Eden Real Estate Snapshot

Eden Why live in Eden? History Eden was named after George Eden, 1st Earl of Auckland, the British Secretary for the Colonies, Baron Auckland, whose family name was Eden. The local Aboriginal people who lived in the region prior to the arrival of Europeans were the Thaua or Thawa people of the Yuin nation.Although the urban settlement of Eden commenced in 1843 the settlement was not officially proclaimed as a township until 20 March 1885. Whaling was an important part of Eden’s history with ships operating in the area from 1791.The first whaling station, for shore whaling, was established in the area by John Raine in 1828. Whaling remained a major economic influence in the area until declining in the 1920s and ending in 1930. This history is documented in the Eden Killer Whale Museum and includes the fascinating story of Old Tom. In the early 1830s the graziers from the Monaro district inland from Twofold Bay sought a better way to transport their cattle to Tasmania. It was decided to establish cattle-handling facilities and an accompanying township on an appropriate site on Twofold Bay and in 1842 the area proposed for Eden was surveyed. Eden grew in the 1850s following the decline of nearby Boydtown, and the discovery of gold in Kiandra, which led to the 1859-1860 gold rush. The shipping of cattle from Eden ceased in the late 1890s after having expanded to include shipping of cattle to South Australia, Queensland and New Zealand. Eden’s growth continued, particularly recognised for its deep water port and is now home to a large fishing fleet. Various port based industries have come and gone through the years although wood chip has remained a constant. Eden is now a well recognised area for tourism. In 1901 following Australian Federation, Eden was considered as a location for the Australian capital due to being equidistant between Sydney, Melbourne and Tasmania. Real Estate & Design Eden housing remains a mixture of the old and new. Houses remaining from early settlement are predominantly weatherboard or sandstone. While few of these remain, the ones that do are listed or modernised. Housing in the outer areas of Eden are largely brick and tile and often have expansive ocean views. A modern subdivision in Eden Cove has seen the release of prestige style blocks of land close to Lake Curalo and Aslings Beach. Executive style housing has been constructed with an emphasis on large, modern style dwellings. Areas north and to the south of Eden have become popular with those seeking lifestyle blocks, some of which have beach access. Again larger style homes have been built, with many reflecting the unique nature of the location by combining natural stone and timbers. Shopping The Eden main shopping district is centred on Imlay Street. All services are provided, including a supermarket, petrol station, post office and banks. The main street commercial leases tend to reflect the local economy with close to full occupancy when the district is booming and larger percentage vacant shops when the town is struggling. Merimbula is a short fifteen to twenty minute drive for locals and visitors seeking wider variety. Sports & Fitness Eden has a strong sporting community that support their local children. Most sports are available and a full range of facilities is located within the town surrounds. Tennis courts are situated close to Aslings Beach, perfectly located for a swim after a hard round. The Eden swimming pool is centrally located before the main shopping area and the swim club has an excellent reputation for training speedy youngsters. The Eden Golf and Bowling Clubs provide an excellent challenge and are popular with locals and visitors alike. Distance from Cities & Transportation Eden is equidistant between Sydney and Melbourne and is an approximate six hour car drive from either city. Canberra is an approximate three and half hour drive over the Brown Mountain Range. Local and Interstate Bus Services offer a full range of bus services up and down the coast and to Canberra. School aged children have a full bus service provided. Famous Landmarks The Eden Killer Whale Museum is well known throughout the Sapphire Coast and Australia. Documenting the fascinating history of whaling in Eden, the Museum is positioned high in Eden overlooking the ocean. The Snug Cove Wharf is another well known Eden landmark and remains in use by Eden’s local fishermen. Restaurants & Cafes Aside from the excellent seafood available from local eateries alongside the Eden Wharf, there are many restaurants and family friendly eating places to choose from. For those seeking fine dining it is hard to go past the Seahorse Inn at Boydtown for sheer beauty of location. Imlay Street, the main street of Eden, is home to a number of cafes and bakeries ideal for a quick snack or lunch. Schools, Education & Institutions Eden primary aged school children attend the local state primary or Catholic school. The primary Catholic school is due to relocate to the Lumen Christi Campus at Pambula in 2012. Full bus service to the school will be provided when this occurs. Secondary aged children attend the state provided Eden Marine High School or travel to Pambula to attend the Catholic High School.
  • Suburb:Eden
  • Postcode:2551
  • Population:3010
  • Municipality:Bega Valley Shire Council