Eden

Highlights

From orcas to humpbacks, Eden on the NSW South Coast is one of the best spots in Australia to watch majestic whales on their annual migration. Spot whales in the sparkling waters of Twofold Bay, a deep natural harbour, and from spectacular lookouts in beautiful Ben Boyd National Park.

  • Green Cape Lightstation Cottage, Ben Boyd National Park, South Coast
  • Light to light walk, South Coast

About Eden

On the edge of beautiful Twofold Bay, Eden is one of the best locations in Australia for whale watching during the whales' annual migration between May and November. You can also enjoy stunning beaches, sparkling blue waters, spectacular wilderness, wonderful adventure tours and intriguing heritage in this picturesque area on the far NSW South Coast.

The third-deepest natural harbour in the Southern Hemisphere, Twofold Bay has a long history with whales. Discover the story of orca Old Tom at the Eden Killer Whale Museum. The self-drive Killer Whale Trail is an intriguing trip into the past when whales were hunted for oil and cosmetics.

Eden Whale Watching Lookout, South Coast

You’ll find plenty of shoreline vantage points around Twofold Bay and along the coast in Ben Boyd National Park for spotting migrating whales. Green Cape lookout is a popular spot. The exhilarating Light to Light walk connects Green Cape Lighthouse with the 1847-built Boyds Tower on the edge of Twofold Bay.

For close encounters with whales, join Cat Balou and other whale-watching cruises. The annual Eden Whale Festival is in October, when you can spot whales in large numbers in Twofold Bay. Learn more about whales and other sea creatures in the Sapphire Marine Discovery Centre at Eden Wharf in Snug Cove.

Whale and Boyds tower, Eden

The wharf is home to a number of restaurants serving fresh seafood. There are many more things to do and see, from snorkelling with Australia’s Coastal Wilderness Adventures to kayaking with Kia Wilderness Tours. Freedom Charters offers a range of fishing experiences as well as whale tours.

On the Sapphire Coast, accommodation options suit various budgets. Eden is a little over six hours’ drive from Sydney or Melbourne. You can fly to Merimbula Airport and rent a car for the short drive south to Eden. From Canberra, the drive is a little over three hours. Cruise ships stop in Eden, too.

  • Light to Light Walk

    Follow the walk as it makes its way along a scenic stretch of the South Coast between Boyds Tower and Green Cape Lighthouse. Complete the whole walk over several days or choose to tackle a smaller section. Camp along the way or take a catered guided tour.

  • Whale watching

    See whales pass by Eden’s scenic coastline during their annual migration. Spot whales from prime vantage points including South Head and Rotary Park Lookout at Twofold Bay. Join a whale watching tour and learn about the spectacular mammals from experts.

  • Fresh seafood and Eden Wharf

    Sample fresh oysters, fish, and other offerings of delicious seafood at one of Eden’s local restaurants and fish and chip eateries. Head to Eden Wharf for lunch or dinner with coastal views or head out on the water, cast a fishing line and catch your next meal.

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