Island Whale Festival Sunday 2nd July

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Event Details

Island Whale Festival Sunday 2nd July 2023 Phillip Island

*Festival Hub – Cowes

Find a range of stalls, activities, talks, presentations, live music, VR experience, Whale Festival information and more at the Festival Hub in Cowes.  10.00am-4pm Festival Hub St Philip’s Church Hall, 102 Thompson Avenue, Cowes


*Face Painting

Your little ones will love our super cute face painting – choose from a whale, dolphin, seal or penguin. 11am – 4pm  Festival Hub marquee


*Pop Up Art Show View ocean inspired works from some of Millowl’s (Phillip Islands) talented local artists. 10am-3pm The Nobbies Centre

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*Our Ocean – Our Health – Our Whales Health

Join a beach tour to explore for signs of a healthy biodiversity, while also recognising & learning about the pollutants that affect our environment.  10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm Smiths Beach Car Park Bookings Required
*Spot A Whale
Learn how to spot a whale with local researchers while enjoying the magnificent views of Cape Woolamai. This is the perfect location to learn the tell-tale signs of a whale presence in our coastal waters. 9am and 1pm Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club  Bookings Recommended
*Recycled Plastics Workshop

Recycle & transform plastics using new, innovative technology into a unique item for you to keep! Learn about the impact of plastic on our marine environment & about solutions to tackle plastic waste. 10am, 12pm & 2.30pm Masonic Hall  Bookings Recommended



*Meet the Dolphin Research Institute’s Team
Meet the team of DRI researchers and volunteers and ask questions about their work, getting involved and careers in marine science. 10am-4pm Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club Drop in
*Ocean Messages – Interactive Art Piece 
Local Community Artists will facilitate decoration of a large whale puppet with messages about the importance of caring for whales, oceans & the Living World. 10am-11am & 1 – 2pm Festival Hub Drop in
*Blue Carbon In The UNESCO Biosphere.
The Western Port Biosphere Foundation is leading an exciting partnership that will reveal just how much the Western Port UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve region can and could help fight climate change thanks to its wealth of carbon-absorbing marine habitats. 10am-10.45am Festival Hub Bookings Recommended
*Whale Tail Identification
How many flukes and fins can you identify? Learn how scientists identify whales by their patterns or marks on their fins or flukes (tails), which are similar to fingerprints for humans.  10am-4pm Cost: Free – Drop In Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club
*Whales of Victoria
Where do whales come from & where do they go? Have you seen whales today? Join this discussion & presentation on the whales we see in our water each year. Learn about how you spot & report sightings. 10.30 & 11.15am Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club Bookings Recommended
*Careers in Marine Science 
Join our panel of experts for a discussion on how, when and where opportunities exist for a career in marine science. We will have three generations of marine scientists to help you on your way towards achieving your career goals. 11am – 11.45am Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club Bookings Recommended
*Whale Crown Creations
Join local Community Artists to create your own whale crown incorporating natural materials & recycled cardboard. The crown will celebrate whales & recognises the importance of caring for the living world. 11am-12pm & 2pm-3pm Festival Hub Bookings Recommended
*When Whales Walked
50 million years ago, the ancestor of all whales walked on land. At the size of a Labrador & superficially resembling an otter, it would eventually make its way into the water. Join palaeontologist Ben Francischelli on a journey to uncover the evolution of the whale. 11am-11.45am Festival Hub Bookings Recommended
*VR Experience: Great Southern Ocean Reef

Learn about the spectacular reefs around Australia’s southern coastline, while you explore Victoria’s biodiverse Marine National Parks, ‘snorkelling’ with dolphins, seals & rock lobsters. 11am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm Masonic Hall  Drop In

*Origami Whales Free Winter Whale Fun for Kids!
A fun activity for the whole family making origami whalesat the Phillip Island Visitor Information Centre. 11am-1pm Phillip Island Visitor Information Centre  Drop In
*How Can We Make A Difference
Follow a published author and wildlife photographers’ journey to help the natural world through the camera. Join Chris to learn why it is important to photograph animals and birds that may be injured or be rare in existence. 12pm-12.45pm Festival Hub Bookings Recommended
*Paint Your Own Whale Cookie
Join Brooke from the Island Cookie Box to create your own whale cookie masterpiece! Yum! 1pm & 1.30pm Festival Hub Bookings Recommended


*What’s in a Face (WhaleFace)

Learn how DEECA studies endangered Southern Right Whales using the unique patterns on their head & find out how you can join the WhaleFace community & contribute to this important research. 1.00 – 1.45pm Festival Hub  Bookings Recommended


*How to draw cartoon whales 
Join local illustrator & artist Zev Landes (the creator of our whale mascots) in a fun workshop learning how to draw whales. No drawing experience necessary. 2pm-2.45pm  Festival Hub Bookings Recommended
*Ocean Film Festival
Don’t miss the only opportunity to see The Ocean Film Festival in Victoria this winter. Each of the festival’s 7 films conveys a deep respect and appreciation for the world’s oceans and the creatures that call them home. 2-5pm Newhaven College, Black Box Theatre Bookings Required
*Welcome To The Humpback Whale Migration 2023
Dr Wally Franklin has studied eastern Australian humpback whales in Hervey Bay for thirty years. He summarises what has been learnt about the incredible annual humpback whale migration. Hosted in person by Dr Sue Mason and online by Wally Franklin. 3pm-3.45pm Festival Hub – Hall Bookings Recommended

Thank you to Island Whale Festival Sunday 2nd July 2023 for this program



July 2, 2023 10:00 am - 5:00 pm(GMT+10:00)