There are just eight weeks to go until the Eden Whale Festival celebrates our migrating cetaceans.
New events have been announced in this regular column and entries are starting to roll in for the markets, parade and competitions.
Be sure to check out all the latest news, and download entry forms, from www.edenwhalefestival.com.au
Canberra’s Skywhale is coming
Look upward during this year’s Eden Whale Festival and you will see an unusual sight.
Skywhale, a 23m-high, 34m-wide hot air balloon resembling a whale-like creature, will be here to help us celebrate the whales southern migration.
Skywhale was commissioned for the Canberra centenary, a project that took Canberra's Museum and Art Gallery artist Patricia Piccinini two years, and one nervous inaugural flight over Victoria, to create.
Made in Bristol England, Skywhale weighs half a tonne and is twice the size of the standard hot-air balloon.
It cost ACT tax-payers $300,000 and is owned by Melbourne company Global Ballooning.
Skywhale has also flown in Tasmania and Victoria outside of a busy schedule in Canberra.
The balloon’s own appearance has been met with controversy, some saying it is grotesque, others delighting in the quirky design.
Find out the value of your prized collectable at an appraisal day on Sunday, November 3.
Following on from a successful event in 2012, the Eden Killer Whale Museum has arranged for an appraisal day where locals and visitors can have their collectables appraised by a small group of experts.
Popular items were stamps, coins, jewellery, art, crockery and furniture with larger pieces submitted by photograph.
This year will see a re-vamped Sunday, Discover Eden, with a day packed with heritage walks, local brunches, a casual kayak ending at Snug Cove, tours of local attractions and more.
The committee is urging local restaurants to put on their best local produce for Brunch Out in Eden to give festival goers a relaxing experience after a busy Saturday.
Participating restaurants will be promoted on the Whale Festival webpage.
Other activities that have been organised so far are free guided tours of Green Cape lighthouse, Davidson’s Whaling Station and the Eden Heritage Walk.
Capture Eden’s beauty and win!
Details have been announced for the photography competition ‘Eden’s beauty – Forests to the Sea’ with almost $500 cash for the winners.
Prizes go to third place in each of the three divisions, open, youth (15 to 19) and junior (under 15).
There is an abundance of inspiration for this competition so get those cameras out and get clicking!
Photographs need to be taken in the past 12 months and will be displayed at a venue yet to be confirmed between Saturday, October 26 and Saturday, November 2.
Entry forms are available on the website.