This beautiful little festival celebrating the majestic whale will have you listening to talks and wanting to provide help and protection against slaughter of these marine mammals. Taking place on the Central Coast at Norah Head and now in its 11th year, dedicated locals started this event after the Japanese were granted permission by the International Whaling Commission to add Humpback Whales to their kill list.
The Whale Dreamers Festival continues to make people aware of the plight of whales through education and marine displays. It also helps to raise funds towards conservation and research projects, proudly supporting Sea Shepherd.
Sightings of these graceful mammals, that entertain us with their back flips and diving in and out of the water, can be witnessed here on their winter migration along Australia's east coast. Wondrous in themselves, not only can you see whales for free here, there's also pods of dolphins to spot.
The spectacular location at the lighthouse will entertain further, from 10am to 2pm, with live music from Eagle and the Wolf; a drum circle performance; children's art; bamboo sculpture; and lighthouse tours (with family discounts available). Stomachs can be filled through a number of food and beverage stalls, along with a sausage sizzle fundraiser. Else you can bring a picnic and enjoy the surroundings.
Bush Street will be closed and festival goers can either take a walk up the bush track or catch a free shuttle bus to the top of the hill.
It's a good day trip from Sydney and with the NSW school holidays on, it's an inexpensive option for families.