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Eden

South Eastern

Located on the Sapphire Coast, Eden is the most southerly town in NSW and is known as one of the best whale-watching spots in Australia.

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Location

Eden is 478 km south of Sydney (6 hr drive) and 260 km from Canberra (3 hr drive), it is 53 km (40 min drive) from the regional centre of Bega.

The town is located on the stunning Twofold Bay, the third-deepest natural harbour in the Southern Hemisphere, the bay has a long history of whaling and is now known as a prime spot for sighting southern right and humpback whales as they make their way along the coast between May and November.

How to get there

There is a regional airport at Merimbula (25 min drive from Eden) with daily connections between Melbourne and Sydney.

Premier Motor Service provides a bus service between Eden and Sydney. NSW TrainLink Regional coaches run between Canberra and Eden.

The Sapphire Coast On Demand trial service launched in 2018 offering public transport bus services within Eden and connections to Bega, Merimbula and Pambula.

Population

Eden is home to more than 3,000 people, the median age of residents is 51 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 7% of the population.

Eden is located within the South Eastern NSW Primary Health Network, this Population Health Profile provides an overview of community health for the region.

Healthcare facilities

Bega has a major regional hospital (45 min drive from Eden) – South East Regional Hospital that opened in 2016. It offers emergency department bays, medical and surgical inpatient beds, a maternity unit, a critical care unit, operating theatres including day surgery, renal dialysis chairs, oncology area, separate mental health unit and a subacute rehabilitation unit.

There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station at Eden.

Accredited GP practices

  • Curalo Medical Clinic Pty. Ltd.

  • Industry

The main industries people from Eden work in are: supermarket and grocery stores, aged care residential services, accommodation, building and other industrial cleaning services and logging.
  • Education

There are two schools in Eden: Eden Public School and Eden Marine High School.
  • Childcare

Eden Early Learning Centre offers long day care and preschool.
  • Shopping

Eden has Coles and IGA supermarkets, specialty stores including hardware, bakery, pharmacy and clothing stores, and a range of eateries. In nearby Merimbula (25 min drive) there is also a Woolworths, Target and a variety of specialty stores, restaurants and cafes.
  • Places of worship

There are a number of places of worship in the Eden region including Catholic, Baptist, Anglican, and Uniting churches. The nearest Buddhist temples and mosques are located in Canberra (3 hr drive from Eden).
  • Points of interest

Apart from watching whales, Eden offers a range of outdoor activities from enjoying beautiful sandy beaches to fishing, kayaking, bushwalking and snorkelling. The town is surrounded by the spectacular Ben Boyd National Park, that is home to the historic Green Cape lighthouse. Local attractions include the Eden Killer Whale Museum, the self-drive Killer Whale Trail and the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre.
  • Sporting activities

Eden has a range of sporting facilities and teams including cricket, rugby league, Australian rules, soccer, netball, tennis. Sport and recreational facilities in Eden are listed on the Bega Valley Shire Council website.  
  • Community groups and activities

Bega Valley Shire Council provides a community directory including details for arts, environmental, community and service groups and an events calendar for markets, sporting and cultural events.
  • Social media groups

There are many social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in Eden. A good place to start are the Facebook pages and groups: Sapphire Coast NSWEden Visitor Information CentreThe Eden VoiceEden to Merimbula in Pictures and Eden Magnet.