Whale Festival

Event dates to be confirmed: October 2019


Discover the Aboriginal heritage of Vaucluse House and join them as they celebrate the annual gawura (‘whale’) migration season with a day of interpretive stories and dance inspired by a series of distinctive engravings carved thousands of years ago into the Vaucluse landscape.

Sydney Living Museums’ annual Whale Festival invites visitors on a journey of interpretation to help understand this special story shared by many Aboriginal communities.

The day begins at 11am with food, activities, tours and storytelling at Vaucluse House. Then join them at 12.30pm in the Vaucluse Estate beach paddock for the traditional smoking ceremony and welcome to country. Experience the significance of the whale to Aboriginal culture through dance performances from Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness and the Djaadjawan Dancers.

Inside the Vaucluse House kitchen, Sydney Living Museums’ resident gastronomer, Jacqui Newling, will be cooking up some seafood chowder referencing Sydney’s early whaling industry. Visitors can also take a whale-themed tour of the historic Vaucluse House.

Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy a selection of food in the Vaucluse House Carriage Loop. You can also enjoy breakfast, lunch or high tea at the Vaucluse House Tearooms.

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