Cruise the Garden of Eden
Eden is the brilliant southern gateway to the Australia’s Coastal Wilderness and has the honour of having the world’s third deepest natural harbour. This pristine and underdeveloped icon offers a unique snapshot of whaling history with amazing heritage attractions and is a renowned sanctuary for whales during their migratory journeys.
The Eden Wharf is within walking distance of the town centre and a hive of activity for the local fishing industry. There are cafes wharfside where you can enjoy the locally caught fish, mussels grown in the bay and oysters from our pristine waterways.
The nearby landscape is dominated by National Parks and State Forests.
An exciting range of tour options include marine adventures, historical and wilderness tours, oyster farm tour and tasting, wildlife refuge, marine research centre, wineries and the coastal art trail. You can also play golf with the kangaroos.
Sapphire Explorer Day Tours
Sapphire Explorer Day Tours – Hop on board our luxury all terrain touring vehicle and discover the best of the Sapphire Coast!
We can take you off the beaten track in comfort and style and show you the highlights of the region including spectacular Ben Boyd National Park, Green Cape Lighthouse, Pambula Lake and more.
Cruise ship day tours include trip to Green Cape Lighthouse, Bittangabee Bay and Disaster Bay Lookout.
Check out the website for details of the Tours that are run throughout the year to Pambula Lake , Green Cape , Gourmet Farmer and Pambula / Merimbula Discovery Tours. You will be amazed at what is on offer on each of these tours.
Coastlife Adventures offers Stand Up Paddling lessons and hire, Learn to Surf lessons and Sea & River Kayak tours. They specialise in aquatic action on the beaches, lakes and rivers along the South Coast of NSW. Surf and stand up paddling lessons as well as kayaking tours are scheduled regularly throughout summer.
Quality stand up paddling and kayaking equipment can be hired at two locations in Merimbula during the summer school holidays and Easter school holidays.
Coastlife Adventures offers aand works collaboratively with schools both Primary and Secondary to design, plan and deliver exceptional outdoor education programs on the south coast of New South Wales. Every program is customised to the client group with a focus on meeting curriculum outcomes and teaching essential ocean safety skills. Coastlife Adventures provide an all inclusive service by combining transport, quality catering, comfortable accommodation and creative outdoor education activities into one complete camp package.
Coastlife Adventures have been providing exciting outdoor education experiences to students from across NSW, the ACT and Victoria for over 20 years.
For more information regarding their holiday program, tours or school camps check out their website – www.coastlife.com.au.
02 6494 1122
Freedom Charters – Fishing Charters, Whale Watching and Marine Wildlife Tours
Freedom Charters offer a range of charters to suit everybody ? REEF, GAME & KINGFISH CHARTERS, WHALE WATCHING, BIRDWATCHING & MARINE WILDLIFE TOURS. We also provide FISHING EDUCATION on the first Friday of each month for new or inexperienced anglers or those just finding it hard to catch fish.
Come and experience Reef fishing at it’s best with our experienced and friendly crew. We are spoilt for choice in Eden with many reefs to choose from and a spectacular coast to admire while you fish. Fishing in comfort on our 38ft Randell with all the modern conveniences you will enjoy every minute of this 3 hour charter. With no bar crossing you are sure to enjoy your days fishing.
Catching Snapper, Morwong, Flathead & Nannagai to name a few. All bait & tackle is supplied and coffee, tea and homemade pastries are served for morning tea.
Our Whale Watching & Marine Wildlife Tours take in some spectacular marine life. Witness the southern migration of the Humpback Whales and watch mothers and calves feeding outside of Twofold Bay. Seals, dolphins, fairy penguins & sea eagles as well as some of Eden’s historical landmarks such as Boyd’s Tower, can be seen on our tours.
Please explore our website and find the trip or package that is right for you.
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.
Wheelers Oyster Farm Tours – Pambula
Wheelers Oyster Farm Tours and Restaurant.
Wheelers Oyster Farm offers the opportunity to discover the complete oyster story with a tour of our state-of-the-art factory and our own video showing the complete history of oyster farming and the life cycle of oysters. Plus, of course, a delicious taste of our oysters, straight from the lake.
Since the settlement of Merimbula, oyster farming has played an important role in the towns economy.
Merimbula oysters have become famous throughout Australia and the world for their excellent quality and flavour, resulting in many awards for farmers.
Oyster farming is Australia’s oldest form of aquaculture, but until now very little information has been available to the public about how oysters are farmed.
Tours begin at 11am, from Monday to Saturday.
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.
Captain Sponge’s Magical Oyster Tours
Discover the secrets of beautiful Pambula Lake, learn about oyster farming, the river estuary and more aboard our oversized oyster punt.
Sample the world renowned Pambula Lake Sydney Rock oyster as fresh as can be – straight from the waters of the lake. Learn about oyster farming in the area, its history, modern techniques and biology. Get a crash course in oyster husbandry and inspect the native Angasi species of oyster which are also grown on the farm.
Once the oysters are aboard then it is time to set sail downstream to the scenic meandering Pambula river where ancient Aboriginal middens dot the steep tree-studded banks whilst White bellied sea eagles circle overhead.
Another downstream stop to see how the catching of oysters is done before heading back to the jetty.
Geology of the area is also a fascinating feature of the tour.
Tours take approximately 1.5 hours.
Groups – Private group charters by appointment. Minimum 6 persons, max 23.
What to bring:
Sunscreen and hat are advised
Something warm to wear in case the wind picks up
Light refreshments available
Adult $50 | Child 5 – 16 $30 | Concession $40 | Family $ 140 | Under 5s free All costs include GST
Photography Tour of the Sapphire Coast
Photography tours of the Sapphire coast are offered by internationally awarded photographer, Sam Nerrie while you are in port on your cruise stop in Eden
Cost – $150 pp
Light lunch included.
5.5 hours 9.30am – 3pm
Enhance your experience on the Sapphire Coast with this personalised photographic tour of the most iconic places on the Sapphire Coast.
Explore the charming coastal towns of Eden and Merimbula and photograph their most picturesque beaches. Experienced nature guide and internationally awarded photographer will take you to some of our treasured local locations and give you many pro tips and personal tuition on how to improve your travel photography.
The tour itinerary is flexible and can include a visit to an oyster farm to taste the famous oysters of the Sapphire Coast, a bird sanctuary or Merimbula’s mangrove boardwalk with a look at some of the unusual marine creatures that reside there. We also visit several local beaches, jetties and seaside locations. Tour includes light lunch with a drink.
Sam Nerrie Photography
P: 0428 111 927
Eden Chauffeured Cars
Eden Chauffeured Cars have private cars and drivers that will take you sightseeing within Eden or the Bega Valley Shire. Longer journeys on application. Please call and we can discuss your personalised tour.
0428 678 008
Kiah Wilderness Tours
Kiah Wilderness Tours takes you down the stunning Kiah River where you can explore nature at your own pace on a quiet protected coastal estuary brimming with bird and fish life.
- Small group kayak tours – Min. 2, Max. 6
- Only 10 minutes from Eden
- Local kayak guides accredited by Australian Canoeing
- Tours include refreshments
- All gear provided
- No experience needed
- Bookings essential
- Into birdwatching, fishing or swimming? Tours can be tailored to suit your needs
Sapphire Coast Trike Tours
Sapphire Coast Trike Tours provides a range of scenic tours from 10 minutes to half hours, hourly and day tours. Book a Trike Tour for Birthday Parties, Christmas Parties, School formals, Weddings and Special Events. Tours can be booked anywhere on the Sapphire Coast, take a tour, pub crawl, morning tea to somewhere special, Prices and ideas for tours can be discussed with Murray by ringing 0459 483 043 and found on his website http://www..sapphirecoasttriketours.com.au If you are having an event or festival Murray would be more than happy to come along and be a part of it.
Trike tours will be in Eden during the Cruise visits providing 15 minute tours around Eden. See the Visitors Information stall to book.
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
Enjoy whale watching aboard the Connemara with their experienced and friendly crew this whale season. An intimate and informative tour for up to 12 people. Excellent for photography, plenty of room and homemade pastries and refreshments on offer. This season when you book your whale watching trip on the Connemara you will also enjoy FREE entry to the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre.
Freedom Charters also operate reef, game and kingfish charters for individual anglers and groups.
Southlands Fish Supplies
Southland Fish Supplies unloads approximately 1900 tonnes of fish a year from local and visiting fishing vessels. The professional fish processing team at Southlands fillet approximately 200 tonnes of value added product a year.
Visit Southlands Tuesday to Friday between 9:30 and 11:30 am to learn more about modern fish processing and watch the experts at work.
Australia’s Coastal Wilderness Adventures
Australia’s Coastal Wilderness Adventures provide safe, enjoyable and insightful marine experiences for you. We operate on the stunning Far South Coast within close proximity to Eden, Pambula, Merimbula, Tathra and Bermagui. Check us out at http://www.acwadventures.com/
Snorkelling- Immerse yourself in stunning marine nature with ACWA’s experienced local guides that will provide all equipment, guidance on the activity and insights into the marine environment. Snorkelling tours are available year round so take the plunge.
Prawning– Discover a unique and exciting coastal activity. Prawning offers a unique opportunity to see interesting nocturnal marine wildlife and collect a fed of premium Australian seafood. ACWA’s guides will offer expert guidance, all equipment and insights into this unique coastal activity for you.
$70 pp $60 (under 18’s & pensioners)
Ocean to Plate- Experience the very freshest seafood on an Ocean to Plate experience with ACWA. Our experienced local guides will provide all equipment, select the best sites and provide tuition on sustainable marine harvesting techniques required to collect your very own mussels, abalone, crayfish, and sea urchins. At the end of the day enjoy a cooking demonstration along with the finale, an unforgettable seafood smorgasbord including your own catch of premium Australian seafood served alongside local oysters, prawns and cheese platter and wine.
Captain Sponge’s Magical Oyster Tour
Cruise the picturesque natural wonder of the beautiful Pambula river estuary aboard the over-sized oyster punt with Captain Sponge.
Sample the world renowned Pambula Lake Sydney Rock Oyster – straight from the pristine waters of the lake and learn about the ecology of the estuary and have a go at shucking your own oyster after a personal lesson from your oyster farming captain!
South East Tours and Transfers
South East Tours and Transfers offers tailored tours for up to 11 passengers. From small group airport transfers to day tours spent exploring the natural beauty of the Sapphire Coast. South East Tours and Transfers are the best transportation choice around.
To learn more about the services that they offer contact them today! They will gladly answer enquiries and provide additional information as needed to help you develop the tour of your choosing. Check out their web site as they will be developing specialised tours to concerts, sporting events and other special events or you might want to organise your own tour. Ring 0411 514 946 for more information or check out the website – www.getsett.com.au
South East Tours and Transfers offers tailored small group tours to cruise ship passengers that arrive into the port of Eden. Contact them before arrival and they will take you for a tour of your choice around the Sapphire Coast.