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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 24 MAY

FESTIVAL OPENING GALA NIGHT
Venue: Mantaray’s Ningaloo Beach Resort One of Exmouth’s most talked about night of nights.

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SATURDAY 25 MAY

Fancy Dress Fun Run For All Ages All corporate displays, market and food stalls ALL AGES EVENT – BAND NIGHT! Venue: Talanjee Oval

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SUNDAY 26 MAY

BIG DAY OUT ON NINGALOO REEF & FESTIVAL SUNDOWNER Venue: Exmouth Yacht Club

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A BRIEF HISTORY

 

Exmouth 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.

In 2006, due to popular demand, the event was extended to three days and now the Ningaloo Whale Shark Festival is the most successful annual event on the region’s calendar. A local committee, of interested residents, including business and family people, has created the program.

EVENT SCHEDULE

Festival Gala Opening

7:00pm to 10:00pm

Venue: Mantarays Poolside . 18+ event ~ Tickets: $110 per adult. Our NEW LOOK FESTIVAL this year will see Mantarays poolside transformed into a very cool wonderland with creative lighting and LED palm trees. Includes 5 beverages, an array of delicious food, and world-class entertainment. This is a plastic free and non smoking event.

Festival Gala Opening

7:00pm

DJ Swami

Festival Gala Opening

7:00pm

Opening Speech

Festival Gala Opening

8:20 to 10:00pm 
 
DJ Swami

Talanjee Oval Opens

10:00am – 4.30pm FREE EVENT

Food stalls, Corporate stalls, All day activities, Festivities and entertainment in the WHALE SHARK MARQUEE. THIS IS A SMOKE FREE AND PLASTIC FREE EVENT. THERE WILL BE WATER STATIONS BASED AT THE OVAL SO PLEASE BYO DRINKING CONTAINER. Seafood Cooking Demos with Special Guest Celebrity Chef ANNA GARE. Educational talks at the Ningaloo Centre. Ningaloo Swimwear parade. Local community displays and performances. Special Guest Performances by ; The Gascoyne In May troupe featuring Abigail Rose, Katie McKay , James Abberly , Miss Max, Family Shoveller Band, Mama Kin, Eloise Green, Taiko On!, Raymond Edney , HipHop stars Lord Dazastah and Layla Rose Hanbury , Formidable Vegetable Sound System.

Festival Bar is Open

12:00pm to 4:00pm

Whale Shark Marquee (Talanjee Oval)

7:00pm – Midnight
 
THIS IS AN ALL AGES EVENT. $55 per ticket for adults, $20 for 13yrs up, Free for under 12 years. Family tickets available. ALL UNDER 18’S MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT.

Festival Bar is Open

7:00pm – 11:30pm

Whale Shark Marquee

7:00pm

Whale Shark Marquee

7:45pm
 
Performance By: Ben Catley – Solo performer from Fremantle.

Whale Shark Marquee

9:00pm
 
Performance By: TommyHawks – One of Perth’s best all female indie grunge bands.

Whale Shark Marquee

10:15pm

 

Performance By: BLUE SHADDY!

 

BIG DAY OUT on the Ningaloo Reef

7:00am – 4.00pm
 
Book your Whale Shark Tour with a local operator.

Exmouth Yatch Club

3:00pm to 10:00pm

 

Gates open for the Festival Sundowner. Supported by Woodside. Tickets = $20 per adult, kids free and must be accompanied by an adult. Plastic Free and Non Smoking Event

 

Exmouth Yatch Club

8.30pm – 10:00pm
 
ASH GRUNWALD AND BAND

FRIDAY 24 MAY

Festival Gala Opening

7:00pm to 10:00pm

Venue: Mantarays Poolside . 18+ event ~ Tickets: $110 per adult. Our NEW LOOK FESTIVAL this year will see Mantarays poolside transformed into a very cool wonderland with creative lighting and LED palm trees. Includes 5 beverages, an array of delicious food, and world-class entertainment. This is a plastic free and non smoking event.

Festival Gala Opening

7:00pm

DJ Swami

Festival Gala Opening

7:00pm

Opening Speech

Festival Gala Opening

8:20 to 10:00pm 
 
DJ Swami

SATURDAY 25 MAY

Talanjee Oval Opens

10:00am – 4.30pm FREE EVENT

Food stalls, Corporate stalls, All day activities, Festivities and entertainment in the WHALE SHARK MARQUEE. THIS IS A SMOKE FREE AND PLASTIC FREE EVENT. THERE WILL BE WATER STATIONS BASED AT THE OVAL SO PLEASE BYO DRINKING CONTAINER. Seafood Cooking Demos with Special Guest Celebrity Chef ANNA GARE. Educational talks at the Ningaloo Centre. Ningaloo Swimwear parade. Local community displays and performances. Special Guest Performances by ; The Gascoyne In May troupe featuring Abigail Rose, Katie McKay , James Abberly , Miss Max, Family Shoveller Band, Mama Kin, Eloise Green, Taiko On!, Raymond Edney , HipHop stars Lord Dazastah and Layla Rose Hanbury , Formidable Vegetable Sound System.

Festival Bar is Open

12:00pm to 4:00pm

Whale Shark Marquee (Talanjee Oval)

7:00pm – Midnight
 
THIS IS AN ALL AGES EVENT. $55 per ticket for adults, $20 for 13yrs up, Free for under 12 years. Family tickets available. ALL UNDER 18’S MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT.

Festival Bar is Open

7:00pm – 11:30pm

Whale Shark Marquee

7:00pm

Whale Shark Marquee

7:45pm
 
Performance By: Ben Catley – Solo performer from Fremantle.

Whale Shark Marquee

9:00pm
 
Performance By: TommyHawks – One of Perth’s best all female indie grunge bands.

Whale Shark Marquee

10:15pm

 

Performance By: BLUE SHADDY!

 

SUNDAY 26 MAY

BIG DAY OUT on the Ningaloo Reef

7:00am – 4.00pm
 
Book your Whale Shark Tour with a local operator.

Exmouth Yatch Club

3:00pm to 10:00pm

 

Gates open for the Festival Sundowner. Supported by Woodside. Tickets = $20 per adult, kids free and must be accompanied by an adult. Plastic Free and Non Smoking Event

 

Exmouth Yatch Club

8.30pm – 10:00pm
 
ASH GRUNWALD AND BAND

Thank you to these amazing sponsors for supporting our festival.

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FESTIVAL OPENING GALA NIGHT

$112.56

The 2019 Ningaloo Whaleshark Festival Gala Opening kicks off our annual festival in style! Dress up and indulge in canapes and drink poolside at Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort while enjoying entertainment from Tom Fisher, Roving Entertainment and DJ Swami & L.C Percussion… This is an 18+, plastic free, non-smoking, ticketed event. Strictly cocktail dress only. Tickets are $110/person (plus credit card booking fee) and include five free drinks and access to all gourmet food stalls.

SATURDAY NIGHT - 18+ CONCERT

$56.41

The 2019 Ningaloo Whale Shark Festival Concert Under the Stars brings the noise to the Ningaloo! Join us at Talanjee Oval from 7 pm for a night of great beats and good times from DJ Starma, Sunbird, Band of Frequencies, Randa & The Soul Kingdom and The Coconut Carnys. Saturday, May 25th, 2019. Gates open from 7:00 pm. This is a plastic free, non-smoking, all ages event. Tickets $55 Adults, $20 Kids 13-17yrs or $110 Family (plus credit card booking fee). Kids under 12 free.

SUNDAY SUNDOWNER

$20.92

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