Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre
The Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre will entertain and educate the whole family. It has live aquaria, a very popular touch tank where you can get up close and personal with live marine animals, beautiful video footage, microscopes, a beach combing table and loads of information about the temperate marine environment.
With qualified marine scientists on staff, there are indoor and outdoor activities that will fill the family with wonder: enjoy a Rocky Shore Ramble or guided Snorkel Tour or the kids can participate in indoor educational craft activities during school holidays.
Located in the popular Snug Cove Wharf precinct, the Centre is open from 10am – 4pm Monday to Saturday during School Holidays and 10am – 3pm Monday to Friday during school term (closed Public Holidays). The Centre will open outside these hours for a booking of 10 or more.
The Centre is a rarity where children are not only allowed to touch the exhibits but are actively encouraged to do so.
“The kids were so entertained with hands-on activities, the touch tank is the best!”
Cat Balou Cruises
Cat Balou Cruises operate from Twofold Bay, Eden, NSW – named Australia’s Number 1 whale watching destination in 2014 by Australian Geographic. Eden is situated halfway between Sydney & Melbourne and a 3hr drive from Canberra. It is the southern gateway to the stunning Sapphire Coast.
Twofold Bay is one of the deepest natural harbours in the world and the only port on the Sapphire Coast which has direct ocean access with no sand bars to negotiate.Cat Balou Cruises has been operating since 1987. They are the longest running whale watching operators in NSW.
As a family owned & operated business they have gained the reputation of maintaining high safety standards, providing exceptional service and value on all cruises as well as sharing their love of the area and the ocean with their passengers.
They also assist with whale & dolphin research.
Cat Balou Cruises were inducted into the South Coast Tourism Hall of Fame in 2013, having won numerous tourism awards over the past 28 years.
Eden Killer Whale Museum
Eden’s history is steeped in the tradition of the sea and undoubtedly the most colourful era was that of the shore-based whaling which extended from 1828 to 1930. The Eden Killer Whale Museum, established in 1931, is one of the oldest museums in NSW, and records for posterity this incredible battle between intrepid men in rowboats, armed only with hand harpoons and the leviathans of the sea.
The whalemen were, however, assisted by a pod of killer whales and the museum contains its unique story and the skeleton of the most famous of the killer whales “Old Tom”.
The skeleton is the only one on public display in the southern hemisphere.
In addition to the extensive whaling items, the museum houses a variety of exhibits depicting a range of subjects to interest everyone. Our exhibitions are constantly changing and you can be sure to find something different every time you come back.
Contact the museum to find out more about our current exhibition programme, by phone or check the website.
Walks in and around Eden
EDEN – WALKS in and around Eden
There are walks for everyone in and around Eden. From a gentle stroll along Aslings Beach path with the maritime heritage along the pathway to the more adventurous light to light 30km walk in Ben Boyd National Park and everything in between.
There is the Heritage Walk and Heritage Drive where you can walk through our historic town and admire the work of the pioneers to our area. You may also care to drive around Twofold Bay to see some of the legacies of our convict past, historic buildings and sites of immense past tragedy. Around the town and Twofold Bay you will be impressed by the natural beauty of the area and walk in the footsteps of our original indigenous inhabitants as well as the original European settlers. You can pick up a map of the Heritage Walk & Drive from the Visitors Centre where all sites are numbered with information about each site.
Lake Curalo Boardwalk is an easy, flat walk, that circles the entire lake, and joins with the Aslings Beach Maritime Walk. It is mostly accessible for prams, wheelchairs and bikes with entry points from Eden Sportsground in Barclay Street, Lakeside Drive, and opposite Eden Gateway Holiday Park. The boardwalk and walking track meanders around the lakes shore, through swamp melaleuca forest, across salt marsh and over the shallow water where you can see reeds, fish and many species of bird life before you reach the estuary mouth. There are several picnic tables and picturesque bridges along the way. If you follow the boardwalk to the east there is access to Aslings Beach or the Maritime Heritage Walk – where depictions of Eden’s historical links with the sea have been etched into the footpath. This walk is 6 km return and rated easy.
The Bundian Way – Story Trail Walk is the first section of the 350 km Aboriginal pathway that extended from the sea at Twofold Bay to Mount Kosciuszko. The Story Trail section is a 2km path that goes between Cocora Beach (Ida Rodd Drive) and Quarantine Bay. Along the walk you will get spectacular coastal views of Twofold Bay and beyond and some iconic landform features. The path takes you around the headlands down to a beach and around another headland. There are some beautiful lookouts built along the path for you to take in the view across the bay. The Bundian Way is much more than a pathway. It is a shared history of the Aboriginal walking track from the tablelands to the coastal plains, to the sealers at Sealers Platform to Ben Boyd’s era at Brierly Platform.
Ben Boyd National Park both north and south has some wonderful walks.
In the northern part of Ben Boyd National Park there is the Pinnacles loop track which is an easy 30 minute walk with 2 lookouts along the gently undulating walking track
with views of the spectacular cliffs and beaches. You can also find the Haycock Point to Barmouth Beach track which is an easy walk of 3kms. It offers spectacular views and whale watching opportunities (Sept – Nov) and you are likely to see wildlife while you are there. You pass through a range of landscapes from scenic coastal views to windswept heath and woodlands.
In the southern part of Ben Boyd National Park you can walk 30km on the Light to Light walk. This walk hugs the coastline between the historic Boyds Tower and Green Cape Lighthouse. It is one of the best walks on the far south coast of NSW. The views are stunning and ever-changing, from heatherland to forest, tea tree groves to banksia woodlands, and sheltered coves to towering red-rock platforms. Most sections are easy, you can do the whole 30 km or just a short section. You can camp along the way at Saltwater and Bittangabee Bay Campgrounds. For more information contact National Parks office in Merimbula on (02) 6495 5000 or http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au
For more information on the above and more call into the visitors centre
02 6496 1953
02 6496 4425
Cat Balou Cruises – Whale Watching and Bay Cruises
Experience nature at its best when you take a cruise aboard the multi award winning vessel, Cat Balou at Eden, voted the number 1 Whale Watching destination in Australia in 2014!
Known for their outstanding Whale Watching trips, Cat Balou Cruises also offers Bay and Wilderness Coast cruises.
Owner operators since 1987, they are the longest running whale watching operators and offer daily whale watching cruises from mid September until late November with a 99% success rate of seeing whales.
It is mainly Humpback whales seen on their southern migration but there is also a chance of seeing other species of whales along with dolphins, seals and a variety of seabirds. Cat Balou has a hydrophone onboard to enable passengers to listen to whales singing. Throughout the year Cat Balou also offer a Twofold Bay Cruise which highlights the history, industries and natural beauty of this whaling port plus a good chance of seeing dolphins & seals.
Cat Balou is a 15mt catamaran with optimum viewing and inside seating for all passengers in case of inclement weather. A live informative commentary is given on all cruises.
The South Coast Tourism Awards inducted Cat Balou Cruises into their Hall of Fame in 2013 as well as awarding them the Ecotourism Winner. Trip Advisor has also acknowledged them with their Certificate of Excellence in 2013 and 2014.
All cruises depart from Eden which has direct ocean access with no sand bar crossings.
Bookings are essential.
Potoroo Palace Native Animal Educational Sanctuary
At Potoroo Palace you can savour the rare opportunity to see a koala, wander among the kangaroos, touch a snake, stroll through the cooling mist of the walk-through aviary, go for a ride on the mini train or have lunch and really good coffee at the Blue Wren Cafe. Potoroo Palace is an animal sanctuary and a not-for-profit organisation.
Many of the animals at the sanctuary are native to the Sapphire Coast area. People come from all over the world to Australia to see our native animals.
Potoroo Palace is now open 7 days per week throughout the year from 10am to 4pm (closed Christmas Day).
There are animal talks at 11.00am & 2.00pm and train rides for the kids.
02 6494 9225
On The Perch: Aviary, Gifts, Cafe
Visit On the Perch Aviary and walk among birds from around Australia and the world and enjoy local produce, just a few kilometres south of Tathra. Meet the keeper at 11am or discover for yourself how local efforts to conserve and rehabilitate threatened and endangered species are making a real difference.
Open 10am to 3pm (4pm in summer). Last entry is 30 minutes prior to close.
Eden Beach Life
To view an individual point of interest, click on a marker below and select 'more info'. From there you can step through the trail one point at a time. Download links for GPS devices and Google Earth can be found below.
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