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Big names at the 2018 Ningaloo Whale Shark Festival include Celebrity chef Anna Gare and musicians Ash Grunwald and Blue Shaddy. The Festival weekend (May 25 - 27), in and around Exmouth, highlights the community’s relationship with the annual return of the whale shark. This year’s festival will have a new look with the Whale Shark Marquee, on Talanjee Oval, turned into a rustic and tropical sea life wonderland.


Kicking off the weekend festivities is the Gala Festival Opening, poolside at Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort, just metres from the waterline. Transformed into a tropical wonderland, it’s the chance to dress up and enjoy decadent food and drink, dance to the DJ and watch exceptional performances from the unique band of artists with Gascoyne In May. This +18 ticketed cocktail event is $110 per adult.


From 10am Saturday activities start at Talanjee Oval. The 35metre Whale Shark Marquee will hold live entertainment throughout the day with surrounding market and food stalls closing at 5pm. Junior Masterchef Judge and Celebrity Chef, Anna Gare will present a demo featuring mouth watering fresh Kailis prawns. The day includes the Gascoyne In May troupe delivering energetic and inspiring acts along with kids activities and workshops, a fun run, informative talks and activities from renowned marine professionals.


One of Exmouth’s favourite bands, Blue Shaddy, back by popular demand, will have young and old stomping their feet to the group’s high energy, powerhouse blues (Saturday night’s ticketed event). Supporting act, The Tommyhawks, a fierce femme-fatale foursome, will explode with quirky, blues-fueled songs.


Sunday’s Big Day Out on Ningaloo Reef is where the stars of the show shine – the Ningaloo whale sharks. Whale shark tours are discounted and entry is free to Cape Range National Park (May 27).


Ash Grunwald will hit Exmouth with his exciting and hypnotic blues sounds on Town Beach at Sunday’s Festival sundowner sponsored by Woodside and starting at 3pm. The afternoon beach activities, Dig For Cash and Tug of War start the event with food stalls and other kid’s activities and workshops. Evening entertainment from The Tommyhawks and Gascoyne In May performers will see out the festival. Children 17 years and under are free and $20 adult tickets are available at the event.


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