pet friendly • family friendly • boat friendly holiday overlooking Twofold Bay

explore • fish • hike • beach-walk • swim • paddle • relax

Heaps to See and Do

Green Cape Lightstation

  • Potoroo Palace for a tour of local wildlife -- excellent source of books on local wildlife

  • visit the wildlife tours at both the Eden and Merimbula Golf Courses (after 3 PM) 

  • pack a picnic and head down to the well-documented walk  at Green Cape Lightstation. (Unfortunately National Parks are not dog-friendly.)

  • have lunch and check out the galleries (including our favourite Lazy Lizard) in Cobargo,

  • visit Oaklands Petting Zoo, Longreach Brewery and Oaklands Bistro (bistro and brewery are pet-friendly)

  • Walk the charming wildlife sanctuary at Panboola (pet friendly on-lead)

Kids Fun on the South Coast

  • Poteroo Palace
  • Marine Discovery Centre includes heaps of programs and activities
  • Eden Community Pool
  • Aslings Beach, and close-by Pambula Beach (for small children, especially).  
  • Saltwater Pool at Aslings Beach, south end
  • Local Playground at Apex Park and Aslings Beach Road, Eden
  • Playing fields at Aslings Beach Road, near cemetery
  • Oaklands Petting Zoo and pony rides
  • Magic Mountain Amusement Park
  • Wolumla Horse Riding Adventures, Wolumla, 0450 797 310
  • Coastlife Outdoor Adventures, paddleboard rentals and group activities. Pambula, Merimbula, Tathra
  • and finally, desperate for colouring books or more games?  The local $2 store, One Stop Discount, is located on the main street in Eden at 193 Imlay Street. They have an amazing inventory of family-oriented goods.

Fitness and Yoga

  • Yoga with Beth.  14 March - 1 July, Eden at Uniting Church.  Contact Visitors Centre for information.  02 6496 1953 or
  • Get Fit in Eden with Tarryn Lucas.  1 March - 21 December 2019. Visit website or call 0421 989 433 for Eden schedule.
  • Cove Fit with Catherine Martino.  0423 538 273
  • A Fitness Trail is under development in Eden.  We are so excited to be able to walk the dogs and stop for a quick fitness  indulgence.


Tranquil inlets and saltwater lakes dot the south coast. Pambula Lake, Curalo Lagoon, Nullica River, Lake Wonboyn, Towamba River -- all offer protected waters for kayaking.  You are really spoiled for choice.

Bringing your gear along with you? Hamlet House has a fully fenced back yard, under-house storage space and locked shed for gear.  

Note:  You'll hear this area referred to in several ways, but the two most frequently used are the Sapphire Coast and the South Coast.  Both are apt, as it is the South Coast of New South Wales, and the water and air are a stunning sparkling Sapphire Blue.  

Events By the Month

Eden Whale Festival 2018

Base yourself at Hamlet House • Eden and enjoy your exploration of the stunning NSW South Coast.

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For some, part of the relaxation is to be shown around by locals. Why not relax and get those insider tips?  Here are some to choose from:

Cruise Ships in Eden

With its new upgraded extended wharf and deep-water port, Eden has become the gateway to the Sapphire Coast, to Gippsland Victoria, to the Monaro and Canberra for cruise ships and their guests.  

With lots of new activity, pop-up shops and local experiential tours, Eden hums on cruise ship days.  

Meeting the cruise ship to see friends and relatives?  Hamlet House accepts two-day bookings.  

Check out those  Cruise Ship Arrivals. 

Note:  If you are thinking of taking a tour with one of the local companies, booking your tour is a must.  If the day that interests you is one on which a cruise ship arrives, early bookings are important.

Art and History Trail:  Museums, Galleries and Open Studios


Bega Pioneers Museum

Spiral Gallery, Bega

Bega Valley Regional Gallery

Bega Cheese Heritage Museum


Bermagui Historical Society Museum

Bermagui Mudworks & Cafe

Narek Galleries

Mr. Jones

Edward Wilson

Shop 7 Art Space, 

• Montreal Goldfield


Cobargo District Museum

Lazy Lizard Gallery, Cobargo

Cobargo Creators


Anna Warren, Full Fathom Five

Eden Arts and Crafts, Art on Imlay

• Eden Killer Whale Museum

Monaroo Bobberer Gudu Keeping Place, Jigamy,


Old School Museum


Oaklands Village Gallery

Black Daisy Trading


The Wharf Local Museum, Tathra

Ivy Hill Gallery, Wapengo

Tura Beach

Peter Dunne, Artist & Studio

Further Afield

Australian Pottery, Bemboka

David Mills Studio, Wallagout

 Historic Eden

Updated 1 December 2019

Heaps More to See and Do

Coastal Banksia

The stunning beauty of the South Coast invites exploration.  Markets, walks, dog-friendly beaches -- sprinkled like gems along the coast in the hamlets of the Sapphire Coast.  

  • Sapphire Coast Town Walks: for walkers and hikers, there are so many places to indulge yourself along the coast.  Clifftops, wetlands, boardwalks, bush trails -- short walks and long, dog-friendly (see below) and not-so-much. For walks from   Bermagui to Eden, (an interactive map) and if you are particularly keen (30k one way), from just south of Eden at Ben Boyd Park to Green Cape, the Light to Light Walk. See our blog about the Lake Curalo Walk, just down the hill from Hamlet House, with lakeside views, estuary birds, and countryside to explore.

  • Fascinating local markets are on every weekend within a ½ hour drive -- each with its own character.  Mix local growers and makers in with old wares and plant specialists and you've got it. We couldn't pick a favourite.  They're all good!  For the best dog-friendly markets, choose Pambula. Merimbula and Candelo. 

  • Fishing on your mind?   With a 3-ramp boat launch in Quarantine Bay, just 5 minutes south of Eden itself, fish-cleaning tables, frames disposal, and wash-down facilities, Eden accommodates your yen to be out on the sea with a line in the water.  Add to that, you can back your boat into the fenced yard at Hamlet House, secure your gear in the locked shed, and cook your feast on the BBQ.   For your daily local fishing report, click here.

Dog-Friendly.  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 in heaven. When you stay at Hamlet House,  eco-friendly doggy bags are provided for you.  Thanks for picking up after your furry family member!

  • Dog-friendly Beaches:  Just two blocks down the hill  from Hamlet House is Aslings Beach -- a wonderfully dog-friendly beach!  But what about further afield?  Click here for dog-friendly beaches along the Sapphire Coast.  
  • Whale watching and dog-walking combo, just ½ hour down the road!  Tura Beach Headland 
  • Note: National Parks are NOT dog-friendly as they are dedicated wildlife sanctuaries and conservation zones. 
  • However, State Parks and Regional Parks usually are dog-friendly. Just check your destination and watch for signs -- and of course, take along a roll of doggy bags (what your dog carried in, you must carry out!).

A Little Local History

This town perched at the edge of the land on a deepwater port has lived through many cycles of boom and bust, and as you walk the town, you can see the houses that were built during boom times, and when the government built homes to encourage 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 emerging vibe in Eden and the hamlets of the Sapphire Coast, as people yearn for some room to grow, terrific schools for their children, and services to support a contemporary lifestyle. 

Entrepreneurs are filtering into the area -- surfing schools, yoga studios, a winter months food truck collective, fresh locally grown food restaurants, roasteries, breweries and distilleries, local tours, galleries and poetry slams. It's happening!

For background, geology, history, Eden's Community website offers heaps of information. 

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, and flexibility will be perfect for most occasions.