Formerly a whaling hub in the 19th century, Eden is the southernmost town in New South Wales, nestled between two glorious bays and perched on rolling hills bounded by dramatic cliffs and expansive sandy beaches. Eden’s whaling legacy lives on in its exciting whale-watching opportunities and the fascinating Killer Whale Museum. At the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre, towering lighthouses and the scenic coastline keep the focus firmly on the ever-changing sea.
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Discover Merimbula, Pambula and Eden, picturesque villages known for their natural beauty, historical landmarks and unspoiled settings that have long inspired artists.
This hidden pocket of Australia’s epic coastline is where you can reconnect with and share your love of nature. Immerse yourself in the local villages of Pambula, Merimbula and Eden all lapped by pristine waters that produce some of Australia’s best seafood.
Merimbula's magic begins with a glimpse of the beaches, brilliant beneath the bright sunshine. Merimbula has always been a beautiful place of sheltered waters and seafood feasts. On this tour you’ll learn more about the local award winning oysters - The Yuin People were the first to harvest and share oysters, fish and more, with middens dating back thousands of years, still visible on the lake’s edge. Enjoy a stop and photo opportunity at Short Point where an easy walking track takes you out to the headland for spectacular views.
Stop in Pambula, a coastal village big in history; its peaceful lakes and idyllic river mouth are a far cry from the hustle and bustle following the discovery of gold near the township in the 1880s. Pambula shopfronts give a nod to that era, with bull-nose verandahs, a town clock and a general lack of tall neon signs. You’ll have nearly 1-hour of free time here to browse the main street where you’ll discover a pleasing amount of specialty shops, such as an artisan bakery and coffee roasters, winery, whole foods, local art, vintage collectables, boutiques and eco-focused retail with a flair for the local.
Head back to Eden, set in the magnificent Twofold Bay – the third deepest natural harbor in the southern hemisphere. Eden was home to shore-based whaling stations and Old Tom, the legendary killer whale whose story can be discovered at the Eden Killer Whale Museum. You’ll see the pristine Aslings Beach, a fishermen’s favorite and often home to migrating whales who are nursing their young before heading south. Move on to Quarantine Bay – peaceful and ringing with bell bird calls. There is always something to watch on the water here as the bay is home to a four lane boat ramp, Quarantine Bay Yacht Club, and the Eden Amateur Fishermen’s Club.
Please note: Walking on this tour is primarily at the guests’ discretion during the stops. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Comfortable clothing appropriate for the weather is recommended as well as comfortable walking shoes and sun protection.
Cruise a twin-hulled catamaran through Twofold Bay, following the beautiful coastline blanketed with forests and dotted with historical buildings.
After a brief walk along the pier, you will board a sleek, twin-hulled catamaran and begin a leisurely cruise through Twofold Bay, one of the deepest natural harbors in the Southern hemisphere. British explorer George Bass named the bay for the two distinct curves or folds in the shoreline.
While cruising, a guide will elaborate on the history of Eden and Twofold Bay’s vital role in the development of the area. Because of the ideal conditions, the bay was home to numerous whaling stations in the 19th century. Whales are still so prevalent that these waters are known as the Humpback Highway, a reference to the thousands of humpback whales that pass by between September and November on the way to Antarctica.
Controversial entrepreneur Benjamin Boyd was also influential, as he built a church and an inn here before mysteriously disappearing while hunting ducks. Boyd also commissioned a lighthouse to be constructed, but it was only used for whale spotting after his death. Its tower still stands in Ben Boyd National Park overlooking Twofold Bay’s southern coastline.
You may also spot the Davidson Whaling Station where the Towamba River flows into the bay. It was the longest-operating, shore-based whaling station in Australia and has great historical significance. After nearly two hours on the water, you will return to the pier.
Please note: Walking on this tour is limited to approximately 50 feet to and from the boat with a few steps. Tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair and are able to make their own way on and off transportation. Guests must be self-sufficient or if assistance is required, they should travel with a companion who can provide this. Wheelchair guests will be accommodated on the back deck which has a cover and railings. Comfortable clothing appropriate for the weather is recommended as well as comfortable walking shoes and sun protection.
Here is your chance to see the iconic Australian kangaroo in the wild and enjoy morning or afternoon tea at a golf club.
A short drive from the port and through the city, takes you to Eden Gardens Country Club where morning or afternoon tea will be waiting. The area is teaming with wildlife but the one that is most popular is the iconic Australia Kangaroo.
Following your tea, drive around the picturesque golf course, in golf carts, so you can see and photograph the various wildlife that calls this place home. Along the way, you will stop to get that special photo of the kangaroos and enjoy the scenery, so bring your cameras.
Please note: Although there is minimal walking on this tour, there is no luggage compartment or an area, on the mini buses used, to store wheel chairs. Wildlife sightings, although likely, cannot be guaranteed.
Sample fresh lake oysters from a farm that has been sustainably harvesting these succulent shellfish in nearby Merimbula for more than 30 years.
Enjoy a brief scenic drive with a photo stop at Haycocks Point, en route to your oyster farming experience. Wheelers Oyster Farm (or similar) offers the opportunity to discover the complete oyster story with a tour of the state-of-the-art factory and video, showing the complete history of oyster farming and the life cycle of oysters.
See how sustainably farmed oysters are prepared for dining on the premises, and also shipped from the state-of-the-art factory. A video goes into even more detail about the history of oyster farming and the lifecycle of oysters. By the end of the tour, you will know more about oysters than you ever imagined.
Of course, you will also have the opportunity to taste some of the oysters farmed in the lake here. These fresh oysters are known for being plump, succulent and delectable. Following the tasting, you will return to Eden for a brief panoramic tour of the downtown area and then some free time before returning to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 60 minutes of easy to moderate walking/standing.The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Comfortable clothing appropriate for the weather is recommended as well as comfortable walking shoes and sun protection.
Cruise the oyster-rich waters of the pristine Pambula River and learn about the history of the region and sample some freshly harvested oysters before returning to the dock in Eden.
After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a picturesque 30 minute drive north toward Pambula Lake, home to several of the Sapphire Coast’s finest oyster farms. The Sydney Rock Oysters harvested here have a distinct taste because the lake is fed by fresh water from the Pambula and Yowaka rivers and is affected by the tidal exchange from the Pacific Ocean. The name Pambula derives from an aboriginal word describing the confluence of these waters.
Upon arriving at the Pambula River, you will board an oyster punt boat and cruise down the oyster-rich waterway. Along the way, the captain will point out mounds or middens on the bank, where the aboriginal people piled their oyster shells. Middens provide an enlightening look into the traditions and lifestyles of Australia’s earliest coastal inhabitants.
You will also learn a bit about the area’s geology and wildlife. You may discover how the lakes were formed, why certain rocks are prevalent, and which animals thrive here. Be sure to look up and down because sea eagles, dolphins and stingrays are commonly seen. You will have the opportunity to sample some fresh oysters. Although the taste differs from oyster farm to oyster farm, these lake oysters tend to have a sweet lingering aftertaste that is unmistakable.
After your cruise on Pambula Lake, you’ll drive to the Longstocking Micro Brewery. Here you will have a tour of the facilities and learn the process of making boutique beer. Longstocking is the regions first and most successful boutique brewery. Following your brief tour, you will receive a paddle of 4 beer samples to taste along with a shared platter of meats and cheeses.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of walking/standing with some steps to negotiate. The oyster punt boat is covered, with bench style seating and open sides. There is no restroom on the boat. The tour is not recommended for wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing to include a light jacket or sweater; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Discover some of the Wilderness Coasts best kept secrets. Visit Ben Boyd National Park and the Green Cape Lighthouse, all in a 4x4 all terrain coach.
Travel south through Ben Boyd National Park leaving the road behind in a purpose built all terrain 4X4 coach. You’ll travel through lush native forest before making your way into the sandy heath land with low lying grevillea shrubs and heathland grasses.
On arrival to Green Cape, your National Park guide will escort you through the lighthouse. You will discover the history of Green Cape Lighthouse - the first Lighthouse in Australia built of concrete and that is the most southern Lighthouse and the second tallest in NSW, standing at 95ft/29m. You will hear of the tragedy of the Ly-ee-Moon that ran aground off Green Cape on May 30th, 1886; it was a dark winter’s night where 71 people lost their lives. Amongst those was Mrs. Flora MacKillop the mother of Australia’s only Saint, Mary MacKillop.
Travel to Disaster Bay lookout to enjoy the views along the coast before continuing through to Bittangabee Bay. Here you’ll have a chance to explore this safe little bay including a visit to the old supplies store ruins and the tram line that once ran from here to Green Cape Light House. Enjoy morning or afternoon tea before the journey back to Eden.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of walking, with four high steps to board/exit vehicle and a spiral staircase at the lighthouse. The tour is not recommended to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Comfortable clothing appropriate for the weather is recommended as well as comfortable walking shoes and sun protection.
See how 19th-century whalers lived and worked by visiting one of the finest surviving whaling stations on Twofold Bay and a lookout tower for whale spotting.
After departing from the pier, you will drive to Twofold Bay, one of the deepest natural harbors in the Southern hemisphere. Because of the ideal conditions, the bay was home to numerous whaling stations in the 19th century, including the Davidson Whaling Station.
While touring the property, which was the longest-operating, shore-based whaling station in Australia, the guide will enlighten you on the lives of the whalers that lived here from 1826 to 1932, when the station closed. Three generations of the Davidsons worked from this site, and their family memorabilia and whale-processing equipment still remains. The Try Works, where blubber was boiled to extract the oil, is particularly fascinating.
Continuing on, you will soon arrive at Boyd’s Tower, a sandstone structure that entrepreneur Benjamin Boyd built in 1847 to be a lighthouse. However, the tower wasn’t commissioned, and it was only used as a lookout for whales.
Be sure to notice the damaged section at the top, where lightning struck more than 150 years ago, and the carving on a window ledge that pays tribute to a sailor killed by a whale. From the elevated vantage point of Boyd’s Tower, you will enjoy a fine view of surrounding Green Cape and Red Point, named after the hue of its rocks. Afterwards, you will return to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 hour of easy to moderate walking that includes a sloping asphalt and timber walkway. There are 6 steep steps to negotiate to reach the beach. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable, walking shoes are recommended.
Kayak around a stunning South Coast estuarine river brimming with bird and fish life, all at a comfortable pace, allowing you to take in the natural scenery from a water-level perspective.
After departing from the pier, you will soon arrive at the kayak launch for a brief orientation on how to make the most of your kayaking experience. You will then paddle off into the calm waters of the river, gliding past magnificent eucalypt forest and green pastures with a qualified, knowledgeable local guide
Eden’s name says it all. The surrounding area is relatively undeveloped with long stretches of white sand and dense forests that blanket the hills. As you skirt along the river’s shoreline, you will no doubt catch glimpses of some of the local wild life, including a variety of birds.
Midway through your exploration, you’ll stop for morning tea, served on a sandy riverbank with a snack, fresh fruit and your choice of coffee, tea or juice.
The experience of kayaking around Eden is wonderfully fulfilling since you will paddle along at your own pace as you enjoy the scenery. After approximately 3 hours on the water, you will return to the pier.
Please note: There is limited walking on this tour; however guests must be able to enter and exit the kayak with limited assistance and paddle for almost 3 hours. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with any mobility issues. Participants should be in good physical condition. Guests may get wet and should dress accordingly in casual clothing. A sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Those who may wish to take a short swim during the break should wear a swimsuit under their clothing and bring a towel from the ship. The minimum age to participate is 13 years old, and the maximum weight allowance is 265 lbs. The tour operates in single-person kayaks.
A bushwalk with a National Park guide and aboriginal guide introduces you to the natural beauty of this region and its rich aboriginal culture.
Experience the natural beauty and history of this region on this walking tour through the National Park. The walk to Haycock Point point provides spectacular coastline views. Australian flora and fauna is a feature of the walk with likely sightings of sea eagles and Australian gannets and other bush birds. You may even come across a friendly kangaroo.
This tour includes a strong Aboriginal component presented by an Aboriginal Elder through his art and artefacts, which begins with a traditional smoking ceremony. The cultural activities are presented in a pleasant, sheltered, grassed area and time is available for guests to ask questions and enjoy light refreshments.
Please note: This tour is subject to availability of aboriginal guide, weather and bushfire conditions. Comfortable clothing appropriate for the weather is recommended as well as sturdy, fully enclosed footwear, sun protection, insect repellent and drinking water. Participants must be 6 years of age or older. The tour involves an 800m/874yd (return) walk on a bush track which has a modest gradient over 50m/164ft and the rest is on natural surfaces, typically uneven due to animal diggings and tree roots. The tour is not recommended to wheelchair guests or those with any mobility concerns.
Here's a photography tour for new and experienced photographers alike. Enjoy a walking tour of the coastal region and take photos of this spectacular area, while learning helpful tips from a professional photographer. In addition, it will provide hands on, usable information that will make you a better photographer.
Enjoy this bay-side walk and learn about the history of the area while capturing stunning images. This moderate walk will skirt the bay and no matter what your choice of camera, you will walk away with a better understanding of photography, even if it’s the camera on your phone.
You will visit cliff tops and viewing platforms, and primarily focus on landscape photography, however, there may be a chance for some street photography as you walk through the working port. You’ll also stop at one of the cafés near the pier for a cup of coffee or tea and an opportunity to sum up your experience.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of walking on paved and natural surfaces with steep inclines. The tour is not recommended to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Participants must be 16 years of age or older and bring their own camera - can be a SLR, DSLR, mirrorless or smart phone camera. Comfortable clothing appropriate for the weather is recommended as well as comfortable walking shoes and sun protection.