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Hervey Bay Whale Festival

Welcome to the Hervey Bay Whale Festival | 1 – 4 August 2024 | Hervey Bay

Welcome to the Hervey Bay Whale Festival | 1 – 4 August 2024 | Hervey Bay

Welcome to the Hervey Bay Whale Festival | 1 – 4 August 2024 | Hervey Bay


Saturday, August 5 2023

City & Sea Celebrations

Get ready for a jam-packed day of fun and excitement with three amazing events all in one! First up is the City Park Discovery Pod, where you can discover the wonders of the marine world and Hervey Bay’s Holidaying Whales, take part in community competitions, and explore the beautiful Hervey Bay Regional Gallery grounds. Don't forget to make your own lantern at our workshop, so you can participate in the evening’s Parade of Lights down Main Street! Featuring stunning marine animal lanterns, this parade is sure to be a feast for the eyes. 


After the parade, head on over to Funtime Amusements Seafront Spectacular for an evening of carnival rides, food stalls, and live entertainment. Whether you're looking for thrills on the dodgem cars or just want to enjoy some delicious treats, there's something for everyone at this family-friendly event.  


Don't miss out on this incredible weekend of events in Hervey Bay. From marine education to carnival rides to the stunning Parade of Lights, there's something for everyone to enjoy. So gather your friends and family, and come and make memories that will last a lifetime! 


Are you ready to be a part of something truly magical? Create your very own lantern and join in on the excitement of the Parade of Lights! This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase your creativity and contribute to a stunning display of marine animal-inspired lanterns. Check out our helpful how-to-guide and inspiration sheet to get started now at home. And don't worry if you're not an expert artist – our "Make Your Own Lantern" workshop provides all the materials you need to create your masterpiece on the day and join in the fun. You'll be amazed as your lantern comes to life and lights up the night sky during the parade down Main Street. So, what are you waiting for? Let your imagination run wild and be a part of this unforgettable event! 

Whale parade Nighttime

Key Times

City Park Discovery Pod, City Park 

2pm – 5.30pm 

Parade of Lights, Main Street 

6pm – 6.30pm 

Funtime Amusements Seafront Spectacular 

5.00pm – 8.30pm 

Keepy Upp Championship

First Annual Keepy Uppy Championships: 

Register a team to be part of the First Annual Hervey Bay Whale Festival City Park Discovery Pod Keepy Uppy Championships here

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Parade of Lights

Get ready to light up Main Street and join in on the Parade of Lights. For everyone participating in the parade join us at the starting point under the HBRG giant whale. Leading the parade is Butchulla families with their illuminated display of marine life including Milbi (Turtle), Yulu (Dolphin), and Yuwangkan (Dugon). 

All welcome to participate 



City Park Discovery Pod Program highlights:

Showings of Pacific Whale Foundations new short film - Return to K’gari & Virtual Whale Watching at Hervey Bay Regional Gallery (All Day Saturday & Sunday)

Ocean Life Interactive Marine Display (2pm – 5.30pm)

Sea World Rescue Rangers Workshops (2.15pm, 3.15pm & 4.15pm)

Make your own Lantern Workshop (2pm – 5.30pm)

Colour your own Whale Festival Kite (2pm – 5.30pm)

Kites Queensland Kite Display (2pm – 5.30pm)


Live music from:

Maryborough Brass (2pm)

Fraser Coast Anglican College (2.45pm)

The Merry Seadogs (3.45pm)

Aloha Ohana Hula Na Wahine Hawaiian Musicians, Singers and Dancers (4.45pm)


Parade of Lights  

Marshalling under the Whale Statue from 5.30pm 

Parade of Lights commencing 6pm 


Fun Time Amusement Seafront Spectacular highlights 

Fun Time Amusement Carnival (2pm) 


Live music from: 

William Ramage (5.30pm) 

The Flying AU79’s (6.45pm) 

Fireworks Finale (8.30pm)

Image Gallery

Whale Parade
Happy Kids playing in Aquarium touch tank
Hervey Bay Whale festival with entertainment and hervey the whale
Whale Kite with Man smiling
Whale Parade
Whale Parade
Happy Family
Bumper Cars