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Welcoming The Whales

Story: Meredith Anderson
May 28, 2019
Welcoming  the Whales
Whale season is here again with these beautiful creatures appearing along our coastline from May to November. For the first time, Redcliffe KiteFest will include a Welcome to the Whales, as part of its celebrations.  

This will incorporate a Whale Wishes ceremony and plenty of other activities for all ages.

The ceremony will greet the whales and wish them safe passage, while sharing interesting facts and information with attendees about these giants of the ocean. As part of the ceremony, KiteFest attendees can place pebbles on a magnificent whale sand sculpture that will be built on the Saturday of the event.

Renee Gusa, destination and event marketing manager for KiteFest, said there would be plenty of whale-related activities to occupy the whole family.

“There will be interactive, educational and reef awareness tools to engage people of all ages, including virtual reefs (different sizes)

for activities, coral skeletons to touch and art clay corals to look at, reef checking and beach scavenger hunt.”

Renee said that several activities “will have an environmental focus, not just celebrating whales that come to the region every year”, with a spotlight on plastic reduction.

Plastic straws will not be provided by KiteFest vendors and people will be encouraged to take their part in reducing their use of plastic, particularly single-use plastics.

Spokesperson for Brisbane Whale Watching, Dessray Colledge, said the peninsula area was the perfect location for whale spotting as it “is literally a safe haven for them”.

This year, approximately 25,000 whales are expected throughout the season.

To attend Welcome to the Whales, head down to Redcliffe KiteFest. The Welcome to the Whales activities are included as part of your KiteFest ticket.

Find out more about this event via the program and Welcome to the Whales pages at Tickets are $5 to $27 and can be purchased on the website or on the day.

Welcome to the Whales at Redcliffe KiteFest
Saturday 15 June & Sunday 16 June, 10am–2pm
Pelican Park, Clontarf