GOLD COAST WHALE FEST 2023

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GOLD COAST WHALE FESTIVAL 2023

The Gold Coast Whale Festival will be held on Saturday 12th August 2023 at Burleigh Heads. Organised by Humpbacks and Highrises (HHR), the festival aims to increase awareness in the local community for our oceans and the magnificent whales that visit the Gold Coast every year.

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Location: Burleigh Heads, Justins Park, Gold Coast

Dates: 12th August 2023 

Time: 10am-430pm 

The Whale Festival is a great opportunity for everyone to learn more about whales in the Gold Coast bay, and how they can participate to make a difference. There will be stalls and exhibits from various organisations which are leading our community to marine and costal sustainability. There will be activities for the whole family throughout the day giving everyone a chance to learn and be the change they want to see: a beach clean up, a guided whale survey from Burleigh Hill, a guided turtle walk, colouring, games and fluke matching for our youngest to learn more about whales and the marine environment. 

FESTIVAL LINE UP 

12th August 2023

10:00 WELCOME and OPENING

10:05 WELCOME TO COUNTRY Justin Dillon

10:05-10:10 SCIENCE TALK on TURTLES (Melissa Staines) 

10:10-11:10 LIVE MUSIC – Tom Harrington

11:10 – 11:15 SCIENCE TALK on DOLPHINS (Lara Murray)

11:15- 12:15 LIVE MUSIC – Jasmine Rain

12:15- 12:20 SCIENCE TALK  on WHALES  (Olaf Meynecke)

12:20 – 1:20 LIVE MUSIC – Chloe Behrens

1:20 – 1:25 SCIENCE TALK – SHARKS (Mariel Familiar Lopez)

1:25 – 2:25 LIVE MUSIC – Willow Keith

2:25 – 2:30 SCIENCE TALK on RAYS (Ciaran Hyde)

2:30 – 3:30 LIVE MUSIC – Harmony Breen

3:30 – 3:35 TALK on Marine Mammal Safety (Carli Lovell)

3:35 – 4:35 LIVE MUSIC – SACHA

4:35 – 4:40 CLOSING

ACTIVITIES 

10:00 – 3:00 FLUKE MATCHING KIDS ACTIVITY AT HHR STALL

10:00 – 4:30 KIDS COLOURING AND EDUCATION AT HHR STALL

10:00 – 4:30 GIANT JENGA, OCEAN COLOURING & DISENTANGLING WHALES AT SEA WORLD STALL

10:00-12:00 LAND BASED WHALE SURVEY MEET AT HHR STALL 10:00 AM

12:00 – 2:00 BEACH CLEAN AND MICROPLASTIC DETECTIVES MEET AT HHR STALL 12:00 PM

 

Sponsored by : Gold Coast City Council  – Rotary Club Burleigh Heads – Whales & Climate Research Program

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Supporting the whales

Since 2011, HHR has been running Queensland’s largest marine mammal monitoring program dedicated to the protection and research of marine mammals. Our mission is to ensure present and future generations of the community have access to enjoy, appreciate and care for whales and dolphins through research, rescue and education.

HHR spokesman, Olaf  Meynecke, said, ”We have been collecting data on humpback whales and other marine mammals since 2011 – in fact, it is Queensland’s largest marine mammal monitoring program. Now, we want to share some of our excitement about these amazing creatures.”

Contact Us

Get in touch if you would like to know more about Gold Coast Whale Festival 2023. Become a sponsor or hold a stall at the event. 

Info

Justins Park

Burleigh Heads QLD 4220

info@hhr.org.au

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