Several coastal towns in NSW have festivals to celebrate the whale migration season. Some of the best known are:
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Bondi Whale Festival
The Bondi Whale Festival, organised by the Marine Discovery Centre, was held on Sunday 3 July from 10am to 3:30pm. The festival featured "Venus" a giant inflatable whale and calf, activities for kids, talks and a leisurely guided walk up to Marks Park lookout where whales were spotted.
While at Bondi, participants explored the Marine Discovery Centre. With its mixture of real aquaria and great audio-visual images, it is a virtual dive around all the habitats of Bondi Bay and it's amazing!
Whale Dreamers Festival
Participants enjoyed a wonderful weekend at the Whale Dreamers Festival, held at Norah Head Light house on the Central Coast on Sunday 3 July from 10am-2pm.
This festival, which was organised by an enthusiastic group of local people, featured lots of interesting activities for the whole family.
Eden Whale Festival
The bi-annual Eden Whale Festival is one of the South Coast’s major cultural events. It draws visitors from all over Australia as well as an increasing number of international visitors. This community-based, three-day event celebrates the annual migration of whales through Eden's waters. It also celebrates Eden's unique whaling and maritime heritage.
This year the Eden Whale Festival will be hosted over the weekend of the 29th to the 30th of October. Everyone can get involved in a number of exciting activities held throughout the Eden Township to celebrate the annual migration.
The event provides a wide range of family entertainment and gives visitors to Eden a snap shot of the town, its beautiful surrounding environment and its cultural history.
Randwick Council Activities
Join in the fun, and take in the magnificent views, at the FREE Discover your coast – holiday program at the Prince Henry Centre, Little Bay.
Keep an eye out for the migrating whales as they head south past Little Bay for summer; enjoy short talks, face painting, take part in the Indigenous dance workshop and craft activities, enjoy a coffee and a barbeque each day; join a coastal walk around Little Bay; or book in for the Sea Creature Touch Tank. These events will take place on the 4th, 5th and 6th of October.
Other local councils may also provide whale watching activities during the winter season, contact your council for more information.
Project Aware coordinate teams of enthusiastic volunteers to help make our marine environments a better place for everyone!
With land based and diving opportunities available there is something to suit all skill levels. To find out more visit www.projectaware.org