Festival Schedule

Thursday, May 26 to Sunday May 29, 2016

2016 Poster

Click here to view or download the 2016 Ningaloo Whale Shark Festival Program

Thursday, May 26

Seaside Cinema featuring live entertainment from the Australian Army Band, and solo artist James Abberley before the feature presentation, Racing Extinction (rated G). Free family event.

4.30 – 9:00pm at Federation Park, Maidstone Crescent, Exmouth.


Friday, May 27

Gala Festival Opening with exquisite food and drink plus live entertainment from the wildly entertaining 3 piece tex-mex-metal mariachi band, Kallidad, Zap Circus and a surprise performer. This is an 18+ event. Tickets $90 each, available online or via the Exmouth Visitor Centre box office.

7:00pm-10:00pm, poolside at the Novotel Ningaloo Resort, Madaffari Drive, Exmouth.



Saturday, May 28

Chevron Fun Run begins from Talanjee Oval. Open, juniors and nippers divisions with great cash prizes to be won.
$10 entry fee.

Registration from 7:30-7:45am for an 8:30am start. Event time a maximum of one hour.


Festival Day at Talanjee Oval. Free family fun all day, featuring live entertainment from Miss Max, Michael Triscari, The NBC, Dave Mann, The Pirateman, ZAP Circus Natural Wings and more. Also kids giant kite workshops, local art, amusements, food, market stalls, educational and corporate stands and an 18+ bar in the rec centre from 12:00pm-5:00pm. Free family event.

From 10:00am to 5:00pm at Talanjee Oval, Murat Road, Exmouth.


Concert Night featuring the festival’s headline act, Caravana Sun plus support act Jay Hoad. This is an 18+ event. Tickets $50 each, available online or via the Exmouth Visitor Centre box office.

7:00pm-12:00am at Cadillacs Bar & Grill, Murat Road, Exmouth.



Sunday, May 29

Big Day Out on Ningaloo Reef with the stars of the festival, Ningaloo whale sharks! Special discounted prices on all whale shark swim tours. For bookings, contact the Exmouth Visitor Centre. Tours depart from Tantabiddi Boat Ramp where Skybound Aerialists Natural Wings will be performing an aerial show on the beach from 7.30am to 9:00am.


Festival Close Sundowner featuring kids beach games, food stalls, fire shows and a culmination of entertainment from the whole festival. Family friendly event. Entry $5 per adult or $10 per family.

2:00pm to 10:00pm at the Exmouth Yacht Club, Friedman Way, Exmouth.





Click here to download the 2015 Ningaloo Whale Shark Festival Program.

2015 Poster