Nala the Whale sculpture
Public Art: Nala The Whale sculpture
Sculptors: © Blunt Chisel - Hervey Bay sculptors
Description: The 8.3m, 9.5 tonne breaching humpback
whale is made from Queensland Red and Ironbark timber and stainless steel.It took three cranes to lift it into
place. The sculpture is dedicated to the much loved Nala, a female humpback who has returned to Hervey Bay every
year since 1992.
Date Unveiled: The whale was lifted into place on the
22nd of August 2012 and unveiled by Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell .
Location: Nala is located at the Fraser Coast
Cultural Centre in Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia.
Acknowledgements: Thank you to Aileen for kindly
supplying the photograph.
Evrything You Need to Know About Nala's
Overall Length 11.5 metres,
breaching at 52 degree’s,
Height from base plate to nose 8.3 metre’s
Body width 4.8 metre’s,
Each flipper 5 metres long,
Overall width 14.8 metres (include flippers)
Approximately 9.5 tonne of Queensland Red and Ironbark timber.
3.5 tonne of stainless steel,
9 tonne of steel frame work,
total weight approx 22 tonne.
Excavated footing 5.2m wide x 7.5m long x 1.6m deep.
3.3 tonne of reinforcement
69 m3 of concrete (13 trucks)
Trivia: Nala is the mother whale of the smaller
humpback whale sculpture found at roundabout at the intersection of Main Street and the Esplanade.
Hervey Bay is one of the best place in the country, if not the world, to go whale watching.