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By Belinda Luksic
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Port of Eden (Australia)

Eden (population 3,040) 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 on 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.

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 oysters; and deep-sea fishing town, Bermagui, for its yellowfin tuna and marlin.

About Eden (Australia)


Pro

A small, off the beaten path locale, in Eden you can spot whales, penguins, seals and more from its shores and at sea

Con

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


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Where You're Docked

The Port of Eden is located about 500 metres northwest of the town centre. The passenger terminal is on Imlay St, Eden. Transport to the port is now by tender but this will change mid-2017 once the port redevelopment is complete.

Good to Know

Rips can be dangerous to swimmers. Most beaches are unpatrolled or only patrolled in summer.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money

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

Language

English is the official language.

Shopping

From T-shirts, to snow globes and stuffed toys, it's all about whales in Eden. The Visitor Information Centre has a wide selection, along with general souvenirs and gifts.

For a unique souvenir, Art on Imlay (open daily, 9 am to 5 pm in summer and 9 am to 4 pm in winter) has local and indigenous art, craft and photography.