Fleurieu Peninsula

Winter Whale Fest to feature leafy seadragon dives, wine whale talks, markets and more this month

Head to the Winter Whale Fest this June, and enjoy over 25 events, including expert talks, cultural ceremonies, and immersive marine experiences.

It’s that time of the year again – the Southern Right Whales are arriving on the Fleurieu Peninsula and Victor Harbor has become a hub for whale enthusiasts from around the world with the launch of the annual Winter Whale Fest.

The Winter Whale Fest is a month-long Festival celebrating the arrival of the Southern Right Whales on the Fleurieu Peninsula, and an opportunity to share the passion the Victor Harbor and Fleurieu community has for the protection and preservation of our coastal landscapes and marine environment. 

With more than 25 events thoughtfully curated throughout the month of June, the Festival is a rare opportunity to hear and learn from marine conservation thought leaders, immerse yourself in the magic of the marine world firsthand, and participate in a range of educational and cultural experiences.

But it’s more than a mere whale watching event. This month-long festival of fun and thought provoking events not only celebrates the arrival of the Southern Right Whales, but has been crafted to engage and educate visitors about whale conservation, the marine environment, and the local culture and community.

The program includes a traditional Ramindjeri Welcoming the Whales and Smoking Ceremony on June 9th. Visitors will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a cultural ceremony, while learning about the Ramindjeri dreamtime story of Kondoli the whale, as well as the cultural significance of the Southern Right Whales to the local community.

From there, the program offers an inspiring and informative lineup of talks showcasing thinkers, advocates, artists and conservation thought leaders who are at the forefront of marine conservation. From the renowned marine scientist Dr. Mike Bossley, to the team from Fleurieu Marine Education, the Winter Whale Fest program features an impressive list of experts who will share their insights and experiences.

These enlightening talks will cover a diverse range of topics, including the latest research in whale biology, conservation efforts, marine protected areas, and the impact of climate change on our oceans. This is a rare opportunity to learn from the best and gain a deeper understanding of the incredible creatures that call our oceans home.

If you’re looking for more immersive experiences, the festival offers a range of opportunities for visitors to experience the magic of the marine world firsthand.

Take a rare and unforgettable opportunity to snorkel around Granite Island or join a unique guided tour that takes you across the waters from Pultang-Victor Harbor to Kaiki-Granite Island with Ngarrindjeri leaders.

From the Ocean Film Festival, whale art trails, immersive VR experiences, basket weaving and Winter Solstice with the Whales Sound Bath, there are plenty of activities on offer for visitors of all ages.

For families, there are plenty of activities to keep the little ones entertained and leave them inspired, including VR experiences, junior whale spotter training sessions, and the Victor Harbor Science Fair.

Other key events include:

Can’t make the festival? Don’t worry, regular sightings occur between June and September. So even if you can’t make it to the Winter Whalefest, there are plenty of opportunities to catch a glimpse of the Southern Right Whales along the Fleurieu Peninsula coastline during their annual migration season.

To stay up to date and hear about local whale sightings, join the South Australian Whale Community here.

For more information about the Winter Whale Fest program and events, please click here.  

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