Tours And Trails
Walking The Bundian Way
The Bundian Way, is a shared history pathway between Targangal (Kosciuszko) and Bilgalera (Fisheries Beach) and is much longer at 365 kilometres, and thought to be 40,000 years old. Plans are afoot to make it more accessible for walkers.
The Bundian Way traces the easiest walking route from the tablelands to the coastal plains, a path that the Aboriginal people used in their annual migration following food sources. It formed the basis for tracks used in the opening up of this area during the days of European settlement. Many of our roads today use the same route as that taken by the Aboriginal people in the years gone by.
The Bundian Way allowed the Aboriginal people to move freely in an area that was long thought of by European explorers as inhospitable and impassable.
The Bundian Way is currently in development, but is not open as a connected track for walkers yet. To get a taste of the Bundian Way, you are invited to experience the Whale Dreaming Trail and Story Trail in Eden which are proudly presented by Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council…
More information on the Bundian Way – http://www.bundianway.com.au/
Whale Dreaming Trail
Discover the Whale Dreaming Trail – an accessible 600m walk through native gardens in Eden that leads to an epic lookout over Turemulerrer (Twofold Bay), the coastal gateway to the Bundian Way.
With specially designed signage, learn about the ancient relationship between the traditional Aboriginal people, the Katungal, and the beowas (killer whales) that predates European history by thousands of years.
Situated at the site of Warrens Walk, the Whale Dreaming Trail begins at the bottom of Imlay Street near the cafes and restaurants at Snug Cove, zig-zagging up towards a lookout over Twofold Bay. After returning from the look-out, you can continue walking up towards the other end of Imlay Street and on to the Eden Killer Whale Museum. The trail is accessible from either end. If you would like to continue your Bundian Way experience, take a short drive to Cocora Beach and walk the 1.8km Story Trail.
Walk The Story Trail
Follow the ancient steps of the Bundian Way along the 1.8km Story Trail from Cocora Beach to Quarantine Bay, with sweeping coastal views and interpretive stories about the people who have walked this trail for thousands of years.
Beginning at Cocora Beach, the Story Trail leads through native bushland to a specially built Bunang Ring (ceremonial performance place), gently up Cocora Point and to Budginbro Lookout. From here, follow the Story Trail past Sealers Lookout and along the sand at Bungo Beach, onwards to Brierly Lookout overlooking Rixons Beach, finishing at Quarantine Bay.
Keep your eye out for upcoming Story Trail tours with local Indigenous guides who can give you an insight into the incredible history of the Bundian Way and the steps walked through millennia in the Eden area and surrounds.
There is free parking at Cocora Beach, as well as public toilets, a kids playground and BBQ facilities. There is also parking at Quarantine Bay.
The Killer Whale Trail
It’s a trail rich with whales and tales of adventure, a self-drive day tour that takes you to five historical sites set in breathtaking natural surrounds around Eden on the Sapphire Coast NSW.
Journey around Twofold Bay and uncover the dramatic history of whaling from 1828-1930 and learn about the unique relationship between whalers and the wild killer whales (orcas). Between August and November, these sites become perfect vantage points to view humpback whales as they migrate close to the coast. The journey can take half a day, or include a picnic or lunch stop and spend the day.
You will find another chapter of the story at each stop. Bring your smartphone to scan the interpretive signs and view historical photos, video and audio to delve deeper into the story of the Killer Whales of Eden. Pick up a brochure from the Visitor Information Centre. Start your tour from Rotary Park Lookout.
Lake Curalo Boardwalk
Lake Curalo Boardwalk is a 6km (return) easy, flat walk that circles the entire lake. The trail is accessible by prams, bicycles and assisted wheelchairs. Access is from the Eden Sportsground in Barclay Street, Lakeside Drive or the Scout Hall on the Princes Highway. The boardwalk and walking track meanders around the lakes shore, through swamp melaleuca forest, across salt marsh and over the shallow water where you can see reeds, fish and many species of bird life before you reach the estuary mouth. At low tide you can cross the estuary, and join the Asling’s Beach Maritime Walk There are several picnic tables and picturesque bridges along the way.
Aslings Beach Maritime Walk
This 4km beachside boardwalk takes you past the Historic Eden Cemetery, Eden Sports Ground and onto the Maritime Heritage Walk to Lake Curalo.
The images etched into the concrete reflect Eden’s maritime history. Regular beach access means you can pop onto the beach anytime you like, and for dog owners there is a sign-posted leash free area towards the northern end. Look out for Dolphins playing in the surf, or whales during the whale watching season.
The boardwalk is wheelchair accessible.
Eden Heritage Walk And Drive
Take a walk through our historic town and admire the work of the pioneers to our area. Alternatively drive around Twofold Bay to see some of the legacies of our convict past and historic Buildings.
Pick up an easy to read guide from the Eden Visitor Information Centre. All sites are numbered and in the consecutive order of travel. The walks around Eden are mainly easy to gradual.
You will be impressed by the natural beauty of the area and will walk in the footsteps of our original indigenous inhabitants as well as the early European settlers.
Warrens Walk is a scenic 600m downhill zig-zag walk through lovely native gardens. Enter from the end of Imlay Street, past the Killer Whale Museum. Wander through the gardens, making sure to stop at the viewing platform for a fabulous view across the Port, then stroll down to the cafes and restaurants beside Snug Cove where you can refresh before returning back up the hill.
More information on scenic walks, trails and tours in Eden and surrounds