- Beach / Seaside Resort
- Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
- Water Sports
The weather in Eden throughout my stay was grey and rainy, which barely took away anything from the charm of the place, a small port town nestled in an alcove of a chiselled coastline where cliffs plunge into the sea. Several beautiful beaches allow you to go swimming and practise surfing, whilst the town of Eden offers privileged access to nature reserves and neighbouring forests.
The town remains, however, as is often the case in Australia, quite modern and devoid of any charm. It even tends to be a slight blot on the beautiful surrounding landscape. However I preferred Eden to its twin town, Mallacoota, located on the other side of the nature reserves and of the border, in Victoria. More industrial and developed, it is also located half way on the route between Melbourne and Sydney.
Twofold bay is yet another dynamic port. In the evening, you can see boats returning from a day's fishing, and even embarking with the fishermen.
But I preferred to go on board one of the many boats offering trips to see the whales who live off the coast of Eden. An unforgettable experience.
Another attraction: the killer whale museum which showcases boats and other equipment for whale hunting but also (the nicest part) photos and skeletons of these large cetaceans.
At around 10 kilometres to the South, the Ben Boyd National Park plunges us into wild coastal scenery with reddish colours, immaculate surfing beaches and steep bays. It's the ideal place to go camping. The local campsite can be found by a historic lighthouse and a eucalyptus forest.