Watsons Bay Cider Festival

This October long weekend, we’re celebrating one of the most favoured and refreshing beverages of the season; cider. Our three-day festival will showcase a variety of well-known and boutique ciders, alongside a fine selection of succulent fare.

Families, friends and foodies alike are welcomed to join the festivities through the weekend, with the main celebration taking place on the afternoon of Sunday 5th October. Purchase your tasting ticket, and you will be taken on an epicurean journey through Watson Bay’s first ever Cider Trail. Guided down Military Road, you will sample crisp and flavoursome varieties from each stall with the exploration culminating within our harbourside Beach Club…where the festivities continue. Here you will find a pop-up Cider bar with all the ciders on showcase for sale for you to enjoy. But what’s a cider without a slider? There’ll be juicy pulled pork sliders and paella on hand, specially designed to enhance and complement the flavours of the ciders.

Cider will be feeling the love all long weekend, with the pop-up cider bar, live entertainment, DJs and apple bobbing competitions running over the three-days to ensure visitors of all ages are entertained as the sun sets over the bay.

Tasting tickets for the Watsons Bay Cider Trail on Sunday 5th October will be available for purchase in venue on the day. Can’t make Sunday? Don’t fret…we’ll be celebrating cider all long weekend!

Now to meet our outstanding line up of cider partners:

Beautifully Swedish. From its humble Swedish roots, Rekorderlig has retained its dependable honesty to become a much-loved, fourth generation family-brewed cider. From Strawberry-Lime and Mango-Raspberry to simple Pear or classic Apple, which refreshing flavour will you choose?

Monteith’s Crushed Apple Cider

A refreshing and easy drinking dry-style cider, made from 100% freshly crushed New Zealand apples. Serve over ice for the ultimate refreshment hit. Try with sweet French crepes, or a soft blue cheese and nutty Gouda with crackers.

Bilpin Cider create pure, fresh apple and pear cider – no added sugar, artificial flavours or concentrates, using only the freshest fruit from Bilpin and surrounding region. Bilpin believe that nothing beats the natural taste and aroma of real mountain fruit.

James Squire Orchard Crush
Launched in 2011 to widespread acclaim, James Squire’s Orchard Crush is a refreshing traditional cloudy cider with a fragrant, fresh aroma, a broad clean palate and a crisp finish. The perfect accompaniment for pork chops or crisp pork belly with apple sauce!

Using traditional Japanese-inspired flavours, Kirin have created a range of premium ciders that are considered, balanced and perfected to deliver a range of truly unique flavour expressions. Available in Fuki Apple, Fuji Apple & Mikan, Fuji Apple & Ume and Fuki Apple & Ginger.

A combination of a precise climate, nutrient rich soil and careful growing methods make Batlow Apples second to none and “Australia’s Favourite Apples” since 1922. Batlow Cider think it makes perfect sense to turn “Australia’s Favourite Apples” into Australia’s favourite cider.

Somersby has obtained a reputation of spreading joy and sunny togetherness where ever it is served and attracting curious and open-minded people from all over the world. Available in many different delicious variants…the most popular variety is Apple, Pear and Blackberry.

Made with passion, devotion and apples, Rochdale’s ciders are brewed using family recipes, refined and evolved over time to meet the unique needs of Kiwis, yet always produced the old-fashioned way, with natural ingredients and plenty of hands-on care and attention to detail.

Frank’s Premium Tasmanian Cider
Frank’s Cider is made with real apples (and pears), made by a real cider maker, in Tasmania – The Centre of the Apple Universe (As Frank used to call it)!

Thatchers range of premium ciders are made from specially selected ingredients using the most refined blend of modern and traditional techniques. They each offer deep and characterful flavours that will surprise and delight serious cider lovers!

Sofi Spritz

Confession. Sofi is not a cider…but she managed to sneak in anyway! Sofi is a complex and all-natural Australian wine spritzer with a classic Mediterranean heritage. Fresh and subtle, with a dash of sparkling water, you can enjoy over ice with lime, with friends, and without regrets tomorrow.

BOOK NOW your tasting ticket for the Cider Trail on Sunday 5th October.

Voted Sydney’s Best ‘Boutique’ Wedding Venue of the Year

Weddings and Events Australia has announced Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel as Sydney’s Best ‘Boutique Wedding Venue of the Year.

We are thrilled to receive this accolade and congratulate all the other winners and finalists.

Here’s to another successful year of seaside luxe weddings!

For more information visit the Weddings page, or contact our Weddings Coordinators through info@watsonsbayhotel.com.au who will be delighted to assist with your enquiry.

Scott & Geraldine’s Wedding

Under the fig tree in Robertson Park on the afternoon of 29th March 2014, Scott and Geraldine married in a beautiful outdoor ceremony, followed by a sit down reception in Sunset Room at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel.

Rohan Thomson Photography captured the affair, whose photos speak for themselves on how unforgettable this day was…

The bridal party were guests of Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, with the hotel room hosting their pre-wedding preparations and providing the ideal backdrop for photographs.

You can view the full album on our Facebook page. For more information visit the Weddings page, or contact our Weddings Coordinators through info@watsonsbayhotel.com.au who will be delighted to assist with your enquiry.

Sunset Style Sessions featured on Polka Dot Bride

Remember our first instalment of Sunset Style Sessions featuring the hugely talented Lisa Kelly Creative ?

We are thrilled to announce that this beautiful photoshoot has been featured on Australia’s most loved wedding blog Polka Dot Bride.

Lisa Kelly Creative teamed up with other industry leading creatives including Milque Photography and Films, All Things Sweet by Carissa, Art of the Flower, Written by Hand and Love and Protect to create a result that was truly unique. Visit Polka Dot Bride to see the full feature.

Princess + Pirates Tea Party

On Wednesday 9th July 2014, Top Deck was taken over by energetic little ones dressed in their finest costumes for our inaugural Princess + Pirates Tea Party.

Parents and children were treated to a delicious buffet spread of delights, including mini-milkshakes, fresh gingerbread, ribbon sandwiches, fairy bread, macaroons and cupcakes.

On hand to entertain the little ones and allow the parents to sit back and relax, were Zak the balloon-twisting Pirate and Serena the face-painting Princess. There were party games, dancing, colouring in, fairy wands & eye patches and lots of glittery mayhem and bubble-blowing fun to keep everyone smiling!

Keep an eye out next school holidays, for more fabulous kiddie’s entertainment parties at the Beach Club!



PEDESTRIAN.TV Bachelorette Of The Year

PEDESTRIAN.TV Bachelorette Of The Year celebrates Australia’s brightest young women who are making waves in the industry and impressing their peers. Or as PEDESTRIAN.TV call it – “Sisters doin’ it for themselves!”

As presented by MINI, the awards go to:

PEDESTRIAN.TV Bachelorette Of The Year: Annabelle Stephenson

The Readers’ Choice Bachelorette Of The Year: Nicola Wood

Annabelle dreams of becoming an actor and positive ambassador for women on an international stage, and Nicola reports Sydney’s traffic for Sunrise and writes a beauty blog.

From the entire team at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, we congratulate Annabelle and Nicola and wish them the best of luck with their future endeavours, and a well deserved congratulations to all the amazing role models who were nominated this year.

Big thanks to KLP for fuelling the dance floor with vibing tunes, and special thanks to SKYY Vodka, Tequila Avion, Kopparberg Premium Cider and Carlton Dry for keeping the drinks flowing…what a night it was!

Princess + Pirates Tea Party

Looking for kids activities this school holidays? Join us for our Princess and Pirates Tea Party this upcoming school holidays. Enjoy the tea party abundant in delicious treats and drinks for Mum, Dad and the kids! There will be face painting, balloon animals, princesses, pirates and fairy fun! We will also have a prize for the best dressed kids so come in your favourite costumes!

Purchase your tickets and reserve your spot here.

Date:      Wednesday 9th July
Time:     10am – 12pm
Price:      $30 per adult and $20 per child (12 & under) includes entry, all activities and the high tea. Menu available shortly, keep checking the What’s On page.

Taste Orange Pop Up Cellar Door 10th & 11th May

This weekend marks the second week of our Taste Orange Pop Up Cellar Door and is made extra special by our Sunday Mother’s Day celebrations!

We’re bringing a taste of the bush to the bay with our month long Taste Orange at Watsons Bay initiative. This weekend we welcome another 4 famed Orange wineries to Watsons Bay to showcase their amazing wines.

Cooks Lot

Cooks Lot is a boutique winery producing wines from the premium cool climate region of Orange. Based on the edge of Mount Canobolas, crafting wines of distinction, complexity and elegance which exemplify the regions terroir.  Winemaker  and proprietor of Cooks Lot wines, Duncan Cook studied winemaking at Charles Sturt University formerly working as a chef for many years.

Cooks Lot’ first vintage was in 2003 when we produced a small batch of Shiraz, winning several gold medals.  Since then we have gone on to add 5 whites and 4 reds to our portfolio, along with the occasional sticky.

Cooks Lot is focused on producing quality wines that are excellent value for money, James Halliday acknowledged this in the Australian Wine Companion by commenting ‘The modest pricing of all wines is striking’. Winestate regularly awards Cooks Lot wines in the ‘Top 40 Best Buys’.

Taste the Cooks Lot Shiraz, Chardonnay and more this weekend.


Cargo Road Wines

Cargo Road Wines is situated on the sheltered northern slopes of Orange’s Mount Canobolas, at an elevation of 860 meters.  A small vineyard with 16 hectares (ha) of established vines, Cargo Road Wines white wine varieties include Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling & Gewurztraminer, and the iconic red styles of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera and Zinfandel.

Our signature red is made from the Zinfandel grape, a red variety that is relatively rare in Australia. Our two signatures white wines are made from Riesling and Gewurztraminer grapes. The Gewurztraminer is a very elegant and dry style with luscious aromas of lychees and roses with hints of ginger spice. The Riesling has a floral nose with jasmin and citrus blossom aromas, a lemony limy palate with a perfect balance of acid.

The first vines were planted in 1983, which makes them some of the region’s oldest vines. The vineyard is largely unirrigated and planted on deep red basalt and clay based loam soils.

Sample the Cargo Road Moscato, Riesling and more this weekend.



The “Brangayne” and “Ynys Witrin” vineyards lie on the north eastern slopes of the extinct volcano Mount Canobolas, near Orange in New South Wales, one of the highest and coldest grape districts in Australia. Often under snow in winter and mild in summer, the cold climate offers ideal conditions for the production of premium grapes, combining generous fruit flavour, acid and length in wines of intensity and elegance. The long ripening period and the deep, rich volcanic soil, position Brangayne among the few vineyards in Australia capable of producing distinctive cold climate wines of high calibre.

Producing wines from single vineyard grapes and not blending between sites allows us to express the true “terroir” of our region and specific vineyard. The cool climate provides an intensity of flavour and depth which is hard to match in warmer regions. It is our desire to remain boutique and produce only the best quality wines from the highest quality parcels of fruit. For this reason Brangayne’s production is limited to approximately 3000 cases per year.

Try the Brangayne Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and more this weekend.



Established in 1995, the 508 hectare Cumulus Estate Wines vineyard (the largest in the region) gently rises and falls across a range of elevations and slopes above and below 600 metres – traversing both the Orange and Central Ranges wine regions. In such unique surroundings the Cumulus vineyard provides a range of elevations, terrains, volcanic soils and aspects which combined with the area’s high altitude, intense sunlight and cool climate delivers wines with bright fruit flavours and subtle elegance. The ancient combination of volcanic soils over a limestone base provides an excellent structure for well balanced vine growth. Cumulus relishes the challenge of taking high elevation wines to another level with the impressive resources of Cumulus Estate. In the last few years she has created some intriguing new additions to the Cumulus range, such as a Sparkling Pinot Grigio Chardonnay, a GSM and some stunning Roses.

Taste the Cumulus Shiraz, Chardonnay and more this weekend.

Check out the full schedule of Taste Orange events here and the pop up cellar door schedule here 

Sunset Style Sessions x Lisa Kelly Creative

Enjoy the first installation of Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel’s Sunset Style Sessions. To celebrate the continual evolution of our venue we have invited a series of Sydney’s best creative talents to takeover for a day.

The first takeover was by the effervescent Lisa Kelly Creative who envisioned an enchanting Tropical meets Secret Garden Bridal aesthetic. Her design worked in synergy with the beach-luxe canvas of our Sunset Room and we loved the end result. The clean crisp hues and chic-fruitology of the table settings gave a modern flair to the styling whilst the vintage cutlery, personalised stationary and milky tones wove a hint of classicism into the design.

Lisa worked with a team of suppliers who are innovating the Sydney style scene curating some incredible ‘wow moments’ in the industry.

Styling: Lisa Kelly Creative
Flameless Candles: Love and Protect
Handwritten Signage: Written By Hand 
Florals: Art of the Flower 
Cake: All Things Sweet
Photography: Milque Photography and Films