Every year, more than 25,000 humpback whales pass through the Moreton Bay Region on their annual migration to the warmer, tropical waters of north-east Queensland. There, they will breed and make their way back down, once again passing our shores, this time, with their offspring in tow.
This year we will welcome the whales with a new Welcome to the Whales activation at Redcliffe KiteFest.
Participate in educational and environmental activities, sand sculptures and, of course, the ‘Whale wishes’ ceremony, where patrons can place a pebble on the gorgeous sand sculpture to wish safe passage to all whales entering Moreton Bay waters.
The Welcome to the Whales event is included in your Redcliffe KiteFest Pass.
Welcome to the Whales is supported by an Advance Queensland Engaging Science Grant provided by the Queensland Government.
Learn about marine life with an interactive hands-on experience brought to you by Ocean Life Education.
The little ones will be able to touch blue linckia sea stars, thorny sea stars, sea urchins and black sea cucumbers.
This is a Free activity in the Welcome to the Whales activation from 10am - 2pm.
Watch in amazement as our professional Sand Sculptor creates incredible sculptures right in front of your eyes!
Join Coastal Protection Core for a variety of interactive science activities and workshops as part of the Welcome to the Whales activation.
Kids can take part in a number of interactive education and awareness tools include:
See a traditional Song and Dance performance with Kabi Kabi Storytelling by Lyndon Davis a Traditional Custodian and representative of the local Gubbi Gubbi / Kabi Kabi people.
Hear local stories of connection to country and custodianship Kabi Kabi connections to the Humpback Whale. This element of the program will include traditional artefacts and Aboriginal display.
Take part in the beautiful 'Whale wishes’ ceremony, where patrons can place a pebble on the gorgeous sand sculpture to wish safe passage to all whales entering Moreton Bay waters this whale season.
|10:00am||Mangrove Watch by Redcliffe Environmental Forum|
|10:20am||Reef 101: An Introduction to the reefs on your doorstop by Reef Check Australia|
|11:00am||Saving our Sharks presented by Sea Shepherd|
|11:30am||Coastal Protection Core on A Plastic Oceans School Plastic Challenge|
|12:00pm||Welcome to Country and Whale Song Stories|
|12:30pm||Whale Wishes Ceremony|
|1:00pm||Protecting our Reef through Citizen Science by Coral Watch|
|1:30pm||UQ Centre of Marine Science on East Australian humpback Whales and their songs|
|10:00am||Boomerang Alliance on Plastic Free Places|
|10:30am||Sea Shepherd Today|
|11:00am||Moreton Bay: Our Whale’s Holiday Home by Redcliffe Environmental Forum|
|11:30am||Coastal Protection Core on Whales around the Globe|
|12:00pm||Welcome to Country and Whale Song Stories |
|12:30pm||Whale Wishes Ceremony|
|1:00pm||Moreton Bay: The Reef on our Doorstep by Coral Watch|
|1:30pm||Reef Check Australia on How to be a REEFSearcher|
While humans struggle to hold their own breath for longer than a minute or two, humpback whales can hold their breath for over half an hour. When they do need to take a breath, they come to the surface of the water to breathe (image credit Brisbane Whale Watching). LEARN MORE
If you have always wanted to experience the beauty of Humpback Whales up close, take advantage of these fantastic Whale Watching Tour Offerings.