City to Bay Fun Run

The Sunday Mail City to Bay Fun Run is on Sunday, September 14. This popular annual fun run caters for participants of all level of fitness and abilities to encourage everyone to get involved. The race starts in Adelaide and ends in the beachside suburb or Glenelg. You can enter online until September 15.

City to Bay Fun RunThere is the 3km distance for the grandparents, little kiddies, families and wheelchair users – the start is at The Junction at Morphettville. Ther 6km option is for runners who can still be competitive but may not be up to the 12km distance – or may just be after a cracking personal best – this one leaves from Centro at the Kurralta Park Shopping Centre. The 12km distance has the highest number of participants and the start in King William Street is a spectacular sight with some 26,000+ runners lining up.

Walking is fine, prams are not and participants who want to run some of the way and walk some of the way have to enter as runners. There are two types of wheelchair participants – the elite athletes who take it out fast and furious competing for line honours and prize money and those joining family and friends at a more leisurely pace (over all distances). There will be lots of post-race fun and entertainment.

Here is a link to the official City-Bay Fun Run website for more info and if you are travelling to Adelaide for the event, Rydges South Park can look after all your accommodation needs.

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The Opal Card

The Opal Card for public transport in Sydney is now a reality. As Opal is a pay-as-you-go system, passengers only pay when they catch a bus, train or ferry. The catch is that you have to have an Opal Card!

You can purchase Opal Cards in the International Terminal across the road from Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel at these locations:

  • WH Smith T1 Departure - Sydney Airside, Dock 6
  • WH Smith International Airport Arrivals 1 – Site 1-1082 International Terminal
  • Newslink – International Landside T1 – International Landside T1, Shop 2, 138 & 1427

The Opal CardWeekly Travel Reward…

Take 8 paid journeys from Monday-Sunday with an Opal card and enjoy free travel for the rest of the week, excluding the airport station access fee.

Sunday $2.50 Travel Cap…

Travel all day on Sunday with Opal for no more than $2.50. Travel as much as you want as an Opal customer and pay no more than $2.50 from 4:00am Sunday morning until 3:59am on Monday morning, excluding the airport station access fee.

Daily Travel Cap…

With an Opal card you can enjoy travel all day for no more than $15 per day for Adults and $7.50 for Child/Youth from Monday to Saturday, excluding the airport station access fee.

Travel anywhere during the week for no more than $60…

Using your Opal card, you’ll never pay more than $60 a week when travelling on all modes of Opal enabled transport from Monday to Sunday excluding the airport station access fee.

When tapping on or off at Sydney Domestic or International Airport stations, a station access fee of $12.60 for Adults and $10.60 for Child/Youth is deducted from your Opal card balance in addition to the relevant Opal train fare. This is the same fee that currently applies to paper tickets for travel to these stations.

Station Access Fee Weekly Travel Cap…

From the 1 September the station access fee will be capped at $21 per week for Adults and $19 for Child/Youth. If you travel to the airport stations every day, or every now and then, you could save money with Opal.

Cards aside, the gemstone opal is considered the birthstone for people born in October and, coincidentally, Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel is also a gem!

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Freo Finals Fever Hits

The atmosphere in Fremantle is ramping up this week, the streets are flooding with purple as excited Fremantle Docker’s supporters prepare for their teams’ AFL Finals campaign!

Come along and unite with the excited staff at the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle –by Rydges. Watch all the Footy Finals LIVE in Marine Lounge Bar and enjoy $20 Pizza & Peroni and a special $10 ‘Heave Ho’ Dockers cocktail! 

First finals game for the Fremantle Dockers is Saturday 6 September against the Sydney Swans, bounce down 12.30pm. We look forward to seeing you in Fremantle on Saturday dressed in your finest purple colours!

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Brazouka

The lambada is known as the sexiest dance on the planet – Braz Dos Santos’ Brazouka takes the sexy Brazilian dance up another notch.

The show comes to Australia in October and November and tickets will be in demand. It is not just a dance show – it is an extraordinary true story from the toughest streets in Brazil. It is directed (and co-created) by Arlene Phillips and written and co-created by Pamela Stephenson-Connolly. She enlisted her hubby, Billy Connolly, to provide that narration.

BrazoukaThis is the true story of the star, Braz Dos Santos – how he grew up in a family of nine children in two rooms and was forced to leave school in his teens to risk his life in small boats to contribute income from fishing. He would pray for weather so rough that fishing wasn’t possible – and would follow the older men to where they would spend their cash and days off – in a bordello. Bedcause Brz was too young to go inside he would peer through the cracks and watch them dance the lambada. He soon learnt the erotic dance, as teenage boys would, and it took him to the international stage. You can read his amazing story here.

Sixteen dazzling dancers take audiences on this journey of passion, sensuality, pulsing music and explosive energy through the sensational dance language of Lambazouk and other thrilling Afro-Brazilian dances.

The show is currently wowing audiences in London, then heads to South Africa before the Australian tour. Dates and venues are:

Perth – Regal Theatre in Subiaco – from October 23

Sydney – at the Enmore Theatre in Newtown – November 13 to 16

Melbourne – at The Palms at Crown – November 19 to 30

If you are travelling to see the show and would like accommodation to make it a very special night, Rydges Perth, Rydges World Square or Rydges Sydney Central (or Rydges Sydney Airport if you are flying in) and Rydges Melbourne in the CBD or Rydges on Swanston on Melbourne’s city fringe will look after you.

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Can the Eels make the Eight?

Can the Eels make the Eight? That’s the question Parramatta players and fans are hanging on (by the fingernails), hoping for a ‘yes’ answer. In a nutshell, Parra has to beat Canberra on Saturday AND both Brisbane and the NZ Warriors have to lose. That would give Parramatta eighth spot on the ladder with 30 points. A win to either Warriors or Broncos would also see them on 30 points but the for and against would see the Eels miss out.

While Newcastle won easily on the weekend, it is a strange team capable of big things. As couch Wayne Bennett said early in the season – the same people are picked each week but you never know which team will get off the bus. Unfortunately the good team turned up to beat Parra 42 to 12. Canberra also had a win, but against an out of sorts Wests Tigers, so there’s no reason Parramatta shouldn’t come out on top on that side of the ledger. The other two games in play see Brisbane fly to Melbourne to take on the Storm. Storm has to be favourite there. And the Warriors fly across the ditch to play Penrith at home. Panthers must be favourites there, too, but desperation is a good recipe for upsets.

While the Eels at playing down in Canberra, you can catch the game on the big screens at Rydges Parramatta with kick off at GIO Stadium at 5:30pm. Fingernails crossed!

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Henry V in Port Macquarie

On Tuesday, October 14, you can see the wonderful Bell Shakespeare production of Henry V in Port Macquarie at the Glasshouse Theatre.

Damien Ryan’s vision for Henry V is inspired by a true story – in 1941, for 57 consecutive nights during the London Blitz, a group of boys trapped in a bunker rehearsed a new play each week and would then perform it for others in the shelter. This production explores the rite of passage that violence and conflict offer as a threshold to manhood. It confronts the fact that – for all the horrors of war – true courage and brotherhood can inspire remarkable achievements.

In this gripping new version, a talented young cast tell the story of a king who unites his ‘band of brothers’ and a nation with his eloquent words and ideas, his triumphs and humanity. When the battle is won, this production will leave you feeling uplifted and exhilarated with the belief that the impossible is possible.

Reviews:

Incredibly moving… 4.5 STARS HERALD SUN

Bell Shakespeare’s Henry V is delightfully scrappy and relentlessly energetic… Ryan’s direction of his youthful cast pays off flawlessly. 4 STARS DAILY REVIEW

The result is that this Henry V is much more emotionally resonant than most modern productions. 4 STARS ARTS HUB

Unmissable theatre CANBERRA TIMES

There could be few productions of Henry V scrappier, less heroic or more affecting than this. THE AUSTRALIAN

…a striking and atmospheric ensemble production with an impressive command of Shakespeare’s verse. 3.5 STARS THE AGE

This kind of connection is exactly what we should be doing with Shakespeare. THE CONVERSATION

Bell Shakespeare’s Henry V is a glorious and tangible production, and only further cements their dominance over the Shakespeare scene in Australia. AUSTRALIAN STAGE

If you are visiting Port Macquarie to see Henry V, Rydges Port Macquarie and Sails Resort by Rydges can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Sand Sculpting in Cronulla

Sand Sculpting in CronullaSand Sculpting in Cronulla happens daily in the school holidays from September 20 (10:00am) until October 6 (5:00pm) at the south end of Cronulla Plaza.

Mythical Sand Creatures of the Shire will be awe inspiring fun.  The 4 metre high sand sculptures will tell a story from the sand hills of the Shire long before the Dreamtime when images of sea creatures would emerge across the morning sky.

Enjoy the fictional story behind the sand sculptures.  Watch as the largest of the sand creatures splits a mountain of sand to release more sea water onto the land.

See world class sculpting experts at work from September 20 to September 25 then you can view the finished sculptures until Monday 6 October.  The sculptures will be created in a specially constructed shelter in Cronulla Plaza, just near the Pirate Ship Playground and old Commonwealth Bank building.

You can get hands on with sand activities from 11:00am to 3:00pm daily at the Pavilion Stage in the Plaza. You can create your own sand sculpture in these free workshops. For a small fee you can create your own sand art in a bottle to take home and there will be free face painting every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00am to 3:00pm.

If you are a visitor, Rydges Cronulla can look after all your accommodation needs and is a great spot for a drink, meal or snack.

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Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase

The Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase is back on the road with an awesome line-up of the hottest international and local comedians from the 2014 Festival and will take to the stage at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre on Friday, September 19 at 7:30pm.

The funniest and freshest acts of Sydney’s biggest annual comedy event have been hand-picked and squeezed into one hilarious night of world-class comedy. The inaugural Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase brought the laughs to all corners of regional NSW and QLD leaving an audience of over 10 000 in stitches.

With a cavalcade of comedians that will tickle everyone’s funny bone, this is the best value ticket in town, so don’t miss out! Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online here.

 “A very lucky audience was brought to tears, to fits of laughter courtesy of the Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase…” (AU Review)

It probably goes without saying that there may be the occasional swear word and adult theme and that’s why the show is recommended for mature audiences aged 15+. Mind you, there are clean jokes and Tim Vine cleaned up with the voted best one-liner at this year’s Edinburgh Comedy Festival with, “I decided to sell my Hoover… well it was just collecting dust.”

If you are visiting Gladstone to see the Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase, Rydges Gladstone can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Henry V in Townsville

On Saturday, October 4, you can see the Bell Shakespeare production of Henry V in Townsville at the Townsville Civic Theatre.

Damien Ryan’s vision for Henry V is inspired by a true story – in 1941, for 57 consecutive nights during the London Blitz, a group of boys trapped in a bunker rehearsed a new play each week and would then perform it for others in the shelter. This production explores the rite of passage that violence and conflict offer as a threshold to manhood. It confronts the fact that – for all the horrors of war – true courage and brotherhood can inspire remarkable achievements.

In this gripping new version, a talented young cast tell the story of a king who unites his ‘band of brothers’ and a nation with his eloquent words and ideas, his triumphs and humanity. When the battle is won, this production will leave you feeling uplifted and exhilarated with the belief that the impossible is possible.

Reviews:

Incredibly moving… 4.5 STARS HERALD SUN

Bell Shakespeare’s Henry V is delightfully scrappy and relentlessly energetic… Ryan’s direction of his youthful cast pays off flawlessly. 4 STARS DAILY REVIEW

The result is that this Henry V is much more emotionally resonant than most modern productions. 4 STARS ARTS HUB

Unmissable theatre CANBERRA TIMES

There could be few productions of Henry V scrappier, less heroic or more affecting than this. THE AUSTRALIAN

…a striking and atmospheric ensemble production with an impressive command of Shakespeare’s verse. 3.5 STARS THE AGE

This kind of connection is exactly what we should be doing with Shakespeare. THE CONVERSATION

Bell Shakespeare’s Henry V is a glorious and tangible production, and only further cements their dominance over the Shakespeare scene in Australia. AUSTRALIAN STAGE

If you are visiting Townsville to see Henry V, Rydges Southbank can look after all your accommodation needs.

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36 Hours in Canberra

The New York Times recently featured a travel article under the banner 36 Hours in Canberra and gave our capital an excellent review. While stating that it missed out on Sydney’s glitz and Melbourne’s European chic, it found plenty to rave about.

In sweeping terms it mentioned the ‘vast grassy fields, swaths of eucalyptus forest and Instagram-worthy sunsets’ and the ‘big-sky beauty, breezy civic pride and a decidedly hipster underbelly’.

The writer, Emma Pearce, discovered great cafés, restaurants, bars and boutique shops. One dining spot she singled out was the Dickson Asian Noodle House for exceptional Asian choices from Malaysia, Laos and Thailand. She packed in a full Saturday starting with a ‘piece of Paris’ with breakfast at Silo Bakery at 8:00am followed by a 9:30am lakeside pedal on a rental pushbike  along the Central Basin Loop that takes in the Carillon and Reconciliation Place.

At 11:00am she visited the newly renovated National Gallery of Australia the crossed the lawns for a bistro lunch by the lake at the National Portrait Gallery before taking in the paintings and photographs of famous and not-so-famous Australians. Then it was up past the art-deco ‘Old Parliament House’ for a guided tour of our so-called ‘new Parliament House’ even though it has been around for more than a quarter of a century.

Saturday night provided some rewarding venue hopping and Sunday kicked off with breakfast at the Mocan & Green Grout in NewActon followed by a visit to the magnificent Australian War Memorial. Here is a link to the full NY Times article – and if you are planning a visit to Canberra, Rydges Capital Hill is perfectly located for exploring and has excellent facilities to make your stay rewarding.

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