The ever popular Whale Festival on the New South Wales Sapphire Coast this weekend will not only feature humpbacks migrating south, but street parades, markets and a visit by the Australian National Maritime Museum’s magnificent HMB Endeavour.
The 44-metre square-rigged ship will make a spectacular entrance into Two Fold Bay at 10.00 am on Friday 31 October and will anchor at Breakwater Wharf at 11.00 am where she will fire her canons to signal her arrival.
When in port, the ship is presented as a floating museum with all the evidence of an 18th century crew going about their tasks during Cook’s epic 1768-71 world voyage, when he became the first to chart the east coast of Australia.
November 1 and 2 will see the Sapphire Coast come to life with a range of activities celebrating the migration of the humpback whales on their way south.
Waters off Eden are known as Humpback Highway and the region is an ideal place to have a close encounter with these magnificent creatures.
The Whale Festival street parade will take place on Saturday 1 November and includes festival markets. Saturday afternoon at Snug Cove is a place to wander the markets, feast on local produce, see performances and try your hand at oyster shucking, capstan pull and whittling spoons to name a few. The evening will see the Whale Song gig return and feature headline acts from around the country and also showcase the best of the locals.
For more information on the Whale Festival, go to www.edenwhalefestival.com.au
Endeavour will be open for inspection during the Whale Festival from 10 am – 5pm Saturday 1 November and Sunday 2 November (last entry 4.30pm). Tickets are $10 adults, $8 children/concessions or $25 families (2 adults + 3 children).