Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It’s A Different Type of Hoofing Around Carnival!

If you’re in the Sydney area between 22 – 26 April and are reeling from locals and tourists in a flurry of galloping excitement, you can gently relax. It’s not a parade per say but it’s absolutely confirmation that the BMW Sydney Carnival is in full swing.
Unlike the traditional carnivals that you’d presume would feature a long parade, multi coloured costumes and feather head-dresses, this carnival takes a right hand swing at the usual connotation and focuses on racing.
This is Sydney’s premier racing carnival and is held over six weeks, with the 22-26 April being the most flamboyantly busy days. Boasting the finest thoroughbreds in the country, racing for over $20million AUD in prize money, it’s impossible to miss at least one of the 49 Group Races.
Claiming territory for the city’s two premiere racecourses which includes three weeks at Rosehill Gardens and then an additional three weeks at Royal Randwick, the home of Australia’s racing truly comes back to roost on it’s true turf.
Gawp at stunning fashion (think of this as the Ascot of Australia), amazing entertainment and a really good day or series of days out for the whole family.
On the 22nd, all you lovely women can enjoy Ladies Day where true to glam power tradition, there’s a ‘Best Dressed Women’s Racewear,’ Instaglam competition, the Ladies Lounge and the chance to win $30,000.
The best part? Rosehill Gardens is just a 30 minute drive from a boutique Sydney hotel and a zappy 17 minute drive to the hotel from Royal Randwick. So if you’re looking for an affordable stay while you’re visiting Sydney or a local that wants to pamper themselves for a hotel staycations during the Carnival…well you know what to do.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Strictly….the Sydney Musical

Do you remember watching Moulin Rouge, Australia and The (2013) Great Gatsby movies? Then you’re in for a serious treat as Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom, the Musical is now playing in Sydney until early June.

Enjoy the tango, shashay and bogo pogo that brings to life the original 1992 classic film in only the colourful and absolutely insanely mesmerizing way that Baz is famous for as a movie and musical director.

For all you locals who always think ‘I’ll get around to it eventually,’ remember to cross this off your bucket wish list and go buy your tickets. For all you tourists heading into Sydney for a few days or week vacation, this is the time to truly see one of Australia’s most famous and talented directors in his best light.

Warble along to amazing songs that replicate from the original movie, including Love is in the Air and new compositions by the multi platinum music composer, David Foster.

Sequins galore, drama, humour and romance is the key to Baz’s new musical and it’s a show not to be missed.  The prices range for weekday and weekend in the $85 - $110 AUD brackets and remember to budget for the sneaky Ticketmaster ‘inconvenience’ fees of around $8 AUD.

Travelling by car to the theater from a truly affordable Sydney hotel, Cremorne Point Manor, you’re looking at around a 13 minute drive and around 45 minutes by bus. The bonus? On the way back to the hotel, you’ll pass the famous Taronga Zoo so remember to send a late evening roar to the lions.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Calling all Fashionistas

If you’re in the mood, the groove, the mod cons, the glam-it-up type of person, then from April 6-10th you need to be seen, heard and shout it out loud at Carriage Works, Sydney. The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia annual show will rear its gorgeous head and if you’re looking for prime seats, you may just have to befriend a designer, stylist, friend of a personal assistant fashion guru or anyone else in the scene. This is not a free for all and buy ticket type of extravaganza.

From designers like Ash to Gold, Alice McCall, Doris Q and Pizzuto, the list is endless. We counted way over 170 designers who will be showing their draw, cut, sew and style talents who have worked so incredibly hard to make their mark in the fashion world. Kudos to them!

From pretty much 8am to 8pm, the show will take place including after parties, after after parties and post very late night (into the early morning) celebrations.

Seriously celebrating fashion and culture, the most innovative, daring and talented designers go head to head in this show, aiming for the main spotlight by red carpet celebrities and retailers, along with trying to catch the eye of every major fashion blog, magazine and TV show.

You’ll get to see the world’s top models, most influential photographers, art directors and stylists who have raked their way up the ladder to this incredible success level.

If your in town visiting, a local or have friends who would love to get a sneak peek at the behind-the-scenes antics, you can email volunteers@mirodoor.com and see if you are selected to give a freebie hand at the events. This is an amazing way to get your foot in the fashion door if that’s your industry passion and you’ll also see how hard work it is to put on such an effortless event.

Only a 16 minute car drive or 40 minutes by ferry & train from an affordable Sydney hotel, it’s an ideal way to spend a few days as a unique tourist, keeping within a travel budget and living the life as a potential volunteer at Fashion Week.  Cross that one off your stylish bucket wish list!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Row, row, row your boat

From the 23 to 30 March, the Sydney International Rowing Regatta (SIRR) boasts the self claimed title of ‘world rowing down-under’ event.  For a whole week, you can cheer on the Australian Open Rowing Championships, School Rowing Championships, King’s & Queen’s Cup Interstate Regatta and the World Rowing Cup 1.

Only starting a year ago, it attracted over 1800 Australian and 250+ international rowers over a walloping 110 events. Kudos is due to the organizers since this SIRR was the largest national rowing championship ever hosted. In addition, it’s the largest regatta held at Sydney International Rowing Club since the 2000 Olympics, hosted in this city. That’s enough to make your arms and legs turn to jelly, right?
The entries for the competitions have now closed but if you’re a local or visiting this sensational city during the SIRR week, you can volunteer to help out and see the event first hand. It’s a fantastic way to cheer on the teams who have trained so hard, while experiencing a new way to see the city at its finest.
The International Regatta Center venue is a one hour drive west from Cremorne Point Manor or you can shuffle yourself on the train and just under two hours of watching the local scenery, you’ll arrive ready to give your support as a spectator.
Obviously the warm-up and competition lakes are being utilized by the athletes but if you’re feeling extra sporty and want to really get in on the action, you can rent a boat for the days before and after the event.
At $158 for a single season ticket i.e. the full duration, this is a really affordable price, while single tickets are also available in the $14-$18 price bracket. On the topic of ‘affordable,’ once you’ve waved your arms frantically during the races and encouraged your favorite team, in under 60 minutes you can be relaxing at Cremorne Point Manor. Only a short ferry ride to the Harbour yet far away from downtown Sydney hotel prices, you can enjoy a lifetime event and hotel experience without your credit card drowning.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A birds eye view of Cremorne Point Manor

I've been working with Elite Aerial Photography and they came last week with a drone to shoot photo's and video of Cremorne Point Manor. I've not received the video as yet but here is a sample of what is to come. It's quite awesome and I can't wait to see more.

Cremorne Point Manor from 50 meters up

I Want to Ride my Bicycle...

From March 22 – April 19, the Sydney Variety Cycle raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity while you get yourself fit and tone up those legs, abs and arms. This annual event starts at Sydney and is designed to attract serious cyclists, passionate amateur fans of two wheels and businesses to raise as much cash as possible for the children’s charity….Variety.
Get ready to go the distance and spend a few days or a week from the get go, or you can really take the helm (or handle bars) and glide along the full 26 day excursion. The route goes from Sydney to Uluru which is a walloping 3800km. Enjoy the city to city cycles, two day cycles, daily cycles or the whole event.
Working alongside schools, hospitals and the general public, supporters can be involved in the large events such as the meet-and-greet with cyclists. Or you can just trundle along with your own group of fundraiser cyclist pals to get healthy and raise a bit of cash for Variety.
So far, the charity’s raised over $370,000 this year which is a really solid amount but if you get involved, maybe as a local or tourist wanting a different kind of adventure, you can sign up to their site and add to the charity pot. Or if your legs are a bit wobbly and your balance is off kilter, the website has links for you to sponsor a cyclist or group of participants…and even your own friends who have signed up.
For all you Sydney based cyclists, the route is listed on this page, starting at Pyrmont Bay Park which is a brilliant location since it’s a short ferry ride to an affordable Sydney hotel, Cremorne Point Manor.
The race starts at 8pm and so you’re good to go for a great day, week or 26 days ahead!