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Beautifully uncivilised

Perched on the edge of magnificent Twofold Bay – the third deepest natural harbour in the southern hemisphere – is it any wonder Eden was once considered as a site for Australia’s national capital?

It’s a truly stunning location with a host of unique attractions. The heart and soul of Eden – and its history – is Twofold Bay. It was home to shore-based whaling stations and Old Tom, the legendary killer whale whose story can be learned at the Eden Killer Whale Museum.

It was the centre of operations for entrepreneur and pioneer Benjamin Boyd who built Boyd’s Tower, Boydtown and the Seahorse Inn as part of an extraordinary empire, before the vision crumbled.

Visit Davidson Whaling Station, and feel yourself gripped by the adventure and danger that were part of life in this isolated coastal town in days gone by.

Eden is very much a town where olden days and modern times cross over. It’s a town whose history was bound up with timber cutting – and still is. Where hunters came in search of the world’s largest mammals – and still do. Nowadays, though, they come armed with cameras, not spears and harpoons, but they are just as richly rewarded.

This still is a working port, so drive down in the early morning and watch ‘those who go down to the sea in ships’ bring home their catch. Chances are you will catch a glimpse of your dinner before it meets your plate! You’ll probably never eat fresher.

If you hanker for even more tranquillity than offered by Eden, Wonboyn could be is the answer. Tucked between Ben Boyd National Park and Nadgee Nature Reserve, it empties into the stunning Disaster Bay.

Nearby Nadgee Nature Reserve is one of a handful of truly natural world wilderness areas. If you have children with you, the National Parks and Wildlife Service offer a range of school holidays so they can learn to appreciate how special it is.

Eden on the Sapphire Coast, it’s beautifully uncivilised.

Killers in Eden Documentary

Eden is a region rich in spectacular, natural beauty. Think secluded beaches, serene lakes and verdant rainforest. But perhaps one of the coast’s most intriguing historical marine inhabitants was the orca, or as it’s widely known, the killer whale.

Incredibly, Eden’s Twofold Bay is the only place – worldwide – where there has been documented evidence of orcas working in co-operation with man to hunt smaller whales. The orcas herded the whales into the bay and even into particular whaling stations. They would then alert whalers of their arrival by splashing and flop tailing. The orcas would also herd whales onto the beach, where they were an important food source for the local Indigenous people.

Watch the ABC documentary here.

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What's On in Eden

Oct 01

Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre Holiday Program

22nd September, 2014 - 10th October, 2014

Visit the Marine Discovery Centre for a variety of fun and educational activities. Visit their website for complete details Rocky Shore Rambles: Join a marine scientist exploring the amazing diversity of life found on our rock platforms. Any age 1.5 hours $10 per person/$40 for a family. Subject to weather. Art... View more

Nov 01

Eden Whale Fest

1st November, 2014 - 2nd November, 2014

The Eden Whale Festival is an annual event, highlighting the southern migration of the humpback and other whales. For one weekend each year, the rich maritime and whaling history of this port on Australia’s Coastal Wilderness becomes the centrepiece for a weekend that somehow seamlessly links all things whale. There’s a... View more

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Catch a Whale of A Deal!

  Money back whale watching guarantees, free night stays, breakfast delivered to your room, and 50% meals await you in Eden! These great whale watching offers will help make your 2014 whale adventure one to remember for a lifetime!

Take The Whale Trail

Learn the fascinating stories of Twofold Bay’s unique relationship with whales on the  Whale Trail. Hear the true story of Killer Whales helping whalers to capture Humpbacks, learn of the bond between whales and the Yuin people of Twofold Bay or catch a glimpse of the majestic animals yourself while on this self-guided adventure.

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Oct 03

Great Southern Blues Festival – Narooma

3rd October, 2014 - 5th October, 2014

It’s known as one of Australia’s best blues festivals – three days of international, Australian and local blues music held over the Labour Day weekend in the heart of beautiful Narooma. Last year’s hot acts included Ash Grunweld, Russell Morris, Watermelon Slim (USA) with Fiona Boyes, The Holmes Brothers (USA) and... View more

Oct 10

‘Coming Home’ Olga Masters Festival

10th October, 2014 - 12th October, 2014

“All my writing is about human behaviour. There’s not much drama, no great happenings in it. No violence. It’s about the violence that’s inside the human heart, I think, more than anything else”. – Olga Masters Well Thumbed Books and Four Winds present a celebration of Olga Masters (born Pambula 1919),... View more

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