While we pile on the layers in autumn and winter, others are flocking to the warmer Queensland waters in droves. Every May to November, we’re blessed with a free nature show as thousands of majestic Humpback whales frolic and splash their way north and then back south again. So, it seems only fitting a festival were created in their honour.
On Saturday 31 August, Burleigh Heads will play host to the inaugural Gold Coast Whale Festival, organised by local NGO Humpbacks and Highrises. The festival will raise awareness in the community about our need to care for and protect our oceans and these incredible creatures of the deep.
Humpbacks and Highrises spokesman, Olaf Meynecke said they had been collecting data on humpback whales and other marine mammals since 2011.
“It is Queensland’s largest marine mammal monitoring program. Now, we want to share some of our excitement about these amazing creatures.”
Expect exhibits and stalls from a variety of organisations, get loaded up on practical ways to lessen your impact and waste, listen to interesting environmental evidence from Gecko and Dolphin Research projects, whale watch from the headland, join a scavenger beach clean-up with prizes, shoulder sway to live music and stick around for a screening of Humpback Whales, narrated by Ewan McGregor.
Everyone is welcome to head down on the day and while entry is free, you’re encouraged to register for tickets for a chance to win an eco bag filled with information and eco friendly products.
The Gold Coast Whale Festival sounds like a Saturday well spent to us!
What: Gold Coast Whale Festival
When: Saturday 31 August; 9am to 4pm
Where: Justin Park, Burleigh Heads
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