Discover Eden’s extraordinary attractions, from humpback whales in the deep blue Twofold Bay to intriguing whaling heritage and bushwalking in spectacular Ben Boyd National Park. There are wonderful marine and wildlife tours, and you can buy fresh blue mussels on the wharf at Snug Cove.
A natural paradise on the sparkling Sapphire Coast of NSW, Eden is one of the best whale-watching spots in Australia between May and early November. Other things to do in Eden throughout the year range from relaxing on beautiful sandy beaches to great fishing, kayaking, bushwalking and snorkelling.
The third-deepest natural harbour in the Southern Hemisphere, Twofold Bay has a long history with whales. You can explore 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.
You’ll find plenty of shoreline vantage points around Twofold Bay and along the coast in Ben Boyd National Park for spotting whales. Green Cape lookout is a popular spot. The exhilarating three-day Light to Light walk connects Green Cape Lighthouse with the 1847-built Boyds Tower on the bay.
For close encounters with whales, join Cat Balou and other cruises. The annual Eden Whale Festival celebrates the southern whale migration when whales feed in Twofold Bay. Learn more about whales and other sea life in the Sapphire Marine Discovery Centre at Eden Wharf in Snug Cove.
The wharf is home to a number of restaurants serving fresh seafood. You can catch your own seafood on a snorkelling tour with Australia’s Coastal Wilderness Adventures. Other adventure tours include kayaking with Kiah Wilderness Tours and fishing with Freedom Charters, which also offers whale tours.
On the far South 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.