Eden – Beautifully uncivilised
Once considered a site for Australia’s national capital, Eden’s natural beauty was preserved and it has become a national icon, being named Australia’s premier whale watching destination by Australian Geographic in 2014.
Getting here is easy. Our coastal port is located almost half way between Sydney and Melbourne, and just three hours drive or coach from Canberra via Cooma. There are daily flights and coaches from Sydney and Melbourne. Canberra Airport also has flights from Singapore and New Zealand, which begin in September.
No visit here is complete without learning the story the wild killer whales who worked with Aboriginal and European whalers for generations. Old Tom was the most famous, his antics are local folklore and his death was felt so deeply by the townsfolk they preserved his skeleton and founded the Eden Killer Whale Museum. There’s also the story of entrepreneur Benjamin Boyd who built Boyd’s Tower, Boydtown and the Seahorse Inn as part of an extraordinary empire that reached right up onto the Monaro before the vision crumbled.
Be sure to explore Snug Cove, still a working port and one dotted with surprises. You’ll probably never eat fresher seafood!
If you hanker for even more tranquillity than offered by Eden, Wonboyn could be is the answer. Tucked between Ben Boyd National Park and Nadgee Nature Reserve, it empties into the stunning Disaster Bay under the watchful beam of Green Cape Light House.
Merimbula with its great climate, pristine beaches and abundant natural beauty is an ideal location for your next holiday.
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Bass and Flinders explored the Merimbula area in 1797 – and were the first of many visitors to be struck by the beauty of its waterways, and surrounding forests.While oysters are a popular and profitable industry today, the discovery of a large number of middens either side of the lake proves the original Aboriginal settlers were just as passionate about them!
Merimbula buzzes with special events year round – the annual jazz festival, orchid shows, fishing competitions or the Merimbula Malibu or Classic wave sailing, kitesurfing and SUPs (stand up paddle), and food festivals.The Merimbula Boardwalk skirts Merimbula Lake, around which the town is built and is a 3.5km stunning round trip.