|We were just thinking about you and hoping that you had an awesome time during your stay at HideAway Haven. It's been a long time since our last review. Thank you so much if you have told other people about your stay with us. If you haven't had a chance or if you have forgotten, please take a moment to write us a review. When asking our guests what made them decide to stay with us, 90% of them say it was the reviews that we had received by previous guests. Click Here to write your review and we thank you in advance!! Thanks to those that have already written an awesome review. Because of you we received a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2012.
As you can see in the heading of our newsletter we have a new logo. It was time to revamp our old one and incorparate our 5 star rating into it. What do you think? We love it!!
Another reason we were thinking about you is that it is Whale Watching season in Albany and the whales are out and about delighting hundreds of people every day.
In our inbox this week
Albany Whale Tours
Whale Watch Newsletter No 9: 10 July 2012
King George Sound is a wildlife winter honeypot, protected from north, west and south winds. A sheltered amphitheatre for a play where the humans are invisible players riding on a boat across a stage – a storm swept, sunny sparkle…. or rolling sheet of lead.
Humpbacks at Albany – living up to their name with a sense of urgency.
I went back over my records and sure enough, this happened this time last year too. The whales have changed their behaviour. Now, when we find whales – and our wonderful spotter Chester, watching from on high does so every day – we don’t take long to come into their company. Frenzied whale aggression leaves vivid white scars on the surface skin of ocean blue. Before those waves subside, another tear in ocean’s colour appears, perhaps 100 metres away.
The 30 ton whales, leaving this tumult, dash on – in packs of 6 or 7 - moving at 14 or so kilometres per hour. To breathe, they lunge headlong, free of water, breathing in before a furious spurt of toxic carbon dioxide from their blowholes. Generally they are driving into the Sound as Sail-A-Way motor-sails south. The result….an intersect of whale and humans – the whales completely involved in their chase of each other ….the humans motionless, silent, enthralled, as the careless whales…100 or so tons of them, drive past, often only metres away.
These adults, fairly late to arrive in Albany, are in the mating migration north….and to the side and behind the pack….smaller Humpback juveniles, keep out of harm’s way in slower, less frenzied grace.
This week, as well as the more mature Humpbacks, Southern Rights have started to drift in. Just like last year – the first to come are juveniles – perhaps one year old, silently, warily, creeping in.
I don’t think Humpbacks and Southern Rights like each other….different species relying on the same food source seldom do.
I wonder what happens next!!!
ALBANY WHALE TOURS
Tel:08 9845 1068
Mobile: John: 0408 451 068
Forrest: 0422 441 484 / 0417 954 554
Let us book your tour with John and you will receive a 10% discount. Thanks John.....our guests have so enjoyed their experience with you.
A courting couple of humpbacks
HideAway Haven girls have been very busy the last few months, we completed our Accredittion which gives us the Green Tick, our T-Qual and have designed a new brochure!!
T-QUAL Accreditation is Australia's national tourism accreditation framework, and is indentified by a national symbol of quality, the T-QUAL Tick.
T-QUAL Accreditation was developed by governments and industry to promote quality experiences for tourism consumers by recognising sustainable and capable tourism businesses and operators nationally.The T-QUAL Tick identifies the tourism (including accommodation) businesses and operators in Australia that have been endorsed as meeting the quality standards of T-QUAL Accreditation and provides one national symbol for consumers to be able to recognise quality products and services easily.
T-QUAL Accreditation is administered by the Tourism Quality Council of Australia (TQCA) under Tourism 2020
Taken from the Resources, Energy and Tourism Website
Why Choose Accredited Operators?
'Trust the Tick'
Accreditation provides an assurance that businesses commit to professionalism.
Leading Australian tourism operators display the accreditation tick. They've met specific criteria ensuring they are committed to exceeding your expectations with great customer service and the highest standards of business practice.
The distinctive “tick” logo displayed by accredited tourism businesses provides you with an assurance that the tourism business has a proven commitment to the highest quality of service. All businesses accredited through the Australian Tourism Accreditation Program meet the Australian Tourism Accreditation Standard, ensuring:
Our new brochure
HideAway hostesses are now also proud owners of a Thermomix...wow are you going to love us now...I know you already did, but afternoon tea will be a regular feature on the weekends. Our first attempt at a cake in the Thermomix was a lemon coconut butter cake....mmmmm it was so so good.
Look forward to home made butter, peanut butter, yoghurt and so much more. We have had so much fun with it already. This weekend we served a walnut, banana and date bread. We think we might also expand our dinner menu...simple quick meals, just so you don't need to leave once you arrive. We would appreciate your feedback on this. Here are a couple of examples of meals we may be able to offer.
Beef Rendang on Naan bread Fish Soup with Salmon, Tuna & Prawns Salmon & Salad Pizza
We will be closed for 3 weeks in August while extensions are done to Bush Land Room. This room will re-open as Bush Land Executive King Suite with a King/2 Twin bed, desk, lounge area and dining table, desk, Foxtel and a covered deck. We are so excited to be able to offer an alternative to our other 2 rooms. HideAway Hostesses will take some well deserved time off and head to Adelaide and the Barossa Valley for 10 days and attend Maggie Beer's cooking demonstrations. We hope to come back with lots of new ideas for breakfasts.
What's on in Albany?
Harbourside Concert Series 2012
Following the outstanding success of last year’s inaugural Harbourside Concert Series, the Albany Entertainment Centre is proud to present another fabulous line-up of local, national and international artists in the superb setting of the Harbourside Foyer. Set amidst the soaring architecture of the AEC the series delivers a world class acoustic experience. Add in award-winning food and a full bar service, there is no doubt this will again be “the place to be” every Thursday through July and August 2012.
Tuck into the tasty tapas style menu created by Head Chef Enzo Manera, or indulge with a sweet treat from our locally made selection of cakes and slices. Sip on premium Naked Bean coffee, or relax with a glass of wine or beer in Albany’s most amazing venue. Tapas, snacks and bar service available from 6.30pm until late.
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HARBOURSIDE CONCERT SERIES Thursday 26 July at 7.30pm – CELTIC CROSSOVER Presented by Albany Entertainment Centre Blue Celts - Blue Celts deliver an innovative combination of Celtic swing, lilting country blues and soulful ballads. Comprising several of Perth’s top Celtic and blues musicians the band creates a fusion of styles that produce energetic and skilfully played originals and covers. Kiersten Fage - Being handed a tin whistle after having her recorder thrown on the roof was the start of an amazing musical adventure for Kiersten. Having mastered ten instruments, Kiersten spins webs of haunting cello solos, songs, swift jigs and reels to create an intoxicating mixture of music. Tickets – Standard $24.90 / Season Pass (all 8 concerts) $149.00 Tapas menu and bar service available in View from 6.30pm
THE CLASS OF 59 - ROCK AROUND AUSTRALIA TOUR Thursday 26 July at 8.00pm Presented by Happy Days Records A rock and roll feast large enough to wet any appetite! The Class of 59 takes you back to a decade that created music legends and influenced a formidable culture, performing a catalogue where their songs are timeless, their hits are endless, and their flair is never forgotten. Rock like never before and take the journey back to the Class of 59!!! Tickets – Standard $65.00 Add Pre-Show Dinner @ View Restaurant.
PUPPETRY OF THE PENIS 3D Saturday 28 July at 8.00pm Presented by A-List Entertainment Puppetry of the Penis is back with a brand new show, and this time live and in 3D!! You can watch the Boys manipulate their members live on stage while getting the 3D experience from the giant screen. For the last decade Puppetry of the Penis has broken all box office records worldwide. The new show will be utilizing the latest 3D projection technology with the audience given 3D glasses to wear, experience the astonishing and unforgettable ancient Australian art of genital origami in this head shaking, outrageously funny production as it’s never been seen before. So real you can almost touch it! Warning: Ages 18+. Contains full frontal nudity. Tickets – Standard $39.90 / Concession $34.90 Light Meals available in View
HARBOURSIDE CONCERT SERIES Thursday 2 August at 7.30pm – TANGO NOIR Presented by Albany Entertainment Centre Ruth Roshan Ensemble - Ruth Roshan has an enduring love affair with tango music having begun mandolin at the age of five. Surrounding herself with award winning musicians her ensemble plays Piazzola to Leonard Cohen bringing traditional tango and new repertoire to this alluring genre. Jude Iddison and Barry Heydenrych have hand-crafted a Latin/Gypsy themed set, rich in melody and dynamic in rhythm. Featuring traditional and original tunes they draw on their respective world music influences, combining violin, Spanish guitar and charango. Tickets – Standard $24.90 / Season Pass (all 8 concerts) $149.00 Tapas menu and bar service available in View from 6.30pm
JUDGES WINNER of 2012 SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION OF AUSTRALIA Friday 3 August at 8.00pm Presented by Albany Entertainment Centre & Perth Theatre Trust The 2012 Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia is one of the world’s most prestigious competitions for up-and-coming young pianists aged between 17 and 30 years. First presented in 1977 and held every four years, globally the competition attracts more applicants than any other piano competition. Thirty-six pianists have now been selected from auditions around the world and will compete for prizes totalling $150,000 in addition to performing engagements in Australia and overseas. The winner of the 2012 Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia will be announced at the Sydney Opera House on Saturday 21 July and Albany and Great Southern audiences will have the unique opportunity to hear the latest sensation in the music world only days later. This will also be the first performance on the Albany Entertainment Centre’s new Steinway Grand Piano. All stages of the competition will be broadcast live on ABC Classic FM from Wednesday 4 to Saturday 21 July 2012. Tickets on sale soon.
Becki & Maggie
HARBOURSIDE CONCERT SERIES Thursday 9 August at 7.30pm – GOOD TIME ACOUSTIC Presented by Albany Entertainment Centre Andrew Winton - Andrew’s mastery of his 'Lucky 13' string guitar and the way in which he applies it has given him an incomparable edge. His superb playing forms the pulse and groove of his song writing, rhythmically driving home-spun, warm-hearted lyrics. Reverend and the Deathbed Conversions - Reverend and the Deathbed Conversions are a collection of legendary Albany Folky Bluesters who have a penchant for playing good songs to people who like listening to good songs. Come along and enjoy an acoustic ride along the eclectic musical borders of blues meets folk. Tickets – Standard $24.90 / Season Pass (all 8 concerts) $149.00 Tapas menu and bar service available in View from 6.30pm.