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Eden - a great port in transit

Lester Gabriel
Deckee Pro  
Reviewed Jan 2017
Further to the other two reviews:-

When laying anywhere (particularly Boyd Town and East Boyd Bay) - make sure you have the anchor well dug in. The sand seems quite hard.

At Snug Cove, we anchored by the beach that Jack and Jude referred to - and dinghied in to the northern side of the LH wharf (locally referred to as the 'skinny wharf').- taking a stern line to the shore, to prevent the dinghy riding under the wharf. We used our granny trolleys for obtaining fuel / food from the IGA (or Coles over the hill), laundry (up in the town centre).

When going ashore at any of the beaches - be swell aware! Several times, we went ashore, but couldn't work out what to do with the dinghy, which is too heavy for an average couple!

Snug Cove is NOT the place to be when a SW change comes in - make sure you are over at East Boyd Bay / Boyd Town / under the cliffs at Nullica Bay (the latter can be more prone to swell). The wind usually blows up the coast and down the coast - creating "the Twofold Shuffle", as boats seek shelter on wither side of the bay.

Kiah Inlet can be safely entered by dinghy above mid tide - and is well worth seeing the remains of the Davidson Bay Whaling Station. Spending half a day visiting the Killer Whale Museum (at the top of the hill from Snug Cove) really helps connect all the dots.

There is a strong lobby group for a marina in Snug Cove "Port of Eden Marina Inc" and the latest can be found on their FB page.
Scenery - last anchorage on the NSW Coast.
It is a lovely place.
The swell - it can be rolly
The swell - getting ashore on the beaches can be interesting
It is not a place to be in an "East Coast Low".
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Brief stop over in Eden

Greg Clinnick
Reviewed Feb 2015
We are in transit from Pittwater to Melbourne. We decided to pull into Eden to get some more fuel and dodge a small but brisk SW weather bubble. We called the Marina manager and he suggested we tie up on the northerly most wharf. That way we have less chance of getting disturbed by the fishing fleet. Depth at the end is 5 metres so all ok for us who draw 2.8. Showers and toilets nearby. Walk up the hill for dinner at the Fishermans club. Fuel a bit further on. The taxis are ok with jerry cans but prefer them to be covered in garbage bags.
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Approaching Twofold Bay/Eden

Marilyn Graham
Deckee Pro  
Reviewed Nov 2016
When approaching Eden from the north, watch out for Mewstone Rock which is off Worang Point, continue past Calle Calle Bay and into Twofold Bay.

If approaching from the South, Gabo Island is flat and recognisable by the red granite lighthouse and on the mainland, sand dunes. Disaster Bay can be concerning if there are currents about. Green Cape Lighthouses and Lighthouse Keepers Cottages are the next conspicuous landmarks. If a rest is needed, it is daylight, and weather conditions are favourable, Bittangabee Creek can be a delight with good holding in sand. The next welcome sight is Boyd Tower on Red Point, you must however watch out for the Seahorse Shoals which break in heavy weather.

Twofold Bay has open approaches with few hazards and deep water, this allows for all weather access. The Port of Eden is in Snug Cove on the south west side of the bay, tucked in behind Lookout Point.
Few hazards and deep water
All weather access
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EDEN is much more than just a stopover

Jack and Jude
Deckee Pro  
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/
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