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? 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Start 2017 on the Right Track

Putting your best foot forward this year, we’ve compiled a few walking trails for you to enjoy around Sydney and our stunning Cremorne Point. Make a resolution to walk more, especially during the daytime so you can grab additional Vitamin D from that blazing sunshine and increase your heart rate. Even if it’s walking partially (or fully) to work and back, getting off the bus early and strolling the rest of the journey or simply breaking away at lunchtime and hopping down the street instead of sitting at your desk eating.

Cremorne to Taronga Zoo:
Yes, this is an actual trail that will take you 1.45 minutes and your major organs will appreciate the exercise while your eyes will adore the stunning Harbour views along the way. Starting out at Cremorne Ferry Wharf, you can glide by Robertsons Point lighthouse before you venture into Cremorne Reserve and Mosmans Bay. You’ll follow the trail through Little Sirius Bay (seeing the historic Camp Curlew) and ending at the zoo. The zoo is huge so you’ll have additional walking excursions as you meet the animals….and what better way to end a full day than walk back through the same track (with reverse views!) to Cremorne Point Manor. Here’s the full trail on Wild Walks so you can map it on your phone.

Explore Cremorne Point:
Get ready for three hours of an easy walk, with again sensational Harbour views, from North Sydney. You’ll peddle down history lane while you learn more about the 86 acres of the area. This includes the way back legacy of Scottish watchmaker, James Robertson. He built a house at the tip of the point, known as Robertson’s Point. Over time the land was sold to James Milson, exchanged hands again and finally converted partial land to Cremorne Gardens in 1856. It closed after six years of unsuccessful business development and today, mass areas of the Point feature some of NSW’s most affluent homes, sensational hidden trails and foreshore land. You can read the history here, clicking the ‘Cremorne Point’ pdf.

Get Lost Around Sydney:
AllTrails have a fantastic set of interactive maps, including full pit stops and historic landmarks to gape at, alongside map feature options to download & save. Some of our favourites include the Manly to Spit Bridge Walk which is nearly as easy as the Bondi Beach to Coogee trail. If Taronga Zoo really got your goat, you can take a new trail from the zoo to Chowder Bay or venture down to the Lower North Shore area for an incredibly easy (absolutely flat land) excursion. The site also features interest centric walks such as architecture and history, or if shopping is your absolute destination, downtown’s district has some very easy walking trails while you pop in & out of stores for retail therapy. Once you’ve covered all these light trails, you can click the difficulty level and increase the next series of walks to moderate or hard.

Make sure this year includes more forward stepping instead of jumping into a car or public transport. And if you’re staying at our Manor, ask us about additional off beaten path walks. We know the area like the back of our hand and are more than happy to give you insider, local tips. Step it up in 2017!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

The Positive World Year in Review 2016

We researched extensively for positive Year in Review highlights and what came up: mostly negative, disasters, natural catastrophes and fake news. So we decided to give you a finale 2016 round up of the most incredible talk-worthy, notable events we could find. Ending December on a positive note is what our team at Cremorne Point Manor is all about. Enjoy what our planet discovered, created, invented and published during the past 365 days!

In January, water ice was confirmed on the surface of comet 67P while the Jason-3 Earth observation satellite is launched. On a separate, incredible note, researches demonstrate a new class of small, thin electronic sensors that monitor skull temperature and pressure, within the brain surgery realm. This melts away when no longer needed eliminating the need for additional surgery. Within this same topic, a successful head transplant on a monkey, by Chinese scientists, is reported.

The University of Southampton confirms a major step in creating 5D data storage that can survive (wait for it) billions of years.  Around the same time, paleontologists report the discovery of a pregnant Tyrannosaurus rex, giving more insight into the evolution of egg-laying and gender differences in this dinosaur.

Caffeine lovers: By Spring, the University of Southern California confirmed that drinking moderate coffee daily can reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer. While you’re sipping away, account that a quadriplegic man in Ohio performed complex functional movements in his fingertips after a chip was planted in his brain. And while you gulp that amazing fact, astronomers reported the discovery of Crater 2 - the fourth largest satellite galaxy of the Milky Way.

By midyear, Dutch scientists announce that crops of four vegetables and cereals grown in soil (similar to that on Mars) are safe to eat. Who knew? And while we’re on hot news, NASA reported July 2016 was the hottest single month in recorded history (dating back to 1880). Even hotter news: the world’s oldest known fossils are claimed to have been discovered in southwest Greenland, dating back potentially 3.7 billion years.

Unless you were hiding under a rock, on 14th November, the supermoon visited Planet Earth, the first full moon closest to us than any since 1948. It was huge! And keeping on the same universal realm, according to SpaceX program, human trips to Mars by 2022 are potentially possible.

We wish you a fantastic December full of celebrations and make that resolution to come visit Cremorne Point Manor in 2017 if you’re not already booked to stay with us this month. The views are also out of this world as you can see from our short video. Enjoy and pop that champagne cork – we have the best views of the New Years Eve Harbour fireworks!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Recap of 2016 With Cremorne Point Manor

This year has been quite the rollercoaster including our $1m refurbishment of Cremorne Point Manor! So now let us backtrack to great events we’ve blogged about in 2016 and see if you crossed these off your bucket wish list. If not, then you should consider planning travels to our NSW neck of the ‘southern hemisphere woods’ in 2017 and mark them in your calendar:

The Chinese New Year in January featured the Year of the Monkey. We’re now heading to the Year of the Rooster so beware of that (natural) early morning wake up call. Then there was the LGBT Bridge Climb event, with full rainbows adorning the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge, followed by another topic completely unrelated: The Dog Lovers Canine Race. Did you bring your four legged pal with you to see if Fido wins the gold? If not, there’s time for training to gear up for 2017’s galloping festival. If you’re a Ben Stiller fan, you wouldn’t have missed our Dodgeball Launch party blog post in March – the rules are there to be broken and may the best wo/man slam the last ball.

If May was bringing you the pre summer blues, the Bondi Belly Laugh blog post was sure to warm your heart and if you were up for making your credit card cry with a thank you, the Kirribilli Market (thrifty spending) blog post ensured you’d not be melting your monthly statement when it was due for payment.

How about you fitness fanatics that love marathons? Team in Training will be back again mid next year for the Blackmores run. Six months is more than enough time to get those running shoes on and build up stamina. If the marathon is too much for you, we featured the Sprint & Splat Color Run festival where no one will judge you on whether you walked or galloped. They’d be more interested in exactly how many colours you were spray painted with, on the way to the finishing line.

By July, Cremorne Point Manor was featured in Expedia’s Australia blog and that made our team happy campers! On that note, did you read our September blog post about Paws & Pals Adventure Weekend? Grab that waggy tail and meet other locals & tourists while you spend time with nature in more of a clamping fashion. Yes, we actually encouraged you to turn off that smartphone button and hug a tree while your BFF watered it.

Then it came to the last trimester of the year with Campbeltown’s ghost stories (they’re true, we believe it) and the annual Horror Film Festival just before Halloween. With a swift topic switch, we moved right to the magical history of Australian Christmas traditions in a two part blog series. For locals, it’s worth the read to discover why and how certain traditions were created, and also accelerate you for a year end full of celebrations.

And now we’re about to embark on our last blog for the year so stay tuned…. 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Telluride Mountain Coming to Sydney in February

We’re sure you’re inundated with Christmas and New Year activity celebration plans so we’re jumping right to February 10th as a date to lock in your Sydney diary. It’s something to look forward to in 2017 so you can speed right through murky January and be inspired by Telluride MountainFilm:  a festival of stories, ideas, people and aspirations all focusing on incredibly advanced solutions for our potentially livable world in the future.

The festival runs a series of high energy movies, all narrated to follow the topic of adventure. Nonfiction movies will focus on climbing, political & social justice issues, the environment and culture. These amazing documentaries run way ahead of the average docudrama as they bring together narrations by global figureheads – from change makers, to visionaries and award winning athletes.

Each festival around the globe, Sydney included, will feature gallery walks, outdoor programs & presentations, interactive talks and open-discussion free community events.

The Aussie leg of the festival’s world tour will be launched at the St George Open Air Cinema. With a mind-blowing, visual backdrop spanning the Harbour Bridge, Sydney Skyline and Opera House, the festival will take you to new adrenaline heights. Telluride Mountain Fest tickets will be on sale from 12th December and it’s a first come, first best-seating set up. The prices have not been published yet but if you check their ticket page and love what you’re seeing, remember to follow the festival through Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Newcastle, back to Sydney again and get your tickets for the Hayden Orpheum Cremorne Picture Palace (right by our Cremorne Point Manor Lodge)…then through Queensland and Wollongong.

From December spinning to May (with Australia slap bang in the middle), other tour destinations include the good ole USA and New Zealand. Since 1979, the festival has been one of the most beloved in the docu movie circuits and has been quoted as ‘excitement, energy and anticipation to explore and take on the world.’

So book your Cremorne Point Manor accommodation and not only can you enjoy the festival in February, but also return to our Manor for the nearby March screening. And if you think it can’t get any better, take a look at our short hotel video. After the movies, sit back on our guest balcony and enjoy the Harbour skyline again while you work on Plan B to improve Planet Earth. No big feat and no major pressure on your shoulders, right :D

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Chinese New Year Celebrations

From January 27 to February 12th the Lunar New Year Festival will feature over 80 events for one of NSW’s most glorious and globe attracting festivals: Sydney’s Chinese New Year Celebrations. Most of the exhibitions and entertainment are free, alongside seeing the hugely popular Dragon Boat Races in the Harbour. Boats are 12 meters long with up to 20 paddlers and the drums will be banging as they speed to the finishing line. Want to know the full Chinese New Year scoop? Let’s get started!

This is the city’s 21st anniversary and for 2017, the Year of the Rooster will ensure you’re up at the crack of dawn to check out the massive Lunar Lanterns, representing all animal’s in the zodiac. Attracting over one million people, the Sydney event is the largest outside of China. So if you want to find your animal zodiac, remember to scout around the lanterns and hunt for the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, money, dog, pig and obviously the crème de la 2017 crème….rooster. 

Last year, major landmarks were illuminated red, the Chinese symbol for luck and prosperity. To date, the organizers are yet to promote the full line up schedule but we do know there will be a ton of pop up food festivals, street food markets and a city swaddled by Chinese lanterns.

The Dragon Boat racing has become an institution of China for over 2000 years and classified as an international sport. Taking place around Cockle Bay Wharf in Darling Harbour, the crowds will be multiple layers knee deep, cheering on the racers. Once you’ve screamed yourself hoarse, you can head into Darling Harbour for the Chinese Garden of Friendship. There will be a multitude of workshops, tours and demonstrations taking place, to educate you on the Chinese culture and history over this two week period. And if you want music to your ears, the Chinese Chamber Music Festival will entertain you with melodic tunes from both international and local artists within the gardens.

Tai Chi classes will be available or try out acrobatic lion dancing (a symbol of good luck and fortune). If a tad of peace and quiet is required, the traditional tea ceremony in silence may be your calling. And for kids’ entertainment, they can learn how to make rooster inspired puppets in the Monkey Tales attraction…and take them home for keeps! There are admission fees for garden entry: from $6 for adults, $3 per child (under 12’s) and family, concession and senior packages.

Take a ferry ride over that same race water in the Harbour and within 10 minutes, you’ll be at Cremorne Point. The only time you don’t want to be seeing red is if you check Cremorne Point Manor’s accommodation availability too late…and we’re booked up!