Eden

Killer Whale Museum, Tourism New South Wales

Population 3010

Situated on the Sapphire Coast, the aptly named Eden is an idyllic and peaceful town on Twofold Bay. The location is excellent, with national park to the north and south, water to the east and woodland to the west. The beautiful bay is rimmed with mountains. Originally settled by whalers, it is now a fishing port and a popular, but relatively undeveloped, tourist town.

Visitor Information

116 Imlay St; (02) 6496 1953

www.visiteden.com.au

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In Town

Aslings Beach: surf beach with rockpools and excellent platforms for whale-watching Oct–Nov; Aslings Beach Rd.

Snug Cove: working fishing port with plenty of restaurants and cafes.

Eden Killer Whale Museum: fascinating displays on the history of the local whaling industry including the skeleton of 'Old Tom' the killer whale; Imlay St; (02) 6496 2094.

Nearby

Ben Boyd National Park This park's scenery includes rugged stretches of coastline, unique rock formations, heaths and banksia forest. The area is excellent for fishing, swimming, wreck diving, bushwalking and camping. Boyd's Tower at Red Point, 32 km SE, was originally built for whale-spotting. Cape Green Lighthouse, 45 km SE, is the first cast-concrete lighthouse in Australia and the second tallest in NSW; tours by appt; bookings (02) 6495 5000. The Pinnacles, 8 km N, are an unusual earth formation with red gravel atop white sand cliffs.

Jiggamy Farm: Aboriginal cultural and bush tucker experience; 9 km N.

Boydtown: former rival settlement on the shores of Twofold Bay with convict-built Seahorse Inn (still licensed), safe beach and good fishing; 9 km S.

Davidson Whaling Station Historic Site: provides unique insight into the lives of 19th-century whalers; Kiah Inlet; 30 km SE.

South East Fibre Exports Visitors Centre: logging and milling displays; Jews Head; bookings essential (02) 6496 0222; 34 km SE.

Nadgee Nature Reserve: walking track, access via Wonboyn Lake; 35 km SE.

Wonboyn Lake: scenic area with good fishing and 4WD tracks; 40 km S.

Fishing spots near town

Eden 8 km

Anyone looking for fishing variety should visit Eden. Angling opportunities include offshore game, reef, beach, estuary and pier. Eden nestles snugly on the shoreline of Twofold Bay and, unlike Merimbula and Narooma... Find out more


Pambula Lake 10 km

Pambula Lake, south of Merimbula, also known as the Broadwater, produces good catches of bream, dusky flathead, tailor, whiting, salmon, gummy sharks and mulloway. I fished this water with Bruce Libbis on one of his... Find out more


Merimbula 19 km

Most visitors on family trips arrive at Merimbula with at least one fishing rod on board. Some give priority to the boat and tackle, then try to fit the family in around them. A good boat ramp is situated near the... Find out more


Lake Wonboyn 20 km

Lake Wonboyn is one of my all-time favourite spots. Located about halfway between Eden and the border with Victoria, this large estuary system suits serious anglers and families. Some visitors to this estuary stay in... Find out more


Green Cape 27 km

Anglers who fish the east coast often refer to the January–March period as the ‘magic quarter’, when the East Australian Current brings millions of baitfish that in turn attract large predators, like... Find out more


Tathra 39 km

Tathra is a great family destination with a mixed bag of fishing. Saltwater anglers can choose from estuary, surf, rock and blue-water, while freshwater offerings include streams and dams. The major fishing attraction... Find out more


Wallagaraugh River 44 km

The Wallagaraugh River is in southern NSW and northern Victoria. It’s a big river, wide and deep in parts. Upstream, near where the Princes Highway crosses the river, it breaks out into pools. For anglers who... Find out more


Maramingo Creek 49 km

One of the most exciting, albeit also one of the most frustrating, days I experienced in an estuary took place in Maramingo Creek, an offshoot of the Genoa River. To get there, follow the Genoa River upstream from the... Find out more


Gipsy Point 50 km

If you are after dusky flathead and black bream, then Gipsy Point – which marks the junction of the Wallagaraugh and Genoa rivers – offers easy access to some of the best fishing in the inlet. To get there,... Find out more


Mallacoota Inlet 54 km

Mallacoota Inlet, near the Victoria/NSW border, is one of Victoria’s largest estuaries. The Genoa and Wallagaraugh rivers and a host of smaller creeks and streams feed the inlet. The Wallagaraugh River joins the... Find out more


Eco-friendly activities around town

Cycling - Bega Valley to Orbost 44 km

Back Pedal Cycle Tours is an eco-certified tour company that offers a great range of supported, safe and family-friendly cycle tours, from single-day excursions in the Bega Valley, through to the three-day ‘Border... Find out more


Platypus-watching - Bombala 62 km

If you believe the hype, Bombala is the platypus capital of Australia and the locals stop just short of guaranteeing you a sighting. The best spot is the Platypus Reserve on the Bombala River (off Delegate Road) in the... Find out more


Croajingolong National Park 84 km

One-third of Australia’s bird species have been spotted in this 87 500-hectare park that stretches for 100 kilometres along the coast. The threatened ground parrot forages in the heath and lorikeets feed in the... Find out more


Golf courses around town

Narooma Golf Club 96 km

Narooma is a small coastal haven with world-class beaches. It has become renowned for the whales, seals and penguins attracted to the pristine waters offshore. But one of the town’s major attractions remains its... Find out more


Cafes & restaurants around town

Eden Fishermen’s Club

‘Old Tom’s’ Dining Room has had a facelift, with renovations making the most of the stunning Twofold Bay views. Ocean-fresh crayfish, oysters and mussels are delivered to the kitchen door every day for no-frills, casual... Find out more


Essentially Eden

Part of The Great Southern Inn, this busy restaurant highlights the freshest regional ingredients, particularly the local seafood. With stunning views of Twofold Bay, visitors are enticed to delay their departure and... Find out more


Campsites around town

Mowarry Point camping area (walk-in and bush camping) 13 km

With no facilities, this bush camping site is along the Light to Light walking track, 3 km north of Saltwater Creek. You can also walk in from the end of the road to the north, which passes by scenic Leatherjacket... Find out more


Saltwater Creek camping area 14 km

To get to Saltwater Creek camping area, follow the Princes Hwy 18 km south of Eden and turn onto Edrom then Green Cape then Duckhole rds. Turn east onto Saltwater Rd and follow it to the end. There’s fishing,... Find out more


Hegartys Bay camping area (walk-in and bush camping) 18 km

This is a bush camping site with no facilities, along the Light to Light walking track north of Bittangabee Bay. Access either via Bittangabee Bay or Saltwater Creek to the north. Bring your own drinking water; gas/fuel... Find out more


Scrubby Creek camping area 20 km

The facilities here are pretty basic, but they include picnic tables, drinking water and wood BBQs, which is all you need for a comfortable overnight stop. Follow the signs from the Princes Hwy to East Boyd State Forest.... Find out more


Bittangabee camping area 20 km

On the long-distance but easy Light to Light walking track (30 km, 3 days) in the southern section of the park, Bittangabee camping area offers swimming, snorkelling, fishing and diving. A shorter section of the track... Find out more


Merrica River Entrance camping area (walk-in and bush camping) 26 km

It’s about 4.5 km from the trackhead to Merrica River Entrance camping area. This is a designated bush-camping site for self-sufficient walkers only. Gas/fuel stove only.... Find out more


Hobart Beach camping area 30 km

Spacious and well equipped, Hobart Beach camping area has shaded campsites, lovely picnic spots and excellent lookouts (Turingal Head is a favourite). A number of walking tracks fan out from here, and the park rangers... Find out more


Newtons Crossing camping area 30 km

Take Allan Brook Rd off Imlay Rd and follow the signs to Newtons Crossing. It’s just a small spot, with 5 sites available. However, it is a lovely area, situated next to the Wallagaraugh River, which flows... Find out more


Newtons Beach camping area (walk-in and bush camping) 34 km

About 9 km from the trackhead, this camping site is a designated bush-camping site for self-sufficient walkers only. Gas/fuel stove only.... Find out more


Little Creek camping area (walk-in and bush camping) 38 km

From Newtons Beach to the designated bush-camping site at Little Creek is approximately 4.3 km. Gas/fuel stove only. For self-sufficient walkers only.... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Garden of Eden Caravan Park 1 km

This is a well-appointed, reasonably priced park in a great garden setting, just 2 km from the town centre. It is a good place for an overnight stay or for a longer holiday. Bookings are required in peak periods; pets... Find out more


Eden Tourist Park 2 km

Situated across the road from the beach, this place is 2 km from the town centre. A popular holiday park, it caters predominantly for tourists, offering good facilities. It is a good base from which to explore the area.... Find out more


Discovery Holiday Parks – Eden 3 km

Easily accessed from the highway, this picturesque park is located on the south side of Eden in a lovely beachfront position. It has a wide range of facilities. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length... Find out more


Discovery Holiday Parks – Pambula Beach 14 km

This beachside park is one of our favourites in the popular family holiday region of the south coast of New South Wales. It has a pool complex, a licensed restaurant and spotless amenities, and is a great family park.... Find out more


Merimbula Beach NRMA Holiday Park 20 km

Perched on a headland looking out to sea, this quality park is in a great position. It has an excellent range of facilities including a shop and takeaway food. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length... Find out more


Seabreeze Holiday Park 38 km

This is a very good quality park located across the road from the surf club, and just a stroll to local eateries. The features here are outstanding and include Austar television cabled to every site. Bookings are... Find out more


Big4 Tathra Beach Holiday Park 38 km

This good quality, absolute beachfront park is located in the heart of Tathra. Just stroll to the beach from your site or take a short walk to the town centre, restaurants or club. Bookings are required in peak periods... Find out more


Bega Caravan Park 42 km

This well-managed park alongside the Princes Highway is on the southern approach to Bega. There are large grassy sites, modern amenities and pets are welcome. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more


Wallagaraugh River Retreat 47 km

This park is located at the end of 8 km of good, unsealed road and the turn-off is well signposted on the Princes Highway, around 8 km east of Genoa. On the banks of the Wallagaraugh River, this is a secluded spot for... Find out more


Mallacoota Foreshore Holiday Park 56 km

This amazing, picturesque caravan park sprawls along the waters edge. There are over 650 sites and the reception building is just 150 metres from the town centre. Some waterfront sites even have their own moorings. This... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Crown & Anchor

This is a traditional B&B in an early 1840s inn, with elevated views of Twofold Bay and surroundings. Here guests will find a welcoming country home with four guest rooms, all with ensuites and sea views. There is a... Find out more


Quarantine Bay Beach 
Cottages

Quarantine Bay Beach Cottages offers four-star self-contained accommodation that is perfect for families. There are six cottages and three units to choose from, the pick of the bunch being the Spa Vista Cottages. Located... Find out more


Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Adobe Mudbrick Holiday Flats, Mallacoota 55 km

These 12 rustic mudbrick flats were ecologically designed to avoid the need for air-conditioning, and have solar hot water and rainwater tanks. The 32-hectare surrounds are managed as a Land for Wildlife property,... Find out more


Rest areas around town

East Boyd Forest rest area 17 km

89km NE of Cann River (L) or 19km SW of Eden (L)

Just off the highway behind the trees. On both sides of the highway.


Scrubby Creek rest area 19 km

86km NE of Cann River (L) or 22km SW of Eden (R)

Just off the highway surrounded by forest.


Yellowpinch Dam rest area 25 km

32km N of Eden (L) or 22km S of Bega (R)

Well off the highway surrounded by trees.


Wallagaraugh River rest area 38 km

65km NE of Cann River (L) or 43km SW of Eden (R)

Just off the highway among some trees.


Bega Lookout park area 47 km

5km N of Bega (R) or 72km S of Narooma (L)

Just off the highway at the lookout.


Genoa rest area 53 km

48km NE of Cann River (L) or 61km SW of Eden (R)

Just off the highway on the north side of a river (at a disused caravan park).


Bemboka rest area 56 km

At Bemboka

Just off the highway at the recreation centre. Camping and showers available for a fee.


Fred Piper Memorial Lookout park area 66 km

14km W of Bemboka (L) or 62km SE of Cooma (R)

Adjacent to the highway at the lookout.


Quaama rest area 66 km

31km N of Bega (R) or 46km S of Narooma (L)

Just off the highway at the turn-off into Quaama.


Thurra River rest area 79 km

11km E of Cann River (L) or 98km SW of Eden (R)

Secluded off the highway in the forest.


Nimmitabel park area 82 km

At Nimmitabel

Overlooking Lake Williams.


Mystery Bay camping area 87 km

T/O to Mystery Bay

On the foreshore 2km east of the highway.


Corunna Lake park area 91 km

71km N of Bega (L) or 6km S of Narooma (R)

Just off the highway on the shores of the lake.


What's on around town

Market: Calle Calle St; 1st Sat each month.

Eden Seafood and Arts Festival: Easter.

Eden Whale Festival: Oct/Nov.

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