Island Whale Festival

Friday July 6 2018 9:30 am - Sunday July 8 2018 5:00 pm
Celebrating the annual whale season

The winter school holidays don’t just mark the half-way point of the school year; they also mean that humpback whales, southern right whales and even the occasional pod of killer whales start to arrive in our coastal waters. The Island Whale Festival celebrates the arrival of these majestic creatures in our waters.

This immersive three day event takes place on Phillip Island from 6-8 July, and has something for everyone, with a weekend packed full of free or low cost activities right across the island. Whale spotting will of course be a highlight of this weekend, and visitors will have plenty of opportunities to do this from either land or sea.

Meet a marine biologist at one of the many lookouts on the Bass Coast Whale Discovery Trail and learn how to spot the tell-tale signs of whales as they cruise through our waters. The Trail stretches from the Bunurong Coastal Reserve between Inverloch and Cape Paterson to a number of prime viewing locations on Phillip Island such as Cape Woolamai and Pyramid Rock. Or you can join one of the boat tours that circumnavigate the island in search of both whales and dolphins.

For the landlubbers amongst us, there are some great marine wildlife movie screenings including the critically acclaimed Blue, a provocative cinematic journey which shows that our marine world is on a precipice. There are craft activities with Boomerang Bags, hands-on workshops with Trash Puppets and Seaweed Sally, and info sessions on marine research and plastic reduction. Kids of all ages will enjoy the Whale out of Water activity which involves climbing inside a 19 metre inflatable whale for a fun and unique learning experience.

This year’s Festival also features a wonderful and varied Intercultural Arts program with drumming circles, story-telling, songs of country, and deep listening circles.

Innovative and affordable art and craft works will be on display and also for sale from many of our locally based award winning photographers, painters, mixed media artists and woodcrafters. Some of our most talented marine and wildlife photographers will share their expertise across the weekend with talks, tours and workshops.

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