EDEN, NSW

Australian Traveller - - The 100 -

The his­tory of this small town on the far south coast of New South Wales war­rants a visit alone. In the 19th cen­tury, Eden was a thriv­ing whal­ing town, though its suc­cess was not owed to the skills of the whalers alone. Leg­end has it that killer whales would know­ingly as­sist in the hunt by coax­ing pass­ing hump­backs into Twofold Bay and into the path of lo­cal whalers, who would har­vest them for oil and bone. Take a self-guided tour of the Killer Whale Trail to learn the story of the town’s whal­ing sta­tions and Old Tom, a leg­endary killer whale. Thank­fully this wa­ter­way, known as ‘Hump­back High­way’, is safe from whalers these days, and be­tween Septem­ber and Novem­ber these crea­tures can be spot­ted as thou­sands of them pass by on their way to Antarc­tica.

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