Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sydney Spooky Attractions

For all that love a bit of a supernatural, spine chilling adventure, we’re not going to wait to Halloween for this post. It’s too good not to share now. The city has incredible events, attractions and nonstop entertainment throughout the year. But how about for those that want to try something different in NSW? Here are a few blood curdlers that will deter most but attract the thicker skinned ones to visit our diverse region:

Did you know that Wakehurst Park is the most haunted road in Sydney? At the point where Narrabeen and Seaforth intersect, by Deep Creek Reserve, the latter has been famous for body dumpings and murders. As a result, if you’re driving down this road, predominantly at night, there have been reports where car doors randomly lock by themselves, the radio turns itself on and windscreen wipers either start working or suddenly stop. Drivers have also reported of a green man that flashes at pedestrian crossings around 3.00am. Spookier than this, is that no one seems to be there.

Fables and history states that this area is obviously haunted by two ghosts: a young girl called Kelly that died in the 70’s and a nun that died around five decades ago. The word on the street spreads the good news of joy: if you don’t tell the girl to get out your car, she’ll ram rod you off the road.


A pure magnet for psychics, Mary Loughland states she’s seen young Kelly and feels her presence. Not only that, but Mary’s daughter sighted Kelly and the nun. Her theory is that a haunting take place where tragedy’s struck, so Kelly may either want to deliver messages or can’t transfer to the other side as she’s traumatized. Possibly, she’s been subject to a driving related death and wants to warn others through protection...or is angry and wants to just scare anyone in four wheels.

Other beauties, if you’re still reading this without shuddering, include the Gladesville Mental Hospital, the Haunted Quarantine Station, Redbank Range Tunnel and Studley Park House. You can read more about each here.


On a positive note, even though Cremorne Point Manor is one of Sydney’s oldest hotels, established in a heritage building, we’ve never even seen a Casper friendly ghost potter by. But if you want to feel the hairs on your arms spike up: at night, sometimes you’ll hear lions roar. Don’t worry though – they’re just talking from nearby Taronga Zoo. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

To Market, To Market, To Buy A...


Just under an hour’s drive North West of Sydney, is a gem of a farmers market. The Richmond Good Food Market operates every Saturday from 8am to 1pm in Richmond Park, as this family business opens its floodgates for farmers, tourists and locals in the scenic Hawkesbury area.  

Now we all know farmers markets usually sell extortionately overpriced food but this little beauty is about cost efficiency to sustain local businesses. Not only are they supporting local farms, but you can chat with the farmers about how the food is raised, including chemical (and additive) free produce. The market website claims their prices are cheaper than Woolworths and Coles which is a nice little, penny pinching bonus.

Every tomato, carrot, bunch of flowers or apricot (markets always over-excel on apricots, for some fabulous reason) that you purchase; you’re giving back to the little SMB’s and not the big, bad national, gluttonous corporations. You’re also obviously reassured that what you’re picking up is absolutely fresh, right from farm to stall.


It’d be an early morning start for Sydneysiders but if you make the most of the full morning market, you can refuel on some of the food vendors. These include Kalye (meat skewer specialties) or a slice from Pizza Napoli. Want to wow your partner? Roses and More sell fresh cut flowers at wholesale prices so consider that if you need to be back in someone’s good books. And for those little furry pets you bring along: give them Koly’s chemical free, freeze dried dog and cat treats. Who’s up for high end sugar? The Real Fruit Ice Cream stand should not be passed by without a quick purchase. Blended on site, you can sugar-load yourself up on the good stuff or try one of their super noisy slush drinks.

The market’s packed with a bundle of alternative stands including health & beauty, kitchenware, clothing, accessories and condiments. One stand we love is Mini Garden Creations that sells native plants and succulents. Bought the muchkins along for the ride? Then you need to check out Amanda’s Place where she sells everything from bibs and baby changing mats to mittens and door snakes (draught excluders). If that’s not satisfied the little ones, Mr. Arthur’s Puppets absolutely will do the trick. It’s hosted by owner Kieran Arthur, a talented puppeteer who was featured on Australia’s Got Talent. Maybe you can schmooze him to host a puppet show the next time your rugrat(s) celebrate a birthday.


It’s 1.01pm and you’re wiped out from shopping, the car’s full to the brim so you’ll take a leisurely drive east back to Cremorne Point. Chill out on our guest-only balcony overlooking the Harbour and chomp away at your foodie purchases.  Those apricots won’t eat themselves! 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Buongiorno Italy Food & Wine Festival Sydney

Add the 27th August to your diary because the Italian Wine & Food Festival is coming to Sydney. From 11am to 9pm, at the Cutaway, Bangaroo Reserve, expect a full cultural, culinary experience as only the Italians do with full throttle.

Tickets are now on sale and it’ll save you $30 versus paying at the door (if tickets are still available on the day). Price start from $75 and round up to $175 including varying prices in between. The costs differ on whether you’re popping in for a while, indulging in everything available, the Vino Grande Masterclass Pass, evening entry or a daytime nosey around.

General admission includes entry and a glass of wine along with all wine tastings, free coffee and mineral water. There are bundles of cooking demos but food, unfortunately, isn’t included. The VIP’ers that splash out enjoy exclusive pre entry, Wine Garden admission with sommelier service, a complimentary wine glass and a goodie bag though.


Remember to bring your wallet because you’ll be able to buy wines from the exhibitors during the event. That blackberry infused bottle of something you tasted, well it can be yours for keeps if you’re ready to cough up money. But if you’re looking for tipples at the event only, the cocktails are available to purchase between $10 - $15 each.

If you have kids and want to entice them into how the boot leg shaped country lives, they enter for free when accompanied by an adult. Note: adults must show a form of ID with proof of age.

For non Sydney locals, you may be stuck on how to find the venue. It’s a short walk from the train station or ferry terminal at Circular Quay and buses are in abundance: the 311, 324 and 325 take you right up to Barangaroo Reserve from the Town Hall.

Also remember to add the Negroni Bar and the cooking demos to your wish list. Hosted by Roberta Muir, the latter features renowned local chefs from Nino Zoccali to Adam Swanson, Giovanni Pilu and Smeg Kitchen.


Slightly stuffed to the brim? Grab that ferry and when you arrive at Cremorne Point, you can walk off the extra pounds along a multitude of trails near Cremorne Point Manor. Wait a few hours for the food & booze to digest and off you go to Maccallum Pool, near our hotel, for a well deserved few laps around this famous olympic size water attraction. Godere!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Parental Guidance Comes to Sydney

Between the 19 – 21st May, Sydney Olympic Park is hosting the Pregnancy Babies & Children’s Expo. For all first time parents or veteran owners of cute little scatter-rugrats, this is the right place to be.

This free event (register in advance) lets you talk face to face with industry exhibitors and test products first hand. It’s all about trying before buying, or before little toddler fingers get their sticky paws on these innovations. From toys, cleanliness (is there such a thing with kids around?), clothing, maternity products, dad helper inventions and more, the expo is full to the brim. If you’ve been to day one and still in a pickle, your pre registered entry is valid for you to revisit the expo again before it ends since the exhibitor range is vast, including feeding, lifestyle, furniture and financing.

With trusted experts and speakers available, it’s an ideal time to get free information about before, during and after that munchkin comes out. Also remember that you’ll be amongst potential perfect parents that’ll throw tips your way. Or if you believe you’re parent of the year, then you can offer your own guidance to expecting mums and dads. You’ll be able to spot them easily from the confused and panic ridden look on their faces.


Whether you’re in a trimester phase or your little angels are a few years old, every parent needs a breather. The expo will have extra wide aisles for prams alongside an abundance of rest stations and baby care rooms. So no panic if that nappy (or diaper) starts filling up fast – the expo has you covered with facilities. When everyone’s scrubbed up again, kids can enjoy the Imagination Play Area or have face painting, awe in the toddler kindy Gymbaroo mini circuit or check out the Golden Ridge animal farm.


Done and need a break? A short drive away and you’ll arrive in the tranquility of Cremorne Point, relaxing as our guest at Cremorne Point Manor. If you’re looking for accommodation with a garden for the kids to keep blowing off hot air, check out our sister hotel Glenferrie Lodge. They have a huge guest-only garden and a patio for you to chill with a glass of wine, while the kids go bonkers in the big play area. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Channeling Inner Chi with the Crystal Show

You’ve seen them in psychic store windows, displayed in circles at meditation classes and maybe just thought the array of crystals were solely for fun. Well think again because crystals of all shapes and sizes can channel your inner chi, reset your chakras and are known for healing physical ailments.

If this opener’s got you interested, then you need to reserve your free entry at the Sydney Crystal Show, 8-9th July. If you’re not in NSW during that time, then make a note that the show will return early December. As one of the country’s most prominent and popular mineral expos in Australia, you’ll be able to browse from thousands of gems including jewellery, fossils and wow at the extensive range. Having good energy around your home, in your handbag, work briefcase and pretty much every corner you’re near is important. The crystals have mysterious ways of zapping out bad energy, stopping extreme emotions from bubbling over and absorbing this into creating a positive aura around you. We all know positive energies spread like wildfire.



Each crystal has a meaning and a method behind its madness. From agate that brings strength and courage, to aquaramarine for clarity and purification, clear calcite to cleanse and citrine for revitalization. And we’re not even a quarter of the way through the alphabet. Check out Crystal Earth Spirit for an extensive list of who’s who in the mineral world, and what each can do for you. That’ll give you a decent head’s up on narrowing down the negative energies you need to get rid of in life, and bring in the good, ripe ones to take you through the next stage of your life journey.

Some of the crystals featured at the expo will run into a few thousands dollars where others, the rose stones or miniature sphere’s that fit into your palm, come cheap at around $10. Not only are these crystals stunning for display pieces but you’re investing in your well being.


So when you visit Sydney, spread the good energy around and treat yourself to a small stone that’ll fit into your pocket. The more you squeeze it to release negativity, the healthier you’ll feel and the more you’ll enjoy our fantastic city. Once you’d done with the expo, head back to Cremorne Point. Take a walk near our hotel and breathe in those inner white lights, while you experience the stunning Harbour views & skyline. If that doesn’t get your Anahata (heart chakra) pumping, not much else will!  

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Remember to Walk for Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Australia is hosting their annual Memory Walk Sydney on the 7th May, starting at Leichardt Oval. You can sign up for the 2 km or 7.5 km walk (or even run) to raise funds and more awareness for the race against dementia. All the proceeds will be given to related education, professional training, critical support services and counseling for people (and families) affected by this illness.

If you register early, you may still have a chance of receiving a complimentary Memory Walk & Jog t-shirt. But with only 500 available, there’s a slim chance any are still up for grabs. It does cost you to be part of this event but kids (under 5 years old) can enter for free. Kids 6-17 years old and seniors cost $19, adults are $36 and families (two parental supervisors or two seniors with two rugrats) is $85.

If you’re ready for a morning start, the Memory Walk & Jog will beat you to the punch as registration opens 7.00 am, astonishingly early for a Sunday! This’ll give you around an hour to warm up those legs (and brain) for the 8.45 am runners start, followed five minutes later by the walkers for your marks, get set and go, go, go. With the prizes given out at 10.30 am and the race officially finishing thirty minutes later, it’ll be an incredibly productive Sunday morning for all involved.


Even though you’ve paid an entry fee, if you really want to take the illness bull-by-the-horns, you can set up a fundraiser. Make sure you sponsor yourself first, to entice others to follow and then its case of rallying for serious hard currency from friends & family. Fundraise the standard way through social media or step it up a notch with a friends & family afternoon or evening cash soiree. Possibly you could set up a theme activity such as ‘memory lane:’ each person is given a clue about a long-time-ago personal event that took place. If they remember the event from the clues, then they add $20 to the fundraising pot. Not only will the moolah flow in faster than you’d expect, but it’d remind everyone of how much we do take our brains for granted. Imagine having dementia and all those precious memories just fade away? Right – that hit the emotional core so sign up for the event and start fundraising pronto.

And maybe you’ll also remember to swing by our hotel in Cremorne Point to let us know how your walk or jog went. A double reminder: possibly treat yourself to a night’s stay (or weekend) at Cremorne Point Manor after the fundraiser. The views of the Harbour and downtown skyline are stunning…something you’ll remember for a long time to come.


Morale: Don’t take your brain in vain.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Cobweb Cleaning & Suitcase Clear Out

It’s that time of the year when you need to focus on out with the old, and in with the new, right? Undertaking a mass clean out isn’t the most riveting task but the team at Suitcase Rummage have turned boring hoarding into purge & splurge with a twist.

Over cups of tea, the founders (Isabel and Daniele) pretty much landed on the idea during a brainstorming session. To them, Suitcase Rummage wasn’t about being a typical weekend market with power-sellers but more about where product entrepreneurs could also test their new ideas on the public to assess for market viability. Naturally, alongside bringing the community together and Joe Public selling or swapping their wares. What better way to run a focus group than on a captured, ready to prowl audience right on your doorstep!

All you need to do is bravely venture into the back of that closet under the stairs, grab all the clothes, books, collectibles and every possession that you’ve not even blinked an eye at for years…and jam them into suitcases. Product entrepreneurs, you’re doing the exact same with your inventions - lovingly & carefully swaddled in each suitcase. Once you’ve registered and paid the $25 fee to offload your old belongings, head down to the Suitcase Rummage market (you’ll be notified of the upcoming event in your area). At the Rummage, expect be greeted by imaginary angels singing over your head as you open your pot of gold suitcase latches, and start selling or swapping items with other Rummagers.


When you mosey over to the Rummage event with your suitcase in tow, full to the brim of jewellery, shoes, accessories and heaven knows what else…don’t be surprised to see an up and comer also selling their new innovation goods right besides you. The rummages are regularly taking place at select locations in Queensland, NSW, Canberra, Victoria and Western Australia so yes, this is not just a tiny local event. It’s becoming a suitcase movement.  

The Sydney events are at Belmont Park (opposite Central Station) every second month and the next will be around the 3rd week of June. This will give you plenty of time to start accumulating those items to sell. It’ll also be a double bargain for visitors staying in our hotel in Cremorne Point because here’s a new travel idea: whatever is in your suitcase when you arrive at our hotel, take it to the Suitcase Rummage, sell or swap it and return back to our hotel with potentially a completely different, full range of clothes, footwear and accessories!


You came, you saw, you sold, you swapped and you conquered.