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School excursion

Past in the present at Davidson Whaling Station

Stage 1 (Years 1-2), History, Ben Boyd National Park

Info for teachers

Everything you need to know about Past in the present at Davidson Whaling Station .

Program outline

  • Welcome, acknowledgement of Country and safety briefing 
  • Historical investigation of the Loch Garra Homestead
  • Walk to the beach and try works to learn about the colonial whaling period 
  • Survey the local environment and learn about the Koori people, the Aboriginal custodians of this land
  • Traditional bush foods and medicines are identified, and students learn about Aboriginal life
  • Game and wrap-up, if time permits
  • Farewell and depart 

What to bring

Please wear long pants, closed comfortable shoes and bring a hat and sunscreen. Be ready for all weather conditions with a jumper and raincoat. Bring a low-waste lunch, a refillable water bottle and any necessary medications.

Please bring your belongings in a backpack rather than a plastic bag.

Getting there and parking

Davidson Whaling Station Historic Site is approximately 10 mins drive from Ben Boyd National Park.

To get there:

  • Travel south from Eden on the Princes Highway for 18km
  • Turn off at Edrom Road and drive for 11km
  • Turn left into Boyd Road
  • Drive for 4km to the station’s carpark

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • Dry weather only

Parking

Parking available in the Davidson Whaling Station Historic Site carpark.

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Safety messages

Pre activity briefing: participants will be briefed at the start of the activity/day.

Safety equipment: NPWS staff carry radios and first aid kits, hold current first aid certificates and are aware of emergency procedures.

Staff accreditation: NPWS staff have current Senior First Aid accreditation. They are experienced in working with groups of students in the natural environment and have excellent knowledge of the specific areas they are visiting including potential hazards. NPWS is committed to a Child Safe and Friendly Environment. Our staff have been screened for child-related employment and have completed a Working with Children Check.

Emergencies: NPWS staff are trained to deal with emergencies and emergency procedures are in place. Ongoing supervision of a student following first aid treatment will be the responsibility of the visiting school.

Risk assessment and risk benefits

Our rangers and guides have the technical skill and experience to assess the risks and the benefits of a variety of activities delivered as part of our learning programs.

We believe in including opportunities that allow students to learn and experience for themselves through exploration in the natural environment.

Please make your own risk assessment based on the information provided. Detailed potential risks and controls are provided for the site to assist teachers in risk management planning. Teachers and carers should be aware of, and consider the needs, abilities and medical conditions of students when visiting this site. The supervision of students remains the responsibility of the teacher. The school must ensure an adequate number of adult supervisors are present.

Accessibility

Disability access level - medium

Assistance may be required to access this area.

  • A gently sloping paved path and boardwalk run down to the historic house
  • The try works site and beach are not wheelchair-accessible
 
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Park info

  • in Ben Boyd National Park in the South Coast region
  • Ben Boyd National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day in the Green Cape area of the park (south of Eden). The Pambula-Haycock area (north of Eden) has free park entry. This park uses a self-registration fee collection system. Please bring correct change.

    Buy annual pass
The beach near the Whaling Station. Photo: John Yurasek