The Ningaloo Whale Shark Festival celebrates this annual visit of the large and increasing numbers of whale sharks (rhincodon typus). It highlights the community’s relationship with these ‘gentle giants’ of the ocean.
Now recognised nationally and internationally as a ‘premier marine environment’, the Ningaloo Reef delights a growing number of visitors from all over the world.
FRIDAY 25 MAY*NEW LOOK* FESTIVAL OPENING GALA NIGHT
SATURDAY 26 MAYFancy Dress Fun Run For All Ages All corporate displays, market and food stalls ALL AGES EVENT - BAND NIGHT! Venue: Talanjee Oval
SUNDAY 27 MAYBIG DAY OUT ON NINGALOO REEF & FESTIVAL SUNDOWNER Venue: Exmouth Yacht Club
A BRIEF HISTORYExmouth held a small annual festival in September for years - catering mainly for the local community as well as any holidaymakers. ‘Aquafest’, a one-day event, held on the waterfront at the Exmouth Marina, celebrated Exmouth’s close relationship with the beautiful, pristine waters of the Ningaloo Reef and the Exmouth Gulf.
In 2002, when the marina site was no longer available, the Whale Shark Festival was born as a one-day event held in May each year on the town oval.