A natural paradise on the sparkling Sapphire Coast of NSW, Eden's extraordinary attractions range from spotting humpback whales in the deep blue waters of Twofold Bay to learning about the region's whaling heritage and bushwalking in Ben Boyd National Park. Take a marine or wildlife tour and buy fresh blue mussels straight from the wharf.
Eden is one of the best whale-watching spots in Australia during the annual migration between May and early November. You will find plenty of shoreline vantage points around Twofold Bay and along the coast in Ben Boyd National Park. Green Cape Lookout is a popular spot.
Twofold Bay is the third-deepest natural harbour in the Southern Hemisphere and has a long associated history with whales. You can explore the story of orca Old Tom at the Eden Killer Whale Museum or take the self-drive Killer Whale Trail, which is an intriguing trip into the past when whales were hunted for oil.
Continue the close encounters with whales with Cat Balou Cruises. The annual Eden Whale Festival in November celebrates the southern migration when whales stop to feed in Twofold Bay. Learn more about whales and other sea life at the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre at Eden Wharf in Snug Cove.
There are plenty of things to do in Eden throughout the year, like relaxing on beautiful sandy beaches, fishing, kayaking, bushwalking and snorkelling. Take the exhilarating three-day Light to Light walk along the coast that runs between the Green Cape Lighthouse and the 1847-built Boyds Tower.
Snorkel or scuba dive in Twofold Bay with Dive Eden and catch a glimpse of blue groupers and weedy sea dragons. Join the experts from the Marine Discovery Centre on a guided snorkel tour of Snug Cove. Other adventure tours in the region include kayaking with Kiah Wilderness Tours and fishing with Freedom Charters.
The wharf at Snug Cove is home to a number of restaurants serving fresh seafood or you can buy mussels from the fishing boats. Accommodation options around Eden include campgrounds in the national park, waterfront B&Bs, motels and holiday houses. You can even spend the night in the historic lightstation cottages at Green Cape.
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, which takes about 20 minutes. From Canberra, the drive is a little over three hours. Many cruise ships stop in Eden and the wharf has recently been extended.