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Eden is located on the far south coast of NSW and has a beautiful setting on the shores of Twofold Bay.
Eden is about half way between Sydney and Melbourne and is the southern gateway to the NSW Sapphire Coast. It is just 3 hours drive from Canberra.
To experience pristine beaches, wilderness areas, whale watching and beautiful Twofold Bay – Eden is worth the drive!
Snug Cove is Eden’s harbour - one of the deepest natural harbours in the world. It is a working harbour and includes one of the largest fishing fleets in NSW, local and visiting yachts, dolphin and whale cruise boats, and docking facilities for visiting cruise ships
Snug Cove is also a popular place to visit for restaurants, cafes and local events such as the market stalls during the Eden Whale Festival.
Don’t leave Snug cove without visiting the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre. The centre is a marine education and research centre plus a discovery centre where you can learn about the ocean and marine creatures. There is a small aquarium, marine displays, mini theatre showing films on local marine environments, touch pans, microscopes for viewing marine life and much more. There is a small entry fee.
Open: 11am-2pm Weds-Fri
Location: The Wharf Building, Snug Cove, 253 Imlay St, Eden
Telephone: 02 6496 1699
From September to late November see majestic humpback whales on their southern migration. There are many vantage points around Eden or better still, take a whale-watching cruise from the Port of Eden:
Eden has a long history of whaling - from 1828 until 1930. Whalers in small rowboats with hand-held harpoons were assisted by killer whales to trap the humpback whales in Twofold Bay. One of the most famous killer whales was “Old Tom” whose skeleton can be seen in the museum. See an extensive range of whaling items plus changing exhibitions.
Open: Daily (except Christmas Day) Mon-Sat 9.15-3.45pm, Sun 11.15am-3.45pm. Extended hours during Christmas school holidays.
Location: Imlay St, Eden
Telephone: 02 6496 2094
For those interested in Australian history, Eden has many historical sites worth visiting:
For information on these sites, visit - http://eden.nsw.au/historic-sites
This church building was the site of a school started by Mary Mackillop. Mary Mackillop’s mother was killed in a shipwreck off the coast of Eden in 1886 and the school was established in appreciation of the townspeople’s kindness. The Hall is located on Calle Calle Street and is part of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Sea.
Ben Boyd National Park is located to the north and south of Eden.
Highlights of the northern section of the park are Haycock Point and the Pinnacles.
Highlights of the southern section of the park are Saltwater Bay, Bittangabee Bay, Disaster Bay, the beaches of Green Glades, Jane Spiers and Newtons, and Green Cape Lighthouse.
Information on walks in the area are available from the Eden Visitors Centre or from the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service website on Ben Boyd National Park - www.environment.nsw.gov.au/NationalParks/parkHome.aspx?id=N0003 - or there is a NSW NP&WS office in nearby Merimbula on the cnr of Sapphire Coast Drive and Merimbula Drive, telephone 02 6495 5000.
Eden Whale Festival – November each year
Bega Valley Rally – Queens Birthday June long weekend
Eden Lioness Market - first Saturday of every month at RSL Hall