Past in the present at Davidson Whaling Station
Stage 1 (Years 1-2), History, Ben Boyd National Park
Discover what life was like in a whaling colony in the 1900s. This Stage 1 (Years 1-2) history excursion is designed to support the K-10 history syllabus topic, Past in the present.
Read more about Past in the present at Davidson Whaling Station
The Davidson family worked alongside a local pod of killer whales (orcas) to hunt and capture baleen whales in a relationship known as ‘the law of the tongue’. Once processed, the lips and tongue of the baleen were returned to the orcas as a reward for their service. This unspoken agreement would endure for generations, until John Logan, neighbour of the Davidsons, broke this trust. The consequences were devastating.
In this fascinating history excursion, students will explore the Davidsons’ home, Loch Garra homestead, and its grounds in Twofold Bay. They’ll learn about the local Koori Aboriginal people who lived in this area for over 5000 years before colonisation.
This is a unique and memorable excursion for young enquiring minds.
For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers
|Stage||Stage 1 (Years 1-2)|
HT1-2. Identifies and describes significant people, events, places and sites in the local community over time
HT1-3. Describes the effects of changing technology on people's lives over time
HT1-4. Demonstrates skills of historical inquiry and communication
Monday to Friday during school term
- Guided. Available on request.
- Davidson Whaling Station, Ben Boyd National Park
$18 per student, minimum of 20 students. If your group is more or less than 20 students, call the NPWS Merimbula office on 02 6495 5000.
- Meeting point
- Meet in the Davidson Whaling Station Historic Site carpark
- If you would like to organise a NPWS school excursion please get in touch with local staff or use the 'Enquire' link for the online form.
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- Merimbula office
- Monday to Friday and some weekends during peak holiday periods, 10am to 3pm.
- 02 6495 5000
- 47 Merimbula Drive, cnr Sapphire Coast Drive, Merimbula NSW 2548
- 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.
Info for teachers
All the practical information you need to know about Past in the present at Davidson Whaling Station .
- 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
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
- Unsealed roads
- 2WD vehicles
- Dry weather only
Parking available in the Davidson Whaling Station Historic Site carpark.
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.
Maps and downloads
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.
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