The Killer Whale Trail immerses you in the story of the Killers in Eden, a tale rich with whales and maritime adventure set in the unspoilt beauty of Twofold Bay. Visit sites of 18th century architecture, the whaling station, elevated lookouts & an old working pub.
On the festival Sunday, two of the 5 stops are hosting special events. National Parks and Wildlife rangers will be hosting tours of the whalers homestead Loch Garra and the Davidson Whaling Station, along with timber milling skills from yesteryear. The Seahorse Inn will also have live music from Rod Bryer and Jackson Fisher between 11am & 2pm.
To prepare, visit a screening of the Killers In Eden ABC documentary each festival day at 5pm. On festival Friday, co-creator Greg McKee will open the event and share a yarn on the making of the documentary and his dream to see produced on a big Hollywood screen. You can also hear the story & listen to interviews with eye-witness accounts here.
All along the trail, you’ll 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. You’re not far from Green Cape peninsular here, with it’s 125 year old light house and extraordinarily close proximity to the migration.
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.
Wear outdoor weatherproof clothing, take along a snack or stop at Boydtown for lunch between 12 noon & 2pm.
Grab a brochure from the Eden Visitor Information Centre, Eden Killer Whale Museum or the Eden Whale Festival pop-up tent at Snug Cove on the festival Saturday.