Monthly Archives: June 201027

Anna’s Shop Around The Corner (Cronulla)

I just discovered this little haven overlooking Munro Park today when a friend invited me for a coffee and catch up. With my friends two year old in toe this place is child-friendly with toys and a mat area for them to entertain themselves. They also offer great babycinos with marshmallows, and if all else fails there is the adjourning park for the kids to run around.

Packed at 10am with mothers and children, the café and bookshop (new and used) has a warm, relaxed atmosphere.

The most important thing though – how was the coffee? I would have to say pretty good and the vintage cups and chocolate treat are a nice touch. Two coffees and babycinos for $6 is a bargain in Cronulla. Apparently the food is good too, but that will have to wait til next time. Must get back to work at some point.

For more information, please see Anna’s Shop Around The Corner’s Facebook page.

Anna’s Shop Around The Corner

Shop 6, Munro Park Cronulla

9527 7090

Beach & Bay Realty staff members are making a conscious effort to drink and eat out and about in Cronulla (hard life we know!). We will then be posting reviews of the places we visit for the public to see. If you would like your business reviewed, please give us a heads up! We love eating. To see Rachael’s review of Banyan Tree Thai in Cronulla, please see here.

Anna's Shop Around the Corner

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Shark Island Challenge

Now in its 14th year, the Shark Island Challenge has been Australia’s premier bodyboarding event for many years and is arguably the most important event for the Cronulla wave-riding community. I say ‘wave-riding’ with a certain air of superiority. It is no secret that surfing and bodyboarding have a rich history of mutual disdain, but the Challenge is the only competitive bodyboarding competition that was recognised as a professional international competition.

For years the Shark Island Challenge was part of the World Tour of Bodyboarding, and was one of five stops on an international circuit of touring professionals. The 2010 competition is not part of this tour, having being scrapped for lack of funding. That’s not to say there will be a shortage of talent though.

The competitive field this year is made up of both local and international riders selected from industry sponsors, which this year includes two former world champions. Among the field of competitors, watch out for two young local riders John Showell of Cronulla, and Shaun Pyne of Gymea. Shaun has been deserved of a place in the Challenge for some time now and it’s great to see the organisers recognising his talent and offering him a spot.

The Challenge will run over one day in the most suitable conditions in the month-long waiting period, from June 14th to July 14th. Check out Fluidzone for more information.

For other events that are happening around Cronulla in the next few weeks, don’t forget to check Cronulla Buzz.

Shark Island

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NSW State Budget – New Incentives for Home Buyers

As far as I can determine the latest NSW State Budget for 2010 – 2011 includes 4 incentives for some buyers to buy property, mainly new ones.

1)      “Off the plan buyers” up to $600,000 will no longer pay stamp duty. This is going to help developers obtain finance because banks want pre sales before firming up financial arrangements for their clients.

2)      Home buyers that buy during construction or at completion will receive a 25% reduction in stamp duty on purchases up to $600,000. This incentive will help some “spec builders”.

3)      “Empty Nesters” (or last home buyers) over 65 are being encouraged to sell their main home and buy another home up to $600,000. Those who do this will pay no stamp duty on the purchase.

4)      First Home buyers are getting $7000 plus they pay little or no stamp duty on home purchases up to $600,000 for another two years.

Those interested are encouraged to read the fine print about the “NSW Home Builders Bonus” by looking at the Office of State Revenue site.

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Auction Clearance Lows – Record Sales

There is no doubt the market has cooled but out of the 8 sales from 17 auctions in the suburbs of Cronulla, Woolooware, Burraneer, Caringbah & Lilli Pilli last week there were some great sold prices. For example – 81 Mirral Road, Lilli Pilli bought last year in October for $1,075,000 sold on Saturday 5th June for $200,000 more. $200,000 in less than 12 months is a good earn!

In the current climate, uncertainty in politics and the economy seems to be ruling the day. The 47% auction clearance rate in our area is an indication of this. Until an election is called this could be the way it is.

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Brass Monkey Gig For Teneile

On Saturday the 5th of June Beach & Bay Realty hosted a fundraising event for Teneile Pawley (see previous blogs here or here) at The Brass Monkey Cronulla. The night was a huge success with beautiful finger food, fantastic live music, plenty of wine and lots of dancing.

The night was a party to celebrate the fundraising efforts done by Beach & Bay agent Natalie Vials (who helped organise everything), Steven Vials (who ran 250km through The Kimberleys), Beach & Bay (who created a website and raised awareness) and The Pawley’s wonderful friends and family who also drummed up attention and lots and lots of money. $4000 was raised from the event, bringing the total raised so far to $20,000. This money will go towards Teneile’s medical costs and the love and support shown for the Pawley’s has been overwhelming.

The night started with acoustic gigs from a wide variety of musicians. Everyone chatted away and got to know each other, enjoyed the never ending supply of food and stocked up on drinks. Yvette Vials sang her beautiful version of “Fix You” by Coldplay which has been the song on our website. Special mention also goes to Teneile’s boyfriend Hayden who flew down from Queensland to sing a song for Teneile (it melted our hearts!).

Before the headlining act Chunk came on tables and chairs were stacked away and a dancefloor was created (it was needed!). Chunk plugged in and played a high energy, crazy-fun set with everyone hitting the dancefloor at some stage and singing along.


  • On behalf of Beach & Bay I would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has been involved. It has been a very humbling experience to help the Pawley’s in this small way – and the generosity from everyone has just been amazing. Thank you to all the clients of Beach & Bay that came along and let down their hair. We know you all enjoyed it!
  • Thank you to The Brass Monkey for being so accommodating and letting us host the event. The staff were wonderful and looked after us all night.
  • Thank you to all the musicians who performed so well and did it all for free.
  • Thank you to Misa & Nadine who have worked behind the scenes on the website and design side of the fundraising.
  • And finally a BIG thanks to Kylie Emans & Beach & Bay for getting on board.

Fundraising hasn’t stopped here – if you would still like to support this fantastic cause please visit











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Milton Festival

I believe that so long as the Queen’s Birthday remains a public holiday on the Australian national calendar, Australia itself will forever cling to the motherland. You just can’t beat a Monday morning sleep in. And it does feel good to see Australia’s medal tally at the Commonwealth Games outweigh all other nations combined, especially when we’re slowly moving down the Olympic medal tally every four years.

So whilst we are part of the Commonwealth and we do have a monarch’s birthday to celebrate; what is there to do on this glorious long weekend? It’s quite obvious really… go to a Scarecrow Festival.

The township of Milton on the NSW South Coast is opening its proverbial doors to the world for its annual Scarecrow Festival this June long weekend. The festivities will run Saturday and Sunday, with markets, music and entertainment from 10:00 am. Sunday is the big day when everyone brings their Scarecrows to town to compete for the coverted ‘Best Scarecrow’ Certificate. This year the festival has adopted a theme: ‘Traditional Scarecrows from the 1800s’. There will be street theatre, farmyard animals, games, rides and music running all throughout the day.

So why not make a weekend of it? Mollymook and Milton have a range of fashion boutiques, antiques, home wares, pubs and parklands as well as the spectacular surrounding coastline. Check out our self-contained accommodation in Mollymook here (2 minutes down the road from Milton) or contact Beach and Bay for more information.

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South Coast Living -16A Ilett St Mollymook

Whilst traditionally held as a weekender’s escape, Mollymook is the perfect destination for a lifestyle change to escape the monotony of city living and experience seaside living on an unspoilt stretch of pristine coastline. It offers a simple township centred around a 2km stretch of beach, with other beaches, coves and bays dotting the surrounding coastline. Fine dining and a friendly aura are the norm, with various activities available including a panoramic golf course and world-class surf spots.

Home for Rent – 16A Ilett St Mollymook

Located just three hours south of Sydney, this near new garden-styled apartment features expansive open plan living with gourmet kitchen and island bench. Complementing the open plan layout is a covered outdoor entertaining area and large backyard. It is tiled for low maintenance beachside living, and the apartment’s northern side features full length sliding doors, ensuring sunshine and sea breezes all day long to the living area. Three bedrooms, two striking bathrooms (one ensuite) and internal laundry complete this South Coast abode.

Take a leisurely stroll down to Mollymook Beach and surrounds, located approximately 1km from the apartment. The ever-popular Ulladulla is just five minutes down the road where all your living requirements are met, and beyond that is the vast expanse of the largely untouched and ruggedly beautiful South Coast of New South Wales.

Perhaps the single most impressive aspect of this apartment is the price. You’d be hard pressed to find a fully self-contained three bedroom apartment for under $250 in the Western Suburbs of Sydney, let alone within walking distance to an uncrowded and unspoilt beach.

We have been inundated with enquiries so we will be holding an open house this Saturday (5th June) from 11 – 11:30.

Call or email Beach and Bay Realty for more information.

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Diamond Bags in the Banyan Tree

Last night I went out to dinner with a friend I’ve known for 10 years. Gabe is leaving me at the end of the month to live in the Guatemalan mountains so I’m trying to soak up as much friendship as possible.

He took me to Banyan Tree – a fairly new Thai restaurant in the Cronulla development on Croydon St. The restaurant has a warm atmosphere with lots of red, purple and orange featured in the décor. It’s modern and definitely not your typical takeaway Thai – more upmarket and trendy.

We shared 3 courses and it was a beautiful culinary experience!

Starting with entrees we had the Diamond Bags – a money bag style dish with pork, kafir leaves & lime with a delicious traditional sweet chilli dipping sauce. These were crunchy, full of flavour and a great start. We also had Autumn Rolls – BBQ Duck in rice paper rolls. I’m not a huge fan of rice paper anything but the sweet and spicy dipping sauce made up for it. We ended up eating all the decorative carrot and lettuce on the plate, just so we could finish the sauce!

Our mains arrived promptly (though not fast enough to make you wonder if they just banged the dish in the microwave). I ordered the PP Island Curry which was absolutely delicious. It was a little spicy but bearable (I’m a wuss), and creamy with a coconut milk. There were plenty of prawns and fish pieces and with the coconut rice we also ordered I couldn’t finish my bowl.

Gabe had the barbequed Octopus. Now I’ve never tried octopus and I don’t think I will ever again. I’m writing it off just as I have oysters – because if something has a strange texture, it’s not getting eaten by me! The oysters were rubbery and I didn’t like the feeling of 8 tentacles on my tongue.  I had to ask Gabe if you were meant to swallow them whole because they were so chewy but according to him they were pretty good as far as barbequed octopus goes.

Even though we were both full, Gabe insisted we have dessert so we shared the Banyan Tree Sweet Roti (and I’m really glad we did, especially as it got the octopus taste out of my mouth!)

This dish was delightful. A scoop of icecream with peanuts on one side and this melt in your mouth roti (like a crepe) was cut into bite sized pieces and drizzled with chocolate and caramel sauce.

The staff were lovely, atmosphere friendly. A little dark but this allowed for more intimacy I thought. Gabe and I had a lot to talk about though and the open plan table setting didn’t particularly suit us as you are backed on to other patrons. A corner table would have been preferable so we could have talked as inappropriately as we wished but the amazing desert made up for it.

The prices were fairly reasonable for the average human I suppose but a bit expensive for two uni students. The total bill came to $70 not including wine. But I would highly recommend Banyan Tree for a special treat for students instead of packet noodles, or a nice meal for couples and families on a weeknight or weekend. 3.5/5 stars

Banyan Tree Cronulla – Menu

Banyan Tree

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Can you believe our state government is in surplus!

By March this year the NSW State budget swung back into a surplus of $1.7bn (SMH 26th May). Apparently this is due in very large part to stamp duty raised from the surging property market, post the Global Financial Crisis.

This contrasts with a deficit expected for 2009-2010 of $1bn as recently as December, 2009. Settlements for real estate sales in the booming March quarter should increase the surplus further. Not content, the government has decided to milk the property cash cow further by slapping the new land transfer tax on settlements after June 30, 2010.

The government will no doubt splash the cash during next year’s state election campaign. In the meantime proceeds of the $850mil lottery sale have been used to shore up the superannuation shortfall for NSW public servants (to the extent of $510mil).

Some of these super commitments won’t accrue for a decade. Why can’t the government share some of the proceeds now with ordinary taxpayers that are sick of being sucked dry with tax increases.

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Auctions Falter

The auction market has been steaming ahead since February this year with clearance rates often in the 80% range. Last week this all came to a grinding halt in our area with a clearance rate of 12% or 2 out of 12 (with one of these properties selling prior to auction).  Sydneywide the clearance rate was 64% according to Home Price Guide.

History repeats itself, 6 rate rises in quick succession, a new property tax, global uncertainty, volcanoes erupting, share market meltdowns, diabolical oil spills… And we are surprised that people are hesitating to buy or sell real estate?

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