GET AMONGST NATURE
There are walks for everyone in and around Eden — from a gentle stroll along Aslings Beach path past Eden’s maritime heritage, to the more adventurous 30km Light to Light walk in Ben Boyd National Park.
Bundian Way – Story Trail
Bundian Way — Story Trail is the first section of a 350km Aboriginal pathway that extends from the sea at Twofold Bay to Mount Kosciuszko. The Story Trail is an approximately 2km walk between Cocora Beach (via Ida Rodd Drive) and Quarantine Bay. Along the way there are spectacular coastal views of Twofold Bay and beyond. The path winds around the headlands down to a beach, then around another headland. Viewing deck lookouts along the way allow you to take in the views across the bay. Learn the story of the sealers at Sealers Platform, and of Ben Boyd’s empire at Brierly Platform. The Bundian Way Story Trail is more than a walk, it is a shared history of the Aboriginal walking track from the tablelands to the coastal plains.
Eden Heritage Walk
The Heritage Walk takes you through our historic town, where you can admire the work of the early pioneers and discover the legacies of our convict past, historic buildings and sites of past tragedy. Around the town and Twofold Bay, you’ll be impressed by the natural beauty as you walk in the footsteps of both the original Indigenous inhabitants and the European settlers. For a map and information about the sites of the heritage walks and drive, visit Eden Visitor Information Centre.
Lake Curalo Boardwalk
Lake Curalo Boardwalk is an easy, flat walk that circles the entire lake and joins with the Aslings Beach Maritime Walk (subject to the lake being closed to the ocean). Large parts of the walk are accessible for prams, wheelchairs and bikes with entry points from Eden Sportsground in Barclay Street, Lakeside Drive, and opposite the Eden Gateway Holiday Park. The boardwalk and walking track meanders around the lakes shore, through swamp melaleuca forest, and 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. There are several picnic tables and picturesque bridges along the way. If you follow the boardwalk to the east there is access to Aslings Beach or the Maritime Heritage Walk – where depictions of Eden’s historical links with the sea have been etched into the footpath. This walk is 3.75km one way (from the sportsground around the lake to the estuary mouth) or 6km if able to do a full loop. It is rated easy. (We note that the lake can sometimes be open to the ocean and therefore not able to be crossed.)
Mt Imlay Summit Track
Starting at Burrawang picnic area, this challenging walk takes you through dry eucalypt forest and grassy woodlands to the summit of Mount Imlay. The track climbs steeply, rising 600m, but there’s plenty to distract you from the effort along the way. In spring, stop to admire the delicate beauty of brightly coloured wildflowers such as mountain speedwell. Once you reach the summit, enjoy a rest and take in the views to the coast. On a clear day, you can see all the way to Mallacoota in Victoria, and Narooma to the north. It’s also a great spot for birdwatching. Watch out for yellow-tailed black cockatoos flying overhead and listen closely for lyrebirds as you’re walking up the mountain.
Ben Boyd National Park (North)
In the northern part of Ben Boyd National Park is the Pinnacles loop track, an easy 30-minute walk with two lookouts along a gently undulating track with spectacular views of cliffs and beaches. The Haycock Point to Barmouth Beach track, an easy walk of 3km, offers panoramic views and whale-watching (Sept–Nov) and wildlife spotting opportunities. You will pass through a range of landscapes — from scenic coast to windswept heath and woodlands.
Ben Boyd National Park (South)
In the southern part of Ben Boyd National Park, you can walk 30km on the Light to Light walk, which hugs the coastline between historic Boyd’s Tower and Green Cape Lighthouse — one of the best walks on the far south coast of NSW. With ever-changing scenery, from heathland to forest, tea tree groves to banksia woodlands, and sheltered coves to towering red rock platforms. Most sections are easy. You can camp along the way at Saltwater and Bittangabee Bay campgrounds.
For more information, contact the Eden Visitor Information Centre or visit the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service site: