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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 25

Eden Open Gardens

25th October, 2014 - 26th October, 2014

Wander through the most beautiful gardens in and around Eden at this very popular weekend event. Hosted by the Eden Lioness Club, tickets and maps are available after 9am from the Eden Lioness Tent alongside the Eden Gateway Holiday Park. Ticket cost: $10. Saturday and Sunday 10am-4-m For more details contact Sandra Symonds on... View more

Oct 25

Nethercote Seasonal Market

Saturday 25th October, 2014

8:00 am-Noon Come taste what the area has to offer!  Located just 10 minutes from Eden, Nethercote Produce Markets. Featuring: Towamba Olives, Rocky Hall wine, Tilba cheese, Wild Rye  bread, locally raised  organic beef and lamb, local honey,hazelnuts, eggs, oysters, delicious home baking, Ena’s famous pickles and outside, seedlings for grow-your-owners and the... View more

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Must See and Do

Discover Eden Guided Tour

Step aboard the Discover Eden shuttle bus to explore our favourite places on Twofold Bay on Sunday November 2nd.    

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!

Upcoming Regional Events

Oct 31

Australian Native Orchid and Bonsai show

31st October, 2014 - 1st November, 2014

Grand Champion 2013, a Sarcochilus Hybrid. The Sapphire Coast Orchid Club has around 80 growers devoted to culturing and showing unusual and splendid orchids. This show is dedicated to the dainty Sarcochilus Orchids which are rarely seen at the regular orchid shows. They were complimented by a variety of exotic orchids, and... View more

Nov 01

Eden Whale Festival

Saturday 1st November, 2014

The Eden Whale Festival, November 1, 2014. It’s an oceanic migration like no other, and Eden has been an important part of it for centuries. See how the townspeople celebrate it today with art, street theatre and music while we feast on the harvest from sea and soil. Held in and around... View more

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