Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Retreat Into A Festival of Dreams

If you’re in need of a ‘last quarter of the year’ refresher, then the Sydney Festival of Dreams from the 7th - 9th October is the event to mark in your diary. Taking place at the Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, it’s the third consecutive year of the organizers hosting this chilled event.

This is not a pyramid scheme, nor a Tony Robbins ‘clap with the crowd’ type of festival. It’s a really well balanced weekend where all ages, faiths and cultures learn to reset their default button and remember the good on the planet…and what you can do to be part of it moving forward. The event is also not a typical spiritual and mind, body, soul soiree but more focused on interactive seminars and workshops that boost your chakras and get the chi running back to normal.


The workshops, seminars, presentations and music are in abundance and each year, there’s an annual theme focus. 2016’s is called the ‘Great Australian Dream’ with celebrity speakers that will help you restore a better sense of good intentions for the future - which is also the present. The organizers make it clear that attendees are not interested in wishy-washy entertainment, but are intelligent, focused, and possibly successful yet simply need a solid supersized smoothie of reinforcement. The focus is about reinforcing the backbone attitude without the stereotypical hippy, lentil eating, sandal wearing, tie-dye t-shirt persona.

There are around 100 exhibitors to keep you in full swing throughout. From organic perfume sprays by Altearah Bio to Dreamtime Healing’s holographic kenetics and Kyobe Art original paintings to Teapot Teas. The exhibition range is vast and we’re impressed with the caliber of showings on offer!

One particular attraction really caught our eye – the Chill Out Igloo. It’ll include various activities including aerobic classes, yoga and meditation. Or you can just sit inside it and decompress for a while by yourself while you restore your anahata (Google it). Ticket prices range depending on whether you’re looking to attend one day, one event or the full shebang. Daily admission prices are reasonable at $20 (including an inconvenience fee of $1.89) to around $75 for early bird specials.

Only 25 minutes by car or 45 minutes by public transportation north, you’ll be back at our own oasis of a Manor at Cremorne Point. Set in a tranquil and idyllic environment, you’ll easily be able to maintain inner peace from the weekend while you’re staying with us at Cremorne Point Manor. No downtown bustle, absolutely no overpriced tourist hotel rates and categorically no loud bars or restaurants nearby. The only sound you’ll hear is the lions roar from nearby Taronga Zoo while they’re also taking it easy, with yawns in between naps. Bliss!



Monday, September 12, 2016

Sydney’s Good Food Month In October

Australia’s largest food fest returns to NSW. Taking place around the country, the Sydney Good Food Month dates run for the whole month of October so you now have two week’s warning to scale back on the fridge consumption, in anticipation of glutton overload next month.

Partnering with the Sydney Morning Herald, the culinary scene will be in abundance so your taste buds can run into overdrive, right from the 1st through 31st. Oldies but goodies will be revived including the Asian inspired Night Noodle Markets (get that ramen ready!) and the Shoot the Chef photo competitions on culinary masters. Then there’s the Good Pub Grub, Bar Hop cocktail and snack combos and Ultimate High Teas (even though the Brit’s stopped calling this a long, long time ago and just now refer it as a ‘cuppa’).

The city will feature a huge array of pop up dining areas, parties and hands on cooking classes. So if you can’t boil an egg and want to know the best thing to happen since sliced bread, this is the month to get your kitchen chef’s hat on (or your spork at the ready) and lock in event diary dates. A few of our favourites include the Long Table Lunch. This is on October 23rd at 12.30pm at The Star, 80 Pyrmont St. For $199 per person, you can feast on eight course sharing menus with matched Yalumba wines.

If vino and cheese is screaming for your attention, there are a few events taking place including the Supper Club on multiple dates during the month. It takes place (obviously) at the Supper Club, 117 Macquarie Street and for $45 per person, you get to pair Australia’s finest cheeses matched with Yalumba wine. Yes, that wine keeps popping up…

Our favorite is the Sugar Rush category of activities. From Chocolate & Rhubarb Delight (the most incredible combo invented) to Sweet Childhood Memoirs, Never Ending Sugar Glory and Magical Chocolate Dessert events. We suggest you pop in for a dentist check up before you check out these tastings. That crown won’t hold itself, nor the filling or the cavities but it’ll be worth every bite. This image below…it’s actually a cake. We know!



As Cremorne Point is located in a leafy, brilliant walking neighbourhood, for visitors heading to Sydney (or locals wanting a staycay), why don’t you book yourself into Cremorne Point Manor? You can get the best of both worlds – indulging in incredible culinary plates and then walking it off. The calories won’t burn themselves off…we know from experience. Enjoy and get ready to eat! 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Paws & Pals Adventure Weekend

If there’s something we love…its dogs! For the long weekend of 30th September to 3rd October, if you have a four legged best friend, then get your bags, bones, squeaky ducks and walking boots on because The OutdoorAdventure Camps is organizing a few incredible days of bonding for you and that waggy tail.

Located 60km from Sydney in Hawkesbury Valley, the whole family or just you and that faithful Fido can enjoy an idyllic hug-it-out and exercise extravaganza. The organizers have planned a few days of activities including bush walks, hiking, pet agility, safety demonstrations and water activities. Be involved in all events or maybe just pick a couple…the choice is yours. There will be market stalls with food for you and an abundance of most likely peanut butter treats for your whipper snapper. Entertainment includes evening music, sing alongs around the camp fire (remember those before smartphones stole your sense of nature?) and just gorgeous calm settings.


Plan ole school and bring a proper paper book to relax with, or show your pet new tricks with throw and retrieve sticks. Dig around in the dirt and let them get their little noses filthy from fantastic outdoor smells.

It’s also a brilliant way to meet new people and if your pet is in training stage, you can learn tips on how to control them around other dogs. Maybe you’ll chat with a fantastic local who you can share dog sitting time with when either of you are on holiday.

The trip will only take an hour by car to arrive at the destination but you’ll feel a world away from the hubbub that Sydney offers. Don’t worry, the mayhem and madness will still be there once you return but you’ll now be fully recharged to get back into the throes of city life again.


Also keep in mind our sister hotel, Glenferrie Lodge, is pet friendly and has a stunning garden for those little legs to gallop around in. And if you weren’t aware, Cremorne Point has fantastic walking treks right by our Manor so you can keep on hiking, long after the weekend. 

Paws & Pals Adventure Weekend

If there’s something we love…its dogs! For the long weekend of 30th September to 3rd October, if you have a four legged best friend, then get your bags, bones, squeaky ducks and walking boots on because The Outdoor Adventure Camps is organizing a few incredible days of bonding for you and that waggy tail.

Located 60km from Sydney in Hawkesbury Valley, the whole family or just you and that faithful Fido can enjoy an idyllic hug-it-out and exercise extravaganza. The organizers have planned a few days of activities including bush walks, hiking, pet agility, safety demonstrations and water activities. Be involved in all events or maybe just pick a couple…the choice is yours. There will be market stalls with food for you and an abundance of most likely peanut butter treats for your whipper snapper. Entertainment includes evening music, sing alongs around the camp fire (remember those before smartphones stole your sense of nature?) and just gorgeous calm settings.


Plan ole school and bring a proper paper book to relax with, or show your pet new tricks with throw and retrieve sticks. Dig around in the dirt and let them get their little noses filthy from fantastic outdoor smells.

It’s also a brilliant way to meet new people and if your pet is in training stage, you can learn tips on how to control them around other dogs. Maybe you’ll chat with a fantastic local who you can share dog sitting time with when either of you are on holiday.

The trip will only take an hour by car to arrive at the destination but you’ll feel a world away from the hubbub that Sydney offers. Don’t worry, the mayhem and madness will still be there once you return but you’ll now be fully recharged to get back into the throes of city life again.


Also keep in mind our sister hotel, Glenferrie Lodge, is pet friendly and has a stunning garden for those little legs to gallop around in. And if you weren’t aware, Cremorne Point has fantastic walking treks right by our Manor so you can keep on hiking, long after the weekend. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Vintage Day on 18 September

If you’re a huge lover of the 50’s and maybe a super fan of collectables, then the annual Campbelltown Vintage Fifties Fair is absolutely the event to mark in your calendar. There are hundreds of stalls selling memorabilia from parasols to old style dial phones (remember those with the spiral cord that needed unraveling every 20 minutes?), to jewellery and antiques.

Keeping the entertainment underway, there will be dance demonstrations and a fabulous fashion parade. From 9.30am to 3.30pm, grab your lace gloves, shawls, hats and those fantastic flowery frocks. If you come dressed in 1940’s or 50’s attire, you can win a best dressed prize.


Maybe you’re into porcelain doll collecting, or vintage music (consider Elvis or Buddy Holly vinyls) or looking to buy some furniture for the home. Possibly an old style kettle, teapot or even way-back compact mirrors? The traders selling at this event are renowned for bringing out their best finds for you to purchase. Seventy years ago it’d have been unheard of for women to try haggle prices with traders but now you can show off your well deserved feminism bargaining skills. Crunch down the price on that hairbrush, break down the cost of that stunning hat and negotiate your way into a low bargain side table.

The more glam you are, the more visually fun the event will be so go all out on the fashionista wardrobe. This fair is a complete eye opener if you’ve never been part of such an era. Not only will a large percentage be decked out to the 50’s nines but take a look at how the fashion models walk, grace us with their presence and glide across the runway. It’s nothing like you see today. There is a different set of style, pzazz and serious glamour in their demeanor and it’s wonderful to watch.

The fair is taking place at The Cube, Campbelltown Catholic Club at Camden Road and it’s about an hour’s drive east from Cremorne Point. Many of the stall traders can ship larger items to your home (note: TBC on international shipping but we’re sure you can work a price out) so if you see a glorious TV or WOW factor radio, imagine returning home from your trip and the memorabilia is patiently waiting for you. Most electronics and appliances should be in working order so it’s not just a case of pretty viewing. That radio could pick up some serious signals and how about watching Netflix on your 50’s style television?


Remember to tweet Cremorne Point Manor while you’re there and send us pics of your purchases so we can retweet and post on our Facebook page. We’re massive fans of old school, which is apt since we’re one of Sydney’s oldest hotels. Now that’s vintage…and then some. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Going underground (going underground)…Film Festival

If you're a movie buff and are in Sydney from 15-18 September, make a date to grab your popcorn for the Sydney Underground Film Festival. From indie, unique, film noir, black comedy and pure creativity, the program line up will provide mind bending movies. Alongside the films are sessions including live guests, Q&A's, the obviously hyped opening and closing parties, special events and bringing together fabulous non-blockbusters in big screen unity.

Taking place at the Factory Theater, Marrickville, tickets are now on sale form $16 for individual movies, to $53 for the opening night extravaganza, bulk films at $47, closing night and select day tickets...alongside concession prices. You can also pay $16 for a master class program, or screenwriting class at $26.


The master class takes place on the Saturday and Sunday, hosted by Sydney Film School. This is the second annual class event of its type and will give you the tools to guide you towards that (one day) Oscar nod. There are various session classes including screenwriting with Gordy Hoffman, a conceptualization technique class, DIY film making, and drone cinematography. The two days are jam packed so bring your tablet and get ready to make notes. maybe you'll start building up that inner Cohen brothers script? It's also a great way to network with novice and experienced film makers and hey, you may end up partnering with a few. By the time 2017 rolls around, that treatment may be ready for submitting to major studios!

Starting with the opening movie 'Wiener-Dog' at 6.00 pm on the 15th, Todd Solondz brings back the beloved character Dawn Wiener, a geeky kid from the Welcome to Dollhouse film. If you're a fan of canines and observational humor, then this is a movie you've got to see.

With nearly 60 films playing, and John Waters closing flick 'Multiple maniacs,' its a series of original and artistic line ups, back to back. Most movies are around 90 minutes but the marathon Saturday 'seriously, buy the supersized popcorn' schedule includes Snow Monkey, lasting a walloping 148 minutes. The movies on this all-day-and-nighter kick off at 9.30 am and the curtain closes at around 11.30 pm, give or take standing ovation time.

It'll take you an hour by public transport from the festival to Cremorne Point but the scenic ferry ride over the Harbour will absolutely be worth it. And if you want to see a short film (1.30 minutes) we put together, check this link to our stunning Five Star Cremorne Point Manor Penthouse. And the award for best cinematographer goes to...

Monday, August 15, 2016

Sydney’s Complimentary Goods Line – Walk the Walk

If you’ve ever walked along New York’s High Line, and played around with the Lego field, or sneaked a peek through apartment windows (guilty as charged), then the Sydney Goods Line is going to absolutely be your cup of tea.

Offering day celebration near towards mid month, the award winning urban planning team is inviting you to wow over the stunning Goods Line path. Connecting Central and Railway Square with Darling Harbour, the Line has proven to be so much more than a strolling A to B scenic trot or daily commute to work.



From 9am – 4pm on the 11th, there will be music, entertainment, educational talks, demonstrations, fitness (no yoga mat or TRX suspensions needed) and games galore.  The Line opened in 2015 and has bought in hundreds of thousands of visitors weekly to adore the views. On the big day, cheer on table tennis competitions, build a cardboard city, caffeine yourself to the hilt with coffee tastings and learn about educational tours. You can design your ideal city (ours would be Willy Wonka themed, just so you know), thrive off botanical tours and grab food from the Powerhouse Museum’s Junction CafĂ© or snack on street (truck) food.

As part of the Sydney Design Festival 2016, if you’ve never strolled along the Line in either NYC or Sydney, this is a day to mark in your calendar. It’s free, it’s going to be fabulous and it’ll get those leg muscles into gear. Remember to #sdf16 when you’re tweeting @syddes during the day. And take pics to tweet us at Cremorne Point Manor so we can RT out in support!

Only 14 minutes by car or 45 minutes with buses and a gorgeous ferry ride across the Harbour, you’ll be right back at Cremorne Point and our Manor. Stop off at Circular Quay during the trip and walk around the Opera House. If you have no fear of heights, you’ve got to take the Bridge climb.

Since you’ll still be in high gear, the next day check out Wendy Whiteleys Secret Gardens, take a dip in the famous Maccallum Pool or spend a brilliant one hour walk to our sister hotel, Glenferrie Lodge, in achingly hip Kirribilli. It’s located on the same street as the Prime Minister’s residence and near Admiralty House.


Isn’t it obvious that this blog post’s theme is all about the adrenaline rush or one foot in front of the other and increasing your stamina? Don’t thank us…thank Goods Line for their generous freebie gesture!