Davidson Whaling Station
Davidson Whaling Station Historic Site
Take a guided tour at historic Davidson Whaling Station – discover how killer whales helped the Davidson family. And when you're done, finish the day with a picnic at the nearby beach.
- Historic buildings/places
- 447 Boyd Road, Edrom, NSW, 2550 - in Davidson Whaling Station Historic Site in South Coast
- Entry fees
It's free to visit Davidson Whaling Station Historic Site. Park entry fees apply in nearby Ben Boyd National Park.
- Opening times
Entry to Davidson Whaling Station Historic Site is available at any time without a guide. Tours operate during the Eden Whale Festival. Please contact the park office to arrange a tour.
- Please note
- Strong rips and currents may be present at this beach – take care in the water and please supervise children at all times
- The road to Ben Boyd Road is sealed, followed by 4km of unsealed road.
- A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters
Discover a lifestyle from the past at Davidson Whaling Station historic site, located at Kiah Inlet on the shores of Twofold Bay, just a short drive from Ben Boyd National Park.
Plan a trip in the summer or easter holidays or during the Eden Whale Festival and take a guided tour to see the fascinating 1890s weatherboard homestead. See where the Davidson family took to the seas, assisted by a pack of killer whales. The skeleton of the pack’s leader, ‘Old Tom’, is today displayed at the Eden Killer Whale Museum.
Check out the historic try-works, where blubber was processed, and learn all about the whaling operation. Walk a few steps to the beach to enjoy a picnic, swim, or just feel the sand between your toes.
Take an easy walk to historic Boyds Tower, find out about Ben Boyd’s empire dreams and enjoy whale watching and stunning views from the lookout.
Begin this multi-day walk at Boyds Tower down the far south coast, and end at Green Cape Lighthouse. Stop for a swim and the opportunity to spot seals, seabirds and whales.
For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/historic-buildings-places/davidson-whaling-station-historic-site/local-alerts
- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
All the practical information you need to know about Davidson Whaling Station.
Getting there and parking
Davidson Whaling Station Historic Site is approximately 10 minutes' drive south 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 is available at Davidson Whaling Station Historic Site
Best times to visit
There are lots of great things waiting for you in Ben Boyd National Park. Here are some of the highlights.
Camp at Bittangabee Beach campground and see lyrebirds performing their characteristic dance and tail display.
Visit Green Cape Lighthouse or Boyds Tower to spot whales migrating south to their Antarctic feeding grounds - you might even see females with young calves.
Plan a camping trip to Saltwater Creek - to enjoy the lagoons and beautiful surf beach.
Take the Light to Light walk when it's nice and cool and the banksias are in bloom.
- Non-flush toilets
Maps and downloads
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