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Cruises to Eden (Australia)

Eden, Australia, before the bushfires (Photo: Benny Marty/Shutterstock)
Eden, Australia, before the bushfires (Photo: Benny Marty/Shutterstock)

About Eden (Australia)

Eden is the southernmost port of NSW located on the Far South coast region known as the Sapphire Coast. Perched on the edge of Twofold Bay, the third deepest natural harbour in the southern hemisphere, Eden historically prospered in whaling, fishing and agriculture. The township was laid out by Thomas Townsend in 1843 and locals celebrate its unique whaling history, which saw men and killer whales work in tandem to capture baleen whales.

Today, Eden is a sleepy coastal town renowned for being one of the few places in the world humpback whales feed during their southern migration in spring. The Killer Whale Museum even sounds a siren when whales are spotted. Calm waters and open ocean access make it the perfect viewing platform to watch these massive creatures, as well as dolphins, seals and penguins. There are several vantage points on land, too. Bounded by national forest and ruggedly beautiful coastline, Eden is abundant in nature trails, spectacular coastal scenery and surf beaches.

Eden's town centre comprises one low-key street populated by modest shops, eateries, a local gallery, supermarket and pub. One street away is the stunning coastline and boardwalk leading to Aslings Beach. Grassy areas, parklands and the crystalline blue ocean waters are never far from sight.

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DAY 1: Sydney

11 Night
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Brisbane
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Why go to Eden (Australia)?

Pros:

A sleepy town to spot whales, penguins, seals and more from its shores and at sea.

Cons:

There can be dangerous rip currents here, and beaches are often not patrolled by lifeguards.

Bottom Line:

Nature lovers will love exploring this little seaside town, with its museums and attractions celebrating its environment.

Eden (Australia) Cruise Port Facilities?

The Port of Eden is located about 500 metres northwest of the town centre. The passenger terminal is on Imlay Street, Eden. In August 2019, the Breakwater Wharf was completed allowing passengers to walk off without the need for tendering.

Eden Wharf has a number of eateries, some with Wi-Fi. Cat Balou Cruises depart from here, too.

Good to Know?

The Sapphire Coast region, stretching from Bermagui in the north to the Victorian border in the south, is an untouched wilderness with some of the best national parks, lagoons and seas in which to explore its dynamic marine and bird life. Kayaking is a popular pastime, as is bird watching and hiking.

The area is also home to a burgeoning artisan food and wine scene with oysters a specialty. Bega is famous for its cheese; Pambula for its oysters; and deep-sea fishing town, Bermagui, for its yellowfin tuna and marlin.

Eden and the Sapphire Coast have undergone a transformation, with grower's markets, food festivals and nature-based adventures on offer. The Visitor Information Centre, located on Mitchell Street near Imlay, has information on attractions, tours and special events, including self-guided walking tours.

Getting Around?

Cruise lines usually offer a shuttle service to the centre of Eden. Taxis are also available. The local bus service runs morning and afternoon and there is a bus stop on Imlay Street near Eden Wharf. It takes about 20 minutes to walk this uphill section on foot.

On foot: Eden is mostly flat, compact and fairly easy to navigate on foot.

By bus: Sapphire Coast Buslines run a limited timetable morning and afternoon Monday to Friday (routes 790 and 791) looping through Pambula, Merimbula and Tathra and ending in Bega.

By taxi: There are two taxis available that can be booked by calling 02 6496 1180. Taxis are metered and equipped to accept credit cards.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The local currency is the Australian dollar. ATMs can be found on Imlay Street, in the main part of town.

Language?

English is the official language.


Eden (Australia) Cruise Reviews

lyndarra
Sail Date: Feb 2020
An quaint(?), typically Australian, country town by the sea. Here is the location of Eden Killer Whale Museum. This is a must see if visiting Eden. Here you can spend a couple of hours and learn about the history of... Read More
foodpolice
Sail Date: Nov 2018
We were tendered into the port of Eden. There was a small local market set up for the cruise ship passengers near by. Eden also had a shuttle bus to take the passengers into town. Eden is small & walkable. We... Read More
Queen Elizabeth
ubu62
Sail Date: Mar 2020
Charming small country town. Easy to walk into and around. The local businesses can become overwhelmed when all the passengers appear.... Read More
Pacific Explorer
DarylD
Sail Date: Sep 2019
The local community had put on a festival with stalls and entertainment, with picnic rugs and plenty of places to eat and buses to shuttle us back and forth to save the walk up the hill but we never made it that... Read More
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