The Outdorian Magazine - Page 19



My partner and I spent two days exploring the park,
And that is where the park’s namesake comes into the
although it easily could have been longer had the weather
picture. Scotsman, Benjamin Boyd, a young and aspiring
held out, and the campsites had been a little less pricey. The
entrepreneur, arrived in Australia in the early 1800’s, intent
amount of good walking trails and stunning beaches here
on making his mark on this country and possibly a fortune
could easily keep you entertained for days, not to mention
to go with it.
the coastal lookouts, fishing spots and great showings
of wildlife. Between August and September, migrating
humpback and southern right whales can regularly be seen
off the coast.
Keen to get in on the whaling action, Boyd launched a
competing whaling station, building his own town and
private lighthouse out of his own pocket. A hotel, church,
houses and stores were established at Boydtown, and while
And when it comes to whales, this park has some fascinating
he was denied permission to operate his lighthouse, he
history concerning the great mammals. It all begins with
instead turned it into a lookout in order to alert the nearby
the Yuin people, the original inhabitants of the land, and the
whaling crews.
remarkable symbiotic relationship they held with the killer
whales that visited the bays here. As the orcas hunted, they
would drive humpback whales into shore, where the Yuin
people would then use spears to hunt them in the shallows.
The resulting meat was then shared by orcas and people
alike. This practice was later taught and adopted by the
early European settlers, leading to the establishment of the
Boyd, sadly, wasn’t destined for greatness in Australia, soon
finding himself bankrupt as his town was slowly abandoned.
He set out to seek his fortune elsewhere, only to vanish in
the Solomon Islands some years later, after failing to strike
it rich at the Californian Goldfields. Many remnants of his
efforts can still be found throughout the park.
first shore-based whaling station on mainland Australia,
Twofold Bay in 1928.
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