: In Sweden from early May to the end of August, the country experiences virtual daylight with the sun rising at 3.40am and setting 10.02pm at the July peak. But in winter, namely at the January crux, the sun rises 8.47pm and horrifyingly sets at 2.55pm which is why residents experiences huge flurries of SAD (seasonal affective disorder).

But if you’re coming to Sydney and looking for a warm winter with a view that radiates around normal daylight hours, then Cremorne Point Manor’s balcony is the winning ticket. It’s like watching a movie of the Harbour skyline for hours. And when you book through our site, a complimentary breakfast is included…pepper is optional. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Not A Pint Sized Event at Taronga Center

For the first time ever, on the 22 and 23 July, the Zoo Brew comes to Taronga Center, right next to the zoo. With over 25 breweries pouring from the barrel, they include Gold Coast’s Balter, Canberra’s BentSpoke and New Zealand’s Monteith. Obviously, there will be a multitude of local breweries including Lord Nelson and Young Henrys.

For the kick off on the 21 July, there will be a special five course beer-infused dinner, with the menu prepared by the host’s center’s globally renowned chefs. Tickets are available in advance but also at the gate (if not sold out already) for the non dinner events. Two sessions run daily from 11.30am to 3.30pm and after a mild breather, the second is from 4pm to 8pm. General admission tickets are $40 which includes a glass tasting cup, 10 sample tickets and 50% discounted zoo entry. If you’re the clean and sober nominee, the designated driver cost is $20 which includes free parking, bottomless soft drinks and again, 50% discounted zoo entry tickets.

The sessions feature a ‘Meet the Brewer’ talk so you can learn more about how these hand crafted beers are made. Alternatively, mosey around the event, chat with the 20+ breweries and then head to the zoo so you can monkey around.

Now back to the Friday night dinner. It’ll be taking place from 7pm to 10pm, tickets are an eye watering $150 per person but….remember, it’s a five course slap up event and you’ll be entertained by guest chefs on the inspiration behind each dish. And when this potentially annual event becomes larger than Glastonbury levels, you can say you were right there at the beginning. Something to cross off that bucket wish list!

Obviously you’ll need to be over 18 years old to attend the Zoo Brew so bring your ID on the day(s) you’re going. And come evening, when you’re beer’d up to the brim, you can bounce on a ferry ride and within a few minutes, be at Cremorne Point. We’re a hop, skip and water jump away from Taronga Center which makes life a breeze, instead of schlepping right back to the Harbour and trudging back to your downtown hotel.

And for $40 for a session, not only will you have kept your checks & balances intact, but our affordable hotel won’t break your bank. Pop yourself in a chair on our balcony, crack open one of the hand crafted beers you purchased at Zoo Brew and if you listen closely, you may hear the lions roar at the zoo. They entertained you earlier and now they’ll set you to sleep – flexible creatures they are. 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Viva La France – Bastille Day in Sydney

On the 14th July, the globe will celebrate Bastille Day. It’s called la Fete nationale and the Storming of the Bastille taking place on 24th June 1789. This was a major pivot in the French Revolution and celebrates the unity of the French on the 14th July 1790. The whole country (and most of the planet) now rejoices to their hearts content. Here are a few fun facts for you to embrace; maybe some that you know about and others that will make you ponder of your frogs legs appetizer and champagne…from Champagne:

The French celebrates this achievement 10 days after the US celebrates its own Independence Day from the British, and has done so since 1880.

A flurry of revolutionaries stormed the Parisian based Bastille fortress, used as a prison for political prisoners. Even though there were only seven prisoners at the time, the number is irrelevant as the invasion was purely a symbol of oppression by the Bourbon monarchy. The date marked the start of the French Revolution that eventually would overthrow Marie Antoinette and her husband, King Louis XVI. This milestone marked the end of the ancient regime, whereby the country’s new revolutionary government tore down the Bastille prison – the last stone being removed in 1790.
In Paris, the Eiffel Tower is surrounded by fireworks and usually runs for a solid 30 minutes plus. The French proudly scream Vive le 14 juillet (aka: long live the 14th of July).

Originally, the name Bastille derived from the word bastide, translating to ‘fortification.’ When the tower was built in 1357, it was ironically designed to keep invading armies out, not hold prisoners in. Over the centuries, it grew to encompass a massive gate, a moat, a fortress with 75 foot towers and eventually converted into a state prison, holding up to 55 captives.

On the day of invasion, the captured held in Bastille, were never fully confirmed. Some say that four have committed forgery, two were pure lunatics and one was a disgraced nobleman. Others say that four were forgers, another from aristocracy and two vanished without identification. The Marquis De Sade was believed to be in the thick of this prison number, famous for his erotic writings and the rise of the word: sadism. As the most famous inmate, this aristocrat penned various books including the famous One Hundred and Twenty Days of Sodom, but he was removed from Bastille 10 days before the invasion.

This holiday is now absolutely internationally hyped up. Franschhoek, South Africa hosts a two day celebration, New Orleans goes all out on dog costume contests (!?!) and Puducherry, Eastern India has a massive firework display. Sydney will honor this day with all things French at the Argyle, The Rocks where tickets cost $15 and you can learn the Cancan…like you do. What better way to end the oh la la celebrations than at Cremorne Point, overlooking the Harbour, sipping French vino, eating baguettes and brie with that beret perched on your head! And the next day, any mild hangover can be easily cured with a lot of H2) and French Toast. Voila!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sydney Spooky Attractions

For all that love a bit of a supernatural, spine chilling adventure, we’re not going to wait to Halloween for this post. It’s too good not to share now. The city has incredible events, attractions and nonstop entertainment throughout the year. But how about for those that want to try something different in NSW? Here are a few blood curdlers that will deter most but attract the thicker skinned ones to visit our diverse region:

Did you know that Wakehurst Park is the most haunted road in Sydney? At the point where Narrabeen and Seaforth intersect, by Deep Creek Reserve, the latter has been famous for body dumpings and murders. As a result, if you’re driving down this road, predominantly at night, there have been reports where car doors randomly lock by themselves, the radio turns itself on and windscreen wipers either start working or suddenly stop. Drivers have also reported of a green man that flashes at pedestrian crossings around 3.00am. Spookier than this, is that no one seems to be there.

Fables and history states that this area is obviously haunted by two ghosts: a young girl called Kelly that died in the 70’s and a nun that died around five decades ago. The word on the street spreads the good news of joy: if you don’t tell the girl to get out your car, she’ll ram rod you off the road.

A pure magnet for psychics, Mary Loughland states she’s seen young Kelly and feels her presence. Not only that, but Mary’s daughter sighted Kelly and the nun. Her theory is that a haunting take place where tragedy’s struck, so Kelly may either want to deliver messages or can’t transfer to the other side as she’s traumatized. Possibly, she’s been subject to a driving related death and wants to warn others through protection...or is angry and wants to just scare anyone in four wheels.

Other beauties, if you’re still reading this without shuddering, include the Gladesville Mental Hospital, the Haunted Quarantine Station, Redbank Range Tunnel and Studley Park House. You can read more about each here.

On a positive note, even though Cremorne Point Manor is one of Sydney’s oldest hotels, established in a heritage building, we’ve never even seen a Casper friendly ghost potter by. But if you want to feel the hairs on your arms spike up: at night, sometimes you’ll hear lions roar. Don’t worry though – they’re just talking from nearby Taronga Zoo. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

To Market, To Market, To Buy A...

Just under an hour’s drive North West of Sydney, is a gem of a farmers market. The Richmond Good Food Market operates every Saturday from 8am to 1pm in Richmond Park, as this family business opens its floodgates for farmers, tourists and locals in the scenic Hawkesbury area.  

Now we all know farmers markets usually sell extortionately overpriced food but this little beauty is about cost efficiency to sustain local businesses. Not only are they supporting local farms, but you can chat with the farmers about how the food is raised, including chemical (and additive) free produce. The market website claims their prices are cheaper than Woolworths and Coles which is a nice little, penny pinching bonus.

Every tomato, carrot, bunch of flowers or apricot (markets always over-excel on apricots, for some fabulous reason) that you purchase; you’re giving back to the little SMB’s and not the big, bad national, gluttonous corporations. You’re also obviously reassured that what you’re picking up is absolutely fresh, right from farm to stall.

It’d be an early morning start for Sydneysiders but if you make the most of the full morning market, you can refuel on some of the food vendors. These include Kalye (meat skewer specialties) or a slice from Pizza Napoli. Want to wow your partner? Roses and More sell fresh cut flowers at wholesale prices so consider that if you need to be back in someone’s good books. And for those little furry pets you bring along: give them Koly’s chemical free, freeze dried dog and cat treats. Who’s up for high end sugar? The Real Fruit Ice Cream stand should not be passed by without a quick purchase. Blended on site, you can sugar-load yourself up on the good stuff or try one of their super noisy slush drinks.

The market’s packed with a bundle of alternative stands including health & beauty, kitchenware, clothing, accessories and condiments. One stand we love is Mini Garden Creations that sells native plants and succulents. Bought the muchkins along for the ride? Then you need to check out Amanda’s Place where she sells everything from bibs and baby changing mats to mittens and door snakes (draught excluders). If that’s not satisfied the little ones, Mr. Arthur’s Puppets absolutely will do the trick. It’s hosted by owner Kieran Arthur, a talented puppeteer who was featured on Australia’s Got Talent. Maybe you can schmooze him to host a puppet show the next time your rugrat(s) celebrate a birthday.

It’s 1.01pm and you’re wiped out from shopping, the car’s full to the brim so you’ll take a leisurely drive east back to Cremorne Point. Chill out on our guest-only balcony overlooking the Harbour and chomp away at your foodie purchases.  Those apricots won’t eat themselves! 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Buongiorno Italy Food & Wine Festival Sydney

Add the 27th August to your diary because the Italian Wine & Food Festival is coming to Sydney. From 11am to 9pm, at the Cutaway, Bangaroo Reserve, expect a full cultural, culinary experience as only the Italians do with full throttle.

Tickets are now on sale and it’ll save you $30 versus paying at the door (if tickets are still available on the day). Price start from $75 and round up to $175 including varying prices in between. The costs differ on whether you’re popping in for a while, indulging in everything available, the Vino Grande Masterclass Pass, evening entry or a daytime nosey around.

General admission includes entry and a glass of wine along with all wine tastings, free coffee and mineral water. There are bundles of cooking demos but food, unfortunately, isn’t included. The VIP’ers that splash out enjoy exclusive pre entry, Wine Garden admission with sommelier service, a complimentary wine glass and a goodie bag though.

Remember to bring your wallet because you’ll be able to buy wines from the exhibitors during the event. That blackberry infused bottle of something you tasted, well it can be yours for keeps if you’re ready to cough up money. But if you’re looking for tipples at the event only, the cocktails are available to purchase between $10 - $15 each.

If you have kids and want to entice them into how the boot leg shaped country lives, they enter for free when accompanied by an adult. Note: adults must show a form of ID with proof of age.

For non Sydney locals, you may be stuck on how to find the venue. It’s a short walk from the train station or ferry terminal at Circular Quay and buses are in abundance: the 311, 324 and 325 take you right up to Barangaroo Reserve from the Town Hall.

Also remember to add the Negroni Bar and the cooking demos to your wish list. Hosted by Roberta Muir, the latter features renowned local chefs from Nino Zoccali to Adam Swanson, Giovanni Pilu and Smeg Kitchen.

Slightly stuffed to the brim? Grab that ferry and when you arrive at Cremorne Point, you can walk off the extra pounds along a multitude of trails near Cremorne Point Manor. Wait a few hours for the food & booze to digest and off you go to Maccallum Pool, near our hotel, for a well deserved few laps around this famous olympic size water attraction. Godere!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Parental Guidance Comes to Sydney

Between the 19 – 21st May, Sydney Olympic Park is hosting the Pregnancy Babies & Children’s Expo. For all first time parents or veteran owners of cute little scatter-rugrats, this is the right place to be.

This free event (register in advance) lets you talk face to face with industry exhibitors and test products first hand. It’s all about trying before buying, or before little toddler fingers get their sticky paws on these innovations. From toys, cleanliness (is there such a thing with kids around?), clothing, maternity products, dad helper inventions and more, the expo is full to the brim. If you’ve been to day one and still in a pickle, your pre registered entry is valid for you to revisit the expo again before it ends since the exhibitor range is vast, including feeding, lifestyle, furniture and financing.

With trusted experts and speakers available, it’s an ideal time to get free information about before, during and after that munchkin comes out. Also remember that you’ll be amongst potential perfect parents that’ll throw tips your way. Or if you believe you’re parent of the year, then you can offer your own guidance to expecting mums and dads. You’ll be able to spot them easily from the confused and panic ridden look on their faces.

Whether you’re in a trimester phase or your little angels are a few years old, every parent needs a breather. The expo will have extra wide aisles for prams alongside an abundance of rest stations and baby care rooms. So no panic if that nappy (or diaper) starts filling up fast – the expo has you covered with facilities. When everyone’s scrubbed up again, kids can enjoy the Imagination Play Area or have face painting, awe in the toddler kindy Gymbaroo mini circuit or check out the Golden Ridge animal farm.

Done and need a break? A short drive away and you’ll arrive in the tranquility of Cremorne Point, relaxing as our guest at Cremorne Point Manor. If you’re looking for accommodation with a garden for the kids to keep blowing off hot air, check out our sister hotel Glenferrie Lodge. They have a huge guest-only garden and a patio for you to chill with a glass of wine, while the kids go bonkers in the big play area. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Channeling Inner Chi with the Crystal Show

You’ve seen them in psychic store windows, displayed in circles at meditation classes and maybe just thought the array of crystals were solely for fun. Well think again because crystals of all shapes and sizes can channel your inner chi, reset your chakras and are known for healing physical ailments.

If this opener’s got you interested, then you need to reserve your free entry at the Sydney Crystal Show, 8-9th July. If you’re not in NSW during that time, then make a note that the show will return early December. As one of the country’s most prominent and popular mineral expos in Australia, you’ll be able to browse from thousands of gems including jewellery, fossils and wow at the extensive range. Having good energy around your home, in your handbag, work briefcase and pretty much every corner you’re near is important. The crystals have mysterious ways of zapping out bad energy, stopping extreme emotions from bubbling over and absorbing this into creating a positive aura around you. We all know positive energies spread like wildfire.

Each crystal has a meaning and a method behind its madness. From agate that brings strength and courage, to aquaramarine for clarity and purification, clear calcite to cleanse and citrine for revitalization. And we’re not even a quarter of the way through the alphabet. Check out Crystal Earth Spirit for an extensive list of who’s who in the mineral world, and what each can do for you. That’ll give you a decent head’s up on narrowing down the negative energies you need to get rid of in life, and bring in the good, ripe ones to take you through the next stage of your life journey.

Some of the crystals featured at the expo will run into a few thousands dollars where others, the rose stones or miniature sphere’s that fit into your palm, come cheap at around $10. Not only are these crystals stunning for display pieces but you’re investing in your well being.

So when you visit Sydney, spread the good energy around and treat yourself to a small stone that’ll fit into your pocket. The more you squeeze it to release negativity, the healthier you’ll feel and the more you’ll enjoy our fantastic city. Once you’d done with the expo, head back to Cremorne Point. Take a walk near our hotel and breathe in those inner white lights, while you experience the stunning Harbour views & skyline. If that doesn’t get your Anahata (heart chakra) pumping, not much else will!  

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Remember to Walk for Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Australia is hosting their annual Memory Walk Sydney on the 7th May, starting at Leichardt Oval. You can sign up for the 2 km or 7.5 km walk (or even run) to raise funds and more awareness for the race against dementia. All the proceeds will be given to related education, professional training, critical support services and counseling for people (and families) affected by this illness.

If you register early, you may still have a chance of receiving a complimentary Memory Walk & Jog t-shirt. But with only 500 available, there’s a slim chance any are still up for grabs. It does cost you to be part of this event but kids (under 5 years old) can enter for free. Kids 6-17 years old and seniors cost $19, adults are $36 and families (two parental supervisors or two seniors with two rugrats) is $85.

If you’re ready for a morning start, the Memory Walk & Jog will beat you to the punch as registration opens 7.00 am, astonishingly early for a Sunday! This’ll give you around an hour to warm up those legs (and brain) for the 8.45 am runners start, followed five minutes later by the walkers for your marks, get set and go, go, go. With the prizes given out at 10.30 am and the race officially finishing thirty minutes later, it’ll be an incredibly productive Sunday morning for all involved.

Even though you’ve paid an entry fee, if you really want to take the illness bull-by-the-horns, you can set up a fundraiser. Make sure you sponsor yourself first, to entice others to follow and then its case of rallying for serious hard currency from friends & family. Fundraise the standard way through social media or step it up a notch with a friends & family afternoon or evening cash soiree. Possibly you could set up a theme activity such as ‘memory lane:’ each person is given a clue about a long-time-ago personal event that took place. If they remember the event from the clues, then they add $20 to the fundraising pot. Not only will the moolah flow in faster than you’d expect, but it’d remind everyone of how much we do take our brains for granted. Imagine having dementia and all those precious memories just fade away? Right – that hit the emotional core so sign up for the event and start fundraising pronto.

And maybe you’ll also remember to swing by our hotel in Cremorne Point to let us know how your walk or jog went. A double reminder: possibly treat yourself to a night’s stay (or weekend) at Cremorne Point Manor after the fundraiser. The views of the Harbour and downtown skyline are stunning…something you’ll remember for a long time to come.

Morale: Don’t take your brain in vain.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Cobweb Cleaning & Suitcase Clear Out

It’s that time of the year when you need to focus on out with the old, and in with the new, right? Undertaking a mass clean out isn’t the most riveting task but the team at Suitcase Rummage have turned boring hoarding into purge & splurge with a twist.

Over cups of tea, the founders (Isabel and Daniele) pretty much landed on the idea during a brainstorming session. To them, Suitcase Rummage wasn’t about being a typical weekend market with power-sellers but more about where product entrepreneurs could also test their new ideas on the public to assess for market viability. Naturally, alongside bringing the community together and Joe Public selling or swapping their wares. What better way to run a focus group than on a captured, ready to prowl audience right on your doorstep!

All you need to do is bravely venture into the back of that closet under the stairs, grab all the clothes, books, collectibles and every possession that you’ve not even blinked an eye at for years…and jam them into suitcases. Product entrepreneurs, you’re doing the exact same with your inventions - lovingly & carefully swaddled in each suitcase. Once you’ve registered and paid the $25 fee to offload your old belongings, head down to the Suitcase Rummage market (you’ll be notified of the upcoming event in your area). At the Rummage, expect be greeted by imaginary angels singing over your head as you open your pot of gold suitcase latches, and start selling or swapping items with other Rummagers.

When you mosey over to the Rummage event with your suitcase in tow, full to the brim of jewellery, shoes, accessories and heaven knows what else…don’t be surprised to see an up and comer also selling their new innovation goods right besides you. The rummages are regularly taking place at select locations in Queensland, NSW, Canberra, Victoria and Western Australia so yes, this is not just a tiny local event. It’s becoming a suitcase movement.  

The Sydney events are at Belmont Park (opposite Central Station) every second month and the next will be around the 3rd week of June. This will give you plenty of time to start accumulating those items to sell. It’ll also be a double bargain for visitors staying in our hotel in Cremorne Point because here’s a new travel idea: whatever is in your suitcase when you arrive at our hotel, take it to the Suitcase Rummage, sell or swap it and return back to our hotel with potentially a completely different, full range of clothes, footwear and accessories!

You came, you saw, you sold, you swapped and you conquered.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Home Away From Home – Sydney Home Show

This coming Sunday 26th March, the International Convention Center at Darling Harbour, wants you to return home. Yep, the Sydney Home Show is hitting NSW and it’s free to attend. Not one cent is required to enter the gates of domestic heaven. You do need to register for free tickets though.

You’ll get to chat with over 280 major exhibiting companies alongside industry hot-bods. As one of the city’s most popular home renovation events, there will be over 30,000 homeowners who are knee deep in looking to renovate their haven.

There will be Holy Grail experts giving you tips on outdoor living spaces, décor, furnishings you’d never dreamed of, renovation ideas for the interior and exterior and accessory ideas coming out your ears. The latest and greats accents, décor and snazzy furnishings will be on show and ergonomically friendly, state of the art and minimalistic ideas are looking to be the key themes this year.

You think you know all about decking and patios? Then think again. Make a note to check Nexgen Decking at Stand G32 if you’re looking to spruce up the BBQ area. Tired of maintaining your bathrooms? Put Nano4Life Australia at Stand A17 on your ‘must see’ list. They have incredible ceramics that retain that brand new ‘just installed’ look. No more soap stains in your bathroom. One company we’re seriously infatuated with is Aurora suspended fireplaces. Mosey on down to Stand G47. Your own fireplaces will look SO 1980’s compared to these stunning suspension alternatives.

The Home Show website has a bundle of interesting tips for you DIY’ers. From programming your garage door remote to solar home options, artificial turf versus grass possibilities and a long list of tips on how to spruce up your nest. Remember to scan your ticket at stands throughout the show so you can enter to win some incredible prizes. The list is growing but currently up for grabs is a top-range front load washer, Oslo rug and $1000 by Kleenmaid.

Want to try another home away from home? 10 minutes on a ferry ride from the Harbour to Cremorne Point, you’ll be at our Manor. When you’re a guest of Cremorne Point Manor, our balcony is your balcony, our stunning view of the Opera House is your view also and our breakfast… Well, not quite. But when you book direct on our website, a sensational breakfast is included. Not sure if you believe us? Then believe this video tour of our hotel – it’s magnificent. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

St Paddy’s Day Fast Facts

We all know St. Patrick’s Day is the time when the planet turns green, drinks Guinness and gallops around in three legged races looking for four leaf clovers. But this blog post is about the history and quirky traditions the luck of the Irish has given us, in abundance.

Why does this famous day exist? It’s a worldwide celebration of St Patrick, one of the country’s patron saints. He ministered Christianity during the fifth century, within Ireland.
This tradition of celebration (originally with a Roman Catholic feast day – now celebrated by liquid lunches and dinners) started on March 17th, the year 461.

Why is everyone green on St Paddy’s Day? It’s simply as a camouflage disguise to ensure leprechauns (tiny fairy creatures) don’t pinch you. So if you don’t wear green on the 17th March, anyone has the ultimate right (or non right) to pinch you, with themselves taking the responsibility of acting on behalf of these fairies role. Also remember, pinching hurts and causes bruises so maybe just pretend pinch the air instead. Our words of warning to all trigger happy pinchers reading this!

What on earth do leprechauns look like? Even though we call them fairies, they’re actually an Irish folklore, described as little bearded men, with hats and coats that are incredibly mischievous. They love living in solitary, counting and guarding hidden pots of gold at the end of rainbows. They’re also renowned for mending shoes. Maybe they inspired Daniel Day Lewis to take up cobbling between acting, way back when.

How green is Ireland? The country was originally associated as blue yet over the centuries, it morphed into green. Hence the country’s nickname ‘Emerald Isle,’ the green Irish flag and the four leaf lucky clovers that St. Patrick expressed through his teachings about the Catholic religion.

So this March 17th, when you’re out and about with friends & family, enjoying all the amazing wonders of Ireland and the great St. Patrick, remember: no pinching, wear green, maybe consider cobbling as a new career and hunt for that gold at the end of the rainbow.

Once you’ve had your Guinness dinner (a meal in itself, full of incredible nutrients), hop on a ferry and within 10 minutes from the Opera House, you’ll be back at Cremorne Point. Aptly, our Cremorne Point Manor is in a stunning, residential setting and full of greenery. With our affordable rates, greatly lower than downtown hotel prices, you’ll now see why our guests know the grass is greener in our neck of the city. 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Sweetest Sydney Blog Post

From now until 17th April, The Calyx at the Royal Botanical Garden is featuring the Sweet Addiction tour. A brand new exhibition to open at The Calyx, it’s an incredible horticultural attraction not to be missed.

Venturing into the story of chocolate, you’ll learn more information about your sweet tooth, and the origins of chocolate like never before. Starting at the center of the tropical rain-forest, you’ll walk through chocolate plantains, a Lindt Mill and discover the ancient history behind its roots and why chocolate is such a global, constant booming business.

The largest contiguous green wall in the southern hemisphere features over 18,000 plants, stunningly presented into living artworks. These represent the Mayan God of Chocolate. A fantastic expo for all ages, it’s an event that’s causing a fantastic rush of cocoa lovers.

Sweet Addiction is a half hour self-guided tour so take your time and stop to smell the non-roses. There’s also an audio tour including a kid friendly audio (5-12 years old). And with the Botanical Garden’s interactive chocolate-theme events and attractions, The Calyx is the first of its kind in Australia. This is a continuation of the Garden’s 200th birthday in 2016.

Prices for adults are $15, kids under 16 years old enter for free and seniors/concessions are $9.50. The Calyx is beyond stunning. You can see if there are cocktail events taking place during your visit or check out the schedule for hosted seminars and dinners. International award winning designer and horticulturist, Jamie Durie is the man behind The Calyx. On the website you can download his garden trail, or check out Catriona Rowntree’s garden map.  As the country’s ‘most travelled woman,’ she’s now ambassador to The Calyx.


As The Calyx is a short ferry ride to Cremorne Point, there’s no better way than to spend an afternoon or full day at the Gardens, mosey around downtown Sydney and then head back to our neck of the woods. Talking of chocolate, when you stay with us, expect a special treat from us on your bed pillow. It’s called Chocumin and each piece contains equivalent to 60 turmeric herbal pills. So if you’re weary after a long day out and feel those knee & ankle joints start to swell, we have you covered as turmeric contains incredible (proven) anti-inflammatory remedies.

What a sugary way to experience Sydney…then Chocumin yourself just before bed and enjoy sweet dreams.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

We Say…Crochet

When’s the last time you attended a wearable art exhibition? How about crochet art, specifically? We love that this event of Chili Philly: Crochet Social is taking place in Sydney, created by artist Phil Ferguson (aka Chili Philly).

Phil’s absolutely into wearable crochet pieces, whether it’s a teabag as a self portrait or a taco – there are no limits in his vision. His exhibition will be presented with the support of the City of Sydney and in association with the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras 2017. It’s taking place from Tuesday’s to Saturday (11.00am to 4.00pm) from now until the 15th March at the Australian Design Centre. You do need to book tickets as naturally, the expo is widely appreciated and so space is limited and prices for each activity vary. While you’re at the multitude of events, follow and comment on his ChiliPhilly Instagram. Note that he has over 142,000 followers so you’ll need to comment with a BIG statement to get his attention.

Using a combo of video and photography, he’ll present a flurry of public program and events where you, the audience, can participate in his self proclaimed ‘crochet craze.’ There’s the (adults only) Cocktails & Crochet evenings, workshops for kids, panel discussions, artist talks and local market makers in Darlinghurst – promoting their accessory ranges.

Some of his designs are absolutely off the charts, including this apt LGBT inspired love, crochet heart hat. The events are a fantastic opportunity for visitors to meet locals, locals to bond with locals and corporate business clients to enjoy a unique social gathering versus the obvious (mediocre) wining & dining entertainment options.

As the events are taking place just over the water from Cremorne Point, we encourage you to join ChilyPhilly’s workshop, produce a fantastic crochet accessory and tweet us photos. The wilder, more inspiring and the bigger…the better. And when you return to our Manor after a long, yet exhilarating and creative session, let us take photos of you so we can post them on our Facebook page. Maybe the short introduction to crochet will turn you into a hobbyist, or possibly open doors for a future career. Either way, if you don’t grab that hook needle and yarn, you’ll never know what those hands and creative brain is capable of. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Seasonal Group Offers from Emerald City Hotels

We’ve something special for you in this week’s blog post. Emerald City Hotels owns and operates a group of accommodation properties including Cremorne Point Manor (obviously), Glenferrie Lodge and Dalziel Lodge.

We're running offers that are available from May through August, so you have time to plan your Sydney bound trip. These are intentionally in a word.doc so you can also hit the social accounts and follow each hotel. The offers are ideal for group travels: maybe you’re organising a social event to NSW for your yacht club, possibly for the women’s golf annual excursion or that school trip for the debate team.

Our promotions are perfect for you to keep within your travel budget, while having the advantage of being in hotels that are just a short ferry ride from the famous Opera House.

Remember to share our offers with friends and family. Hey, someone you know may be getting married this year and now want to host it in Sydney. Not one to boast, but we do have the best skyline views of the Harbour for those 'I do' pics. And we’ll coordinate accommodation for all wedding guests.

Take into account that our establishments are small and boutique, so we don’t have hundreds of rooms. This is why customers love us, and keep returning to our hotels. So for large group enquiries, we’ll simply split the guests between all three of our hotels. Not only can you see how the other half live while you stay with us, but you’ll all be close by as our hotels are really near to each other. Yes, we’ve thought of everything.

What better way to spend an Aussie autumn or winter than a group trip to Sydney? Click the links below and get booking. Any questions, email, message or call us. Adios!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Be Heart Healthy This Valentine’s Day

Instead of posting the typical couple, chocolate and overpriced Valentine’s ideas that everyone else would be writing about, we’re encouraging you to try something different. How about taking the day off from work, or if you’re visiting Sydney, quit the standard sightseeing attractions, and get lost! Literally, we want you to take a breather and spend all day falling back in love with your heart. It demands attention, recognition and is craving to be strengthened. So this blog post is all about hiking and walking off the beaten trails. The exercise will do you good, the alternative sights will be loved by your eyes and your body will be blowing adrenaline kisses. Remember to tweet us pictures during your adventure or tag Cremorne Point Manor with @’s through the day.

Sydney is a stunning city and alongside taking the ferry to absorb the city by water, the famous coastlines are also incredible. Here are a few favourites of ours:

The Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk will take you through parks and beaches. The trail is around 6km and follows the city’s eastern suburbs. You can take your time strolling or pick up the pace and maybe complete it in under an hour.

If you’re itching to see more of the Harbour, we’ve got you covered. Take the two step trail from Wooloomooloo (incredible name, right?) to Circular Quay. You’ll venture through Mrs Macquaries Point and the Botanic Garden so remember to check both out during a pit stop. The garden’s over 200 years old so while you’re there continue the walking through the Calyx, with 18,000 plants. Remember to ask about the Sweet Addiction, botanic story of chocolate, exhibition.

For anyone who’s up for a near full day out of hiking, the Garie Beach Coast Track route is going to be your best bet. Its 26km long and you can either trail it yourself or take a Sydney Coast Walk guided tour. Maybe you’ll also consider spend the night there, camping. Star gazing through the night – could the 14th February be any more romantic than this?

Finally, if you’re more of the adventurous type, how about heading to the Royal National Park? With 30km of beautiful coastline views, you can grab a picnic on the way and enjoy the lagoon and beaches. Locals are known for setting up all-star BBQ’s in this area so don’t be surprised to see loved up parties grilling away.

Cupid’s throwing his exercise arrow your way so make the most of the 14th with a different heart-healthy objective, or comment which other trails you’ll be heading down.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Watch Stars Under The Stars

Hollywood Forever, California wasn’t the innovator of hosting outdoor movies but it is one of the US West Coast’s most favourite Saturday night summer events. The American drive through scene was most likely the earliest 50’s trend setter for this type of big screen entertainment. But over the years, countries around the planet have followed suit and hosted incredible outdoor movie nights as a fantastic alternative to overpriced cinema tickets.

So if you’re a lover of the outdoors, the big screen and looking to combine this together, then Ryde is where you need to be during March for Cinema in the Park. Only 22 minutes by car, driving north east from Cremorne Point, or 1.40 mins by public transport (make it an evening excursion!) you’ll be at the outdoor cinema extravaganza.

Showing movies through the month, the first kicks off on 17th March with the Big Friendly Giant. On the 18th March is Alice Through the Looking Glass, followed by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows and finally Pitch Perfect 2 on 24th March. Obviously the movies are family friendly so if you’re visiting Sydney and looking to fit in like a native, this is the time to bond with locals that are highly likely to give you insider travel tips to keep your rugrats busy.

Each movie takes place at a different park in the area and even though the website hasn’t confirmed exact start times, it’s logical that you’d arrive (with picnic and blankets in tow) a couple of hours before sundown. It’s quite impossible to view an outdoor movie in blazing sunshine so expect the films to kick off as the sun sets.

Now in its 16th year, expect to see eight metre screens with stereo sound and subtitles for the hearing impaired. Entry is free (woot!) but bring some cash if you forgot to pack food and drinks as there will be vendors selling a variety of nosh.

Parking is in abundance at each location and there’s no need to pre register as it’s a first ‘best non seat’ first served kind of set up. Just tip up, open up that low chair or oversized blanket, get out the champagne and nibbles and you’re good to go.

When you return back to us at Cremorne Point Manor, you can continue viewing the best silent, forever showing movie – the views of the Sydney Harbour and skyline from our balcony so make sure you have your popcorn at the ready!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

We're Taking You To Serbia in February

Darling Harbour will be transformed to Serbia from the 4th – 5th February so buckle up, get ready to fly to a new cultural environment and expand your knowledge on how the other half lives…in the largest Serbian festival within the southern hemisphere.

Taking place in Tumbalong Park, the Serbian Orthodox Church and Serbian Orthodox Youth Association have teamed up to educate you on Serbia life. If you’ve never eaten Chevapi, Pljeskavica, Burek or Pita – you’re seriously missing out. How about Krofne or Palacinke? If all these don’t sound familiar, that means you really need to check out the festival and experience Serbian cuisine – native and street food at its best. For reference, Krofne are doughnuts so start learning that critical, culinary word while you wash the food down with the country’s favourite alcoholic (and non alcoholic) drinks such as Pivo (beer). On the beverage topic, did you know that Serbia’s within the wine belt, based on its perfect vineyard climate that claims to go back right to Roman ties. Get familiar with the names tamjanika and smederevka (white wines).

If booze is not the attraction, quench your thirst with Knjaz Milos. The country has an abundance of freshwater and mineral spring waters, again used since the Roman days either for spas or drinking.

Now that you’re full to the brim, jig it off with folkloric dancing and Serbian music. The former is an important part of the country’s culture bringing communities and families together. The latter hails with both urban and rural two-beat dances called kolo. This is a circle dance with literally no above-waist movement and can last for up to 13 minutes. Try it!

When you’re at the event, remember to tweet @SerbianFestival and @CremorneManor with pics so we can RT and hopefully, the festival will reciprocate.

The best two attributes of the festival are that a: it’s only a short ferry ride from Cremorne Point and b: event entry is free. So you can enjoy a budget friendly weekend of entertainment and accommodation, while not melting your credit card staying at our Manor.  Who’s in?