Gearing up for whale of a time
Exmouth locals and visitors are in for a jam-packed weekend of events, live music, art and all things marine for the annual Whale Shark Festival at the end of May.
The festival will kick off on Wednesday, May 25, at the Novotel Ningaloo Resort with the launch of the Whale Shark Mermaids calendar.
A free family night of movies and entertainment will be held at Federation Park on the Thursday night.
The Novotel Ningaloo Resort will host the official Gala Festival Opening.
The dress-up event is for over-18s only where punters will enjoy food and drink, as well as poolside entertainment from three-piece fiesta party band Kallidad and fire shows from ZAP Circus.
All Saturday is festival day at Talanjee Oval, starting off with a family fun run and Aussie breakfast.
Entertainment will continue all day with live music, street acts, children’s activities as well as Exmouth’s own Ex-factor talent show.
Crowds will be dancing all night at Cadillac’s bar and grill on Saturday night as headline musical act Caravana Sun are playing, supported by Jay Hoad.
Tour operators have discounted swims with whale shark tours on Sunday, May 29.
This is a rare opportunity to swim with the stars of the festival.
The festival will come to a close on Sunday evening with a Sundowner at Exmouth Yacht Club.
Tourism WA acting director of events Saskia Doherty said events such as this are a major contributor to tourism growth.
“Over the past decade the Ningaloo Whaleshark Festival has become a popular fixture on the region’s events calendar, with more than 1800 people attending last year,” she said.
For information visit www.ningaloowhalesharkfestival.com or email email@example.com.
There will be plenty of fun for all ages, including workshops for the kids.
Tour operators will be offering discounted whale shark swims.