Eden is a picturesque, quiet
beach holiday resort, located in Sapphire
Coast area of the NSW South
Coast. Eden is well known for its beaches of golden sand,
crystal blue waters, and for the rugged of its forests,
headlands and parklands.
Mount Imlay stands majestically in the
background and provides a a splendid vantage point from
which to view the
Coast to the north and south to the Victorian border
and west to the plains of the Snowy Mountains region.
The exquisite Twofold Bay, the 3rd deepest
natural harbour in the world, gives visitors to Eden
a perfect view of the whales as they migrate
every year to Antarctica.
Eden's history is steeped in
the traditions of the sea. This area was once a major
whaling port with men and Killer Whales working together
to herd the gentle giants to the whaling stations. Their
are numerous wrecks in the area offering wonderful diving
and fishing opportunities. Everyday fishing trawlers
can be found unloading their daily fish catch. Eden has
restaurants and cafes where you can sample the freshly
caught local fish.
Their are several beaches on offer around
Aslings Beach which is ideal for surfing and fossicking
in rock pools, Corcora beach which offers great family
fun and facilities or Snug
Cove where you can explore beach caves.
Private boating companies offer scuba diving
and fishing adventures from Merimbula
to Green Cape. Whale watching tours are also
available on Twofold Bay to see whales from September
to November and dolphins and seals
all year round.
Surrounded by pristine forests Wonboyn
Lake is situated just 30km south of Eden , and is ideal
for families looking for
unspoilt beaches. The forest and lake abounds
with native animal
and bird life. It offers
several safe swimming spots as well as , fishing and
picnic areas. There are also many 4WD tracks to be
explored by the 4WD enthusiasts. Wonboyn
Lake has a great reputation
for some of the finest lake, estuary, beach and land
based game fishing on the coast. Oyster leases dot the
lakes backwaters and offer fresh Oysters to the local
The early history
of Eden the bay is closely tied to the whaling industry
and it is recognised each year with the Eden Whale Festival
which is held in October. Records of the first whales
being killed here date back to 1791. During the early
years of the 19th century whaling ships took
in the bay from inclement weather, it was at this
time that commercial exploitation commenced. 65 ships
were lost off the coast of Eden 1800 and 1950. In the
1920s and 1930s Eden became famous for its killer
whales. Twofold Bay and the area around Eden was
home to a group of killer whales led by
a whale known to locals as Old Tom. These Killer
hunt down whales travelling up and down the coast
and herd them into Twofold Bay for the whalers to
Places to Visit
Aslings Beach is the main surf beach and
runs along the north eastern end of Eden. A wonderful
rock pool is located at the southern end of Aslings beach.
Cocora Beach offers swimming, picnic and shower facilities.
It is an ideal beach for the family.
Cocora Beach can be found at the end of Ida Rood Drive.
The beaches, bays and headlands along the Eden coast
are also ideal for walks.
Ben Boyd National Park
spectacular Ben Boyd National Park is nearly
9000 hectares in area. It consists of beautiful beaches and promontories
which stretch north and south of Twofold
Bay, rugged coastline
and caves. The the rare ground parrot as well as
sea eagles, lyrebirds, yellow tailed
eastern grey kangaroos, monitor lizards wombats and yellow-bellied
gliders can all be found in the Ben Boyd National Park.
Eden offers fantastic fishing opportunities for visitors. Rock fishing spots
can be found along the headlands around the bay, whilst the beaches including
Beach offer superb beach fishing. For the boat fishing enthusiast you can easily
launch you boat Quarantine Bay located 3 km south of Eden, where there is a
four lane boat ramp. Quarantine Bay offers fish-cleaning tables and boat hire.
Eden still has numerous historical buildings including: The Surveyor's Office,
The Great Southern Inn on Imlay street, The Court House, The Police Station
(1857) in Cocora St, St George's Uniting Church (1865) in Chandos St.
Killer Whale Museum
The Killer Whale Museum is located on the corner of Imlay and Cocora Streets
in Eden and is considered one of the finest regional museums in Australia.
The museum covers the history of whaling in the Eden area. The skeleton of
the killer whale known as 'Tom' can be found here.
Mt Imlay National Park
Mt Imlay National Park covers nearly 4000
ha and surrounds Mt Imlay (886 metres). Located
about 30 km south west of Eden Mt Imlay National Park contains
forests and some subtropical rainforest. A strenuous 3 hour walk will get you
to the summit of Mt Imlay. From the top the views are
breathtaking. Due to the rough terrain and lack of facilities
the Merimbula office
of the National Parks and Wildlife Service prior to climbing
Nadgee Nature Reserve
One of the largest nature reserves in New South Wales, the Nadgee Nature Reserve,
extends from the southern tip of Ben Boyd Park to the Victorian border. The
reserve offers visitors forests, beaches, a freshwater swamp, a salt lake and
creeks to explore.
Wonboyn Lake is an ideal destination for the fishing
enthusiast. It offers
6 km of tidal river flow into the lake along with 4
km of estuary.
and national parkland Wonboyn Lake is known as "the
fisherman's paradise". Flathead, bream,
trevally, luderick, whiting,
tailor, bream and oysters are all on offer in either
The lake, beaches, river or estuary.
The climate is mediterranean.
Typical summer and winter temperatures are:
Average Winter temperatures: 5 degrees Celsius to 16 degrees Celsius
Average Summer temperature: 14 degrees Celsius to 24 degrees Celsius
Eden is located on the Princes Highway
about halfway between Melbourne and Sydney
- From Sydney take the Princes highway and follow
the road along the picturesque coastline.
- From Melbourne Eden
can be accessed either via Sale along the coast using
the Princes Highway.
- From Canberra travel via Queanbeyan along the Kings
Air services are available to Merimbula airport from Sydney and Melbourne.
Car hire is available. Regional Express has services to these airports
from Sydney. For more details see www.regionalexpress.com.au
Interstate bus services operate daily.
There is a
wide range of accommodation available in Eden including
apartments, motels, beach houses, guest houses, bed and
breakfasts and caravan parks.
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