According to some recent news this years run might not be as spectacular as usual. It seems that the water is a little too warm (21°C) - the sardines prefer temperatures around 19°C. Only small pockets of sardines have been sighted close to Port Edward, and the main shoals are hopefully expected to appear over the next week.
Nevertheless the Sardine Festival 13 June – 17 July 2009 has already started, which highlights not only the impending arrival of the fishy visitors from the Cape but also the array of activities which is available on the South Coast during the winter school break. Check the official website for more info - plenty of activities ranging from a MTB race, a jazz festival, airshow, food festivals and much more!