Killer Whale Trail

Take a day trip back in time. When boats were made of wood and men were made of steel!


Killer-Whale-buttonIt’s a trail rich with whales and tales of adventure, a self-drive day tour that takes you to five historical sites set in breathtaking natural surrounds around Eden on the Sapphire Coast NSW.

Journey around Twofold Bay and uncover the dramatic history of whaling from 1828-1930 and learn about the unique relationship between whalers and the wild killer whales (orcas). Between August and November, these sites become perfect vantage points to view humpback whales as they migrate close to the coast. The journey can take half a day, or include a picnic or lunch stop and spend the day.

You will find another chapter of the story at each stop. Bring your smartphone to scan the interpretive signs and view historical photos, video and audio to delve deeper into the story of the Killer Whales of Eden.

Hear the story while you see the sights.

Click to listen to an MP3 of the Killers of Eden story. Recorded in 1999, this includes interviews with people who were witness to many of the events you’ll learn about on the Killer Whale Trail.

LISTEN or download eye witness accounts here (50 minutes).

WATCH the ABC documentary here (50 mins).

Trail Map

To view an individual point of interest, click on a marker below and select 'more info'. From there you can step through the trail one point at a time. Download links for GPS devices and Google Earth can be found below.

If your GPS requires a specific format for map data, download the GPX file above and use an online converter such as GPS Visualiser to convert to a format appropriate for your GPS. Select 'Waypoints' as the type of GPS data you would like to convert.

What to take

Wear sturdy walking shoes, and wear a t-shirt with warm and waterproof layers on top.

Drinks and snacks.

Insect repellent in the warmer months.

Camera, smartphone with QR code reader (not necessary, but can be used to access images, videos and extra historical content by scanning the interpretive signage on the trail).

Tips for driving on dirt roads

The drive is mostly on sealed roads however the final couple of kilometres to Boyd’s Tower and Davidson Whaling Station are well maintained dirt road.

Drive slower than you would on a sealed road, stay in your lane and allow plenty of space between you and other vehicles.