A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published March 8th 2016
Paradise with a 'killer' tale
The Sapphire Coast certainly lives up to its name. With sparkling blue seas, charming countryside, and quaint towns you can see why. Sitting along this treasure of NSW is the town of Eden, which I'd say is not too far removed from the image of paradise it implies.
The coastline here hugs the very pretty Twofold Bay, the setting that became famous for the "Killers of Eden". Okay, maybe it isn't quite the heavenly tale we were thinking.
Eden is the only place in the world to have witnessed the natural alliance between humans and Ocras, or Killer Whales. These intelligent creatures of the deep guided Eden fishing boats across the seas with bioluminescent trails. With their great recognition abilities, they were also able to distinguish boats of competitors. The interspecies interaction was one of a kind.
The most famous of the Eden Killers was Old Tom. His skeleton now sits in the town's Killer Whale Museum. For 80 years, this museum on a hill with a panoramic view of coastal wilderness, has been educating residents and visitors alike about the area's 'killer' history.
Snug Cove sits on the inner side of the peninsular along which Eden is located. Rich scenery surrounds. Drive up to the lookout and see the picturesque blue gateway to the Pacific Ocean. Then, head on down to the cove to see the lively port with a backdrop of mountains. Being a water baby I am just in love with the views across this town.
If you visit the cove in the early morning, you'll catch it full of activity - fishing boats reeling in fresh catches of the night. With a wood-chip wharf, a multi-use navy wharf, and a precinct of restaurants and shops also down here, the cove hardly has the chance to get snug and sleep.
If you're a fan of historic sites, check out the 'Half House'. Now a private residence (jealous of whoever lives in this enchanting place!), it was the first two-storey building in Eden. It was constructed in 1850, and given its name as the extension onto the roof was never completed. You can find it down the road from the Killer Whale Museum.
Being a gem of the Sapphire Coast, it's no surprise there are an abundance of beaches around Eden. A great family beach in the heart of town is Cocora. If you're looking for something more secluded, there's Bungo Beach just south of town, and Pinnacles Beach just to the north. That is, among many others.
Where to stay?
Eden is home to some adorable cottages with stunning views of both the sea and the harbour. Now, the good news is some of these offer Bed & Breakfast accommodation services. Dreaming of a few nights in these cosy houses, waking up to sights of The Sapphire.
Eden sits halfway between Sydney and Melbourne making it an ideal place to stop if you're Victoria-bound. A leisurely six-hour drive from Sydney via the M31, I'd say it's also just the right distance if you're looking to spend some time away, not quite as far from home.
Breakfast with a view upon arrival in Eden.
The drive is easily done in a day. Alternatively if you're in no rush, break up the trip! You're spoilt for choice when it comes to nice places to see between Sydney and Eden. Bendeela and Bega are just two.