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 – 3pm Tuesday to Saturday during School Holidays and 11am – 2pm Tuesday 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
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.
Potoroo Palace Native Animal Educational Sanctuary
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 Café. 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 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.
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, Ros and Gordon Butt are NSW’s most experienced 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.
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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