Festival Events

Exmouth’s biggest annual event The Ningaloo Whale Shark Festival 2018 will be held Friday 25th May to Sunday 27th .

We will be delivering a ‘new look’ festival which will feature the Whale Shark Marquee – a 35 metre venue for Saturday night’s entertainment.  With props and theming all weekend, each venue will be turned into a rustic and tropical sealife wonderland .


Friday 25th May – Festival Gala Opening 

Venue:  Mantarays Poolside . 18+ event   7pm  – 10pm 

Tickets:  $110 per adult.  Includes 5 beverages, an array of delicious food, and world class entertainment.

One of the only nights of the year in Exmouth when cocktail wear is a must, this event heralds the opening of our 3 day Community Festival.

This year, the poolside area will be transformed into a tropical wonderland complete with lighting and props.

Our special guest Dj Swami has a musical collection which will  showcase the best of every genre imaginable. He is renowned for always choosing the right track for the right moment.

The night will also  feature exceptional and unique performers and artists  travelling the state with our partners  ‘Gascoyne In May ‘ .

All of this whilst standing 100 metres from the seashore of Exmouth Gulf.

Saturday   26th May – Talanjee Oval Festivities

10 am – 4.30pm  FREE EVENT     Festival Bar Open: 12pm to 4.30pm

Whatever age and whatever your fancy, something is sure to appeal in this year’s program.

Together with corporate displays, and food and market stalls , our new look festival will feature a 35 metre marquee – THE WHALE SHARK MARQUEE – where there will be ample shade to accommodate everyone whilst watching the all day entertainment.

Celebrity Chef Anna Gare will present a demo featuring cooking up some fresh Kailis prawns.

The Gascoyne In May troupe grace us with their presence once again to deliver energetic and inspiring acts .

The Ningaloo Centre will feature interesting talks and activities  from renowned Marine professionals.

More exciting announcements to come! Stay tuned…

Saturday 26th May – Evening Entertainment at Talanjee Oval

7pm – Midnight

Adults – $55

13-17 years  –  $20
12 and under   –  free
Family 2 Adults 2 Teen –   $150


DJ Swami’

One of the best known DJ’s in WA , Swami’s choice of tunes will have you reflecting on your childhood days , as well as revelling in today’s diverse world of music.

Support  –  ‘The Tommyhawks’

This being  their first time visit to Exmouth , this fierce femme-fatale foursome explode with quirky, blues-fueled songs.  Barely three years old, they’ve been making waves on the Australian Festival circuit; having toured the country 9 times, playing St Kilda Festival (Vic); Swagger Festival (VIC) Jungle Love Festival (QLD); Meatstock (VIC, NSW) Mitchell Creek Rock and Blues Festival (QLD);  Narooma Blues Festival (NSW); Port Maquarie BBQ n Blues Festival (NSW); Mount Beauty Music Festival (Vic) as well as WA festivals: Nukara, SOTA, WA Pride, Hidden Treasures, Bridgetown Blues, Disconnect, Fairbridge, Wave Rock and Nannup Music Festival.

“For high energy, folk/punk/blues spliced, gutsy and hard hitting music, this is a band you need to see”

Headliner – ‘Blue Shaddy

Our Blues favourites are back again and what better way to see them than in an intimate 35 metre marquee!

Young and old will be stomping their feet to their high energy, powerhouse blues.

One of the busiest bands in Western Australia , if not the whole of Oz, Blue Shaddy formed in 1999. They have independently released four albums and have received national airplay on Triple J.

The group has been showcased in the United States through Tin Records. Blue Shaddy was nominated for the Tin Records 2007 New Music compilation. songwriter and guitarist Jim McClelland, his brother Graham McClelland (harmonica) and Sandra McClelland (bass guitarist and wife of Jim) were born and bred in Western Australia’s remote wheat belt, which has had a strong influence on their music, especially songs such as “Don’t wanna die here” and “People talk”.

Having lived in the city of Perth for some 14 years and meeting band members, Malaysian born Arun Satgunasingam (drummer and percussionist) and percussionist Sri Lankan born Kanchana Karunaratna, the band has been exposed to new influences which leads to what Blue Shaddy are today.

Bring it on!   Welcome back Shaddies.



Visit one of the local whale shark operators and book your snorkelling with whale sharks tour.

This all day tour usually has you being picked up at 7am and returned back to Exmouth at 4:30pm.  Just in time to hit the Festival Sundowner festivities at the Exmouth Yacht Club



$20 per adult
Kids up to 17 yrs – FREE
All under 18 yrs must be accompanied by an adult

Featuring favourite beach activities like Dig For Cash and Tug of War.

Food stalls and EYC Kitchen open to provide an array of delicious foods.

Entertainment will feature our festival musicians including The Tommyhawks ,  GIM performers,  and kids activities and workshops.

PLUS ! We are super excited to announce our headliner for this evening!


For 12 incredible years now , Ash Grunwald has sustained a level of success in the Australian music scene that is the true testament to the well of his talent.

Nominated for six ARIA awards and three APRA awards, winning two of the latter.

Global tours, remarkable collaborations with musicians both old and new.

A fan base that is not defined by age along with critical acclaim as the bastion of traditional blues whilst being at the forefront of innovation.

Off the back of his latest album NOW, fresh off the European Tour and with some big shows including a show with Midnight Oil on The Great Circle Tour under his belt, Ash is once again hitting the road in Australia with a hip-shaking new single in the bag.

His last visit to Exmouth saw him playing solo . This time he has brought along 2 of his band members .

With ASH GRUNWALD, BLUE SHADDY , and THE TOMMYHAWKS, this has got to be the best stomping music you could ever wish for in 1 weekend!

Escape the autumn down south . See you in Exmouth in May for our biggest festival to date !

Contact Branka King for details .


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