This Butterfly Museum not only is a collection of butterflies but also includes a variety of Moths, Beetles, Spiders, Scorpions and insects from South East Asia. When we were here, we were amazed at the huge number of collections kept here and of course of the patience of those people involved in categorizing, naming and preservation work. It took us couple of hours to go through them all. Actually, the museum caters for school groups, clubs etc.
Well, very interesting huh …
The Butterfly Farm is located in the Hawkesbury Region of New South Wales and we visited this museum last January 2012. At that time we too, had a fun time at Indy 800 Kart Track which is just close to the museum.
Abercrombie Caves, off the Bathurst-Goulburn Road, Trunkey Creek, are spectacular limestone caves located in a nature reserve. In fact we did walk up and down a carved out path of a limestone rich mountain to reach the opening of the caves. The opening can be seen a few metres down the man-made path as if it was intentionally been hidden by huge trees from public view. Indeed, the Abercrombie Caves are one of the most spectacular limestone cave systems in Australia. They consist of a large arch claimed to be the largest natural limestone tunnel in the Southern Hemisphere and a number of smaller passages leading from it.
While the cave system is small as a whole, the Abercrombie Archway is one of enormous dimensions surpassing the size of the Grand Arch at Jenolan by two and half times.
Definitely, it is one of the majestic caves I’ve seen so far with full lightings and safe accesses. More than a century ago gold miners built a platform for dances in one of the main galleries. Today the historic dance floor is used as a stage for underground concerts, weddings and Christmas carols.
There are more photos of Abercrombie caves in the sidebar if you’re interested.
This cliff is what they call “The Gap” which is a very popular tourist destination both for local and foreign in Watson Bay, Sydney.
Watsons Bay is located on the southern head of the entrance to Sydney Harbour. To the east is the Tasman Sea and to the west is the Harbour with a glorious view of the city of Sydney in the distance.
It is a beautiful place that attracts visitors but it is also a place that records numbers of suicide. When we came here last year the gap has a long line of fence at breast height and various cameras around it were installed. When we were about to leave the place, a busload of tourists were disembarking and were focusing their eyes to the gap.
The gap has a great geology and obviously it was formed through the constant erosion of the rock’s face exposed to the strong waves of the sea below forming the cliff as we see it today. Tessellated basalt rock platforms lie at the base of the cliff.
Sacrilege is another work of art and ingenuity featured in the Sydney Festival 2014.
It revives the monumental Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England but this time to be enjoyed by the young and old, recreated as a life-size inflatable castle– with everyone invited to have a bounce, free.
When we were here last Sunday, a long queue of interested people, young and old who would like to try to bounce into it was already formed and the time was getting close to noon time yet the entry point was still close. Because of this queue and like other people who can’t wait, we decided to just take pictures of it, not bad anyway since no kids yet were on the run bouncing up and down except for those guys in charge of the fun going around of it, perhaps checking out if inflation is well up for enjoyment.
This is a new work by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller has become a contemporary art feel-good hit, a family friendly collision of history and art, and just like the Luminarium, it’s another piece of art that can be enjoyed by everyone.
“Seen by over 70 million people, Disney’s landmark musical event The Lion King is a worldwide phenomenon that will redefine your expectations of theatre. Brilliantly re-imagined by acclaimed director Julie Taymor, Disney beloved film is transformed into a spectacular theatrical experience which has won over 70 major international theatre awards. Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains, this breathtaking production explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and unforgettable music including Elton John and Tim Rice’s Circle of Life, Hakuna Matata and the academy award winning Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” … From the website of the Lion King Production.
The show started last December 2013 and we got our bookings for the January 2014 show. At first I didn’t have any interest at all in watching this show and I have had even a doubt if I have to go or back out from the booking and let others fill in the slot. I already had watched the movie and I said that there is no need to watch it again, even in theatre or play.
But then, I was told that this is totally different, and so, I decided to watch it after all.
At the entrance of the Capitol Theatre in Sydney where it was shown, huge posters of the Lion King Show in different settings were on the wall advertising its spectacular and majestic show and then people were taking photos of them making those posters as the backgrounds. There were more heaps of people on queue as we got further into the door leading to the auditorium where our tickets were scanned which means, I said to myself, this will surely be fully packed with spectators. Indeed it was, all seats were taken.
The Capitol Theatre was also fantastic and it was my first time to be here. It’s a theatre with a touch of the early 1800s architecture or built. I went into the website of the theatre and had dug in a rich history, from the day it was constructed and used, until now. The theatre is the best venue for a theatrical show such as the Lion King.
As the show started, I was totally amazed at the costumes of the actors and actresses, the music produced by the orchestra, the rumbling of drums, lightings, props or choreography, and many more; they’re so awesome and majestic! As the show went on, the more you’ll feel the beauty and professional handling of all the show’s characters, singing, dancing, and acting. They’re the combination of best minds to produce an awesome theatrical and musical show. This awesome theatrical performance continued until the show was finished, spectators couldn’t wait to clap their hands in their great admiration and appreciation every after acts or play.
As the website portray in their advertisement, I am here giving a five star appreciation to this awesome and spectacular show, a show that shouldn’t be missed out, you’ll indeed enjoy and it’s worth the money you paid for. Julie Taymor, the visionary behind the Lion king, is the Costume Design, Mask and Puppet Design, and the Director, a one of a kind very talented woman.
At home, I had to read their brochures that list down the actors and actresses that performed, who they are and where they came from and a short caption of their theatrical history, etc. I did also watch behind the scenes video of how the show evolved and how they chose their characters and many more.
Lion King has been around the world for some time – in Amsterdam, Canada, North America, Mexico, Ireland, Spain, Brazil, South Africa, Germany, Korea, Taiwan, China, Holland, France, Japan, Singapore and here in Australia (Sydney and Melbourne).