Sutherland Shire Spring Events

The weather is warming up, people are returning back to the beaches and there seems to be a little spring in everyone’s step. Spring is a great time to live in or visit the Shire and there are some great events to look forward to.

Cronulla Spring Fair/ Saturday 12th – Sunday 13th September

With over 100 market and food stalls, live bands and entertainment Spring Fair is a great family day out and a chance to shop til you drop.

Bundeena Art in The Park Festival/ Saturday 26th –  Sunday 27th September

For artists or art lovers this festival has artistic workshops, artist talks and exhibitions and plenty of market stalls. Catch the cute ferry over to Bundeena and watch the vibrant bush and beachside community come to life.

Caringbah Rotary Markets/ Sunday 27th September

New and used clothing, bric-a-brac, furniture, toys, crafts. You name it, Caringbah Markets has it! Held last Sunday of every month.

Bundeena & Maianbar Art Trail/ Sunday 4th October

Enjoy the fascinating experience of being allowed into artist’s homes and studios where you can discuss works with the artist, purchase pieces or simply gain inspiration. The Art Trail is a unique opportunity to see how art is created by some of the best artists in Australia, including Jia Wei Shen. Enjoy a delicious healthy wrap and a coffee at The Fringe Café afterwards.

The Jungle Book/ Tuesday 6th October

Musical show aimed at 4 – 12 year olds held at Sutherland Entertainment Centre. Tickets $18 each

World Masters Games/ Saturday 10th – Sunday 18th October

Held at Menai Indoor Sports Centre and free for spectators. Get down there to watch basketball teams from Canada, USA, Europe and Australia compete.

Plaza Popstars/  Monday 12th – Sunday 17th October

Held in Cronulla Plaza watch 5-21 year old up and coming musicians and dancers compete for first prize.

Gymea Jazz & Blues Markets/ Sunday 25th October

Arts and crafts markets with live music and wine & cheese tastings held in the grounds of Hazelhurst Art Centre.

If you have any other suggestions please feel free to comment or email and we will be more than happy to add.


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Inspiring Real Estate In Cronulla

Today I went and inspected a development in the heart of the Cronulla, “Drift” on Gerrale Street, due for completion in December. The developer gave us the grand tour, 11 apartments only 2 on each level plus penthouse occupying the entire floor.

From start to finish every detail of everyday living and “lifestyle” has been considered. Every fixture and finish is of the highest standard. The developers – Allen and John Sammut (Sammut Developments) are local Sutherland Shire residents, very well known and highly regarded.

Their last development “Coast” in Coast Ave, Cronulla was so highly sought after, the luxury apartments were sold off the plan immediately and from all reports no one will probably ever sell! The quote “you can carry me out in a box” has been mentioned several times by residents in this development.

With minimal marketing and no pushy selling tactics, the developers have already sold 4 of the 11 apartments and really now want to wait for completion of the project to sell the remaining and maximise the sale price.

Real estate in Cronulla has reached a new level of prestige in apartment living which competes with Eastern Suburbs beach addresses.

Maybe now we can keep our local celebrities like Michael Clarke and Lara Bingle in The Shire?

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Why live in Cronulla?


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Images:  The Sea Life.

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The Sea Life is a free, Cronulla based email subscription service for surfers and beach lovers. Each weekday you will receive photos taken that morning by Matt Johnson of the sunrise, the waves and those riding them. Designed to keep you stoked till the next time you get wet… Love life, the sea life.

To follow Matt Johnson on twitter click here

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Cronulla Red Bull Surf Masters

If you have been walking The Esplanade lately you may have noticed a big stage being erected on North Cronulla Beach. This is because over the next three days Cronulla is lucky to be host to the Red Bull Junior Surf masters. World champion surfer Mick Fanning will be presenting the great event. Trials are held today and finals will kick off tomorrow and conclude on Sunday the 30th August.

With beautiful sunny Cronulla weather it’s a great opportunity to get outside and watch some upcoming Australian talent. On Sunday Red Bull is also providing live entertainment. Starting at 12:30pm expect to see bands Children Collide, Urthboy & local band The Retreat.

Just another reminder of why it is great to live in Cronulla! Bring on summer, surf and sand.


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Support a Local Resident and Cerebral Palsy Foundation

I have just finished reading  Justin Gallagher’s  1st book –“ The Comrades Marathon – Not just a race”!  Justin is a local resident of Caringbah and I met him and his family through real estate. Although I do enjoy a challenge, I am not a runner nor really have any interest in running so I when I sat down to read his 1st book on Monday night, I wasn’t expecting too much.

Wow, I couldn’t put it down. “Not just a race” is the perfect heading for this book. This is an honest and awe inspiring account of an achievement that I can still not really comprehend.  87km marathon in South Africa, training for that race over 9 months, whilst being a husband and father to a young family and a demanding job at the same time?

Is he crazy? Yes probably! Justin also completed this race in under  9 hours and raised $85,000 for Cerebral Palsy Foundation. Did you know every 18 hours a child is born with cerebral palsy?

For anyone who enjoys reading about people who have challenged themselves beyond belief and succeeded, I would recommend this book. I especially enjoyed his internal rants and the pure raw honesty of his reporting.  There is so much to take from this book and I am sure you will be hearing a lot more from this individual and this family!

50% of proceeds of the book sales go to the Cerebral Palsy Foundation. Book Priced $20 and available at our office – Shop 1, 64 Croydon St, Cronulla (cnr Purley Place)

What a great Father’s Day present!!!

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Clients book “The Comrades Marathon – Not Just a Race”

One of the best things about working in the real estate industry is the people you meet and the stories/experiences they have to tell.

Recently I discovered one of my clients had become an author. I was amazed because this particular client is a father of 4 young children, has a challenging job that already keeps him busy, so to have time to write a book!

But when I found out the book was about his pursuit and completion of an 87km marathon called “Comrades Marathon” in South Africa I was speechless.

Justin’s book is about his training for the race (1900km in 9 months) (e.g. before he had even started the race he had gone through 6 pairs of runners!) and the race.

Did I mention that Justin also raised $85,000 for The Cerebral Palsy Foundation from his supporters! His book The Comrades Marathon – Not Just a Race is $20 and you can buy a copy from Beach & Bay Realty.

Justin and his very supportive wife Stephanie are continuing to raise money for The Cerebral Palsy foundation with 50% of all proceeds from the book sales going to this foundation.

I have just bought my copy!


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Vote Beach & Bay in Sutherland Shire Local Business Awards!

The Sutherland Shire Local Business Awards are voted by the public and they recognise outstanding local businesses. You can now vote online to submit your vote. Please here.

Over the last year Beach & Bay Realty has been working hard at establishing our website and keeping up with technology. Our website provides Sutherland Shire residents with free auction results from the postcodes 2230 – 2229. This is not an easy task & involves serious man hours! Staff members attend auctions & track them until sold or withdrawn. We believe by doing this we can stay ahead of other agents in the area with our market knowledge & it also makes us happy when clients or Regular Joes interested in real estate tell us they are using our system.

We are very different from the typical real estate office and are not interested in being the biggest real estate office in Cronulla or the Sutherland Shire, actually we quite enjoy being a small, boutique office. We operate by word of mouth rather than glamour shots on ads & billboards. Instead of recognising our faces, you might have heard of our agent’s names – Kylie Emans, Natalie Vials, Henk Emans & Wendie Dennett. If you haven’t, we don’t mind, at the end of the day selling real estate is about marketing the property, not promoting the agent.

We love online technology and are now successfully selling properties through online marketing campaigns, saving our vendors thousands of dollars. We have also embraced social networking and you can now find us blogging regularly, tweeting daily & if you like us enough you can become a fan on facebook!

Without tooting our own horn any further we will leave it up to you to decide.

If you like what we do please show us some love by voting for Beach & Bay Realty in the business awards.

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Sutherland Shire Event – Fiesta In Flight

On Sunday the 16th August from 10am – 3pm Don Lucas Reserve, Cronulla (behind Wanda Beach) is host to the annual Sutherland Shire event – Fiesta in Flight.

Get down to the park to experience a great family treat, yummy food, exciting performances and a chance to take some beautiful photographs.

The performance running schedule is as follows;

Thullii Dreaming

Time: 10.30am – 11am

Thullii Dreaming Aboriginal Dance Group will peform a moving Welcome to Country dance and a Respect dance.

Polynesian Dance

Time: 11.15am – 11.45am

Oceania Pacifica performs dance and music from Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa and New Zealand.

African Drumming/Dance – Kai Fech

Time: 12pm – 12.45pm

Kai Fech brings the magic of West Africa to Cronulla with an exhilarating display of African drumming and dance. Children will discover their passion for music and dance and be captivated by the sounds that have sophisticated a world of music from jazz to R’n’B to pop.

Indian Dancing – Bollywood

Time: 1pm – 1.30pm

Bollywood comes to Cronulla: Enjoy Indian dance performances including classical, folk, belly dancing, and hip hop.

Live Music – The Peter Morgan Band

Time: 1.45pm – 2.45pm

The Peter Morgan Band will be performing a mix of Latin and World musical styles. Peter’s musical influences range from Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Wilson Pickett, Al Jarreau and current soul, RnB, pop and rock artists.

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Sutherland Shire Heroes – Citizen of the Year

Nominations for Shire citizen, young citizen or group of the year are now open until 13th October.

These awards recognise the unsung heroes and organisations in our community who give generously of their time and expertise to help others.

According the Sutherland Shire Council your nominee should be an individual or organisation that you believe is worthy of recognition for their commitment to making the Shire a great place to live and work.

There are many of these people in our community. They are:

  • the people who consistently volunteer for charity work
  • those who never hesitate to join an important community initiative
  • those who strive to improve the community services and facilities of the Shire
  • and of course tomorrow’s leaders full of youthful exuberance.

For a nomination form CLICK HERE

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