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Ever heard of the Killer Whale Trail?

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Wild About Whales
Dinosaur skeleton Photo: Sapphire Coast Tourism

It sounds a little ominous right? The truth is that the Killer Whale Trail is a truly inspirational journey along the far south coast of NSW that helps share the stories of Australia’s whaling history. And if you’re touring this part of the country, it’s well worth taking a closer look.

Our friends at Sapphire Coast Tourism have traced the sites of the whaling story along this gorgeous stretch of coastline around Eden and created a QR code based, self-drive day tour, called the Killer Whale Trail.

The drive takes you through unspoilt coastal wilderness to the key sites, which in spring also become perfect whale watching vantage points. At each site you can scan the QR code and uncover the dramatic history of whaling between 1828 and 1930 through historical photographs, video and audio.

The town of Eden, where spotters sat and the people flocked to watch the chase, is where the Trail begins. It’s a great idea to start by visiting the Eden Killer Whale Museum where you can learn all about our maritime and pioneering heritage.

Eden is one of the few places in the world where humpbacks and southern rights are known to feed and sometimes give birth. Daily whale watching cruises can be booked at Eden or Merimbula, but there are many great shore-based whale watching sites too. Or come celebrate all things whales at the Eden Whale festival in November.

Find out more about the Killer Whale Trail and whale watching in Eden and surrounds. Join the biggest celebration of the whale watching season at the annual Eden Whale Festival.

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