Whales are gorgeous, roam in packs, and appear to get along with people like dolphins do. If you share their admiration, discover more about them and how you can contribute to their protection this August in Burleigh.

Everyone has the opportunity to learn more about whales and how they can get involved to make a difference by attending the Whale Festival on the Gold Coast. Organised by Humpbacks and Highrises (HHR), the festival aims to increase awareness in the local community for our oceans and the magnificent whales that visit the Gold Coast every year. Head to John Laws Park in Burleigh Heads, just a skip and a hop from Swell Resort, on August 6 for the 2022 Gold Coast Whale Festival.

The park is home to one of the world’s most breathtaking views. This lovely park is positioned atop Burleigh Headland and offers views of Burleigh Beach to Surfers Paradise.

You may find stalls and displays from various leaders in the marine and coastal sustainability industries at the festival. The Gold Coast Whale Festival offers a variety of family-friendly activities. For people to learn more about whales, there is a beach clean-up, a guided whale survey from Burleigh Hill, a guided Rocky Shore Exploration, and fluke matching for kids.


10:00 WELCOME and Opening

10:05 Welcome to country

10:30-11:30 Live Music

11:30-11:55 Science talks on stage

12:00 – 1:00 Live Music

1:10 – 1:35 Short talks on stage

1:45 – 2:45 Live music

3:00 – 3:10 Short talks

3:10 – 3:45 Music

3:45 – 4:30 Closing

10:00 – 4:30 Stalls and exhibits

10:00 – 3:00 Fluke Matching kids activity at the HHR stall

10:00 – 4:30 Kids colouring and face painting with HHR

10:00 – 12:00 Beach Clean and Microplastic Detectives with HHR/Holly Summers

10:00-12:00 Land Based Whale survey with HHR

Register for your free tickets here!

Whale Watching Season

Why not go whale watching in addition to attending the 2022 Gold Coast Whale Festival? Book a room at the Swell Resort in Burleigh Heads.

The accommodation is well situated close to Burleigh Heads Beach, where you can unwind, play, and enjoy in style. The resort offers a variety of one, two and three-bedroom Burleigh apartments that are entirely self-contained and furnished with all the conveniences of home, making it ideal for all types of tourists. Additionally, several recreational facilities are on-site, including a tennis court, gym, and swimming pool.

The top Burleigh eateries, cafes, bars, and boutique shops are only a few feet away, while the stunning Burleigh Heads National Park and world-famous surf beach are only a short distance away.

Speaking of Burleigh Head National Park, this wild, undeveloped headland in the centre of the Gold Coast offers excursions through the rainforest and along the rocky foreshore and the possibility to observe sea eagles soaring along the coast and whales giving birth in the spring.

The park’s well-maintained walking trails make reaching its most intriguing attractions simple. The first is a 1.2-kilometre (one-way) Oceanview walk that takes 30 minutes to complete. From Tallebudgera Creek to the southernmost point of the Burleigh Heads township, this walk follows the shoreline as it winds around a rocky cliff.

The 2.3-kilometre Rainforest circuit with a 45-minute walking time is worth it, especially if you want to see the whales. There is a steep part near Tumgun Lookout in the centre. The overlook is a fantastic site to observe humpback whales splashing in the winter and spring.

Be aware that June through October is prime time for whale watching. Bring your binoculars or a camera with a good lens if you want to view it for free and capture the experience!

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