Think of Eden and you probably think of beaches and whales. But ancient forested tracks and historic trail-side stopovers make this Sapphire Coast town the ideal spot for first-time bushwalkers.

Eden fronts Twofold Bay – the Southern Hemisphere’s third-deepest natural harbour. This waterfront location makes the Far South Coast town one of the best spots for whale watching as whales stop to feed in the bay during their southern migration in spring.

It might not be the first place that springs to mind when you’re thinking of bushwalking, but Eden’s water frontage isn’t its only attraction. It’s surrounded by greenery, with national parks and rugged peaks making it a bushwalker’s paradise. Eden itself can feel like a step back in time, in the best possible sense.

Here is a collection of great walks for the novice trekker.

Bittabangee Bay NSW Ben Boyd national park
Bundian Way Story Train people hiking
Ben Boyd National Park