Wine, Whales & Sea Tales

12, 14 & 16 August 2019

Descend below the surface into the mysterious underwater world of whales.

Taking place over three nights during National Science Week, Wine, Whales & Sea Tales promises an exciting line-up of science presentations, Q&A sessions, underwater photographic exhibits, short films, live entertainment, vessel tours, giveaways and more!

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from leading researchers and visual artists who are making ground-breaking discoveries in our very own blue backyard.

Tickets for this event are only $10 for adults and $5 for children (3-13 years) per night and include a complimentary beer, wine or soft drink, and a surprise gift.

Proceeds from this event will be donated to independent marine research projects. Limited tickets available so book early to avoid disappointment.

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What To Expect

Science Presentations

Decoding Sounds of Ocean Giants

Dr Rebecca Dunlop - Senior Lecturer, The University of Queensland

Making Tracks on the Humpback Highway

Dr Olaf Meynecke - Research Fellow, Griffith University

Inside the Secret Lives of Dolphins

Dr Elizabeth Hawkins - Founding Director, Dolphin Research Australia

How to Save a Whale in 3 Days

Tacha Mulligan - Animal Care Supervisor, Sea World Research & Rescue Foundation

Humpbacks: Sentinels of Sea-ice

Dr Susan Bengtson Nash - Associate Professor, Griffith University

Sex Under the Sea: Migration, Mating & Motherhood

Laura Torre-Williams - Visiting Scholar, Griffith University

Photography Exhibit


Darren Jew - Canon Master

Five-time winner Canon/AIPP Australian Science, Environment and Nature Photographer of the Year Darren Jew has dedicated his craft to capturing and sharing the world’s great wildlife, landscape and marine destinations. Leviathan is the culmination of two decades of extensive underwater photography across Australia and the Pacific, in Africa, North and South America, the Arctic and Antarctica, and Darren’s timeless tribute to these elegant denizens of the deep.


Live Entertainment

Nick Cunningham

Fresh off the back from packed stages at Byron Bay Blues and Roots, Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival, singer-songwriter Nick Cunningham is bringing his tell-tale acoustic folk sound and beachy vibe to the Gold Coast for National Science Week. In residence for three nights, Cunningham’s sprawling low, gruff vocals and deft guitar work will have you conjuring images of restlessly shifting seas and wanderlust.




Each guest will receive a surprise gift on the night.

Prizes will also be rafflled off each evening with proceeds also donated to independent marine research projects. To be announced.

Vessel Tours

MV Spirit of Migaloo II

The recently launched Spirit of Migaloo II is Australia’s newest and most advanced whale watching vessel. Take a tour of the state-of-the-art vessel with our Master Skippers and learn about the features that make this one of the most environmentally-friendly whale watching platforms in the world.

Bar & Dining

Fully-licensed Bar

Held at the newly refurbished Sea World Cruises Terminal, the venue boasts a spacious, covered outdoor area complete with comfy lounges, heaters and unrestricted views of the Gold Coast Broadwater. Grab a craft beer from local brewers or a drink from our fully-licensed bar, and for those feeling peckish, our chefs will be serving up casual dining options featuring seasonal produce sourced from regional farmers and growers.

All Proceeds Donated

Modern technology has taken us to the Moon and beyond, but we are only just beginning to understand the extraordinary forms of intelligent life on own planet. All proceeds from this event will be donated to independent marine research projects that tackle issues endangering local marine life.

Getting Here

Sea World Cruises Terminal

Seaworld Drive, Main Beach
Gold Coast, Queensland 4217
Doors Open 6:30pm
Event Duration: 7 – 9:30pm
Wheelchair Accessible

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