Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Sydney Fringe Festival Arrives in September

From the 1st – 30th September, the sixth annual Sydney Fringe Festival rears its head again for a month of entertainment. The largest independent arts series of gigs in the city, it’s strategically scattered around five villages and hosts a walloping 300 productions within 50 venues. 
This year, the Festival will also spill onto the streets of NSW so expect to see live performances in random places. It’s designed to keep you on your creative toes nightly as secret city venues will be adoring you with culture, arts and crafts. From pop up spaces, street activations and shop fronts – they’ll be in your face like white on rice and you will applaud and cheer them on until you burst with adrenaline.

If you’re truly looking to be in the thick of the action, there are volunteer and internship opportunities from hands-on-help to social media assistance. So if tweeting, posting, Instagramming and Snapchatting is up your alley, then check the current opportunities available in the ‘about us’ website section.

Ticketing details are not currently available to purchase online, yet you can contact the ‘ticketing’ web section to enquire. Or follow the @sydneyfringe Twitter account for real time updates so you can grab seats (or standing) tickets.  Also remember to use #sydneyfringe leading up to the Festival and during the September shenanigans while you tag comments, post videos, meddle with Vines and upload pictures so you have the chance of being retweeted and receive your social 5 seconds of fame.

For all budding artists, the Fringe Festival greatly supports your creativity so contact the organizers to discuss matching your talents to the right venue, whether you’re established or emerging. There’s also an Awards system judged by an industry panel and an 8-Part Workshop Education Series if you’re a serious newbie to the arts scene. Click this Sydney Fringe link for more details about registration and encouraging your inner star to shine. 

If you’re heading to Sydney on business, taking clients to the Festival is a sure fire unique way to entertain the troops aka Executives. If you’re heading to NSW on a family or friends leisure trip, what better way to see Sydney’s locals showcase their talents than during this September event?

As Cremorne Point is just a short ferry ride from downtown Sydney and the mecca of the Festival venues, remember to book your hotel stay with us. Take a sneak at our home page video and see for yourself why Tripadvisor’s given us a fifth (yes fifth) consecutive Certificate of Excellence Award. With nearby Maccallum Pool & Taronga Zoo and overlooking the Sydney Harbour, inspiration and creativity is our middle name. We look forward to having you stay with us and here’s the link to book!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Row Row Row Your Boat – to Sydney

Since 1968, the Sydney International Boat Show is one of the southern hemisphere’s most popular boating attractions, for visitors and locals alike. Remember to mark the 30 July through 3 August in your calendar when this event returns to NSW. 
Taking place around the Sydney Harbour, the show will focus on entertainment, education and new technology that is pioneering the industry.  From 10am to 8pm on all days, the Cockle Bay Marina (Darling Harbour) and Sydney Exhibition Centre (Glebe Island) are the prime destinations.  From here, you can learn about Marine Rescue, Boating Safety and Surf Life Saving from an educational view point. 

If entertainment is more up your alley, there is a Master Class Schedule that includes an 11am Better Boating with David Lockwood, followed by Tim Simpson’s Fishing For Beginners.  Musto Fashion at 1pm takes you through the history of outdoor sailing clothing followed by a well needed 1.30pm Cooking Master Class. This is hosted by Club Marine’s Bark Beek so make sure you’re ready for bites of his expertise in sea-related culinary know how.  An hour later, enjoy the Cruising Helmsman Hour hosted by Phil Ross and Roger McMillan. Their sailing expert tips will provide information on the best cruising destinations so if you’re up for ‘all aboard’ knowledge, this session will be entertaining.

(Oculus super yacht)

When you think you maybe can’t eat enough, at 3.30pm, Tim Simpson returns for his Fishing with Lures that Work. This is an ideal seminar for anyone who’s truly interested in Nemo and would like more insights as to proudly claiming their catch of the day.  With another Musto Fashion session, followed by Classic Catches, the seminar finale at 6pm demonstrates a one hour of Bark Beek returning to the stage, with his Master Class. 

There are over 200 businesses who are exhibiting in the arenas and with vessels on the Marina so keep an eye on the ‘What To See’ page of exhibitors, brands and vessels. 

Ticket prices range at $21 for over 18 year olds (Adults) to $13 for 6-17 year olds. A family pass of 2 adults and 3 kids runs at $49, with Adult 3 day passes at $40 or 2 day passes at $30. Concessions are provided for seniors.

Since Cremorne Point is only a short ferry ride away from the event, you can sail off into the sunset towards Cremorne Point Manor each evening. With the best views of the Harbour from our hotel, it’s no wonder we’ve just received our fifth consecutive Certificate of Excellence by Tripadvisor. And yes, we’re fishing for compliments so comment away!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Motorsports V8 Returns to Sydney

If you’re planning to visit NSW on a leisure or business trip, we highly advise you schedule your travels so you can attend the V8 Supercars event between 21 and 23 August.  There are two adrenaline charged 60km races on the Saturday and a slam-speed 200km race on the Sunday. It’s an ideal way to spend a weekend if you’re entertaining business clients, right?
The event is choc-full of schedule activities with the Porsche Carrera Cup adding to the zap and bling of this highly anticipated event. As a rare treat, the FIA sanctioned CAMS Australian Formula 4 Championship will be featured – a first ever for NSW.

If you’re in the extreme need to splash out, you can take an aerial tour of the Motorsport Park and view the racing from high up in the sky. The rides are situated in the hill near Main Entrance A and will be offering rides on both days (all details featured on the V8 website).

Since 1990, the premier touring car race was only 500km with slow entry speeds yet now, this event attracts thousands of visitors with multi viewing spots.  As this is the 25th Anniversary of the Sydney Motorsport Park, we expect both days to be packed with attendees: local, national and global. 

Kids under 12 years old will receive free trackside admissions when accompanied with a paying adult. The prices range for grandstand, paddock passes, trackside, hospitality and park & view from $30.58 AUD and upwards. A 3 day paddock pass sells for a reasonable $61.17 right down to a one day (Friday) pass at $19.37 – designed to not melt your credit card. 

The full event schedule is still being set so you’ll have to keep checking their website for details but expect to see some gems in the lineup, racing towards the finish line. These include Jamie Whincup (Red Bull Racing Australia) to Mark Winterbottom (Pepsi Max Crew) and Mike Caruso (Nissan Motorsport) amongst the 25 confirmed already. 

If you can’t make one of the day’s events in person, then check V8 Motorsports website for live streaming, alongside past video footage.  Its brilliant viewing, we highly recommend it.
The venue is around a 45 minute drive, east of Cremorne Point and our boutique Sydney hotel. Winning our fifth consecutive Certificate of Excellence Award by Tripadvisor, we’ve already run our race, grabbing the first prize trophy.  So buckle up, enjoy the ride as this August weekend’s going to be fast and furious.  

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Where Art Though For Sydney Exhibition

From the 18th July to the 27th September, the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes, and art event, takes place at the NSW Art Gallery so if you’re heading to Sydney, add this to your calendar.  With its first award in 1921, this is the country’s most prominent and favourite art recognition event. As a highly prestigious Expo, the Archibald Prize brings together a who’s who of Aussie culture including artists, sports heroes, celebrities and politicians. The Wynne Prize award focuses on the best landscape painting of the country’s scenery, or it may be a figure sculpture who grabs the prize – who knows? Finally the Sulman Prize is awarded to the best genre painting, mural (oil, watercolour, mixed media and/or acrylic) or subject painting.

Annually, the Art Gallery of NSW trustees judge the Wynne and Archibald Prizes, where as invited judges focu on the Sulman Prize (this year’s being Jenny Watson). There’s also a People’s Choice Award category so you can vote for your favourite – it’s all about the attendees, right?

Since it established in 1871, the Art Gallery of NSW heavily supports fine international and native art in one of the globe’s most stunning art museums.  From contemporary and modern collections to exhibitions, programs & lectures to the Brett Whiteley Studio, the Gallery is a mecca for locals and visitors looking to educate their inner artistic creativity.

Online tours are also available or you can search the entire collections on their website, so you can plan exactly what you want to see before you arrive in Sydney.  Fancy checking out the Gallery late in the evenings? Each Wednesday, the venue hosts an ‘Art After Hours’ event where displays are available for viewing until 10pm and the stores, cafes and galleries until between 9.00-9.30pm (check the link above for each specific closing time). 

Not only is general admission free (yes free), but the Gallery also runs a courtesy bus every 15 minutes from 7pm until closing on Wednesdays to surrounding car parks and Martin Place. 

From Martin Place, you can take a leisurely 10 minute stroll to Circular Quay and hop on the ferry. Within a few minutes, you’ll be at Cremorne Point and six minute walk later, arrive at Cremorne Point Manor. The views of the city on the ferry and also at the Manor are sensational, voted one of the best skyline scenes by tourists and locals alike. Want to see what we see every day? Check our home page video and yes, the Harbour Bridge and Opera House are in our peripheral vision daily - talk about a canvas worth gloating over. Contact us about our winter deals and once you’re here, will give you more tips on more great attractions to visit!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Get you’re A-Game on for August, Sydney

For anyone in the tech gaming scene, from the 11 – 13 August, the Sydney Exhibition Center at Glebe Island raises the technology bar with the Australasian Gaming Expo. One of the globe’s biggest events of its type, there will be 15,000+ square metres of gaming mayhem by over 180 exhibitors.
From 10am to 5pm on day one and two, and 10am – 3pm on day three, you can hob nob with the world’s most prominent industry movers & shakers. This event is only for gaming and hospitality executives so if you’re involved in this scene, then you receive complimentary access as an executive using the link in the first paragraph. 

Celebrating 24 years of annual events in Sydney, you’ll see the newest and latest in gaming equipment, design and an incredibly proactive environment for buyers and sellers to network.

From computer science, hardware machine tools, software (web and apps) and video games, the new rising stars will be demo’ing their innovation.  Pioneers in the industry will also be showcasing new features and interactive gaming technology. We highly expect that wearable gaming tech will be a major attraction talking point.

Recently featured in the Australasian Gaming Expo Facebook page is BMM Testlabs. An exhibitor spotlight, BBM is the longest established and most experienced private independent gaming certification lab in the world. So if you’re looking for the legal requirements and compliances, these are the people to talk with in August.

If your business model is looking to generate new sources of revenue with additional partners, Cashpoint Payment Solution’s EFTPOS may be worth investigating.  Additionally Futurelogic could be an alternative option, with their innovative ticket printing for gaming tech providers.  With loyalty retention as a core need to generate stickiness for scaling, Gobsmacked Loyalty will be exhibiting at the event, showcasing their reward technology through integrated platforms for you to provide your customers reward points, promo offers and cash prizes.

The greatest way to wind down before, during and after the event is to return to a boutique Sydney hotel by ferry.  Just a short ride away, Cremorne Point Manor has affordable rooms with priceless views of the Harbour and downtown skyline. Winning our fifth consecutive Certificate of Excellence by Tripadvisor, during the expo, our hotel does book up fast so we recommend you reserve your room sooner than later.  And let the games begin…