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Rumour Has It

Honey and Isabelle are painting the town gold and pink 🙂

Drinks and dinner first, at a new restaurant…

Drinks at Angel Falls Grill

Dinner was great, next time they’ll choose differ drinks.

Dinner at Angel Falls Grill –
Roraima with cachapa and Angel Falls with cachapa

Before a show Downstairs at the Maj.

Waiting for the show to begin…

Girls night out 🙂

Rumour Has It evokes the inspirational spirit and talent of a mischievous working class diva from Tottenham as she spills intimate details about a meteoric rise that has captured hearts across the globe.

Naomi Price as Adele performs the show as a celebration and showcase of the Grammy award-winner’s music and an intimate insight into her life. Naomi didn’t start out as a ‘mega-fan’, but she soon fell in love with Adele for being so down to earth and not pretentious at all.

I didn’t really know much about her, other than that I loved her songs and knew that she had a Cockney accent. Once we started researching her life, we fell in love with her. She’s everyone’s best friend. I love how personable and approachable she is, which is so refreshing in a world full of vapid celebrity. Once we realised we were telling the story about a girl from humble beginnings who rose to the top through hard work and true talent, the show just came together quite naturally.

Rumour Has It charts the incredible rise of soul sensation Adele live in story and song. Adele’s deliciously frank life story comes alive in the words of Naomi Price backed by an electrifying six-piece band, delivering the greatest hits, including Rolling in the Deep, Someone Like You, Turning Tables, Set Fire to the Rain and the Oscar-winning Skyfall.

Performing cabaret has taught me to be more fearless as a performer, to not be afraid of the audience, and to embrace the moment. You have to be so present when you invite an open conversation with your audience – at any moment during the show, anything could happen! You can never switch off, otherwise you’ll undoubtedly be in for a surprise!

This is the first time the cabaret show as come to Western Australia. Little bears saw the show in Brisbane two years ago and had so much fun, they had to see it again.

The Twilight Zone

Went out early this morning to take a photo of the city at sunrise. Technically it was before sunrise, in the twilight period. Did you know there is an astronomical twilight, a nautical twilight and a civil twilight, in that order, before sunrise? The photo was taken during the nautical twilight period.

Will need to practice a lot more and will have to try this again when there are some clouds in the sky for a different light effect. At the top of the picture, just off centre, is a tiny “star”. That’s Venus!

Not sure what provided more motivation for the twilight adventure, getting out to learn how to use the camera or getting a freshly made Swiss chocolate croissant afterwards 🙂

Time for Road Trips

Spy koalas in the wild

It’s rare to see a koala in the wild – the Australian Koala Foundation estimates the population currently numbers less than 100,000 and that figure is ever decreasing, thanks to human destruction of their habitat. The story is much cheerier at Yunchep National Park, north of Perth, where all visitors hae to do is walk a 240-metre boardwalk and look up – there they’ll be, snoozing in tree forks, munching on eucalyptus or going about their business in an extremely leisurely fashion.

Chat with the world’s tiniest penguins

The unambiguously named Penguin Island off Rockingham, south of Perth, is home to Western Australia’s largest colony of fairy penguins. The smallest of all the penguins, the fairy penguin weighs about one kilogram and is 30 centimetres tall (bear size!) – but their vociferous vocalising belies their size (expect to hear snorts, screeches, growls and dramatic trumpeting). There are regular ferries taking visitors to the islands, which is also home to a colony of 500 pelicans (no word on how they feel about being skipped over in the naming department) and other nesting seabirds.

Swim with whale sharks

The whale shark – in truth not a whale but a carpet shark, or wobbegong – is the definition of a gentle giant. There’s no possible way to comprehend the majesty of a whale shark at close quarters. In crystal-clear water at Ningaloo Reef, visitors can swim alongside the minibus-size creatures, which weigh about 19,000 kilograms. (The largest ever recorded? It weighed 21,320kg and was 12.65 metres in length.) It’s possible to get close enough to see their intricate patterning and five large sets of gills.

Spot seals and go twitching in island paradise

The 123 picturesque islands off the Geraldton coast are familiar to fishermen and lobster-catchers but few others: the Abrolhos Islands have only been opened up to tourism since 2016 after being made a national park. They are known for their pristine waters teeming in marine life and beautiful yet treacherous coral reefs that have claimed many a ship over the centuries, most notably the Batavia, the subsequent mutiny of which in 1629 did not, shall we say, end well. The islands are one of the world’s most important breeding grounds for more than 90 species of seabird, including the vulnerable lesser noddy and the Pacific reef heron, and the white sand beaches are the sunning-spot of choice for Australian sea lions. Migrating humpback whales also make the waters of the Abrolhos their home during the July-October migration season. Tourism plans include a campsite and possible floating barge-style accommodation.

Provide a perch for a bird of prey

Australia’s largest birds of prey make their home at Margaret River’s Eagles Heritage Wildlife Centre where rehabilitation of injured birds, breeding of endangered species and education are priorities. Eagles, hawks, falcons and owls can be spotted along the one-kilometre Eagles Heritage Walk, and stay to see the daily flight displays. It’s even possible to don a leather glove and have one of the majestic beauties land on your arm.

Commune with native mammals on Dirk Hartog Island

At 62,000 hectares, Dirk Hartog is Western Australia’s largest island. It became a national park in 2009 and since then the WA Department of Parks and Wildlife has set about returning it to its pre-pastoral state (it once served as a station to 20,000 sheep). A successful eradication of all feral pests was the first step. The second? Reintroducing 10 mammal species, including rufous hare-wallabies, banded hare-wallabies, chuditches (also known as the Western quoll), mulgaras (tiny marsupial carnivores), greater stick-nest rats (also known as the house-building rat), desert mice, Shark Bay mice, heath mice, western barred bandicoots (the smallest species of bandicoot, weighing just 220g), dibblers (pictured – small, nocturnal, carnivorous marsupials) and boodies (which have a number of other names, including the burrowing betong and the short-nosed rat-kangaroo).

Watch the annual whale migration

It takes time to grow accustomed to the incongruous beauty of desiccated red outback in the same frame as the white sand and clear turquoise water of the ocean at Kalbarri. Once you’ve reconciled this natural spectacle, the next visual hurdle is the slow progress of majestic humpback whales and their calves making their annual migration from their feeding ground in Antarctica to the warmer waters of the Pacific between June and November. Some 22,000 of these stately creatures pass by this way each year and it’s also possible to spot southern right whales, Bryde’s whales and false killer whales.

Make friends with dolphins

Joyous wild bottle-nose dolphins have been visiting Monkey Mia’s shores for more than 40 years and these days they’re rewarded with a sizeable audience. A pod of dolphins began turning up at Monkey Mia, 25 kilometres northeast of Denham, in the 1960s and the interaction between human and dolphin proved so pleasing to both species that each has kept on turning up, daily, to this day. The vists are now regulated by rangers, who nominate several lucky dolphin-watchers for hand-feeding duties (the menu: tasty fish).

Explore whaling history in Albany

Albany is now a safe port of call for migrating southern right, blue and humpback whales, but whaling was one of Western Australia’s first industries, and the city’s whaling station was a major employer until 1978. Now the southernmost Western Australian city is a major tourism hub and whale-watching cruises depart regularly from its port, though it’s possible to spot the imposing giants from shore. Find out more about Albany’s history with whales at the Historic Whaling Station at Discovery Bay, located inside the former whaling station.

Watch black swans take flight

With their lustrous black plumage and bright-red bills, black swans are permanently dressed to the nines. The graceful birds have become an emblem for Western Australians, adorning products and services (dips, beer and taxis to name a few) and lending their name to the Swan River (originally names the Black Swan River, or Swarte Swaene-Revier by Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh in 1697), which flows through Perth. The best places to observe the large waterbird is Lake Monger Reserve, where wetlands provide a prosperous hunting ground.

Lake Monger Reserve
Lake Monger Reserve

But the first trip will be to visit the world’s cutest and most photogenic marsupial 🙂

Rottnest Island, located just offshore from Perth, is home to the world’s cutest and most photogenic marsupial, the quokka. It’s the only place where you’ll see the so-called “world’s happiest creature”, a title earned courtesy of its perpetual good natured grin and curious nature. Looking like a cross between a kangaroo and a wombat, except tiny (bear size!), the quokka is actually a type of wallaby. It can bound and hop but if necessary it can climb trees, too. The little creatures have really come into their own in the age of the selfie 🙂

From Travel Insider