Insiders’ Secrets – Jenny Robb

15 February 2016

Jenny Robb, Insiders' Secrets

Jenny Robb, Insiders’ Secrets. Image credit: Kiah Wilderness Tours

The sweet spot: I love leading kayaking tours in pristine estuaries like the Towamba or Pambula rivers. They’re just ten minutes’ drive from Eden.

Into the deep: Snorkelling on this part of the South Coast is amazing as the water is pristine and full of life. Favourite spots are Bittangabee Bay (Ben Boyd National Park) and Ross Bay in Eden.

Best hiking: I’d encourage any visitor to the area to discover Boyd’s Tower and walk along sections of the Light to Light Walk. Boyds Tower is connected to Green Cape Lightstation by the 30km track in Ben Boyd National Park. It can be done over two nights or in shorter, half-day sections. Either way, it’s well worth the effort.

Best caffeine hit: Coffee at the kiosk overlooking Bar Beach in Merimbula is perfect, watching the huge stingrays swim by gracefully.

Best place to view the sunset: Walking along the fishing wharf at Eden at sunset is a real treat.

The whale highway: This is one of the best places in Australia to watch whales during the humpback migration. Don’t miss the Eden Killer Whale Museum which has the skeleton of Old Tom, the last of the herding killer whales of Eden. It’s an impressive exhibit.

World’s best oysters: The fresh local seafood is one of the best reasons to live here. As well as oysters from local estuaries, there are Eden mussels, fish and calamari fresh off the boats.

Eating out: Dine at Wheelers Seafood Restaurant in Merimbula (they produce sublime Sydney rock oysters) or Zanzibar, also in Merimbula, where the food is delicious.

Easy walking: Do the loop around Lake Curalo and along Aslings Beach in Eden on the newly completed walking path.

Views to dine for: Lunch at the Waterfront Cafe in Merimbula is always delicious and totally relaxing.