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Waterfront Whale Tales

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A man with white paint on his face and wearing a black t-shirt with the Aboriginal flag on it stands with his arms crossed next to a black sculpture of a whale's tail.
Photograph: Supplied/New Sydney Waterfront Co
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Keep your eyes peeled for 30 large-scale whale tail sculptures that are popping up around Sydney’s Western Harbour

Thar she blows! From August 11 to September 24, a pod of whale tails are migrating through Sydney's Western Harbour – and if you manage to find them all you could just win an epic prize. 

Waterfront Whale Tales is a collection of thirty two-metre-tall whale tail sculptures that have been painted by local Australian artists. This talented line-up includes Archibald prize winner and First Nations artist Blak Douglas, illustrator and animator Chris Yee and artist, author and illustrator Sha’an d’Anthes aka Furry Little Peach. Each tail boasts a unique design that is inspired by its location, marine life, Indigenous stories and the land. 

The sculptures will be dotted along a six-kilometre route around Sydney’s Western Harbour waterfront, beginning at the Sydney Fish Market and weaving through Pyrmont, past The Star, Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, ICC Sydney, Chinese Garden of Friendship, Darling Quarter, Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, Cockle Bay, King Street Wharf, Crown Sydney and finally to Barangaroo.

The best (and easiest) way to navigate the trail is to download the app, which will tell you the exact location of each tail, plus extra information regarding the waterfront’s history and natural wonders. 

Each sculpture also features a special code, which when entered into the app, reveals the story behind the design inspiration as well as a freebie, discount code or prize to redeem from a local business. Discover all thirty tails and you can enter the draw to win one of thirty nights in a Deluxe King room at Crown Sydney including breakfast for two.

If you’re already wondering what’s going to happen to these whale tails at the end of the six-week showing, it’s good news: the sculptures will be auctioned off, with net proceeds going to The Kids' Cancer Project. 

Waterfront Whale Tales is a free outdoor exhibition. For more information, head to the website.

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