Gear­ing up for whale of a time

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Louise Alling­ham

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 whale­shark­fes­ti­val@west­net.com.au.

Pic­tures: Nin­ga­loo Whale Shark Festival

There will be plenty of fun for all ages, in­clud­ing work­shops for the kids.

Tour oper­a­tors will be of­fer­ing dis­counted whale shark swims.

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