Old Wimps Out Walking – Travelling North: Eden

We decided to buy a caravan.  Nigel’s idea really.  He wants to spend as much time with family as possible these days and we had left a big part of our family behind when we left Queensland’s Sunshine Coast to move to Melbourne in Victoria.  Winter is a good time to head north so we packed up the van and set out for sunnier climes.  We can find plenty of places for walking along the way.  It is a long drive from our home to the Sunshine Coast and it will take us several days with the caravan in tow.  Our first stopover is a lovely seaside town called Eden.  It is in New South Wales and was once a whaling port.  There has always been a large forestry operation in the area as well and wood chip is exported  these days.  Our van is at The Garden of Eden Caravan Park, a really lovely place and we plan return visits.  All set up,  Lake Curalo and the beach are calling!

Let the walking begin! Our caravan park is located beside Lake Curalo and the board walk is a good place to start.

A Little Pied Cormorant dries its wing,s surrounded by Egrets and Seagulls. Nigel takes some nice shots of the bird life during our walk. Destination – the beach.

Pelicans in the early morning mist. The lake is a favourite spot for fishermen and Pelicans love to fish here too.  The Seagull is keeping an eye on them.

We’ve walked the board walk, passed the sporting fields, crossed the road, climbed over the sand dunes and made it to the beach. We see the cliffs in the distance and head off in that direction. The morning is sunny, the ocean is a bright blue and with the white foam of the breaking waves it reflects the sky above. It is good to be alive in such a beautiful place.

Blue and white – the ocean and the sky.   You can see that there have been many people walking on the beach, and children have surely been making sand castles, over the weekend.

The views from the top of the cliff are spectacular, but we are not in the mood for climbing up there. Have to save my energy for another go at Mount Coolum!  Time to turn around and retrace our steps.

Back at the caravan park. The autumn leaves are still falling. Our next visit will be in summer. Time for a rest and a Kopi Luwak – Oh, we don’t have any! We’ll have to wait until we visit Aan in Java for that. Where’s the Moccona? The prawns here are very tasty, but don’t worry Chris we still look forward to that picnic with you by the beach in Indonesia someday. 🙂 Salam hangat dari Australia!

Information on Eden from the http://www.southcoast.com.au/eden/  website:

Although the actual whaling industry was abandoned many years ago, you can learn about it at Eden’s fascinating Killer Whale Museum. As well as this you can often catch the wondrous sight of whales frolicking off our shores on their twice yearly migration. You can enjoy this fascinating pastime from the mainland or from a boat, including those equipped for whale watching cruises by local operators.

The fishing industry is still one of the mainstays of Eden’s economy and a large fleet operates out of Eden from Snug Cove. Here you’ll see the catch arrive before it goes to processing for export and national consumption. Visitors too can enjoy the thrill of a good catch as there are many great fishing spots in our local lakes, rivers and on our beaches and of course out to sea.

The timber industry around Eden still survives and you can see the end results at the export chipmill on the southern side of Twofold Bay where a visitors centre displays the logging and milling operations of this controversial local industry.

Also around Twofold Bay are the historic sites of Boydtown port which was built in the heyday of whaling. Thirty whaling boats operated from Twofold Bay in the mid 1800’s and many legacies of this industry are evident in the area. Boyd’s Tower, which was built as a lookout for the whalers to spot their potential catch, still stands, as does the Seahorse Inn and the Old Davidson Whaling Station. You can also see the ruins of the never completed church.

All sorts of water sports including swimming, surfing, sailing and diving can be enjoyed in the Eden area. Other sporting activities available are squash, tennis, golf and bowls.

Bushwalking through the beautiful adjoining forest areas is also popular with visitors and locals alike. Ben Boyd National Park is close by and is a wonderful example of Australian coastal wilderness, incorporating natural forests and unspoilt beaches.

Mount Imlay, which stands behind Eden, gives a splendid vantage point from which to view the rest of the Sapphire Coast to the north, south to the Victorian border and west to the plains of the Snowy Monaro region.

The township of Eden itself has many shops for all your holiday needs, including supermarkets, sporting requirements, fashion, restaurants and of course, souvenirs. Licensed clubs welcome visitors and offer fine eating and entertainment day and night. The area also offers a good range of accommodation in units, motels, hotels and caravan parks.

Although the actual whaling industry was abandoned many years ago, you can learn about it at Eden’s fascinating Killer Whale Museum. As well as this you can often catch the wondrous sight of whales frolicking off our shores on their twice yearly migration. You can enjoy this fascinating pastime from the mainland or from a boat, including those equipped for whale watching cruises by local operators.

The fishing industry is still one of the mainstays of Eden’s economy and a large fleet operates out of Eden from Snug Cove. Here you’ll see the catch arrive before it goes to processing for export and national consumption. Visitors too can enjoy the thrill of a good catch as there are many great fishing spots in our local lakes, rivers and on our beaches and of course out to sea.

The timber industry around Eden still survives and you can see the end results at the export chipmill on the southern side of Twofold Bay where a visitors centre displays the logging and milling operations of this controversial local industry.

Also around Twofold Bay are the historic sites of Boydtown port which was built in the heyday of whaling. Thirty whaling boats operated from Twofold Bay in the mid 1800’s and many legacies of this industry are evident in the area. Boyd’s Tower, which was built as a lookout for the whalers to spot their potential catch, still stands, as does the Seahorse Inn and the Old Davidson Whaling Station. You can also see the ruins of the never completed church.

All sorts of water sports including swimming, surfing, sailing and diving can be enjoyed in the Eden area. Other sporting activities available are squash, tennis, golf and bowls.

Bushwalking through the beautiful adjoining forest areas is also popular with visitors and locals alike. Ben Boyd National Park is close by and is a wonderful example of Australian coastal wilderness, incorporating natural forests and unspoilt beaches.

Mount Imlay, which stands behind Eden, gives a splendid vantage point from which to view the rest of the Sapphire Coast to the north, south to the Victorian border and west to the plains of the Snowy Monaro region.

The township of Eden itself has many shops for all your holiday needs, including supermarkets, sporting requirements, fashion, restaurants and of course, souvenirs.  Licensed clubs welcome visitors and offer fine eating and entertainment day and night.  The area also offers a good range of accommodation in units, motels, hotels and caravan parks.

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9 comments

  1. Love Eden though only have been one time. Great shots Shirley, you are certainly doing your bit to promote Australia with these and others. Well done. 🙂

  2. You describe Eden very well Shirley. Seems a nice place to spend a holiday 🙂

    1. Thanks, yes it is a lovely place. 🙂

  3. mylittlecanvas · · Reply

    It’s beautiful! Can’t wait to visit Australia someday 😀

    1. Banyak tempat-tempat yang indah. Biarkan aku tahu kapan Anda datang, ya! 🙂

      1. mylittlecanvas · ·

        Wow, anda bisa bahasa Indonesia? 🙂
        Tentu, semoga kita bisa bertemu nanti

      2. Ya, bisa! Saya belajar Bahasa Indonesia tetapi masih coba berbicara lancar. 🙂

  4. This is really Eden…. Amazing.
    Thank you for both sharing and coming by at my page.

    Blessings,
    mei

    Blessings,
    mei

    1. Yes, beautiful place. 🙂

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