Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Read All About It

If you’re a proud book worm, then this weekend you need to be in Sydney. On the 30-31 August, the Book Expo Australia will ensure your nose is knee deep in volumes of hard and paper backs. The nation’s largest dedicated event for authors and publishers attracts around 10,000 visitors so if reading is your vice, your timing is perfect. Attendees are a mix of bookshop owners, book reviewers & bloggers, booktubers, families, individuals, teachers, librarians and journalists so enjoy being in educational company.

With over 100 exhibitors, you can check out the Guinness Book of Records attempt for the Longest Chain of Paper Dolls. Yes, you read correctly. Paper Dolls! There are also 6 breakout activity rooms, performance areas including reading and interactive illustrator skills, and a treasure hunt.

Everyone receives a show bag upon arrival and there’s a multitude of food, drinks and entertainment to keep all book lovers involved. Just to keep your energy levels up as the venue is vast and skimming booths may cause you to miss out on hidden gems and limited editions.
Taking place at Exhibition Hall 5 at Sydney Olympic Park, tickets are incredibly reasonable. From $5 AUD for teachers, kids (12-18 years old) librarians, to $20 for family tickets, $8.50 for adults and free passes for children under 12.
At this prime event where die hard readers come to meet well known and favourite authors, you can also hunt for up and coming novelists. The genres are extensive from crime, fantasy, childrens, thriller, action and contemporary to appease all minds. So if you’re really into the rom-com style whodunit with pop up visuals tapping into a modern day thespian theme (is there such a thing?), there may be an exhibiting author who makes your wish come true.
This could also be the time that you explore new innovative learning methods to help yourself or someone with challenged reading. Possibly you have dyslexia; there’s bound to be a book created for you in mind. Or you know a child who just doesn’t get the importance of reading, so is delayed in learning abilities? Snoop around and maybe you’ll find books for the reluctant rugrat.
This is also a great place to buy preview books and with a slight elbow twist, maybe the author will sign the book for you. A great, surprise gift for someone who is a huge fan of the author.
And only 30 minutes drive from the Park, you can then unwind, open your new books and start reading, overlooking the Harbour and downtown skyline. Staying at one of Sydney’s affordable, boutique hotels is the best way to put up your feet with a good novel. At Cremorne Point Manor, you can read between the lines why Tripadvisor gave the Manor a 4th annual, consecutive Certificate of Excellence Award.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Wheat All About It!

On the 29th and 30th August, Sydney Olympic Park (Exhibition Hall 4) will be hosting the Gluten Free Expo. For everyone who can’t even look at wheat, rye and barley without symptoms kicking into high speed gear; this is the event for you!

Now in its 10th successful year, from 9am to 4pm both days, you can snack through the booth display food samples galore. There will also be some stage presenters showcasing tips, cooking ideas and facts about foods to avoid and new foods on the market to indulge in.
This is also the time to grab a copy of Australian Gluten Free Life at the expo, the country’s first fully dedicated gluten free magazine that launched on newsstands early June.
Since around 330,000 Aussies have no idea they need a gluten free diet, this is the expo that will answer questions and give you a day of sampling delicious bites by exhibitors. The booths include chocolate croissants as a showcase piece by Simply Wize and don’t forget to ‘test’ their Potato Pastries.  The latter is not only gluten free but has zero trace of fructose or dairy, which is a mild miracle in itself. This is the same culinary team behind the national treasure ‘Crusty Bread Mix,’ the first national mix that takes bread to new heights and maybe the best invention since…sliced bread.
If you’re a no meat, fish, shellfish, poultry, eggs or peanut type of person, a must visit is to Amy’s Kitchen booth. Here you will find (amongst a flurry of items) gluten free cheddar and gluten free rice mac & cheese. Yep, gluten’less cheese.
Needing kosher, vegan, organic and GMO free foods? Nature’s Path Organic will be a really popular booth for anyone that has a wide range of dietary requirements.  With your taste buds running at a rate of knots, don’t forget to sample from Genius Gluten Free, the UK’s leading bakery who will be wowing you with double chocolate muffins, fruit loaf and in true British style…crumpets.
Think it can’t get any better? It just did. The Expo is FREE so just swing on by and consider purchasing some items for yourself, friends and family as healthy gifts. Or maybe for business clients who will appreciate foods they can actually eat without side effects.
After a long day (or two days) of snacking your way through this event, you can prop your feet at a boutique Sydney hotel, no more than 30 minutes away from the Park. Take a look at Cremorne Point Manor’s aerial video on the home page and see why TripAdvisor gave it a 4th consecutive Certificate of Excellence Award. Sometimes the best things in life come (gluten) free with a bonus freebie view of the famous Harbour and downtown skyline.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Get Your Flippers On In September

If you’re looking to splash out, specifically on 12th and 13th September, then you need to head to the ODEX event. The Australian International Scuba and Underwater Sports Expo is the place to be, so go wild over this 3D interactive consumer show.

Featuring live underwater action including sports games and competitions, a free educational seminar and all things diving, its two days of jam packed fun.
Taking place at Sydney Olympic Park, get flapping over the aqua shots symposium, world underwater games and the national freediving pool challenge, organized by the ODEX team.
If you’re in Sydney on business or a local who wants to entertain clients, it’s a really unique event that will take your mind off work and show your guests the Park, at its finest. Maybe treat yourselves to view the Try Dive program where you can see hands-on demonstrations of the latest gear and gadgets for both beginner and novice divers.

Calling hockey lovers, you must (yes, must) attend ODEX’s Underwater Hockey Championships and Underwater Rugby events. The focus of these expos are to also encourage attendees to learn more about diving and underwater sports, so expect to see a flurry of exhibition booths at each show. ODEX has a bundle of exhibitions per year and you can keep an eye on these by checking their website or signing up for their newsletter.
While you’re planning your social schedule mid September, also take a look at Sydney Olympic Park’s additional events. Maybe take a peek at the the Australian Dance Festival, or if you still have water on your mind, the Cruise Expo will be sailing along in the Showground arena. Tired of water? Then move back to dry land for Life in the Park, educating attendees about urban ecology or for an icing on the cake: Better Homes & Gardens showcase, with lifestyle advice guaranteed to bring out your inner Martha Stewart & Rachael Ray.
Only 35 minutes drive west from the Park, you’ll be back at one of Sydney’s affordable boutique hotels where you can unwind and view the stunning Harbour. Need to see more? Then check Cremorne Point Manor’s home page video with a fantastic aerial tour. No wonder why TripAdvisor gave the Manor a Certificate of Excellence Award, for the fourth consecutive year!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Spice It Up - Korean Film Time in Sydney!

Looking for something hot and spicy to do between 13 -21 August in Sydney? Then your timing is perfect as the 5th Annual Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA) hits the city, taking place at Event Cinemas, George Street.

Showcasing the elite of the elite in Hallyuwood (emerging South Korean cinema), the Film Festival will educate, inspire and show you a thing or two in bringing cultural magic to the big screen.
Since inception, the Festival now attracts nearly 10,000 attendees and is rising rapidly per year.  This is particularly due to the multitude of industry forums, gala receptions and cultural activities…so not only are you enjoying the movies, but you’re getting a real taste of Korea.
The ticket prices are reasonable at around $15 AUD per movie and the schedule is seriously packed with back-to-back movies, 20 in total, all playing in the evenings.  
The range of movies is truly impressive, from rom-coms to fast action thrillers and this year’s theme, offers a more in-depth insight into the history of Korean movies.  Also account that this Festival is pretty much an Australian road show, featuring over 80 screenings total between Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide between 13th August and 26th September. So if you’re a diehard fan, you can then hop around the country, and enjoy around 6 weeks of cultural cinematography.

Ever heard of Park Joon-hoon? He’s worked with many directors including Academy Award winner, Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia and The Manchurian Candidate) and will be the starring guest for the Q&A on 15th August at 6.15pm so keep that in mind. It’ll be good!
The quirky part about this festival is their Facebook page. Usually movie Festivals tend to have static, corporate posts and updates, all very yawn worthy. But the KOFFIA’s page is amusing and showing sheer personality in their status photos. It’s also worth liking the page for the previews of featured movies.
Only 15 minutes drive from one of the most affordable boutique hotels in Sydney, and a 30 minute trip using public transportation, get your popcorn at the ready because after the Festival, you’re going to view a spectacular, never ending, free movie. Yes, from this hotel, you’ll have the best seat in the house to watch the stunning Sydney skyline and Harbour Bridge. Don’t believe us? Then take a look at the video on Cremorne Point Manor’s home web page and see for yourself.  Lights, camera, action and final cut!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Blowing our own Testimonial Trumpet – toot toot!

In the past few years, we’ve seen some incredible testimonials on Tripadvisor from guests who have stayed for a one time visit or are now repeat customers. So here are a few that we’d like to share with you in this blog post. We know that with so much online social activity, opinions can either make or break a business. In our case, we’re always striving to provide the best experience for our guests and the proof is in the pudding. The testimonials are a true credit to our team who are continuously ensuring you are happy, well taken care of and depart with a smile on your face. So check these out:

“I stayed here for one night on a business trip. I chose the hotel as I had a meeting in North Sydney the following morning. The free wi-fi was a definite winner and more Australian hotels should lead this.”
“Just 5 minutes walk to the Cremorne Point ferry stop (and then 10 minutes to the city) this is a perfect place to enjoy the city without being in it. Small comfortable rooms and simple Aussie breakfast.”
“I have stayed at Cremorne Point Manor 3 times a year for the last 5 years so it became like my second home. Staff remember my name and are friendly. Nothing is too much bother. One year I had a knee replacement and when I visited the months after, I asked if they had a shower chair. Although the answer was no, they went out and acquired one for me that same day. Each time I visited since, the shower chair is there for me in my room.”
It’s also great to note that we’ve been given the Tripadvisor ‘Certificate of Excellence’ Award for the fourth consecutive year. This is quite a rare achievement for an independent, boutique hotel!

We’d love to hear from you so please go ahead and write on our Facebook wall, Tweet us and also share our pins. Everyone loves to support a local business, right? In our case, we really want to support you, traveling to Sydney on a budget without a bottomless wallet, yet want to experience all that NSW has to offer, on a budget. Also share your photos with us socially – we love that.
While you’re staying with us and need anything specific, let us know. If something’s not up to par, ping us.  Any particular requests before you stay with us, we’re all ears.
On a side note, we’re so close to Taronga Zoo, you can sometimes hear the lions roar at night. Alongside free Wi-Fi and breakfast, it’s quite a nice added bonus!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Run Rabbit, Run Rabbit….Run Run Run

What are you doing on the 10th August if you’re in Sydney? Ever thought of taking the bull by the horns and participated in the City2Surf run? Covering 8.7 miles (14 km), get ready for a fast run, a fun run and a few walkers. Attracting a range of novice sprinters and a flurry of ‘I’d rather walk it, thank you’ attendants, you’ll be watched by over 80,000 supporters.

Staggering the start times based on prior running event attendance and running times i.e. the walkers start last, the Sydney City2Surf has been a major city attraction since 1971. If this sounds like a familiar event, you’re right. It was inspired by the barking mad San Francisco’s Bay To Breakers where a good chunk of attendees also walk from the Bay Bridge to Ocean Beach, while the supersonic’s run the whole stretch. Everyone's in costume, even a few in their birthday suit!
Organized by the Amateur Athletic Association of NSW and the NSW Women’s Amateur Athletic Association, it originally attracted a mere 2,000 athletic competitors.

Over the past few years, a walloping 60,000 people have entered and in 2010, the rise to 80,000 participants broke the record, making it the largest run of its kind…worldwide.
If you think you can cut the chase, you’ll need to be training to beat Steve Moneghetti with his record 40.03 minutes in 1991. And all you lovely sporting ladies have a target of 45.08 minutes, set by Susie Power in 2001.
The ‘Back of the Pack’ (official name) is for the walkers, wheelchair participants or anyone pushing a kid in a stroller (preferably your own). This is the batch that starts last but then again, someone has to come in at the end, having a leisurely blast and cheered on by the crowd!
Starting in Sydney, the route passes through the east city, Kings Cross to Double Bay and ending at Bondi Beach. If you think this is a walk in the park (unless you’re a runner), account that you’ll need to trundle up Heartbreak Hill at the midpoint. It’s steep and ascends from Rose Bay to Vaucluse to New South Head Rock, so maybe trial it out as a test run first to avoid any upheaval surprise.
The beauty of this run is that there are so many bands and artists playing along the way, cheering crowds wear novelty costumes and the crowd roars you in support from start to finish.
If you’re in Sydney and heading to participate or cheer on the attendees, and need an affordable Sydney hotel, check out Cremorne Point Manor. This boutique beauty has just received its fourth consecutive Certificate of Excellence Award by Tripadvisor. Need more inspiration? Check out the video on the home page and see the views of the Harbour, right from this gem of a hotel. Get your running shoes on because the rooms book out fast…

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

If you’re into sailing the great waters and are in Sydney anytime between July 31 and August 1st, then the Sydney International Boat Show is calling your name.

Since 1968, it has annually gone from strength to strength in participants and attendees.  The show comprises six halls of undercover displays, alongside 300 large vessels..
Celebrating it’s 47th consecutive year, there’s no slowing down in growth. As the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Center undergoes a major upgrade for the next few years, the Boat Show is going to be taking place at Glebe Island, alongside Cockle Bay.
From displays of trailer boats, in-water boats and entertainment, you can watch the in-water displays at Darling Harbour and the undercover displays at Glebe Island. No need to swim between locations as there’s a free ferry service and free bus between the Central Railway Station and both exhibitions.
The event times range from 10am to 6pm (Halls) and 8pm (Marina) so you’ve plenty of time to shuttle yourself around. And at $40 AUD for a 3 day adult pass to $21 for a single day pass, the more mature won’t be breaking their wallet during the event. There are also kid prices, family prices, pensioner and senior rates so check out details on the ticket page.
The pure focus of the Boat Show is to educate on the diversity of boating lifestyles and get acquainted with the newest technology for equipment. Alongside incredible displays, guest speakers and a lifejacket lounge, you can also dabble into researching about buying a boat. The show website is a firm partner of advocating MyBoatingLife so chat with the online community, both established boaties (it’s a word we coined!) and newbies alike.
There are hundreds of exhibitors at the show from Neken Marine to Australian Boat Sales, Stress Free Marine and Garmin Australia. If you thought that 4 days is a long time for a boat show, by the time you sift through the exhibitors list, if you weren’t planning to come to Sydney, you’ll now be heading upstream for the full 4 days.
This is a brilliantly well organised event and a must-show-up for anyone who’s a water fan. Always remember that if you’re on a budget and looking for somewhere to stay, yet another short ferry ride away is one of the oldest hotels in Sydney. Cremorne Point Manor’s boutique hotel is a sensational choice for peering across the clear skyline and enjoy downtown Sydney and the Opera House. Voted a 4th consecutive year by TripAdvisor for ‘Certificate of Excellence’ award, take a look at the home page video. The views are stunning and after a long trek around the Boat Show, you’ll be happy to be back on dry land again.