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Cremorne: History, location and things to do

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Sydney has more than 650 suburbs and localities and 38 unique government areas. Each suburb and locality has its own character, flair, history and attractions. The culture and people of Sydney are as diverse as its suburbs. Visitors to Sydney can benefit from exploring one or many of these neighbourhoods or immersing themselves in them by choosing accommodations in a particular neighbourhood so that they can better appreciate the personality of the area.

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"Cremorne Willoughby Bay" by J Bar - Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Located on the lower north shore of Sydney, Cremorne was named after the Cremorne Gardens in England, which were named after the Gaelic words that mean boundary and chieftain. The suburb of Cremorne was originally quite isolated but grew along with Sydney and even more so as the city became well developed and the transportation system well established. Ferry services from Circular Quay to Cremorne Wharf made the area popular with day trippers, and the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge led to a housing boom. Today, Cremorne is one of the more popular suburbs north of Sydney.

Primarily residential, Cremorne features numerous architectural styles that range from Federation to California bungalow. Several homes proudly display state and federal heritage listings. Cremorne also has a large commercial district along Military Road. Numerous small shops, apartments and a hotel are all located in this area. Dining options include Mexican, Chinese, Indian, Korean, European, Ottoman, Central American, Vietnamese, Thai and fusion restaurants as well as several intimate wine bars and relaxed coffee houses.

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"Cremorne 3" by J Bar - en:Image: Cremorne 3.JPG. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Also located on Military Road in Cremorne is a historic art deco cinema that features a Wurlitzer pipe organ. Designed by G.N. Kenworthy, the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace was built in 1935 and was considered Sydney's only suburban movie theatre for years. With more than 1,700 seats, the theatre was well equipped to screen films and enact live theatre productions on each of its two levels. There were even dressing rooms, a fly tower and an orchestra pit. The Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace has also proudly hosted the Australian ballet. After falling into a state of disrepair over many years, the theatre was fully restored in 1987 and continues to screen selected films today.

Visitors can reach Cremorne to browse its shops, dine in its restaurants or watch a film in its historic cinema via ferry or travel across the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Once there, they can also enjoy some of Sydney's lesser known treasures, such as the Prior Avenue Reserve, a castle-themed park designed especially for children. The Prior Avenue Reserve features a child-scale sandstone castle with a secret passage and staircase, a Juliette balcony, timber drawbridge, spiral slide and swings, and there is no charge for this dawn to dusk family friendly adventure.

The Cammeray Golf Club is also located in Cremorne and offers extensive recreational options and magnificent harbour views. The club offers golf lessons and clinic from professional golfers, and the well-appointed club house features a bistro, catering and facilities for events. Night life in Cremorne includes diverse clubs, restaurants and entertainment venues.

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