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Bondi Whale Festival, Bondi. Photo: OEH

We can’t think of a better reason to celebrate than the annual whale migration along NSW’s coastline. Want to join in the fun? Here’s a rundown of the whale related festivals and parties happening this whale watching season.

Bondi Whale Festival

Bondi Beach, Sydney – 30 June 2013

Come along to the Marine Discovery Centre in Bondi Pavilion to celebrate the 4th annual Whale Festival at Bondi on Sunday 23 June, 10am-3.30pm. Visitors can meet ‘Venus’, a life-size 16m inflatable Humpback whale, learn more about whales and join in on a FREE guided whale-watching walk to Marks Park Headland with Dr Michelle Blewitt of Marine Mammal Research (MMR) from 1.30-3.00pm. Bookings for the walk are essential – email or phone (02) 9300 0242. There’s also free face-painting for the kids and a chance to win some great prizes. Make sure you visit the National Parks Rangers at their stall and try out some of the coastal experiences on the WilderQuest iPad app, or have your photo taken with one of our inflatawhales and share on the Wild About Whales Facebook page.

For more info on the event visit

Jervis Bay Whale Festival

Jervis Bay, NSW – June 2013

The 2013 Jervis Bay Whale Festival, held throughout the month of June, includes a variety of activities for all whale enthusiasts. Learn how to become a citizen scientist volunteer and help with marine mammal research at a dedicated Whale & Dolphin workshop on 16 June. Join a whale watch trip on Dolphin Watch Cruises with a marine mammal researcher on 22 and 23 June. Help ORCCA count the whales in Booderee National Park on whale census day on 30 June, and enter your best photos in their whale photo competition.

For more information go to

ORCCA Annual Census Day 2013

Australia-wide – 30 June 2013

OK, so it’s technically not a party, but we felt that the annual Whale Census Day on Sunday 30 June (as noted above in the Jervis Bay Whale Festival) is well worthy of a mention. ORCCA are now calling for people to sign up for a headland, a lookout, or anywhere you can spot whales, anywhere along the coast, to count and register your sightings.

For details and to register go to

The Human Whale

Shoal Bay Beach, Port Stephens – Wednesday July 3, from 12 noon

Come on Wednesday July 3 to beautiful Shoal Bay Beach, Port Stephens to raise awareness and say thank you to these magnificent creatures who pass our coastline each year. Only 15 years ago there were fewer than 2,000 humpback whales who travelled on the annual migration, this year scientists are estimating somewhere around 17,000 whales will make the annual journey. This is a great success story for conservation in Australia and this big thank you is an event not to be missed. The Human Whale is expected to be around 100 metres long and will be seen from a thousand meters high! For more on The Human Whale visit the information page or you can RSVP by clicking through to the event page. This event is organised by Imagine Cruises, Moonshadow Cruises and Tamboi Queen Cruises.

Visit the Go Wild page for information on accommodation and whale watching packages.

Whale Dreamers Festival

Norah Head Lighthouse, Central Coast – Sunday 7 July 2013, 10am-2pm

Join this passionate group of locals at this family festival bringing the community together to raise awareness of the plight of whales. Bring the family along for lots of free entertainment and activities.

For details visit the Greater Toukley website.

Eden Whale Festival

Eden, South Coast – Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 November 2013

Join the locals of Eden as they celebrate the whale migration at the annual Eden Whale Festival. For one weekend each year, the rich maritime and whaling history of this port becomes the centerpiece for a weekend that brings together all things whale. There’s a spectacular street parade, vibrant markets showcasing and selling the work of local artisans, great local food and wine, educational marine displays and presentations, quality children’s entertainment, live music and more. You may even spot the Wild About Whales inflatawhales here too...

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