Sunday, December 18, 2016

The Positive World Year in Review 2016

We researched extensively for positive Year in Review highlights and what came up: mostly negative, disasters, natural catastrophes and fake news. So we decided to give you a finale 2016 round up of the most incredible talk-worthy, notable events we could find. Ending December on a positive note is what our team at Cremorne Point Manor is all about. Enjoy what our planet discovered, created, invented and published during the past 365 days!

In January, water ice was confirmed on the surface of comet 67P while the Jason-3 Earth observation satellite is launched. On a separate, incredible note, researches demonstrate a new class of small, thin electronic sensors that monitor skull temperature and pressure, within the brain surgery realm. This melts away when no longer needed eliminating the need for additional surgery. Within this same topic, a successful head transplant on a monkey, by Chinese scientists, is reported.

The University of Southampton confirms a major step in creating 5D data storage that can survive (wait for it) billions of years.  Around the same time, paleontologists report the discovery of a pregnant Tyrannosaurus rex, giving more insight into the evolution of egg-laying and gender differences in this dinosaur.

Caffeine lovers: By Spring, the University of Southern California confirmed that drinking moderate coffee daily can reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer. While you’re sipping away, account that a quadriplegic man in Ohio performed complex functional movements in his fingertips after a chip was planted in his brain. And while you gulp that amazing fact, astronomers reported the discovery of Crater 2 - the fourth largest satellite galaxy of the Milky Way.

By midyear, Dutch scientists announce that crops of four vegetables and cereals grown in soil (similar to that on Mars) are safe to eat. Who knew? And while we’re on hot news, NASA reported July 2016 was the hottest single month in recorded history (dating back to 1880). Even hotter news: the world’s oldest known fossils are claimed to have been discovered in southwest Greenland, dating back potentially 3.7 billion years.

Unless you were hiding under a rock, on 14th November, the supermoon visited Planet Earth, the first full moon closest to us than any since 1948. It was huge! And keeping on the same universal realm, according to SpaceX program, human trips to Mars by 2022 are potentially possible.

We wish you a fantastic December full of celebrations and make that resolution to come visit Cremorne Point Manor in 2017 if you’re not already booked to stay with us this month. The views are also out of this world as you can see from our short video. Enjoy and pop that champagne cork – we have the best views of the New Years Eve Harbour fireworks!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Recap of 2016 With Cremorne Point Manor

This year has been quite the rollercoaster including our $1m refurbishment of Cremorne Point Manor! So now let us backtrack to great events we’ve blogged about in 2016 and see if you crossed these off your bucket wish list. If not, then you should consider planning travels to our NSW neck of the ‘southern hemisphere woods’ in 2017 and mark them in your calendar:

The Chinese New Year in January featured the Year of the Monkey. We’re now heading to the Year of the Rooster so beware of that (natural) early morning wake up call. Then there was the LGBT Bridge Climb event, with full rainbows adorning the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge, followed by another topic completely unrelated: The Dog Lovers Canine Race. Did you bring your four legged pal with you to see if Fido wins the gold? If not, there’s time for training to gear up for 2017’s galloping festival. If you’re a Ben Stiller fan, you wouldn’t have missed our Dodgeball Launch party blog post in March – the rules are there to be broken and may the best wo/man slam the last ball.

If May was bringing you the pre summer blues, the Bondi Belly Laugh blog post was sure to warm your heart and if you were up for making your credit card cry with a thank you, the Kirribilli Market (thrifty spending) blog post ensured you’d not be melting your monthly statement when it was due for payment.

How about you fitness fanatics that love marathons? Team in Training will be back again mid next year for the Blackmores run. Six months is more than enough time to get those running shoes on and build up stamina. If the marathon is too much for you, we featured the Sprint & Splat Color Run festival where no one will judge you on whether you walked or galloped. They’d be more interested in exactly how many colours you were spray painted with, on the way to the finishing line.

By July, Cremorne Point Manor was featured in Expedia’s Australia blog and that made our team happy campers! On that note, did you read our September blog post about Paws & Pals Adventure Weekend? Grab that waggy tail and meet other locals & tourists while you spend time with nature in more of a clamping fashion. Yes, we actually encouraged you to turn off that smartphone button and hug a tree while your BFF watered it.

Then it came to the last trimester of the year with Campbeltown’s ghost stories (they’re true, we believe it) and the annual Horror Film Festival just before Halloween. With a swift topic switch, we moved right to the magical history of Australian Christmas traditions in a two part blog series. For locals, it’s worth the read to discover why and how certain traditions were created, and also accelerate you for a year end full of celebrations.

And now we’re about to embark on our last blog for the year so stay tuned…. 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Telluride Mountain Coming to Sydney in February

We’re sure you’re inundated with Christmas and New Year activity celebration plans so we’re jumping right to February 10th as a date to lock in your Sydney diary. It’s something to look forward to in 2017 so you can speed right through murky January and be inspired by Telluride MountainFilm:  a festival of stories, ideas, people and aspirations all focusing on incredibly advanced solutions for our potentially livable world in the future.

The festival runs a series of high energy movies, all narrated to follow the topic of adventure. Nonfiction movies will focus on climbing, political & social justice issues, the environment and culture. These amazing documentaries run way ahead of the average docudrama as they bring together narrations by global figureheads – from change makers, to visionaries and award winning athletes.

Each festival around the globe, Sydney included, will feature gallery walks, outdoor programs & presentations, interactive talks and open-discussion free community events.

The Aussie leg of the festival’s world tour will be launched at the St George Open Air Cinema. With a mind-blowing, visual backdrop spanning the Harbour Bridge, Sydney Skyline and Opera House, the festival will take you to new adrenaline heights. Telluride Mountain Fest tickets will be on sale from 12th December and it’s a first come, first best-seating set up. The prices have not been published yet but if you check their ticket page and love what you’re seeing, remember to follow the festival through Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Newcastle, back to Sydney again and get your tickets for the Hayden Orpheum Cremorne Picture Palace (right by our Cremorne Point Manor Lodge)…then through Queensland and Wollongong.

From December spinning to May (with Australia slap bang in the middle), other tour destinations include the good ole USA and New Zealand. Since 1979, the festival has been one of the most beloved in the docu movie circuits and has been quoted as ‘excitement, energy and anticipation to explore and take on the world.’

So book your Cremorne Point Manor accommodation and not only can you enjoy the festival in February, but also return to our Manor for the nearby March screening. And if you think it can’t get any better, take a look at our short hotel video. After the movies, sit back on our guest balcony and enjoy the Harbour skyline again while you work on Plan B to improve Planet Earth. No big feat and no major pressure on your shoulders, right :D

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Chinese New Year Celebrations

From January 27 to February 12th the Lunar New Year Festival will feature over 80 events for one of NSW’s most glorious and globe attracting festivals: Sydney’s Chinese New Year Celebrations. Most of the exhibitions and entertainment are free, alongside seeing the hugely popular Dragon Boat Races in the Harbour. Boats are 12 meters long with up to 20 paddlers and the drums will be banging as they speed to the finishing line. Want to know the full Chinese New Year scoop? Let’s get started!

This is the city’s 21st anniversary and for 2017, the Year of the Rooster will ensure you’re up at the crack of dawn to check out the massive Lunar Lanterns, representing all animal’s in the zodiac. Attracting over one million people, the Sydney event is the largest outside of China. So if you want to find your animal zodiac, remember to scout around the lanterns and hunt for the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, money, dog, pig and obviously the crème de la 2017 crème….rooster. 

Last year, major landmarks were illuminated red, the Chinese symbol for luck and prosperity. To date, the organizers are yet to promote the full line up schedule but we do know there will be a ton of pop up food festivals, street food markets and a city swaddled by Chinese lanterns.

The Dragon Boat racing has become an institution of China for over 2000 years and classified as an international sport. Taking place around Cockle Bay Wharf in Darling Harbour, the crowds will be multiple layers knee deep, cheering on the racers. Once you’ve screamed yourself hoarse, you can head into Darling Harbour for the Chinese Garden of Friendship. There will be a multitude of workshops, tours and demonstrations taking place, to educate you on the Chinese culture and history over this two week period. And if you want music to your ears, the Chinese Chamber Music Festival will entertain you with melodic tunes from both international and local artists within the gardens.

Tai Chi classes will be available or try out acrobatic lion dancing (a symbol of good luck and fortune). If a tad of peace and quiet is required, the traditional tea ceremony in silence may be your calling. And for kids’ entertainment, they can learn how to make rooster inspired puppets in the Monkey Tales attraction…and take them home for keeps! There are admission fees for garden entry: from $6 for adults, $3 per child (under 12’s) and family, concession and senior packages.

Take a ferry ride over that same race water in the Harbour and within 10 minutes, you’ll be at Cremorne Point. The only time you don’t want to be seeing red is if you check Cremorne Point Manor’s accommodation availability too late…and we’re booked up! 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Prepare for a Field Day on 1st January

 We’re not even into the glorious month of December, where everyone is frantically searching for overpriced gifts, drinking too much eggnog and praying that extra piece of Christmas cake doesn’t turn into a few extra lbs on the stomach – oh what joy! Our Manor is getting booked up fast for next month as we have the best views of the New Year’s fireworks from Cremorne Point. But how about making plans now for the 1st of January when the mayhem dies down and the hangover rises up: Since you’ll be staying at our affordable boutique Sydney hotel, why not go the extra resolution mile and start New Year’s Day with a splash?

When we’re talking about a splash, we really mean a ‘get your 2017 adrenaline on the right energetic and healthy track’ type of event! Field Day Sydney is the place to be and located at The Domain, this event is now in its umpteenth year of success. Launching in 2002, the organisers decided to bring in the New Year with a bang: in the sun, enjoying the grassy gardens and smothering you in heart pumping indie, hip hop, house and electronic music. The festival is for ages 18+ and 2017’s line up is a who’s who: from Alison Wonderland to Booka Shade, Childish Gambino and Giraffage and around 30 other artists bringing a hippy hippy shake smile to your January face. That’ll burn off the December body weight for sure.

Tickets are $140 with VIP prices at $190. The entry cost may sound steep but remember, if you’re going to be celebrating the fireworks from Cremorne Point Manor, you’ve saved yourself a bundle on 31st December entertainment costs elsewhere in the expensive downtown district. And what better way to bring in 2017 than dancing through the day and evening. Also account that the event organizers are serious about environmental preservation with their sustainability policies, energy consumption, water usage and waste management. They guarantee you’ll have a great time while also paying forward to our planet so expect to see a mass array of recycling facilities. Dance on the grass, not on trash – that’s the new motto we just made up that perfectly describes Field Day. And your entry price helps Fuzzy Entertainment (the organisers) to donate trees to Centennial Parklands and Botanic Gardens in Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne.

The grounds will have a fully licensed bar (including non alcoholic drinks), alongside a flurry of food stalls to keep your energy levels on high alert. They’ll also offer free water, always a lovely H2O benefit, and bundles of merchandise for sale. If you’re a delicate musical wall flower, free earplugs will be available. 2016 is nearly SO last year and 2017’s Field Day should now already be on your calendar.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Meet Your Four Wheel Hero This December

One of the year’s coolest festivals is the MotorWorld Sydney event from the 1st to 4th December. An event for all the family, it brings together the best interactive car enthusiasts passion of motors with a huge ‘I must be involved’ magnetic pull: you can test drive one of your heroic cars on the track, road or off-road circuit! Compare brands, models, the feel of the car, how you + the machine bond and if the pedal to the metal gives you the rush you were always praying for. Alternatively, you can check out those wish list cars through a series of demonstrations during the event if a test run is maybe a bit too much for you. Thinking this was the highlight of the event, there’s more:

When you buy tickets on the website, you not only confirm to participate in this first ever mega test fest, giving you priority access to the cars (remember that spots are limited) but…this event is most likely the world’s biggest test fest, and the first to collaborate with both the public and media (journalist) reviews. There will be around 10,000 test drives from over 100 cars through the four days.

And there’s even more…Test drivers can also be part of the CarAdvice test team. The website explains more information about this but it includes the public test drivers determining best categories of the cars on show, including the best compact SUV, best performance car under $60k and reviewing 4WD cars in the Dirt Drive on gravel tracks. You may be checking out firsthand the newest Tesla Model S or end up with the glory of all glories: Jaguar F-Pace. Who know what car you’ll be test driving. And here's something to think about...

Entry prices are a reasonable $49 per day or $110 for a family pass. This includes access to all event activities, the Holy Grail test drives, live demos, competitions, entertainment for the family, live music and an outdoor cinema. Parking is free so that’s an extra bonus. And if you really want to end 2016 with a splash, for $290 per day, you can be a member of the VIP Grid Club, that features free food, drinks, priority access to the Sports Car Super Sessions and access to the Sun Deck.

There are many ladies day events including the Mamamia Women’s Choice Award, Ladies Day Exclusive Drive Experiences and Ladies Day Cocktail Party. We’re not sure why there are so many events for women aside the obvious: women always make the final decision on the next car purchase!

The event is located at Ferrers Road, Eastern Creek, NSW and it’ll only take you 50 minutes to drive there from Cremorne Point. Then return back to our stunning Cremorne Point Manor, switch the car for leg therapy and take a hike around our sensational walking trails. The cars, the speed and the motors at the festival will be phenomenal but the ride of your life will absolutely be from the adrenaline, as you view the most incredible Harbour skyline from our spot of the city.  

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

A History of Aussie Christmas Traditions

Last week, we wrote a blog post about way-back-when Christmas in Australia’s historical moments defined how Aussies celebrate the latter part of December. Now onto the second and final part of memory lane, it’s good to know how tradition has served the country well during gift giving season.

With the southern hemisphere providing a warm summer down under during December, a senior historian confirmed this sunny Christmas style reverts back to the mid 1800’s. Early British settlers pined for home with snow filled streets but had to make the most of the warmer climate. Dr Brown (senior research fellow in the Australian National University’s History Program) confirmed that “from very early on, Christmas in Australia was a secular festival and about family; it focused on the outdoors, on recreation.”

Dating back to mid 19th century Britain, he says, Queen Victoria (or rather her husband, Prince Albert) seemed responsible for introducing the Christmas tree. This was in England in the 1840’s, yet the tradition was of German custom. Maybe you didn’t know this but at this same time, Christmas cards were also introduced. The overall focus was on family values, sentimentality and childhood.

Obviously Christmas existed way before then but was usually celebrated in church by way of sermons. Only until the 19th century did it become a public holiday and a family occasion outside of the church.

So even though the Aussies were greatly influenced by this British Christmas soiree, new Aussie locals decided to add a different flavour…literally. Around the 1950’s Aussies gave out Christmas cards with Santa pulled by a kangaroo instead and then headed to the bush, cutting down big swags of leaves (usually eucalyptus), tying them around the house.

Ham and cockatoo pie swiftly became the norm, as a staple alternative to the great British Christmas meal. Another long term custom included bringing local flora and eating local fauna.

Having an outdoor Christmas in the summery December, over the past century, is standard and the Aussies believe that it’s a ‘golden summer,’ with many of their heritage British traditions simply being tweaked to accommodate the climate and natural resources.

This year, if you’re celebrating Christmas in Sydney, not only do we encourage you to head to the beach and spend the 25th making snowmen sandcastles, but also enjoy some healthy Vitamin D on your skin while you sit back on our veranda overlooking Cremorne Point, and chomp on that ham & cockatoo pie. You’ll enjoy a holiday season that’s upside down, back to front and now reading this…it absolutely makes sense.  What a wonderful way to spend the holiday with us at Cremorne Point Manor! 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

It’s A Wonderful Life: Sydney Christmas

With everyone now pushing hard for Christmas ‘where to go’ and ‘what to do’ attractions, we all know that the usual suspect tree lighting, carol singing and eggnog gluttony will take place.

So as with the Wonderful Life theme, we’re going down memory lane and recapping the best of Sydney’s history at this wondrous time of the year. Maybe you’ll find some events bring up your own experience of times when you impacted someone else’s life, or you get a booster of reliving those amazing memories you’ve now buried. Let’s go back to the past and see what stirs your neurological holiday season feel-good triggers:

The movie Bush Christmas, starring Chips Rafferty came out in 1947. Since then it’s been a TV staple, including the remake Prince & The Great Race with Nicole Kidman. Then there’s Miracle Down Under, with John Waters (telecast Bushfire Moon), which has been playing since 1987.

You must remember all the children’s stories including ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, A Christmas Carol and Wombat Divine. Then there’s the recent addition Aussie Night Before Christmas. Resurging childhood memories? Yes, we thought so.

Since 1950, the Boxing Day Test on December 26th is a huge Aussie staple. Massively attended for over 65 years in the stadium and millions watching from their homes, it’s over half a century of tradition. Seeing and raising the Test match comes one of the planet’s most prestigious ocean races: Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, also on Boxing Day from Sydney Harbour.

If warbling makes you go all Christmassy weak at the knees, the tradition of Aussie Christmas Eve carols including candles galore, was spearheaded in 1937 by Norman Banks, a radio announcer. When’s the last time you carol sung under a Christmas tree or went door to door, freaking out the neighbours by just tipping up without an invitation? How retro!

For decades, Sydney locals and tourists have been flocking to Bondi Beach, spending the 25th bouncing in the ocean and sand castling themselves into oblivion. Did you know that around 40,000 people visit this beach on Crimbo day?

Now you’ve experienced the holiday season Part 1, next week we’ll include more historic and unique Aussie centric Christmas blasts from the past. And remember that Cremorne Point has one of the BEST NYE firework viewing spots so we highly suggest you book your end of 2016 accommodation as soon as possible at Cremorne Point Manor. It’s a future history in the making!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Prepare To Get Your Freak On – Horror Film Festival

We’d personally prefer thriller or comedy type of entertainment on the big screen but if you think Halloween finishes 11.59pm on the 31st October…think again.

From the 24th November right through to 4th December, Deadhouse Film is presenting a Night of Horror International Film Festival. Not exactly a night…more like a week of bone chillers across the country that hits Sydney during these dates. This is the 10th annual event and logically coincides with the Sydney Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival and Fantastic Planet at Dendy Cinema, Newtown. The festival is running also in Canberra and Brisbane, with Dendy’s available also in these locations so if you want to follow the national tour, be our guest.

Showcasing the country’s leading independent genre cinema, there will be over 100 of the newest and spine curding cult, thriller, fantasy and horror movies. As most will be native or International premieres, expect the days to be Aussie dramatic by way of movie industry who’s who and hyped up media themes.

To further tap into your inner nightmares, expert the worst horror you can imagine combined with incredible special effects. So if you can calm your shaking hands once the credits roll up, you’re more than welcome to attend the Q&A sessions where the team behind the movies can fill in those pressing ‘how the heck did you do that?’ audience intrigue. You can also be involved in forums and the huge array of celebration parties.

Check the lineup of movies along with dates and times on Dendy’s website. But if you can’t wait until the third week of November, you can always turn up the blood pressure on Halloween night for ‘Rob Zombie’ movie. We’ve heard it’s hitting a new high on vein and artery splashing and for only $16.50 (rates vary for concessions), you can be there to check it out first hand. It’ll be starting at 9pm on the 31st and is a one night only event. With clowns currently being filmed all over the planet causing pranks, this film features kidnappers who have to survive 12 hours against a new wave of sadistic clowns. Not the type of cute ones we’ve seen socially active, but the ones with a sick grimace as they…. Oh, we’ll just leave it to you to finish that sentence, it’s already freaking us out.

Dendy’s is only 20 minutes by car (1.15 minutes by public transport) to Cremorne Point. The only shock you’ll experience to your system at Cremorne Point Manor is the sublime to the extreme: from experiencing throat slashing movies to now being in the tranquil, calm and serenity of our guest house overlooking the Harbour, with a glass of white (not red!) wine. 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Adriano Del Sal - A Guest of Cremorne Point Manor This week!

We're so excited to have Adriano Del Sal stay at Cremorne Point Manor this week. More information about his achievements:

Adriano Del Sal is one of the most significant classical guitar performers of recent years. His extraordinary musical talent, profound artistic sensibility (as his total technical control of the instrument), makes his performances truly unforgettable. Here's what an audience member recently wrote about him:

"Some concerts are pure magical - when an artist can play with exquisite mastery of their instrument, enchanting their packed audience of music lovers and creating the most sublime music... Last night I was fortunate in attending the inaugural concert of the new Professor of Guitar in Vienna, Austria, Adriano Del Sal. I arrived an hour early and was lucky. The room got completely packed, excitement filling the air. And then: what a beautiful program! What an amazing concert! Two delicious encores! What a superb pleasure!! Thank you so much, Adriano."

Born in 1977, he began studying the guitar with Stefano Viola at the J.Tomadini Conservatory of Udine where he graduated in 1999 with Guido Fichtner. At the same time, he attended the Francisco. Tarrega Academy of Pordone, furthering his studies with Stefano Viola and Paolo Pegoraro. He attended master classes with prominent concert artists such as David Russell, Manuel Barrueco, Stefano Grondona, Alberto Ponce, Angelo Gilardino and Carlo Marchione.

Adriano impressed the juries of important national & international contests, winning a total of 12 first prizes. Thanks to the winning of the international competition "Julian Arcas" of Almeria (Spain), he recorded his first solo CD for the Radio Nacional de Espana.

In 2003, he received the La Chitarra d'Oro recognition at the international meeting of Alessandria as Best Young Concert Artist of the Year, at the international level.

In 2004, he won first prize at the prestigious international competition Citta di Alessandria. Adriano is the winner of the historic Certemen F. Tarrega, Benicassim Spain (2009). His CD's are distributed by Naxos. Adriano has played at the most important international festivals in Italy, Germany, Mexico, Russia, Ukraine and Slovenia.

He is currently Professor, at the Universitat fur Musik und Darstellende Knust, Vienne, Austria.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Freaks, Ghosts & Halloween In Campbelltown

Every year, the most famous ghost, Frederick Fisher, is recognised in the infamous Festival of Fisher’s Ghost event. Right back to 1956, this ghoulish festival takes place over 10 days including a huge street parade, the Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, annual Fisher’s Ghost Fun Run, a massive street fair including craft exhibitions and a finale of carnival fireworks.

Around four months after a local farmer (Fred Fisher), died in 1826 a very bizarre event took place at a local hotel. John Farley, a wealthy and well respected farmer, fell into the hotel in shock and claimed to have seen Fisher on the rail of a nearby creek bridge. The ghost pointed to the paddock down the creek and then vanished into thin air. Fisher’s body was then discovered in the paddock and he was buried in nearby St Peter’s Graveyard, with no headstone erected.

Preparing now to be spooked, in 1825, Fisher was born in London yet obtained forged banknotes (intentionally?) and was sentenced to Australia for 14 years. Seven years later, he applied for a ticket-of-leave and moved to Campbelltown. Fisher had an argument with a local carpenter and received a mild prison wrap on the wrists. He gave his farm’s power of attorney to a neighbour, George Worrall, yet when he was released, Fisher disappeared.  Worrall stated that Fisher returned to his native England but a few weeks later, Worrall sold Fisher’s assets. The town was dubious and eventually Worrall was arrested on suspicion of Fisher’s murder. Worrall finally confessed and he’s now buried overlooking Sydney Harbour by The Rocks.

To celebrate Fisher’s life and Farley discovering him, the festival features a grim night of zombies, paranormal characters and enough spine chilling fun for all the family. Not only has the event launched great young music careers through showcasing but attendees can also be a winner, with Fisher Ghost competitions galore. If you’re attending, remember to pile on the gory red war paint or come as a freaky spirit. Maybe you’ll be a headless farmer or scare yourself into the next town from the outdoor cinema screenings, with movies horrifying enough to raise your blood pressure.

Just over an hour’s drive or a bone curdling 1.45 minutes by public transport from Cremorne Point, you can either spend the full duration at the festival or if your eyes are popping, head back to Cremorne Point Manor for a reality reset. You can see the Harbour from our hotel and possibly will want to check out Worrall’s grave. Ask him a few questions and see if the ghost of George decides to show his cowardly face. Also take photos of the famous creek, tagging @CremorneManor if you manage to spot Fisher. If you’re going to be spooked, we may as well join you in the paranormal fun of afterlife mystery! 

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 Café 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!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Wine, Dine and Speed Meet in September

We found a really unique event and its ideal for anyone who likes to eat! It’s a Sydney Wine-Dine speed event, and doesn’t focus so much on dating but hey – you never know what can happen by the time dessert schleps itself out the fridge. Get ready for the 3rd September where ‘girls are hosting’ and ‘guys are roaming’ for this dinner soiree. It’s a date you seriously don’t want to miss.

Here’s the scoop: you’re a local wanting to meet new people, or travelling to Sydney and interested in seeing how the other half live…or are a nosey parker and love to check out other people’s culinary skills. Then this is the event for you! Each group of three friends (3 guys, 3 gals etc) sign up for $50 each on the site. On the 3rd September, three gals will host a three course meal. Three guys will show up for the 1st course, then potter off to the next three females home for the main course and finally skedaddle to the last three girls home for dessert. While they’re doing this, the gals in the first home that just served the testosterone infused appetizers will now be hosting another three guys for the main course, and a final three guys for dessert. The gals make the food, the guys bring the wine or spirits, the resident dog gets to eat the leftovers and the resident cat stares in judgment. Everyone’s a winner.
The organizers plan the dinner courses by geographical location so guys aren’t traipsing one hour across town with a stomach still ready to be filled. The homes for each courses is around 15 minutes apart – we’re not sure if that’s by walking, car or Dreamliner.

What may transpire is that a guy and gal are interested in each other during the first course, but now she’s entertaining (with her two BFF’s) the next round of food guests. So how can they reunite afterwards? Or maybe he meets someone else at dessert. The mind boggles on how this event can make new relationships and cause heart racing adrenaline. But with the organizers have come to the rescue: the after party is at Donny’s (Manly area) so all foodies can reunite and continue with the banter.

How about you’re venturing into a new career path and hey-ho, one of the gals hosting is CEO of a fantastic software company you’d love to work at? These dinners could be game changers – in knowing more about your fellow locals, budding romances and introducing newcomers to the city.

Remember to tweet Wine-Dine and Cremorne Point Manor how the evening’s taking you. And since the 3rd September falls on a Saturday, how about pampering yourselves after the shin dig with an overnight staycay at our Manor, only 20 minutes from Manly. The bonus ball: We’ll be doing the cooking for breakfast so make sure you book through our website for guaranteed, glorious morning nosh! 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Sydney’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas in September

The title of this well respected festival sounds ominous yet on the 3rd and 4th September, the Opera House will insight you with more details. For now, we’re giving you the dramatic overview of what to expect so brace yourselves!

The eighth consecutive Festival of Dangerous Ideas (FODI) is a boundary pusher weekend with the who’s who of speakers coming in droves around the planet. Knowledge is power and at FODI, you’ll be enlightened about low down dirty politics (is there any other type?), vanishing countries and disruptive behavior that affects landscape, the economy and wars. We’re not just talking about the mysterious Bilderberg Group but also about how Brexit’s knock on effect changes the world, border control damages hope and underlying strengths that are positively impacting a snowball of tumbleweeds.

Our planet is in turbulent times from terrorism, crime, corruption and an abundance of natural disasters. These events affect our culture, ethics, morals, way of thinking and our free will in rising above these… or being sucked into the cyclone. We find this event incredibly interesting because it covers all bases and isn’t designed to scare the living daylights out of you. Its focus is to provide the information and open food for thought so you are better informed. Topics are set into a very simple timetable per day, hour slot and subject matter by the expert alongside details about purchasing single or multi tickets.

From a panel about Breaking a Rule a Day, to America coming apart and Apple vs the FBI (that’ll be a good one!) to Water Wars. Henry Rollins will also present about Blood Sports while Jesse Bering taps into ‘Suicide is Social’ and the impact it makes to a three degrees of separation spin-off effect. How about Laura Secor’s Dissent in Iran? Or Lev Grossman’s There Are No Good Books?

We love that a true hard hitting event is returning to Sydney; a city renowned for free and liberal thinking, solid cultural diversity and intelligent beings who question everything in society. Sydney is ideal for this festival and it attracts thousands in droves to learn, challenge and spread the debate.
The festival will be a pure brain rush and the conversations will be going on long after the weekend is over. So if you want to get your back brain into gear and attend a truly insightful two day mind power, this is the place to be.

The festival will be taxing on the brain so we highly advise you to hop onto a 10 minute ferry ride back to Cremorne Point afterwards, settle back on our balcony and take in the Harbour sunset with a glass of vino in hand. The world will still be turning tomorrow but a crisp chardonnay may be the best informed decision you make when you relax at Cremorne Point Manor.  Trust us, we’re experts on topics such as Relax, Enjoy and Breathe…

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

We're featured in Expedia's Australia Blog!!

Australia is famous the world over for its beach culture. However, the beach can mean many different things to different people. Our location on the North Shore of Sydney Harbour, Cremorne Point Manor is the ideal starting point from which you can experience two different beaches representing two totally different aspects of Australian culture.

The closest beach is Balmoral Beach, adjacent to the Botanical Gardens and Taronga Zoo. Balmoral Beach is a beautiful harbour beach surrounded by parklands. Its enclosed designated swimming areas make it a safe place to take the kids, while the adults can try snorkelling or sailing. The beach is also famous for its fresh fish and chips.

Manly Beach, a short ferry ride away from the CBD of Sydney or accessible by bus, is bigger and more popular with tourists, backpackers and Sydney locals. Kids can play on the quieter harbour side or brave the wild waters on the beach side. Wandering the markets, shops and restaurants along the pedestrianised Corso mall makes for a perfect weekend afternoon activity.

Cremorne Point Manor offers you easy access to these varied beach experiences, along with stunning views of Sydney Harbour and all the amenities you will need for a perfect holiday. For this reason we were thrilled to be recently included in an article by Expedia on 'Australia's Best Beach Accommodation'.

Cremorne Point Manor: This restored 19th-century guesthouse offers spectacular harbour views across Mosman Bay to Sydney’s iconic skyline. Situated on one of the North Shore’s quiet leafy streets, it’s just a 20-minute drive to Manly Beach. Soak off the sand in your private spa bath or hot tub. The penthouse suite is ideal for longer stays, with two glamourous bedrooms, a full kitchen and spacious balcony with harbour views.