Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Cross SuperCross off Your List

Save the date – 28 November! The AUS-X OPEN is the ideal event to be if you’re really into supercross racing. From freestyles (BMX) to two wheel acrobatics, the best action sports athletes in this field will be coming to Sydney. 
The globe’s hottest names will be at the AIlPhones Arena for a couple of adrenaline infused nights of racing, including the Best Trick FMX.  Unscripted, mayhem and extreme at its best is the only way to describe the event.  As this is his first time to hit Australia, World Supercross Champ, Chad Reed, goes in a serious head-to-head-meets-bike competition with the fastest guy on the planet, James Stewart. 

The Best Trick competition is the only current FXM competition on the planet. Only the crème de la crème of experts will attempt to make history with stunts that will be something you can never un-see again.

Take into account that on both November 28 and 29, you can also win prizes, ranging up to $100,000. 

Racing is at its best and it will be unforgettable, it will be unbelievable and this event is geared to make sports history. Imagine viewing the world’s most famous and experienced athletes on the racing circuit, providing you with jaw dropping pyrotechnic displays and entertainment. The rush doesn’t even describe how your adrenaline will feel during and after.

VIP Packages are also available that include main concourse seating and all things exclusive. This is a fantastic event for business travelers who want to show off to clients how on-the-ball they are with groundbreaking sports events. General admission prices per day start from $40 but you can choose from Platinum, to Gold, Silver to both Gold & Silver Non Alcohol. Tickets are running out fast so you must secure your booking faster than….well the BMX’ers.

Only a 37 minute drive from Cremorne Point, there’s nothing more extreme than winding down at our boutique Sydney hotel where the pace is calm, serene and idyllic. With the best views of the Harbour skyline, grab a glass of wine and recap the first night’s events. From the sublime of speed to the peace, Cremorne Point Manor will restore your energy so you’re ready for another night of wheels away.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Sculpture By The Sea in Sydney

Thinking of heading to NSW later this year? Then you need to plan it so you’re in the city between 22 October and 8 November when Sculpture by the Sea is featured. This annual, free (yes free) outdoor sculpture exhibition at Bondi is returning for its 19th year. 
As one of the city’s most imaginative and adored events, the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk radius is magically transformed into a 2km sculpture park. With over 100 temporary sculptures by Aussie and global artists, it’s a must see.

Community arts in Sydney are a big deal. There are great events such as Opera in the Park, Symphony Under the Stars and a multitude of charity festivals throughout the year. The organizers of the Sculpture exhibition decided there was a need for a new type of visual art. Inspired by Prague’s architecture, the founders took a walk down Bondi to Tamarama and simply saw that the space could be used to promote this alternative style of inspiration. Rallying a team together, the idea came to life and nearly two decades later, it’s a stunning fixture in the city’s thriving creative arena. 

Miraculously, creating the first event only had a $11,000 budget. Even though this amount was insanely tight, over the years, ore industry influencers have seen the value of this exhibition and injected cash and elbow grease into making it thrive larger every 12 months. As David Handley, Founding Director, confirms, it’s been an ‘exciting, frightening and busy time.’

So if you’re a local, you must check this exhibition. If you’re a business traveler and want to show your clients something unique, then head on down and take a look. For all leisure travelers, you know that seeing something so rare is a must view. 

The beauty of the event is that if you fall in love with a sculpture, it’s most likely for sale. The website provides more information about who to contact, alongside the images from prior exhibitions. Maybe something you love on the website is still up for grabs? The prices aren’t listed but take into account that some of the artists are serious up and comers, so the rates may be reasonable.

Bondi Beach isn’t far from Cremorne Point so you can bounce between the exhibition and our hotel quite easily if you’re planning a few visits to Sculpture by the Sea. In fitting with great art and inspiration, take a look at our home page short video. No wonder Tripadvisor’s given us a fifth consecutive Certificate of Excellence award, voted by the public, right?  Just another place to be inspired while you’re visiting us.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

All Aboard Dragons Abreast in October

If you’re heading to Sydney or will be in the area on the 24th October, make sure you’re free from 8am – 3pm at Darling Harbour. On this glorious weather (we hope) day, the annual Dragons Abreast Australia Dragon Boat Festival takes place. Yes, this title is hefty but nowhere near as big as their objective as a fundraiser for raising breast cancer awareness.
With dragon boat racing as the main attraction, participators include Dragons Abreast Australia charity organization and a fluffy of hospitals, medical corporations...and hopefully you. All you need to do between now and October is find friends, rally a crew together (min 16 – max 26) and take part in the fastest growing water sport charity fundraiser. 
Something to warm your cockles while you get ready for Cockle Bay on this fundraiser Saturday is that $22+k has been raised so far for awareness. Since registration is now open, this is the time to pull together a crew for the race. Maybe you’re visiting Sydney on business – then team together your clients and colleagues as part of the race. If you’ve bouncing over to NSW on a social trip, post on their Dragons Abreast Festival Facebook page you’re heading to the city and want to team with locals. Alternatively, you can join an existing team that’s registered on the website. Go to the team registration page, register and you will be provided a sure bet team to rally with. 

Since the minimum donation is $50 AUD, not only will you be supporting an incredibly important charity but you’ll also gain that upper body strength that all things water sports guarantee.

Various ways to fundraise include socially promoting your dedicated url page and remember to use this hashtag #daaconvention when you tweet.  Alternatively, set up a swear box at home, the local bar or at work and see the money roll in at the speed of light.  If you’re more civilized, then host a pot luck game night party. Everyone brings a board game and a dish/side dish and if you lose any game, you must donate $20 to the charity fund.

Since Cremorne Point Manor is a short ferry ride from Darling Harbour, what better way to wind down after boating all day, than being ‘chauffeur’ driven back to our boutique hotel.  You can have a glass of vino and recap the day’s activities, while you overlook the Harbour. The views are stunning and if you need validation, check our short home page video and then throw a like to our Facebook page.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Sydney Fringe Festival Arrives in September

From the 1st – 30th September, the sixth annual Sydney Fringe Festival rears its head again for a month of entertainment. The largest independent arts series of gigs in the city, it’s strategically scattered around five villages and hosts a walloping 300 productions within 50 venues. 
This year, the Festival will also spill onto the streets of NSW so expect to see live performances in random places. It’s designed to keep you on your creative toes nightly as secret city venues will be adoring you with culture, arts and crafts. From pop up spaces, street activations and shop fronts – they’ll be in your face like white on rice and you will applaud and cheer them on until you burst with adrenaline.

If you’re truly looking to be in the thick of the action, there are volunteer and internship opportunities from hands-on-help to social media assistance. So if tweeting, posting, Instagramming and Snapchatting is up your alley, then check the current opportunities available in the ‘about us’ website section.

Ticketing details are not currently available to purchase online, yet you can contact the ‘ticketing’ web section to enquire. Or follow the @sydneyfringe Twitter account for real time updates so you can grab seats (or standing) tickets.  Also remember to use #sydneyfringe leading up to the Festival and during the September shenanigans while you tag comments, post videos, meddle with Vines and upload pictures so you have the chance of being retweeted and receive your social 5 seconds of fame.

For all budding artists, the Fringe Festival greatly supports your creativity so contact the organizers to discuss matching your talents to the right venue, whether you’re established or emerging. There’s also an Awards system judged by an industry panel and an 8-Part Workshop Education Series if you’re a serious newbie to the arts scene. Click this Sydney Fringe link for more details about registration and encouraging your inner star to shine. 

If you’re heading to Sydney on business, taking clients to the Festival is a sure fire unique way to entertain the troops aka Executives. If you’re heading to NSW on a family or friends leisure trip, what better way to see Sydney’s locals showcase their talents than during this September event?

As Cremorne Point is just a short ferry ride from downtown Sydney and the mecca of the Festival venues, remember to book your hotel stay with us. Take a sneak at our home page video and see for yourself why Tripadvisor’s given us a fifth (yes fifth) consecutive Certificate of Excellence Award. With nearby Maccallum Pool & Taronga Zoo and overlooking the Sydney Harbour, inspiration and creativity is our middle name. We look forward to having you stay with us and here’s the link to book!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Row Row Row Your Boat – to Sydney

Since 1968, the Sydney International Boat Show is one of the southern hemisphere’s most popular boating attractions, for visitors and locals alike. Remember to mark the 30 July through 3 August in your calendar when this event returns to NSW. 
Taking place around the Sydney Harbour, the show will focus on entertainment, education and new technology that is pioneering the industry.  From 10am to 8pm on all days, the Cockle Bay Marina (Darling Harbour) and Sydney Exhibition Centre (Glebe Island) are the prime destinations.  From here, you can learn about Marine Rescue, Boating Safety and Surf Life Saving from an educational view point. 

If entertainment is more up your alley, there is a Master Class Schedule that includes an 11am Better Boating with David Lockwood, followed by Tim Simpson’s Fishing For Beginners.  Musto Fashion at 1pm takes you through the history of outdoor sailing clothing followed by a well needed 1.30pm Cooking Master Class. This is hosted by Club Marine’s Bark Beek so make sure you’re ready for bites of his expertise in sea-related culinary know how.  An hour later, enjoy the Cruising Helmsman Hour hosted by Phil Ross and Roger McMillan. Their sailing expert tips will provide information on the best cruising destinations so if you’re up for ‘all aboard’ knowledge, this session will be entertaining.

(Oculus super yacht)

When you think you maybe can’t eat enough, at 3.30pm, Tim Simpson returns for his Fishing with Lures that Work. This is an ideal seminar for anyone who’s truly interested in Nemo and would like more insights as to proudly claiming their catch of the day.  With another Musto Fashion session, followed by Classic Catches, the seminar finale at 6pm demonstrates a one hour of Bark Beek returning to the stage, with his Master Class. 

There are over 200 businesses who are exhibiting in the arenas and with vessels on the Marina so keep an eye on the ‘What To See’ page of exhibitors, brands and vessels. 

Ticket prices range at $21 for over 18 year olds (Adults) to $13 for 6-17 year olds. A family pass of 2 adults and 3 kids runs at $49, with Adult 3 day passes at $40 or 2 day passes at $30. Concessions are provided for seniors.

Since Cremorne Point is only a short ferry ride away from the event, you can sail off into the sunset towards Cremorne Point Manor each evening. With the best views of the Harbour from our hotel, it’s no wonder we’ve just received our fifth consecutive Certificate of Excellence by Tripadvisor. And yes, we’re fishing for compliments so comment away!