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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.

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

Apr 14

Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Easter Activities

6th April, 2014 - 26th April, 2014

Join the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre during the Easter School Holidays for fun and adventure! Drop in to the centre to get up close with local marine life or take part in the following activities: Rocky Shore Rambles: Join a marine scientist exploring the amazing diversity of life found on our rock... View more

Apr 19

Eden Produce Markets

Saturday 19th April, 2014

18 Chandos Street 8.00 am till Noon Featuring: Local fruit and vegetables, handmade jewellery, cards, local photos, knitting, jams and preserves, plants, home baked goods, morning tea, recycled goods and live and local music.   ... View more

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Must See and Do

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.

Explore Our Diverse Beaches

No matter the weather, a Beach can be found to play on while in Eden. Choose something sheltered for the kids, beautifully remote if you are a nature lover or catch a wave in the heart of Eden at Aslings Beach.

Upcoming Regional Events

Apr 18

Four Winds Festival – Barragga Bay (Bermagui)

18th April, 2014 - 20th April, 2014

        See the preview for this year’s festival and watch a piece on how Nature’s Concert Hall came to be. Four Winds Festival is more than just exquisite music, although some of the finest musicians from around the world gather there. It’s a very special place we call Nature’s Concert Hall; 30 acres of open... View more

Apr 25

Merimbula Open Fishing Tournament

25th April, 2014 - 27th April, 2014

Yes its back, the 33rd Merimbula Game Fishing Tournament is on again with over $12,000 worth of prizes up for grabs!! 2 Sydney or Melbourne return tickets to Vanuatu for 2 adults for 5 nights in 4.5 star sccommodation is the main prize on offer along with a variety of... View more

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