Wildlife & Marine Experiences

Feed a kangaroo, meet a koala or take a guided snorkel tour - you can do all three in a day!

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Scuba dive with Dive Eden

Learn to dive in the pristine waters around Eden and earn the internationally renowned PADI Open Water Diver certification.

If you aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, you can try scuba in a pool or off a beach as a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world.

Already certified? Scuba diving with an experienced local professional lets you relax and just enjoy the adventure. Join our guided local dives and your guide will brief you on the dive site, points of interest and describe the aquatic life you’ll see.

Haven’t been scuba diving for a while and want a quick refresher? We can help you brush up on your knowledge and skills.

Keen to start exploring? Hire our snorkelling and scuba equipment, wetsuits, or fill your scuba tanks – available 7 days a week from Pickles Fishing and Outdoors at Eden.

Find us on Facebook to check out dates of our upcoming dives and Instagram too.  @DiveEden

Address:

203 Imlay Street, Eden NSW 2551

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0488 519 316

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Currajong Common Angora Goat Farm

Immerse yourself at the beautiful Currajong Common.  Based in Burragate, just 45 minutes from Merimbula, Currajong Common is a working Angora Goat Farm & mohair producer.

All throughout peak season Currajong are opening their farm gate to visitors.   Take the 2 hour tour,  which includes Sunday lunch with fresh local produce, a meet and greet with the friendly goats, some insider knowledge from the farmer and tour the shearing facilities.  This is a great opportunity to meet the people behind the product and experience the iconic agriculture that our region is famous for.

Open Sunday throughout Summer from 12 noon.  BYO welcome (unlicensed).  Bookings are essential.  Contact 02 6495 7072 to book or for more information.  Or view the digital flyer here.

$100 per person or $300 family special (2 adults & 2 children)

Cat Balou Cruises

whale, eden, cat balou, close encounter, whale watching, mugging, spy hopJoin NSW’s longest running whale watchers at Eden, named Australia’s premier Whale Watching destination by Australian Geographic!

When you sail onboard the 15 metre Cat Balou you can enjoy comfort, peace of mind and the chance to hear live whale song. Sightings are guaranteed on whale watching cruises from September to November, with a free return trip or half your fare back in the rare event that no whales are sighted.

Tours range from 2.5 hours to 3.5 hours, exploring the coastal wildnerness of Eden and Ben Boyd National Park all the way to Green Cape Light House. Ros’ is famous for sharing tales about Eden, from failed empires to shore based whaling and over 30 years of whale research that she and Gordon have contributed to.

Cat Balou departs from Snug Cove which has no bar crossings and direct ocean access, putting you on the Humpback Highway within minutes of leaving port. Enjoy optimum viewing from 3 outdoor platforms and inside seating. Cat Balou Cruises are licensed, and offers morning or afternoon tea and hot soup.

Cat Balou Cruises has been awarded the South Coast Tourism Hall of Fame and Ecotourism Gold Medal and is consistently recognised for excellence by Trip Advisor.

Bookings are essential. Cat Balou offers limited wheelchair access.

3.5 hours: Adults $85, families $250.

2.5 hours: Adults $65, families $185.

Please visit the website for more ticket prices.

 

Address:

Snug Cove, the Port of Eden

Phone:

0427 260 489

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0427 962 027

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Kiah Wilderness Tours

Nature at your own pace….Kiah Wilderness Tours offers small group kayak tours on the beautiful Towamba River, just south of Eden.

  • Morning Tour (3 – 4 hours)
  • Lunch Tour (3 – 4 hours)
  • Afternoon Tour (2 hours)
  • Full Day Tour (4 – 5 hours)

An estuary that wanders through stunning forests and green pastures, the river winds its way to Twofold Bay. It is pristine and quiet, with an impressive diversity of both bird and marine life. Each sit-on-top kayak is kitted with a pair of binoculars so you can check out the wildlife up close along the way.

Tours are tailored for a maximum of six people, crafted to suit your experience and abilities and designed to allow you time to enjoy the wilderness. You can request time out for a swim, photography shoot, or to cast a lure. Morning or afternoon tea in the form of plunger coffee and freshly baked goodies is served on one of the many sandy beaches on the river’s edge.

No experience is necessary as the kayaks are designed for easy paddling. Guides are accredited through Australian Canoeing / Paddle NSW.

Address:

1167 Princes Highway, KIAH, NSW 2551

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0429 961 047

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Oaklands Barn & Garden Centre

The kids will really enjoy our animal nursery, where they can experience animals close up.

Oaklands is home to several businesses, including the Oaklands Barn that carries a wide range of stock feeds, farm and landscaping supplies. There’s also a wonderful nursery and gift shop stocked with a huge range of plants and garden ornaments.

Coaches and large groups are welcome.

Opening hours are:
Monday to Friday 8am – 5pm
Saturday to Sunday 9am – 4pm

Address:

3546 Princes Highway Pambula NSW 2549

Phone:

02 6495 7257

Fax:

02 6495 7122

Captain Sponges Magical Oyster Tours

Captain Sponge's Magical Oyster Tours are the only on the water tour and operate from Pambula Lake at Broadwater.

Captain Sponge’s Magical Oyster Tours are the only on the water tour and operate from Pambula Lake at Broadwater.

Discover the secrets of Pambula Lake, learn about oyster farming, the river estuary and taste oysters straight from the lake. All aboard for Captain Sponge’s Magical Oyster Tour!

Pambula produces around 215,000 dozen Sydney Rock Oysters a year and have a subtle earthy taste, rounded by the daily meeting of river waters from Yowaka and Pambula and the incoming tide from the beautiful river mouth.

Board ‘The Kangaroo’, a glorified oyster punt, and set sail downstream past towering eucalypts, ancient Aboriginal middens and resident white bellied sea eagles. See how the catching of oysters is done, how they are grown and sample some for yourself before heading back to the jetty.

Tours take approximately 1.5 hours. Minimum 6 persons, max 23. Private group charters by appointment.

Address:

Landing Road, Broadwater, NSW, 2549

Phone:

0429 453 545

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Sail with the Whales on the Pelican 1 at Bermagui

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Experience whale watching under sail aboard the 62 foot catamaran, Pelican 1. Sailing is the ideal way to see whales. Without noisy engines, curious whales often feel safe to come close and engage with us. 

Tours depart Saturday and Sundays at 9am from the Bermagui Harbour.  

$90 adults, $75 concessions.  Bookings essential.  Ph. 0424 975 997 Facebook: Sail with the Whales

 

Address:

Bermagui Harbour, Bermagui NSW

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0424 975 997

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Merimbula Marina, Whale Watching & Ocean Adventure Tours

Merimbula MarinaMerimbula Marina’s fleet cruises among the whales several times a day from late August to November.  Last year the crew celebrated 100% sightings on all cruises.

Merimbula Marina is a family owned and operated business, and the crew believe in responsible and respectful whale watching practices. They have a deep love of the ocean and all its amazing creatures and enjoy sharing this with passengers.

Cruise in comfort aboard the 16 metre super cat, ‘True Blue’, with three viewing decks offering 260 degree views, informative commentary and morning or afternoon tea.

Enjoy peace of mind with a 100% guarantee for sightings! If whales aren’t sighted during our whale watching cruises from September to November, you receive a full refund.

Check out the daily photos and whale reports on Facebook. Like our page and download photos taken from your cruise for free!

If whale watching is not your thing then consider a tour of Merimbula’s coastline, enquire about a fishing trip or take a Marine Discovery Tours (oustide of whale watching season).

Bookings are preferred.

Adults $69, Families $199 (2 adults, 2 children with $30 for extra kids from the same family). See the website for all ticket prices.

 

Light to Light Camps

Light to Light Camps Dee GeesWalk the wilderness coast with the support of Light to Light Camps.

The iconic 2 night/3 day Light to Light Track follows some of Southeast Australia’s most spectacular coastline.

Located in Ben Boyd National Park in Australia’s Coastal Wilderness region, the 31 kilometre track passes rock dating back over 400 million years, a marine environment with incomparable diversity, coastal heath and forests of Banksia and Ti-tree.

Ancient Aboriginal shell middens on the shores showcase a resource-rich ocean. The stories of an incredible and long-lasting relationship between whalers and Killer Whales adds to the mystery and wonder of this place.

This place is very special. Explore it at your own pace without the burden of tents, food and water, and be spoiled at the end of the day with delicious dinners, a hot shower and luxurious camp beds, sleeping bags, sheets and towels.

We’ve got you covered.

Address:

1167 Princes Highway KIAH NSW 2551

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0429 961 047

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Merimbula Aquarium

Merimbula Wharf Aquarium Restaurant, cafe, steamer wharf, panorama, diveFrom sharks to shrimps, the octopus to the tropical fish. It’s all on display in our living theatre of the deep. The Merimbula Aquarium has 27 tanks and a fantastic Oceanarium full of large ocean fish and sharks.

Fish feeding is the best time to visit as all tanks are fed and the fish become very active. Fish feeding is held every Monday, Wedesday and Friday at 11.30am and Monday to Friday during School Holidays.

The Aquarium Kids Club is held 6.45pm every Wednesday and Thursday nights during January. Activities are held in the Aquarium including a Touch Tank on display for children to hold some some marine creatures.

Aquarium Group Tours. We offer discounts for group bookings and can organise age-specific aquarium tours for school groups. Contact us for more details.

Address:

The Wharf, Lake Street, Merimbula NSW

Phone:

02 6495 4446

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Potoroo Palace

A koala at Potoroo Palace Native Animal Sanctuary.

Potoroo Palace is a small not-for-profit, native wildlife sanctuary, home to many iconic as well as lesser known species of Australian animals. Many of the animals at the sanctuary are native to the Merimbula area and some are very rare now. Kangaroos, emus and wallabies and all manner of birds roam freely in the grounds. Close up animal encounters can also be arranged with some of  our shyer residents.

Make a day of it and stop for lunch or just some delicious coffee in the delightful Blue Wren Café, whilst browsing a selection of Australian Made merchandise.

Or bring your own picnic and enjoy some time out next to the shady dams and BBQs.

Educational Talks are at 11am & 2pm.

Train rides and animal feed bags are also available for all the family.

Potoroo Palace is open 7 days per week throughout the year from 10am to 4pm (closed Christmas Day).  We’re just a short 10 minute drive from Merimbula.

Address:

2372 Princes Highway Merimbula NSW

Phone:

02 6494 9225

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Snorkel with Marine Discovery Guides

Snorkelling in Eden.

Snorkelling with a guide is a deeply immersive way to explore our amazing coastline. The Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre hosts two hour guided snorkel tours at Eden’s Snug Cove and Merimbula Lake.

The experience is wonderful for people who want an introduction to snorkelling, to improve your skills, and learn about sea creatures who call the Sapphire Coast home.

Tours are suitable for children aged 12 and above, and cost $100 for groups of 1 to 3 people, or $25 per person for groups of four and more.  Tours include snorkel, mask and fin hire with wetsuits available in some sizes.

To enquire, please contact the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre. Tours are flexible, but times are subject to tides and weather conditions.

Address:

253 Imlay St Eden NSW 2551

Phone:

(02) 6496 1699

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Discovery Tours with National Parks Rangers

Canoeing on Bournda Lagoon with National Parks.

Nature experiences is what we do best so bring the children to enjoy a day out in one of our beautiful National Parks !

There are dozens of walks, talks and other fun activities held over the school holidays in Autumn. You can explore by boat and canoe, and meet lots of feathered, finned and scaly locals plus learn all about the whaling history of the Sapphire Coast.

Gain a fantastic insight into unexpected delights of our national parks with Discovery Rangers, and discover out natural, cultural and historic heritage.

See what’s on offer this school holidays here. NPWS-Tours-Sapphire Coast Summer 2019-2020

For more information or to book, please call or visit the Merimbula National Parks and Wildlife office on 02 6495 000.  Opening hours are 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday

Sapphire Nature Tours

Sapphire Nature Tours will take you to places where pelicans can be seen.

Join Sam Nerrie for a magical tour of the gems of the Sapphire Coast.

Visit the beautiful pristine beaches and estuaries around Merimbula, Eden, Tathra, Mallacoota and Panboola Wetlands and discover our unique wildlife. We are fortunate to be surrounded by national parks and wilderness areas so our wildlife is abundant.

Some of the animals encountered on these nature tours include pelicans, flying foxes, white-bellied sea eagles, gang gang cockatoos, rainbow lorikeets, goannas, octopus, Australia’s largest stingrays, a bower of the bower bird and many species of birds native to Australia. And of course, we always find you some kangas or wallabies hopping around somewhere.

We offer several tours in the region such as the Sapphire Coast Gems tour for either half a day or a full day, a day out around Mallacoota and the Mysterious Creatures of Merimbula Lake. Discover the charms of nature in our region with expert guides, Sam Nerrie or Guye Richards

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0428 111 927

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Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre

SCMDCThe Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre, where children are actively encouraged to touch the exhibits!

It has live aquaria, a very popular touch tank where you can get up close and personal with live marine animals, beautiful video footage, microscopes, a beach combing table and loads of information about the temperate marine environment.

With qualified marine scientists on staff, there are indoor and outdoor activities that will fill the family with wonder: enjoy a Rocky Shore Ramble or guided Snorkel Tour or the kids can participate in indoor educational craft activities during school holidays.

Each Spring you can watch whales with the team at Rotary Lookout. Guides are on site each Tuesday and Wednesday in September and October, between 10am and 12pm. They have lots of tips on what to look for, along with equipment and and suggestions for other places to spot whales on the Sapphire Coast.

The centre’s opening hours are from 10am to 3pm Monday to Friday

School holidays: 9:30am to 3:30pm Monday to Saturday.

The Centre will open outside these hours for a booking of 10 or more.

 “The kids were so entertained with hands-on activities, the touch tank is the best!”

Address:

253 Imlay St Eden NSW 2551

Phone:

02 6496 1699

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