Top ten things to do in Eden

Tuesday 12 April 2020

My family has lived and worked in Eden for many years, and we think there is something truly special about this place. One of the top remarks from our guests is surprise at just how much there is to do in town. It was tough list to cut down, but here are my top 10 favourite activities in Eden.

Whale Watching

Whale watching is what we are known for here in Eden. Twofold Bay is recognised as one of the best places in Australia to go whale watching, and Eden is one of the few places worldwide where you can see Humpback whales feed. It is a busy area, with species such as Southern Rights, Blue, Dwarf Minke, Sperm, Pilot and Orcas all spotted in the surrounding waters. We love Whales so much in Eden, they get their own festival whole festival for them.

A bonus of staying in a Heritage House apartment is the chance to catch a glimpse of the whales from your balcony.

Bush walking in Ben Boyd National Park

One of my favourite things about Eden is that we are surrounded by the Ben Boyd National Park. While there are many ways to enjoy the park by fishing, camping or swimming in its creeks, I prefer to see its natural splendour with a bush walk. The Pinnacles loop is my recommendation for those looking for a short accessible walk, but there are many options. Talk to us during your stay and we will be able to find your perfect walk.

The park is split into two sections, Pambula and Green Cape. There is an $8 entry fee to the Green Cape area of the park.

Killer Whale Museum

To give you even more of a whale fix, visit the Killer Whale Museum while visiting. A well- established Eden fixture, it has been in operation for over 85 years. Its many exhibitions will take you through the history of Eden and whales. Make sure you go see ‘Tom’, the full skeleton of a Killer Whale. I won’t ruin the trip by telling you all about him now but trust me it’s worth the visit. The best part is it’s only a 3 minute walk around the corner from Heritage House!

You can read more about the museum here.

Aslings Beach

Easily my favourite beach in Eden, Aslings Beach is 2 full kilometres of pristine coastline, enclosed by Lake Curalo and a natural rockpool. You can swim, surf, go exploring in rock pools or simply relax on the beach with a good book. During summer the beach is under patrol by lifeguards and there are basic amenities like toilets, showers and picnic tables nearby all year round.

The beach is a short trip from your accommodation here at Heritage House.

Cruise of Twofold Bay with Cat Balou Cruises

They have been in operation for over 30 years and are the most experienced whale watching operators in NSW. If catching some whales while you are in Eden on your list, then Cat Balou Cruises are your best chance. If you’re here out of whale watching season, the business still operates many different tours, and there is always much to see in Twofold bay. Along with the beautiful scenery, with any luck you will see dolphins, seals and seabirds on your cruise!

For more information and pricing head to the Cat Balou Cruises website.

Green Cape Lighthouse

The famous Green Cape Lighthouse is less than an hour’s drive from Heritage House, and is well worth your time. It is the oldest cast concrete lighthouse in Australia and is the states second tallest light house. It was originally lit by a revolving lantern, but has since become electrified and is now only lit on special anniversaries. It is a beautiful slice of architecture and history, which offers beautiful views back towards Twofold Bay.

Light to Light Walk

Looking for a real outdoor adventure? You need to try the Light to Light walk. The hike starts at Boyd’s Tower and ends at Green Cape Lighthouse. It’s easily one of the most beautiful treks in NSW, showing off the full range of flora and fauna the national park has to offer. But at 30km one way it is not for the faint hearted, so we recommend taking 2-3 days to complete the walk.

North of Eden Gin School

For those that are partial to a gin and tonic (like me) every now and again – the North of Eden Gin School is a must-do activity during your stay. In a three hour class you will learn about the distillation process and create your own bespoke gin that you will be able to take home. You will even be able to spend the class tasting the gins that the North of Eden is famous for. The afternoon is heaven for any lovers of gin.

For more information about North of Eden Gin and gin school bookings head to their website.

Nethercote Produce Market

One of the best parts about living in the country is being close to so much farm-fresh produce. The Nethercote Produce Markets is the best way to pick up locally grown or made delights, with almost every type of local produce you could need. Think fruit, vegetables, seafood, sauces, nuts honey, plants, pastries, bread, pies, cakes and cheese, just to name a few. The markets are on seasonally, so you will need to time your visit to Heritage House with the next market date. Go here to see the next market date and which stall holders will be there.

Fresh Oysters and Seafood

When it comes to seafood, fresh is best and you can’t get any fresher than buying straight off the boat. From Heritage House you can take a walk down to the Eden Warf, where you can buy seasonal seafood directly from local fisherman. I can personally never go past fresh oysters, and we have some of the best here in Eden. The Eden Smokehouse is also worth a visit for the best locally smoked seafood.

This is just a taste of what Eden has to offer. Heritage House is nearby, and the perfect base for all activities listed. We love helping our guests find the best holiday activities that suit them, so come by the information desk during your visit and we will help you find your perfect Eden experience.

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