Eden is located 476km south of Sydney on the Sapphire Coast. The beachside township is nestled against Twofold Bay and flanked by Ben Boyd National Park and its deep red cliffs. This community is rich in whaling history dating back to the 1820s. The whale industry story unfolds at the Killer Whale Museum.
The Killer Whale Museum on Imlay St displays a large collection of whale bones and skeletons, whaling rigs and weapons and an informative recount of Eden’s Whaling history in Twofold Bay between 1820 and 1930. The amazing story of “Tom” the killer whale, leading his pack to aid the whalers in capturing other whales in exchange for offal is quite astounding. His skeleton of 6.7 metres is on display with his story at the museum. Additional fishing and Aboriginal displays are also at the museum, which is open daily between 9.15am and 3.45pm.
At the far end of Imlay St is a lookout with views over Twofold Bay, a popular whale watching area. The whales are attracted to the bay on their southern migration and feed in the deep waters before continuing on their journey. The best whale watching times are between September and November in the spring.
The nearby Wharf on Albert Tce at Snug Cove is a popular fishing spot and quite a scenic place. Fishing tours and boat cruises depart from here and if you don’t catch your own you can enjoy fresh local seafood at the restaurants here or purchase your own fresh fish to cook to your liking.
Another scenic lookout point is at the top end of Hosies Rd, offering stunning views over Aslings Beach and Calle Calle Bay. Note that the access road is one way only and parking is limited.
is Eden’s beautiful main beach stretching along Calle Calle Bay. The magnificent scenery incorporates crisp golden sands, turquoise blue water and striking headlands either side protecting the bay area. This is a fabulous beach to enjoy the warmth of the sun and the cool refreshment of the sea.
The Mary MacKillop Hall
is another of this town’s attractions. Situated on Chandos St, the historic restored church was once used as a school by Australia’s first Saint, Sister Mary MacKillop.
A special canonisation exhibition has been displayed in Mary’s honour and the old school will now be utilized as a community hall.
Ben Boyd National Park lies both north and south of Twofold Bay and town. The southern section of the park represents part of Eden’s whaling history with historical sites to explore. 19km south of town take Edrom Rd to discover Davidson Whaling Station, Boyds Tower and Red Point.
The Davidson Whaling Station historic site lies on the banks of the Kiah Inlet. A few old relics remain from what was once the longest operating shore based whaling station in the country owned by George Davidson. Heavy duty storage tanks and pots are left behind as a reminder of the enormous oil extracting operation of the past, ceasing operation in 1929. The Davidson family cottage still remains and access to this historic site is between 10am and 4pm daily.
Boyd’s Tower is a significant part of the Twofold Bay whaling history. This tower was built on Red Point by Scottish entrepreneur, Benjamin Boyd. The impressive sandstone tower was used by Boyd and his crew as a whale spotting lookout so as to secure their catch before the competition. This was an ingenious attempt by Boyd to lead the way in the local whaling industry.
The coastal scenery in Ben Boyd National Park
is magnificent. The deep red rocky coastline meeting the deep blue ocean is a magical combination and very picturesque. It’s amazing how the coastline changes so promptly and diversely along the east coast.
Eden and surrounds is a beautiful region boasting stunning coastlines, remarkable waterways and interesting and educational history on the whaling industry and Australia’s first Saint, Sister Mary MacKillop. Combine beaches, scenery and history on your next holiday and give Eden a go.
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