Food and Drink in Eden (Australia)
The Sapphire Coast is a gourmet food trail with a bounty of fresh seafood, dairy and meats. Cuisine ranges from Mod Oz to myriad ethnic options, and local produce features heavily on the menu. Be sure to sample the locally farmed oysters, which are world class. In addition, the region is home to a couple of boutique wineries and the aforementioned craft nano brewery.
Finny's By the Wharf: The best seafood platter, delicious coffee and and homemade food.
Seahorse Inn Hotel: On Twofold Bay, expect breathtaking views as well as a varied lunch menu of gourmet and local seafood options from Brassiere, their casual bistro. (Lot 1, Boydtown Park Road; 02 6496 1361; open daily for lunch from noon to 2 p.m.)
Beaches in Eden (Australia)
Aslings Beach: Eden's main surf beach is a long stretch of rugged, sandy coastline with a rock pool at the southern end. Whales and dolphins can be seen sheltering and feeding in the bay during October and November. Exercise caution while swimming as the beach is only patrolled in summer and rips predominate.
Cocora Beach: Perfect for beachside BBQs with the family and safe swimming. There are rarely are waves here and there is a covered barbecue area, playground and amenities
Nullica Estuary: A safe swimming spot for the kids a few kilometres south of Eden. The estuary opens onto Boydtown Beach and Twofold Bay, with small waves and it is generally free of strong undercurrents.
Quarantine Bay and Rixons beach: Rixons Beach, in the sheltered part of Twofold Bay, has a jetty and boat ramp. The wave-free beach is bordered by a break wall and dotted with boats. There is a boat shed near to the beach.
Boydtown Beach: This long stretch of white sand located at the back of Twofold Bay has a gentle gradient and, if it has any waves at all, they will be very small.
Don't Miss in Eden (Australia)
Killer Whale Museum: Originally built to house the skeleton of the orca 'Old Tom' and tells the story of the Killer whales of Eden, the museum houses numerous exhibitions, and has boats, whaling gear, photographs and other maritime memorabilia on display. Guided tours are available daily on request. (184 Imlay Street; open Monday to Saturday, 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Sunday from 11:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.)
Seahorse Inn: Set in a refined 19th-century estate along Twofold Bay, in Boydtown, this boutique beachfront hotel features beautiful gardens and views of the bay. It is also the location of the Taste of Eden food festival.
Rotary Lookout and walk: Located at the top of Imlay St, the lookout Rotary Lookout offers spectacular views of Twofold Bay. Walk along the headland, past Marine Rescue, through the pine forest and out another headland that gives you views to the north and east.
Eden's Heritage Walks and Drive: There are 35 sites of interest listed on Eden's Heritage Walks and Drive offering a glimpse into its convict past, historic buildings and whaling history. Of these, 26 can be reached on foot. The Heritage Drive takes in nine stunning locations including the imposing Boyds Tower and Australia's first concrete-cast lighthouse, Green Cape Lighthouse. You can also learn about the Bundian Way, an ancient Indigenous walk that stretches 350 kilometres between Mount Kosciuszko and Eden, and is now being revived to teach Aboriginal history and culture to visitors.
Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre: The centre is dedicated to marine education and research with outdoor programs that include guided snorkel tours, beach formation walks and marine life discovery tours. (253 Imlay Street; open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., or Monday to Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during the school holidays.)
Ben Boyd National Park: Hike through tall coastal forests and along dramatic, rocky coastlines gnawed by the sea and discover secluded beaches, sheltered inlets and pristine waters as well as rare fauna and flora.
Cat Balou Cruises: This family-run business is the longest running whale-watching outfit in NSW. During the migratory season, expect up-close encounters with whales, dolphins, seals and penguins on a 3.5-hour whale watching tour. At other times, there is a two-hour bay cruise. (0427 962 027; tours depart from Eden Wharf)
Potoroo Palace: This native animal educational sanctuary conserves an area of natural bushland in the Bega Valley, located 25 minutes northwest of Eden. Visitors can walk among kangaroos, potoroos, emus and peacocks, spot sleepy koalas and have special one-on-one encounters with the animals. (2372 Princes Highway, Merimbula; open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily with educational talks at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.)