EDEN is much more than just a stopover
Reviewed Nov 2016
Jack and Jude have been stopping at Eden since 1978 and over those many years we've discovered Eden is a fabulous place with numerous attractions and safe anchoring stops.
Tying up to one of the jetties used to be free, but nowadays it's a bit pricey for us, and suffers from a fair bit of traffic, both on the water and people.
With winds from the north or west, we prefer near the unused jetty in Cattle Bay, good sand, lookout for moorings. An even better spot, but a tadbit further to row, is off the lovely sand beach to the south, which has a park and picnic facilities, as well as a cold shower. From that beach a trail follows the coastline all the way to Quarantine Bay through beautiful bush giving outstanding views. Town shops can be reached via the hill up from the Cattle Bay Jetty which used to belong to the Tuna packing plant.
With winds from the south or east, anchor across the bay at Boydtown as close to the eastern headland to minimize the nuisance swell that can sometimes roll in with stormy weather. It's a scenic spot, very quiet, with a fabulous historical hotel about the only development. Rebuilt from the original home of Mr. Boyd who started a massive farming and shipping industry there. If you're into exploring, there are a few remains dotted around the grounds, visitor welcome - including for meals and/or sundowners.
Or if you really want an out of the way spot with great exploring, try behind the Navy Jetty. It's mostly sand, but has patches of ribbon weed which may get tangled around your chain. The holding is good. From there, walk east along the beach to find the track up to the small private guesthouse and small road leading to Edrom Road. You may have to google this. You're heading for Boyd's Tower Road which leads to the stone tower built for whale spotting by Benjamin Boyd. The views are spectacular. Now if you are like Jack and Jude, visiting the Tower will not be enough - The Lighthouse to Lighthouse coastal starts from it with the most awe inspiring views we've ever photographed. Red rock and azure waters along a shady tree lined well defined track. You can go for days on this, or turnabout to head home the same route. Or if you can read maps, follow a forestry track mostly used by fishermen, there are several leading back to Edrom Road and home. We spent a whole day doing this and loved every moment of having all that magical scenery entirely to ourselves.
From the Navy Jetty anchorage, It is possible to go the other way to the historic remains of the Davidson Whaling Station, but you'll need to go bush or along the rocky coast.
One last suggestion. From the town side, a great excursion is up the main drag, turning right at Museum St then follow the roads fronting the coast that will take you north past the historic cemetery and onto Aslings Beach Road. Magic walk, take half a day, and go as far as like. It goes all the way to Curalo lagoon, that's seen in the header photo, good for a swim and wildlife. Time it right for low tide and you can cross the lagoon's entry to the sea and continue right around on another track. Half a day with a lunch stop. More if your like us and investigating everything.
Several anchorages offering protection from all winds.
Plenty more info here: http://jackandjude.com/log/may16/
older info here: http://jackandjude.com/boydtown-eden-nsw/