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Ningaloo Whaleshark Festival 2012

Ningaloo Whaleshark Festival 2012

The Ningaloo Whaleshark Festival highlights the community’s relationship with the yearly visitation of the whale shark.

The festival’s objective is to bring together government departments, business,industries and community members to strengthen their relationships whilst enhancing the education and celebration of the whale shark and its annual visit to Ningaloo.

In 2012 the Ningaloo Whaleshark Festival is making it’s return to the Exmouth social calender, launching with the gala opening cocktail party and art exhibition on the 25th of May and  festivities continuing through to the 27th of May on including a family fun run, Aussie breakfast, float parade, activities throughout the day and entertainment which will continue into the evening. Sunday the 27th is Family Day at Town Beach with plenty of beach games and night-time entertainment. Fire juggling, aerial displays, circus shows and whale shark packages are all part of the festival program. Don’t miss out on this fabulous event!


The Ningaloo Whaleshark Festival grew out of a previous annual event, the Aqua Fest. Originally created under the auspice of the Exmouth Chamber of Commerce & Industry, but because of the size and future aspirations it was found necessary to create the Ningaloo Whaleshark Festival Incorporated, a completely separate and autonomous body which has undertaken the organisation not only of the growing Whaleshark Festival each May, but also two Street Parties during the year providing entertainment and as fund-raisers for the annual Whaleshark Festival.

Through extensive and ongoing research the Ningaloo Reef regional communities are aware of the perilous situation in world terms, that the Whale Shark, this gentle creature of the ocean is in, as it still remains a source of food and is cruelly hunted in some countries. TheWhaleshark Festival aims to create awareness of the extinction date facing the Whale Sharks and educate the public on the value they add to our lives. Through the preservation and conservation of these creatures and the Ningaloo Reef environment, we can all experience something so unique and ultimately “make a friend for life” .


For more info go to or email

For whale shark packages contact Exmouth Visitor Centre (08) 9949 1176.

You can also visit the group on Facebook 


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