Eden's Heritage Walks and Drive: There are 35 sites of interest listed on Eden's Heritage Walks and Drive offering a glimpse into its convict past, historic buildings and whaling history. Of these, 26 can be reached on foot. The Heritage Drive takes in nine stunning locations including the imposing Boyds Tower and Australia's first concrete cast lighthouse, Green Cape Lighthouse. You can also learn about the Bundian Way, an ancient indigenous walk that stretches 350 km between Mt Kosciuszko and Eden, and is now being revived to teach Aboriginal history and culture to visitors.

Eden Killer Whale Museum: The museum has boats, whaling gear, photographs and other maritime memorabilia on display. There are two permanent exhibitions -- one on the area's whaling history and the story (and skeleton) of the orca, 'old Tom'; the other features general maritime and fishing artifacts, the timber industry and local social history. There are also regular visiting exhibitions. Guided tours are available daily on request. (184 Imlay Street; open Monday to Saturday from 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and Sunday from 11:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.)

Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre: The centre is dedicated to marine education and research with outdoor programs that include guided snorkel tours, beach formation walks and marine life discovery tours. (253 Imlay Street; open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday during school term, and Monday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during the school holidays)

Aslings Beach: Eden's main surf beach is a long stretch of rugged, sandy coastline with a rock pool at the southern end. During October and November, whales can be seen sheltering and feeding in the bay, along with dolphins. The beach is only patrolled in summer and rips predominate so exercise caution while swimming.

Ben Boyd National Park: Hike through tall coastal forests and along dramatic, rocky coastlines gnawed by the sea and discover secluded beaches, sheltered inlets and pristine waters as well as rare fauna and flora.

Cat Balou Cruises: This family-run business is the longest running whale-watching outfit in NSW. During the migratory season, expect up-close encounters with whales, dolphins, seals and penguins on a 3.5-hour whale watching tour. At other times, there is a two-hour bay cruise. (0427 962 027; tours depart from Eden Wharf)

Potoroo Palace: This native animal educational sanctuary conserves an area of natural bushland in the Bega Valley, located 25 minutes northwest of Eden. Visitors can walk among kangaroos, potoroos, emus and peacocks, spot sleepy koalas and have special one-on-one encounters with the animals. (2372 Princes Highway, Merimbula; open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily with educational talks at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.)

Captain Sponge's Magical Oyster Tours: Discover the secrets of Pambula Lake, learn about oyster farming and river estuaries, and eat freshly shucked oysters on an oversized oyster punt. (Landing Road, Broadwater Lake, Pambula; 0429 453 545)

Longstocking Nano Brewery: This is the only craft brewery on the Sapphire Coast. Try 'wine in a lager' and seven other small-batch beers in a 1920s'-built industrial-themed space just a 15-minute drive north of Eden at Oaklands, Pambula. There is a cafe and animal farm onsite, too.