Whitsunday weather, always perfect in July, did not disappoint again this year. Visitors from our southern Australian states and from overseas were thrilled to be able to wear Summer clothing and soak up the sun. On average the daytime temperature remained at above 25 degrees.
At this time of the year, commonly referred to as the “dry”season, we are treated to a diversity of culture in the Whitsundays. Amongst the excellent touring companies that performed at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre was the brilliant 2016 Queensland Youth Orchestra. With a note perfect performance under the baton of Sergei Korschmin we enjoyed a repertoire of both classical orchestral music from Beethoven through to more contemporary pieces such as Lloyd Webber. The soloist Anna Stephens was a delight to listen to accompanied by the talented 83 musicians on stage.
Jazz and Shiraz, a 17 piece big jazz Band with vocalist kept the cooler evening chills at bay as guests relaxed under the stars listening to this great concert the evening prior to the Queensland youth orchestra performance.
Celtic illusion, an all Irish dancing, singing, music playing and magic tricks show kept us spellbound.
Other excellent shows that came to entertain us included Paris Underground a Cabaret and also the Melbourne City Ballet Company performing Romeo and Juliet.
Last Saturday night we headed to the St. Martin of Tours church for an exceptional performance by the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne, a touring company that has been visiting the Whitsundays for the last 4 years and are always popular.
At this time of the year some of the most eye catching flowers are in bloom and I have been thrilled to visit some of the most beautiful gardens in Bowen. On display have been Bromeliads, Succulents, Desert Roses, Tropical, Native and Hibiscus gardens and also a collection of Orchids. They have all been spectacular.
A visit to the Bowen Historical Museum is a must when in Bowen with exhibits of Aboriginal artifacts, minerals and semi precious stones, a huge collection of shells and the pioneer cottage in the grounds is very educational.
With my interest in family history, I decided to drive to Mackay two hours away to participate in the “Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience” being staged at the MECC. It portrayed the WW1 battles. A headset and Ipad were provided to each guest so that as you moved through the experience, you could hear the narration as well as sound effects and music of the display. Several thousand visitors experienced the Spirit of Anzac Centenary commemoration. It was a deeply moving experience.