Eden, Australia

Twofold Bay, Eden, Australia

Introduction to Eden, Australia

Eden is a quiet former whaling town located on the southern coast of New South Wales. This sleepy settlement's rugged cliffs, rolling hills, national parks and areas of breathtaking natural beauty are a joy to explore, while it's beautiful beaches are the perfect place to relax and look out for whales that often swim close to the shore.

Overlooking the natural harbour on Twofold Bay, Eden was established in the 19th century as a whaling station and it is still an important fishing port. However, it’s the outstanding natural beauty of the local scenery and the beaches which attracts many visitors. The town is surrounded by the Ben Boyd National Park, named after the founder of the nearby settlement of Boydtown, which dates from 1842. It’s now disused, although the old Sea Horse Inn is still open, sitting among the ruins.

In Eden itself, the small Killer Whale Museum has interesting displays on whales and whaling. And from the top of the former lighthouse – Boyd’s Tower – there are panoramic views out over the sea and the sandstone cliffs of the National Park.

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COASTAL EXPLORER - TOUR A

  • Take in the highlights of Ben Boyd National Park, including the imposing Boyd’s Tower
  • Learn about Eden’s whaling history as you visit the remains of the Davidson Whaling Station
  • Savour refreshments at the Sea Horse Inn
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 3½ hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Explore Eden’s rugged coastal parks as you enjoy visits to Davidson Whaling Station and Boyd’s Tower.

Your tour begins with a brief sightseeing drive around the fishing town of Eden, passing the Eden Killer Whale Museum and Fishermen’s Recreation Club, local cafés and views back to the harbour, before you head towards Ben Boyd National Park. Named after a 19th century entrepreneur, Ben Boyd National Park is home to rugged coastlines, impressive rock formations, beautiful beaches and a fascinating history.

Upon your arrival, visit the Loch Garra home of renowned whaler George Davidson and his family. From here, it is an easy walk down to the banks of the Kiah Inlet, where you can view the remains of the Davidson Whaling Station. This was Australia’s longest operating shore-based whaling station, and the last of its kind to close. As you discover this historic site, you can learn more about the Davidson family, and how three generations worked here to hunt migrating whales. View remnants of whaling days including a whaling pot, oil tanks and other relics, and hear stories of how the whalers were helped with their efforts by killer whales, including the most famous orca – Old Tom.

Continue to Boyd’s Tower, which was built in the 1840s and was originally designed to be a lighthouse. Follow the gentle walking track around this impressive structure, and learn of the history of Benjamin Boyd, the eccentric Scottish entrepreneur who built the tower.

En route back to Eden, enjoy a brief visit to Boyd Town and the Sea Horse Inn – the centrepiece of the Boyd empire. Here you can stroll along the foreshore and enjoy the opportunity to capture some great photographs of this beautiful area, before savouring refreshments at Davidson Whaling Station.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a total of approximately one hour of walking, some of which will be over uneven and inclined ground, and there are around six steep steps to negotiate, therefore it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Guests are advised to wear flat, comfortable closed-in shoes, and bring a hat and sun protection. A bottle of water would be a handy addition to your bag.


CRUISING TWOFOLD BAY - TOUR D

  • Sit back and enjoy a relaxing scenic cruise
  • Savour refreshments as you soak up your stunning surroundings
Boat Tour
Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApproximately 2¼ hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Discover the magnificent scenery that Twofold Bay has to offer as you experience a leisurely cruise aboard Cat Balou.

Following an approximate ten-minute walk from your ship, you board your vessel and set sail on your scenic voyage around Twofold Bay, the third deepest natural harbour in the Southern Hemisphere. During your approximate two-hour cruise around the bay, which is surrounded by the Ben Boyd National Park and state forest, you can marvel at the spectacular scenery, magnificent bays and beaches. Your cruise will highlight the history of this whaling port as you admire Boyd’s Tower, the Seahorse Inn in Boydtown, Edrom Lodge and whaling station sites. During your relaxing trip, keep your eyes peeled for dolphins or seals, and savour refreshments onboard.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves an approximate ten-minute walk from your ship to the departure point of Cat Balou, and vice versa, and there are some steps to negotiate to reach the upper deck of the boat. Unfortunately wheelchairs cannot be accommodated. Guests are advised to bring a sunhat and sun protection. A bottle of water may be a handy addition to your bag. Your cruise will remain within Twofold Bay.


EDEN ENCOUNTER - TOUR C

  • Discover the highlights of Eden during a panoramic drive
  • Have your camera to hand to capture the impressive vistas
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApproximately 2 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Uncover the best of the coastal town of Eden as you embark on a panoramic drive past local historical sites and beautiful vantage points.

Leaving the pier, your sightseeing drive commences as you travel to the Rotary Park lookout. This viewpoint is the perfect place for you to capture photographs of your surroundings as you look across to the other side of the bay towards Boyd’s Tower. Continuing, pass by the Mary MacKillop Hall, which was established by Mother Mary MacKillop, Australia’s first saint, in appreciation of the care provided by the local community when her mother tragically drowned.

Next, pause for a brief photo stop at Quarantine Bay, which is home to pelicans and stingrays, before you view the historic Seahorse Inn. Located in Boydtown, the inn was the first building established in the area.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a minimal amount of compulsory walking over mainly flat ground, therefore it is considered suitable for guests with limited mobility providing individuals can board the coach unaided. There will be an approximate 200-metre (656-foot) walk from the ship to the tour vehicle, and vice versa. Please note that there are no toilet facilities available on this tour. Places of interest may be visited in a different order to that described.


EDEN INDULGENCE - TOUR E

  • Indulge in a delicious Australian high tea
  • Appreciate impressive views of your beautiful surroundings
  • Learn more about the process of oyster farming
Price£70.00 - £80.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Soak up the atmosphere as you enjoy a delightful high tea at the Seahorse Inn, the first building constructed in Boydtown, before discovering the process of oyster farming at Wheelers Oyster Farm.

Your tour begins with a short drive to Lookout Point, where you can take advantage of a scenic photo opportunity. Enjoy rugged coastal views out over the harbour, and should weather conditions permit, you may also be able to view your ship in the harbour, before you continue to Seahorse Inn. Built in 1843 by the flamboyant entrepreneur Benjamin Boyd using convict labour, the inn is situated on the shores of Twofold Bay and boasts stunning views across to Eden. It also provides the perfect setting for Australian high tea, and here you will be treated to a delightful selection of cakes, slices and sandwiches accompanied by tea or coffee.

Feeling refreshed, you will then travel back towards Eden, en route pausing at the renowned Wheelers Oyster Farm. Oyster farming is Australia’s oldest form of aquaculture, and today’s visit will offer information about this interesting process. Embark on a guided tour of the farm, during which you will discover how the oysters are grown, before sampling a taste of these succulent shellfish.

At the end of your visit, re-board your tour coach for the return journey back to the pier and your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves approximately 45 minutes of walking and standing at Wheelers Oyster Farm, some of which may be over uneven, grassy and slippery surfaces, and around 200 metres (656 feet) at the Seahorse Inn, therefore it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users.


WILDLIFE & WHALES - TOUR B

  • Get up close to native Australian creatures at Potoroo Palace Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Uncover the town’s whaling history with a visit to the Eden Killer Whale Museum
Price£60.00 - £70.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

On this tour, go in search of native wildlife as you visit Potoroo Palace, before learning more about Eden’s rich whaling past.

Your first visit is to Potoroo Palace, a non-profit native animal sanctuary located just outside of Merimbula. Here you will find many of Australia’s favourite creatures, including kangaroos, koalas, echidnas, wombats and cockatoos as well as the sanctuary’s namesake – the long-nosed potoroo. Koalas and potoroos were once abundant in this region, but are now very rarely seen in the wild. The sanctuary was founded to protect the local wildlife, and your tour here contributes towards conservation and education efforts. During your visit, you can take time to explore the sanctuary at leisure, and also enjoy refreshments.

Eden was the first shore-side whaling station on mainland Australia, and became known for its killer whales. In the 1920s and ’30s, Twofold Bay and the area around Eden were home to a group of killer whales, led by a large whale known to the locals as Old Tom. These orcas worked alongside whalers to help hunt ballen whales. Led by Tom, the orcas would breach or thrash their tales on the water, attracting the attention of the whalers, and then lead them out to sea for the hunt. Learn more about these whales and this fascinating era in Eden’s past at the museum, where you will see artefacts from the whaling industry along with the skeleton of Old Tom.  You can also marvel at spectacular coastal views of the bay from the gallery.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The majority of walking involved is at the discretion of the individual, however to get the most out of this tour, a moderate amount is required. Some uneven ground will be encountered at Potoroo Palace. There will be an approximate 200-metre (656-foot) walk from the ship to the tour vehicle, and vice versa. All guests must be able to board the coach unaided. Local volunteers will offer a guided tour of the Killer Whale Museum, however guests are free to explore independently if preferred.


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