The air is crisp. The water at its most sparkling. It’s the best time of year for a leisurely stroll along the Eastern Suburbs coastline. It isn’t a race. Nor a test of endurance. We’re not asking anyone to arrive before dawn or undertake months of training to beat last year’s time.
No entry fee. No hassles. No pressure. It’s a relaxing walk. At your own pace. In your own time. Seven kilometres isn’t so far that you have to rush.So stop and smell the salt air. Gaze out to sea. Breathe deeply. And marvel at the migration on our doorstep.
Join us as a founding member
Sydney will be a more vibrant city with The Whale Walk as part of the annual calendar. We are registering as membership based charity and are looking for people with a passion for the natural world to join us. Membership is free (before March 30) and will give you a voice in how we operate as a charity. Please click the below button to download a membership application. It is a fillable pdf so there is no need to print it out. It will only take a few minutes to fill out and return.
We will be inviting families and young nature-lovers from all over Sydney to pop on a beanie and strap on some binos to breathe in the crisp winter air and join a unique annual event. Marine Biologists and spotters will be on hand to answer your questions and point your gaze in the right direction.
Founder and Creative Director
Mike is the founder of Sydney design studio Thunderous, working across branding, corporate identity and content production.
Prior to that, he worked as a Creative Director in the Ad industry for 18 years, working for clients as diverse as Coca-Cola, Hyundai, NRMA, NRL, Tourism Tasmania amongst many others. For his work he has been widely awarded both internationally and locally.
He has worked on the creative side of several large events, notably the KIA Australian Open and Hyundai A-League.
Mike has seen whales in Alaska, Canada, Fiji, West Australia, and of course hundreds times from the Eastern Suburbs coastline.
Marketing & Sponsorship Lead
With over 15 years experience in digital marketing, Kirsty has an in-depth understanding of online behaviour & growing audiences.
She spent much of her career at Estee Lauder Companies, working on the Jo Malone London, La Mer, Tom Ford and Origins brands.
Her life long passion has been marine mammals and ocean conservation. Swimming with wild
dolphins and whale watching have punctuated many moments in her life, from her childhood dreams of becoming a Marine Biologist & spending her pocket money on adopting whales & dolphins.
Currently working as a venture development partner whilst tending to a growing family, she’s also launching a retail brand based on 3 books that her husband has written.
Vanessa Pirotta is a marine biologist and science communicator, having recently completed her PhD at Macquarie University, Sydney. Her research focuses on identifying conservation gaps for cetaceans.
She has led pioneering research in collaboration with industry experts to develop custom-built, waterproof drones to collect whale snot from large whales.
She is the National and International award winner of the prestigious science communication competition FameLab, where she represented Australia on the international stage. She has also been awarded the 2018 Office of the Environment & Heritage and Ecological Society of Australia award for outstanding outreach.
She also has a Bachelor of Science from the Australian National University where she majored in Zoology and Evolution and Ecology.
We're a Charity
The Whale Walk Foundation will bestow grants on scientific researchers and educators with an interest in the marine environment. While of course we have the greatest interest in whales, it will not be our exclusive purpose. We will be inviting applications for grants across a wide range of subjects involving the marine environment. It should be made clear that whilst we are interested in conservation, it isn’t our focus. We do not intend to align ourselves with any political movements or protest organisations. Our primary interest is in pushing our knowledge of the oceans forward, and educating the next generation about the wonders offshore.
THE WHALE WALK
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