make pet-friendly Hamlet House your hub for exploring the spectacular Sapphire Coast
A special note to our guests:
THANK YOU for protecting the delightful small towns of regional New South Wales by getting vaccinated, boosted and practicing thoughtful COVID-safe behavior.
"Community" means everyone pitches in for the good of all of us -- traffic rules, picking up after ourselves and vaccination against world-wide scourges like measles, mumps, polio and coronavirus.
We are all so looking forward to a promising 2023, but we rely on each and all of us to make that happen. Your participation in vaccination and testing means that businesses can be open for you to enjoy.
May your year be a happy and healthy one.
Broad Strokes - in & around Eden.
Please confirm opening hours with these venues as they stretch their wings again.
Kids Fun on the South Coast.
Fitness and Yoga.
Please check each for availability and changes to schedules.
Bikes and Kayaks.
Use Hamlet House • Eden as your hub to explore the stunning Far South Coast of New South Wales.
Various unannounced times but worth notice:
For some, part of the relaxation is to be shown around by locals. Why not relax and get those insider tips? Please call, text, or email the operators to confirm details as businesses reopen.
Scuba and Snorkelling.
The Sapphire Coast is golfing country! Three clubs lie within 30 minutes drive from Hamlet House, with Eden's just 5 minutes down the road. Why not explore all three?
October 22-29 is the Sapphire Coast Week of Golf with comps at several of the courses.
Of course, other competitions are on throughout the year all over the Sapphire Coast.
We love the idea that the golfer in the family can enjoy 18 holes at one of 3 golf courses in the vicinity whilst the rest go to the beach or have a swim in the pool or go to ride a pony at Oaklands. Something for everyone! Return to relax with some Broadwater oysters and finger limes on the deck at Hamlet House. So yum!
Hamlet House has room for you to store your kayak out of sight, and put your gear in a locked storage shed. Don't hesitate to bring along your mountain bikes, golf clubs, fishing gear and other bits and pieces that need to be out of sight whilst you are having fun exploring the Sapphire Coast (during your stay only). We can even store a trailered boat in the yard!
Scroll down or click the link for more Far South Coast goodness!
The stunning beauty of the South Coast invites exploration. Markets, walks, dog-friendly beaches -- all sparkle like gems in the villages of the Sapphire Coast.
Eden is the most southerly deepwater port on the New South Wales Coast and has a long history with sea-farers, fishermen, and whalers.
After two years of cancellations, the cruise ships will return to Eden -- 35+ scheduled! Here is an updated schedule.
If you are booking a tour or special event, it is a important to check the cruise schedule. Typically, the ships are in town for the day, and often tours are booked out. Don't miss out on your chance to join a tour.
With its new upgraded extended wharf and deep-water port, Eden has become the gateway to New South Wales, ACT and Victoria -- especially the Sapphire Coast, Gippsland, west to the Monaro/Snowy Mountains, on to Canberra and north to Sydney.
An award-winning Welcome Centre has been built at Snug Cove for the comfort of cruise ship passengers but also for those visiting the area. There is a pop-up coffee cart, a really good bookshop featuring local natural history, walks, and children's books, as well as a gift shop with locally themed items. Paired with the Info Centre, and staffed by local volunteers and professionals, you couldn't find better information.
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Arches Culburra, our sister BnB
-- just above Jervis Bay
One headland north of Jervis Bay, Culburra Beach has river, ocean, lake, and bay frontage for incredible view and water's edge fun! Use our new sister B&B, Arches Culburra as your hub to explore the rich riverine and coastal area of the Shoalhaven and Jervis Bay.
Located in one of the few remaining unspoiled East Coast beach towns, this recently renovated beach cottage sleeps 4 in the house and 3 more in the studio annex. Three bathrooms, large kitchen, full laundry make a holiday with family and friends a breeze -- elbow-room galore!
Fully fenced and centrally located, you'll have room for your kids, woofs, gear, and friends. BBQ, patio, covered deck with picnic table and covered veranda out front, there is so much to like. Wine, SUP, surfing, fishing, long beaches to walk, water sports everywhere - river, lake, beaches and sea.
Just 2.5 hours south of Sydney, the same from Canberra -- an easy weekend getaway. Walk through and book at www.archesculburra.com.
Galleries, Museums & Open Studios
Please check to confirm open times, dates and programs. Thanks for your patience and understanding, and for maintaining your COVID-safe practices.
• Narek Gallery
• Lazy Lizard Gallery (reduced hours, depending on members' availability)
• Ben Boyd History Centre, just re-located, adjacent to Seahorse Inn Car Park, Boydtown, open Sundays and holidays
• Eden Killer Whale Museum (closed until further notice due to border closures)
• The Wharf Local Museum, Tathra
• Ivy Hill Gallery, Wapengo
• Australian Pottery, Bemboka
• David Mills Studio, Wallagout
Supplies for your own artistic journey.
Of course, the landscape -- and the gardens, the wildlife, the beaches and pathways.
Beyond that, Poteroo's Palace has quite a nice natural history book store, as does Art on Imlay. There is a wonderful used bookstore in the laneway just up from Pins and Needles in Merimbula called Time Machine Bookshop. So fun to browse. We always come away with something we didn't know we needed!
We love to pile the dogs in the car and go explore one of the hamlets for coffee or lunch. Add in a dog-beach or a walking trail and we are all in heaven (woofs too).
When you stay at Hamlet House, eco-friendly doggy bags are provided for you. Thanks for picking up after your furry family member! (Deposit in the red bin for pick-up, thanks.)
National and State Parks.
Most parks have re-opened now after the hard work of making bush-fire and flood ravaged trails and camping sites safe for visitors. Their re-opening times vary depending on the assessment for visitor safety. Click here to check.
Note: National Parks are dedicated wildlife sanctuaries and conservation zones and thus are not dog-friendly, even on lead.
For dog-friendly parks, check out State Parks and Regional Parks. They usually ARE dog-friendly. Check your destination and watch for pet-friendly signs -- and of course, take along a roll of doggy bags (what your dog carried in, you must carry out!).
Supplies for your fur-family.
Restaurants change often, but these have dog-friendly patios, food that is consistently worth the visit and staff/owners who are lovely and welcoming. Our list is completely subjective and limited to our regular haunts for lunch. We look forward to expanding this list.
A Little Local History
Eden is at the southern end of Yuin country, and the local Katungal people of the Yuin nation have had a deep relationship with the sea, with whaling and a hunting partnership with resident Orca (Killer Whales or Beowas). Long before European whalers discovered Eden, the Orca helped the Katungal people hunt humpback whales and were rewarded for their efforts with choice parts of the whale.
Eden, perched at the edge of the land on a deepwater port, has survived many cycles of boom and bust after European settlement, promise and disappointment, resulting in a lingering, abiding hope. Resilience and community spirit are the heart of Eden.
Equidistant from Melbourne and Sydney, Eden was among several locations considered for the nation's capitol. Easy rail connections for people and freight to Gippsland in the south and Sydney to the north have been proposed and defeated, funded and defunded since the late 19th century -- over 100 years -- with no rail service yet! State rivalries and township politics have played a role in the dramas of rail development, as have various industries and lobbies, as well in the progress of this border town. The rumble of logging trucks along Princes Highway, and of wheels delivering the bounty of the sea and of the rich dairying land north and south are a result of the lack of rail access.
As you stroll the broad pathways, you can see the houses that were built during boom times of tuna and timber harvests, and those that were built when the government needed workers to come to Eden -- often from far across the oceans. Gardens reflect the longing for home and the determination to make a mark in the new land.
Today, there is once again an excitement in the air about Eden and the villages of the Sapphire Coast, as people yearn for some elbow room to grow, terrific schools for their children, and services to support a contemporary lifestyle. There is a country town generosity in Eden that you'll notice straight away.
Entrepreneurs are filtering into the area -- surfing schools, yoga studios, a winter months Food Truck Collective, locavore restaurants, and growers, bakers, and the shellfish farmers who supply them), roasteries, breweries and distilleries, local tours, galleries, mountain bike trails, triathlons and poetry slams. It's all happening!
For background, geology, and history, Eden's Community website offers up-to-date information. The Visitor Information Centre, opened a year ago at the Snug Cove Cruise Ship Welcome Centre, is staffed by a professional team with deep local knowledge. You'll find heaps of information, friendly guidance for visitors, and genuinely nice folks.
Use Hamlet House for your hub to explore the Sapphire Coast. This pet-friendly self-catering holiday house been refurbished and refreshed again for your comfort - reverse cycle air-con (a must on the South Coast), new kitchen, refreshed bath, new laundry, new windows, lighting and carpet, several lashings of paint, insulation, fresh landscaping, and deck privacy -- all part of a carefully considered upgrade.
We hope you will enjoy thoughtful, personal and welcoming touches at Hamlet House. Your comfort and relaxation is our goal. We love our stays in Eden. We hope you do too.
For bookings at Hamlet House • Eden and inquiries, and specials on offer:
What to wear on the South Coast?
Casual layers. Maybe the way to say that is "country casual." It is a rare occasion that requires a bit of bling. You won't be out of place anywhere wearing a puffy vest. Ok, add in a couple of bangles if you insist or a smart scarf, but really comfort, warmth, layers and flexibility will be perfect for most occasions and venues.
Vests, jackets, gear. What if you forgot your jacket or vest, need another layer or locally-badged gear? There are several nice shops in Eden on Imlay Street along with the well-stocked Anglican OpShop. Pambula and Merimbula offer even more smart shops and bargain stores as well.
Sapphire or (Far) South Coast?
You'll hear this area referred to in several ways, but the most frequently used are the Sapphire Coast, the South Coast, and the Far South Coast. Absolutely interchangeable! Here's the logic: Eden overlooks the southern-most deepwater port on the South Coast of New South Wales and is the last village before you reach the Victorian border. To distinguish itself from the Bateman's Bay area or the Shoalhaven, in the northern part of the South Coast, Eden, at the southern end of the South Coast, thus becomes the FAR South Coast. And that Sapphire Coast label? The water and air sparkle a remarkable sapphire blue. With little big-city pollution to dim the vibrant light, you'll take away a memory of that sparkling blue and the crisp fresh air that goes along with it.
Emerging Vibe: Little vibe-y pockets are burgeoning in each South Coast village as a new generation of entrepreneurs discovers what a genuinely lovely place the Far South Coast is. Local breweries and distilleries, whole food and fresh veg shops, savvy food purveyors, yoga and fitness classes, fishers and garden groups, paddle-boarders and windsurfers, designers and artists -- the list is expanding, extensive, and compelling.
Slow Down and Chill.
You'll notice the tink of the bell birds, the occasional hum of a lumber truck or fishing boat, and the slowing of your own pace as the clean air and country-town generosity seep into your bones. Like us, you won't want to leave. And when you must, you'll be plotting your return.
Fascinating local markets are on every weekend within a ½ hour drive -- each with its own character. Thanks for your patience and social distancing.
Mix local growers and makers in with old wares, food, and plant specialists and you've got it. We couldn't pick a favourite. They're all good!
Most are open from 8 AM til midday, with small variations. It is good to check the website for specific times or changes to schedules.
For on-lead dog-friendly markets, choose Pambula and Merimbula. The others are a bit close quartered to offer room for woofies to be super-welcome.
All good, though. Coffee in hand, we swap turns meandering through the markets and woofie duty that usually involves chats and admiration. Hard to choose, really!
Other options for fresh vegetables include supermarkets in every town, with a few standouts and specialty stores:
Some Foodie Standouts
This is a changing landscape and completely subjective. That said, there are some interesting options available on the Far South Coast.
Special Note: Uh oh! Think you might need a COVID test? Free COVID-19 Clinic every Wednesday, Eden Community Health Centre, Twofold Arcade, Bass Street. Call 1800 999 980, option 1 to book.
Website updated 2 June 2023.
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Pelicans wait for fishing boats to come in at Snug Cove, Eden. Treats for peli's.