I had been fishing out of Eden before. Caught a charter and came back with heaps of Nanygai, Morwong and a few other species, all adding up to a delicious feed that night at our B&B.This time I was on the same boat, albeit with new owners and about 5 years later. It was only to be assumed I would get a different result. My sum total was two fish,...more
Australia has an internationally famous yacht race called the Sydney to Hobart. The last place of refuge on the New South Wales coast for boats in trouble is Eden and it is expected that every year some boats will put in here.One of its main attractions is that getting in there doesn't involve crossing a treacherous river mouth and associated sand...more
This from a plaque at the museum:"..the male patients are placed in the whale in a nude condition while the female sufferer was covered with a loose gown. They remained in the whale for about an hour and a half on this occasion, the temperature of the carcass staying at about 105 degress (40 celcius). The heat is greater in some whales than in...more
The Killer Whale Museum is certainly one of the most unique museums in Australia. Situated on a hillside on the corner of Imlay and Cocora Streets in Eden the building depicts the history of whaling in the local area. The highlight of the exhibition is the story of a killer whale known locally as 'Tom' and his fellow killers who were responsible...more
The Eden whaling museum is a stones throw from the Crown and Anchor Inn. While I find whaling itself highly objectionable, this, nonetheless, was an interesting exploration of an activity that once sustained this community. Indeed, it was responsible for its very existence."Old Tom" was a killer whale who was known to assist the local whalers in...more
The absolute highlight of our visit to Eden was a half-day whale watching cruise on the catamaran 'Cat Balou'. Heading out from Eden Wharf we passengers were all put to work scanning the horizon for the "blow" which would indicate whales in the vicinity. Once spotted the boat would then head towards the general location and idle there, waiting for...more
Merimbula Aquarium is really worth a look. It's undergone new ownership in the past couple of years by a guy I know, Anthony, from my home town in Victoria, who's also the son of a woman I worked with for 10 years. He left his long time job in a bank in slightly chilly (by comparison) Victoria to go and manage the Aquarium with his partner in sunny...more
731 Princes Hwy, Eden, 2551, Australia
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81 Princes Highway, Eden, 2551, Australia
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99 Princes Highway, Eden, 2551, Australia
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Wharfside Cafe is 'the' seafood restaurant in the port of Eden. The Wharfside has the reputation for being the nicest place to have breakfast or lunch & has a great mediterranean seaside ambience (hence its name). The Wharfside not only offer seafood but a wide range of other meals. They're also licensed & offer a range of beers & wines by glass or...more
We stopped here to have coffee and cake during a visit to Snug Cove and the port of Eden. The cafe offers indoor and outdoor tables with views of the harbour. The service was good the coffee & cake up to scratch so we came back for a light lunch and were not disappointed.The room is undergoing renovation and while it already has a nautical...more
The Eden Oyster Bar is located at Eden wharf in Snug Cove. Although located opposite the car park, it's interesting watching the comings and goings of a working port and the fishing boats form a picturesque when sitting outside.The decor is "fishermen's tavern" with nets, buoys, shells etc around the ceiling line. Main cafe area is outdoors, but...more
The Eden Fishermen's Club offers food, bars and poker machines - it's the equivalent of the RSL in many other towns.
Unfortunately the food is pretty dreadful and overpriced to boot. I had one of the worst meals of my life there - vegetables that were unrecognisable and totally inedible.
I believe there is live music on weekends, which may be worth a look. Otherwise, as far as ambience goes, head to one of the pubs or get a video!
There are flights to nearby Merimbula but they're quite expensive. Some of the Melbourne - Sydney buses also used to stop there but I'm not sure if they still do.
Car is by far the best means of getting to and around Eden. And there are other beautiful places nearby, both along the coast and inland, which are difficult to tour by public transport.
Bicycle would certainly be an option for the fit (it's quite hilly along this coast and inland).
Warm clothes and shoes and a waterproof jacket are recommended for the whale watching cruise.
Photo Equipment: I really wish I'd had a video camera to film the whales leaping from the ocean! Bring one if you can.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Swimming costumes are a must as the beaches are gorgeous. There are plenty of camping grounds in Eden, some right on the beach.
Miscellaneous: Binoculars are marvellous for spotting whales on the horizon, as well as dolphins and the varied bird life of the area.
Situated in the Mumbulla State Forest in far south eastern NSW. Went here in 1993 but can't remember anything else.
I'd been to Eden many times before but usually in summer, and never during the whale watching season. In future my visits there will always be in September-November. On our last day in Eden a small pod of whales came right into the bay and frolicked near the rocks just below where we were staying - accompanied by 2 or 3 dolphins! We'd planned ot...more
This is the quaint little arts and crafts town of Tilba Tilba, also close to the New South Wales coast, south of Nowra. We found this delightful place quite by accident. There are some quite unusual local and also overseas crafts (such as South American and Tibetan shops). The Bakery is very popular and very nice. A tiny but thriving town, well...more
This is actually a nice beach....but this was taken during the Sydney Bushfires (the 2002 ones not the current lot). Sydney is 300 - 400 kms up the coast from here, but the thick smoke still hangs and makes visibility very poor, and even worse for photography (in some cases not even worth getting out the camera). For instance, at Narooma, a little...more