make pet-friendly Hamlet House your hub to explore the Far South Coast
As of 1 June 2020, many of these venues are re-opening. Please contact them to confirm details.
Kids Fun on the South Coast
Fitness and Yoga
Please check each for availability and changes to schedules.
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Why not use Hamlet House as your base whilst you explore the Sapphire Coast? With reverse-cycle air conditioning, Hamlet House is a warm and comfortable haven to return to each evening. Ticks all the boxes! With a lockable shed for your gear, a full laundry, stocked kitchen, fenced yard, and 3 bedrooms, pet-friendly Hamlet House is truly suited to be a hub of group or family activity. For availability, pricing, and booking, CLICK HERE.
Use Hamlet House • Eden as your hub to explore the stunning Far South Coast of New South Wales.
Note: Many of the following venues are re-opening. Most are busting to welcome visitors back to the Far South Coast, but please do give a call or visit the websites to confirm availability.
For some, part of the relaxation is to be shown around by locals. Why not relax and get those insider tips? Note: This is a growing list, in no particular order.
As of 1 June, many of these tours are re-opening. Please call, text, or email the operators to confirm details.
Scuba and Snorkelling
Please check each for availability.
The Sapphire Coast is golfing country! Three clubs lie within 30 minutes drive from Hamlet House, with Eden's just 5 minutes away. Why not explore all three?
October 17-25 is the Sapphire Coast Week of Golf with comps at several of the courses.
We love the idea that the golfer in the family can enjoy 18 holes whilst the rest of the family goes to the beach or has a swim in the pool or goes to ride a pony at Oaklands.
Updated 21 November 2020
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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.
Cruising in on hold at the moment, due to COVID-19. When it resumes, Eden will be a destination.
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. More than 25 ships call into Eden during the cruising season, November to May.
Soon a Welcome Centre will be built for the comfort of thousands of cruise-ship day-trippers. With lots of new activity, pop-up marquees and local experiential tours, Eden hums on cruise ship days. With that in mind, should you want to take a tour on a cruise ship arrival day, booking is absolutely essential.
Arrival Dates: Cruise Ship Arrivals.
Meeting the cruise ship to see friends and relatives? Hamlet House accepts two-day bookings.
Bikes and Kayaks
Galleries, Museums & Open Studios
Many venues are re-opening on a modified schedule. 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)
• Eden Arts and Crafts (Art on Imlay)
• Ben Boyd History Centre, just re-located, adjacent to Seahorse Inn Car Park, Boydtown, open Sundays and holidays
• The Wharf Local Museum, Tathra
• Ivy Hill Gallery, Wapengo
• Australian Pottery, Bemboka
• David Mills Studio, Wallagout
Supplies for your own artistic journey.
Inspiration? Of course, the landscape, 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 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.
Some parks have felt the impact of last summer's bushfires. 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 not dog-friendly, even on lead.
State Parks and Regional Parks usually ARE dog-friendly. Just 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.
Some of these inventive folks are now serving take-away as a means to bridge the COVID-19 crisis. Your support means heaps to them. Say hi from us when you stop by.
And please, take care of yourselves and your loved ones out there.
A Little Local History
Eden is Yuin country, and the local Yuin people had a deep relationship with the sea, with whaling and a hunting partnership with resident Orcas (Killer Whales). Long before European whalers discovered Eden, the Orca helped the Yuin hunt humpback whales and were rewarded for their efforts with choice parts of the whale.
After European settlement, Eden, perched at the edge of the land on a deepwater port, lived through many cycles of boom and bust, promise and disappointment, resulting in a lingering, abiding hope. Resilience and community underpin this part of the world,
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 unfunded since the late 19th century. State rivalries and township politics have played a role in rail development, as well in the progress of this border town.
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 right 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, still open at the moment, next to the local library (and soon to be housed at the Snug Cove Cruise Ship Welcome Centre), is staffed by a professional team with deep local knowledge. You'll find heaps of information and friendly guidance for visitors.
Use Hamlet House for your hub to explore the Far South Coast. This holiday accommodation been refurbed for your comfort - reverse cycle air-con (a must on the South Coast), new kitchen, refurbed bath and new laundry, new windows, lighting and carpet, several lashings of paint, insulation, fresh landscaping, and deck privacy.
We hope you will enjoy thoughtful, personal and welcoming touches at Hamlet House. Your comfort is our goal.
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, which is northern-most 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 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.
Fascinating local markets are on every weekend within a ½ hour drive -- each with its own character.
Please check each for availability as NSW slowly returns to a post-bushfire, post-drought, post-COVID world. 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.
Other options for fresh vegetables include supermarkets in every town, with a few standouts and specialty stores:
Hamlet House Bookings:
Some foodie standouts
This is a changing landscape and completely subjective. That said, there are some interesting options available on the Far South Coast.
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.