Concierge Tour of Walsh Bay

Last week we were busy working with Walsh Bay Arts and Commerce on a concierge famil. Each year we bring a group of approximately 20 concierges from Sydney’s five star hotels down to Walsh Bay to showcase one of Sydney’s best kept secrets.

This year we hosted guests from The Hyatt, Pier One Sydney, The Star, Four Seasons, Intercontinental, Pullman Quay Grand and the Shangri La amongst others.

Aside from visiting some of the wonderful cafes and restaurants in Walsh Bay – including Simmer of course – concierges were given a chance to undertake a backstage tour at Sydney Theatre Company and this year they had a preview of the new Kaldor Public Art Project, Marina Abromovic in Residence. We like to make the tour as special as possible!

The final stop on the tour was Simmer on the Bay and it was perfectly timed with the sun just starting to set over the harbour. The concierges enjoyed a delicious grazing table with fresh produce from Brigid’s Farm, The Loch, in the Southern Highlands and followed that up with the irresistible picnic slice to take away.

The concierges all walked away with invaluable information about some unique Sydney experiences for their guests and a fantastic time was had by all – needless to say no one needed dinner that night!



Weddings at Simmer on the Bay

At Simmer on the Bay we help over 60 couples each year, celebrate their big day in style. However there are many things that go on behind the scenes so that everything looks, tastes and feels perfect!

We pride ourselves on providing clients with a unique and interesting space and a bespoke service. Our priority is to identify what your food expectations are and what is really important to you and then we’ll facilitate the look, food style, and entertainment.

Our venue manager works with you right from the initial enquiry to delivery of the event so that there is continuity throughout. After an initial consultation where all your requirements, expectations and visions for your wedding are discussed, a tailored package is created and we set about working with you to pull all the right elements together.

Most couples come for a site inspection and as Simmer is a space for you to design we can advise you on styling the room, themes and entertainment. We have a selection of amazing professionals that we work with regularly to make the space nothing short of breathtaking.

The food served is one of the most important elements and at Simmer on the Bay we pride ourselves in creating exquisite menus. We’ll assist you in choosing your final menu and 4-6 weeks prior to the big day we offer you and two guests an invitation to come in for a tasting. This is when you get the chance to taste the final menu you have chosen.

We understand that this is one of the most important days of your life and we bring our expertise and extensive experience in this area to your wedding. If you’d like to talk to our venue manager Ian about your wedding day please get in touch

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Vivid Sydney Celebration

It’s that time of year again – when everyone braves the winter nights to take in the greatest light show on earth – Vivid!

To mark the extension of the light walk down to Walsh Bay, each year we partner up with Walsh Bay Arts and Commerce – the local chamber of commerce and host a special celebration.


As Brigid, owner of Simmer on the Bay and Chair of Walsh Bay Arts and Commerce, was instrumental in bringing Vivid down to Walsh Bay three years ago there’s a lot to celebrate! Locals and friends gather together to have a party and enjoy a special (behind the scenes) tour from Festival Director and Curator –Light, Anthony Bastic.


This year guests were kept warm with delicious mulled wine and enjoyed a grazing table filled with gourmet morsels, including lamb sliders and a selection of roast meats and cheese. It was a great opportunity for everyone to catch up on future developments in the area as there is always something exciting afoot in this part of Sydney.

After the abundant hospitality of Simmer on the Bay all went on a tour of the five installations in Walsh Bay this year, including the amazing Harbour Wave that is just a few steps away from our door! Anthony provided insight into why each piece was chosen for Walsh Bay and details on the artists behind the impressive work.

All had a wonderful night and we’ll do it all again next year!


Launch of AFL’s Indigenous Round

All had an inspirational morning yesterday, when The Bangarra Dance group put on a special performance to mark the start of the AFL’s Indigenous Round at its headquarters in Walsh Bay.

For the first time since its inception 20 years ago, AFL’s Indigenous Round will start this Friday night in Sydney when the Swans meet Carlton at the SCG.

Simmer on the Bay creatively catered for the event with a delicious morning tea that included pumpkin scones with roast pumpkin and goats curd scented with lemon myrtle, savoury cheese muffins with bush tomato and quondong and indigenous herbs, mini macadamia praline tart and fresh fruit on gum tree sticks.

The Bangarra Dancers treated guests to a performance of White from Ochres and all had a great morning.

All teams – and for the first time referees – will wear Indigenous-themed guernseys this weekend to mark the AFL’s ongoing support of it racial vilification policy.

At Simmer we thoroughly enjoy getting creative with our wonderful arts company neighbours!


Cycling in New Zealand

Walsh Bay has a very active cycling community, so Simmer on the Bay is no stranger to the world of cycling. However last week we really got an insight into the amazing places you can ride, when we hosted the launch of New Zealand Tourism’s promotion of cycle trails and mountain biking tracks in NZ.

Attended by the New Zealand High Commissioner and the Consul General, who firmly believe that New Zealand is a great destination for an active cycling or mountain biking break, guests were informed about the mostly off-road ’ 23 Great Rides of the New Zealand Cycle Trail’. These tracks introduce both recreational cyclists and passionate mountain bikers to nature, national parks and constantly-changing scenery. They also highlight interesting detours to enjoy arts and culture, a warm local welcome and a wealth of off-the-bike attractions.

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Brigid who is a New Zealander herself, went the extra mile and flew in a stunning selection of New Zealand cheeses and sourced New Zealand specialties such as feijoa, fresh from the farmers market. Accompanying these were delicious New Zealand whitebait fritters, a lamb carvery and sugar cured rainbow trout on potato rosti.

For those who over indulged on the cheese, easy riding can be found on trails including the famous Otago Central Rail Trail and Nelson’s Great Taste Trail, where the beautiful coastal route also showcases the region’s wineries, restaurants and artists.

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Guests who stuck to the fruit may like to try the more adventurous and head for the Queenstown Bike Park downhill tracks. Other popular mountain biking areas include Rotorua, Taupo, Hamilton – Waikatoand Queenstown.

Another fantastic event at Simmer on the Bay and we know where our next holiday will be!

Vivid Light Walk in Walsh Bay (22nd May – 8th June)

This is the third year that Vivid Sydney has been in Walsh Bay and it looks like we have another impressive line up of installations down our way again!

Walsh Bay is the perfect spot for families or for those wanting to avoid the huge crowds around circular quay and the rocks. Simmer on the Bay will be staying open late and helping visitors warm up with some mulled wine and lamb burgers.

The mouth watering lamb is direct from Brigid’s farm The Loch, in the Southern Highlands and the home made chutney is a work of art in its own right!

Next door to Simmer you’ll find the ‘Habour Wave’ created by artist Andre Kecskes, collaborating with Peter Kocis. It’s a massive, curved, transparent wave crested with rows of coloured lights that breaks across the Pier 2/3 wharf. That’s just a taste of the exciting offering in Walsh Bay and you can find further details at


Sydney Writers’ Festival in Walsh Bay

As we move into the cooler months, Walsh Bay is host to a number of high profile events, including the hugely successful Sydney Writers’ Festival (18th – 24th of May).

At Simmer on the Bay we are right in the midst of the action. We’ve become well known as the perfect place for weary readers to escape the festival chaos – relax and lounge on the deckchairs that we line up along the pier.

Whilst lounging harbour front, you can enjoy something to eat from our delicious café menu including sweet snacks to keep the energy levels up: apple crumble, a decadent flourless choc cake and the famous picnic bar slice – we think the queues may be for this alone! The perfect comfort food to enjoy while pondering the theme of this year’s festival ‘How to Live’.

The full program can be found at but our picks are Richard Flanagan in his first appearance at the festival since his Booker Prize win, comedian David Walliams for the kids and regulars such as Helen Garner and David Malouf are always crowd pleasers. ‘Night of the Nerds’ with Adam Spencer and Dr Karl along with the session titled ‘Give Me Back my Pre-Internet Brain also sound like fun too!