Festival entertainment wows crowds
The 2018 Ningaloo Whale Shark Festival took place over the weekend among a sea of happy faces.
Crafts, clothes, food and entertainment galore kept the people busy, with festival-goers and entertainers themselves enthralled by all the action.
Mandy Collinson, owner of the Fisherman’s Daughter, was stoked by how many people had come to the event.
“There’s people just wandering about browsing stalls and having a good time — it’s great for them and great for the store owners that get a boost,” she said.
By day there were acrobatics and face painting to keep the young ones entertained, Anna Gare cooking up a storm in the main tent and a custom car display that wowed little and big children alike.
At night, the musicians took over, with Ben Catley and The Tommyhawks rocking it on both nights, while Blue Shaddy headlined Saturday and Ash Grundwald wrapped things up on Sunday.
Everyone spoken to said they were having a fantastic time and were really impressed with how the festival had been organised.
It was Catley’s second time in Exmouth, and the singer originally from England could not wait to come back again.
“It’s such a fantastic place, the people are lovely, the beaches are beautiful and everyone really gets behind the festival,” he said.
The Tommyhawks rock out. Pictures: Shannon Beattie
Lucas Pummer and Louie Coulthard, 6.
Tommy Minniear, 2, admires an army truck.
Laurens and Julie Konings from French Antiquity.
Chef Anna Gare and Tommyhawks saxophonist Thea Woodward.
Mandy Collinson from The Fisherman’s Daughter and Emily Elizabeth Ward from The Girl and the Ocean.
Ainslie Avery and Charlie Elphick.
LeahZambotti from The LZB Company and Jess Ogden-Barry from Salt & Sand Event Hire.
Liana Juvan, Amanda Appleton, James Abberley and Ryan Appleton.
The models of Ningaloo Swimwear.
Custom cars and bikes were on display.