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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. The Killer Whale Trail takes you to see all these fascinating sites.

Take The Whale Trail

Pack a picnic and swim suit and spend the day exploring the Killer Whale Trail! Learn the fascinating stories of Twofold Bay's unique relationship with whales on the  Whale Trail....

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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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Search and Sea Eden

  Take part in this family friendly activity this summer! This Treasure Hunt will take you to various locations within Eden. Some of the places are ones that most visitors get to while others aren’t so well visited. We have provided a town map (located in the Eden booklet).  Also there are hints within the... view

The Eden Bucket List

Take on the Eden Bucket List which includes some of our top sites and summer activities. Download the bucket list onto your smart phone to carry this handy guide with you. For more information on times, directions or for maps, drop into the Eden Visitor Centre and we will help you get started.

Win with our Facebook Competition!

Like our Facebook page and win this summer! Simply like our page and comment with your answer to this question in 5 words of less: What would you do in Eden this summer? The prizes offered are: A cruise for 2 donated by Cat Balou Cruises. A $50.00 voucher to be spent in the Visitor... view

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Jan 31

Bega Cup Race Carnival Weekend

31st January, 2015 - 1st February, 2015

Sapphire Coast Turf Club is located on a picturesque 300 acre site on Sapphire Coast Drive at Kalaru, between Merimbula and Bega and Tathra. It is one of the newest and most modern country racecourses in NSW with great spectator facilities. Patrons can enjoy an unobstructed view of the racing... View more

Feb 27

Cobargo Folk Festival

27th February, 2015 - 1st March, 2015

February 27 – March 1 One of Australia’s greatest music legends, Archie Roach, will headline the Cobargo Folk Festival in 2015. The 3 day event attracts performers from all over the world and is widely described as the best little folk festival in the country. Over 200 performers and thousands of fans... View more

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