Road Trippin’ | Eden, Far South Coast NSW

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After our recent trip to Bermagui, James and I have decided to spend more time exploring the beautiful South Coast we live on.

I am somewhat obsessed with whales and wasn’t having any luck close to home, so during the holidays we took ourselves off to visit Eden on the far South Coast of NSW to try our luck.

Heading out to Boyd Tower, located south of Twofold Bay in Ben Boyd National Park, we were not disappointed.

Eden, Far South Coast NSW, Ben Boyd National Park walking track, Boyd Tower, places to see whales in Eden

The track to Boyd Tower

The walk from the car park to the tower is generally flat but somewhat eerie; passing under and between the creaking (thanks to the wind) and twisted shapes of mostly bare trees. All we needed was some fog and it would have been the perfect scary movie location.

Eden, Far South Coast NSW, Ben Boyd National Park walking track, Boyd Tower, places to see whales in Eden

Boyd Tower

James had said it was a five story sandstone tower but seeing it wasn’t at all what I expected.

Beautifully built and impressive, Boyd Tower certainly makes it’s presence felt. Along the track to the tower we learnt that it had not been built as a lighthouse as we originally thought but as a way for whaling crews to be notified as soon as whales were spotted entering Twofold Bay so that Ben Boyd could get the upper hand in the whaling business.

Eden, Far South Coast NSW, Ben Boyd National Park walking track, Boyd Tower, places to see whales in Eden

Boyd Tower

Eden, Far South Coast NSW, Ben Boyd National Park walking track, Boyd Tower, places to see whales in Eden

Thankfully, the tower is no longer in use and when we’re spotting whales from here they are no longer prey.

Eden, Far South Coast NSW, Ben Boyd National Park walking track, Boyd Tower, places to see whales in Eden

Whale!

And spot we did! Our first whale sighting of the 2014 season. The kids were the first to spot a minute splash and before we knew it we were watching a lovely display.

Eden, Far South Coast NSW, Ben Boyd National Park walking track, Boyd Tower, places to see whales in Eden

Being papped, papping

James took us on a track away from the main viewing area out onto rocks for a better view, taking the children right out while I tried to get some photos. It was difficult to do so as I was too busy worrying that Jasper would jump off the rock and plunge into the depths. Sometimes, I just can’t fight the anxiety.

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He didn’t (for clarification purposes).

Eden, Far South Coast NSW, Ben Boyd National Park walking track, Boyd Tower, places to see whales in Eden

Eden, Far South Coast NSW, Ben Boyd National Park walking track, Boyd Tower, places to see whales in Eden

Twofold Bay

Eden, Far South Coast NSW, Ben Boyd National Park walking track, Boyd Tower, places to see whales in Eden

Down to Red Point

We visited the other fenced off lookout, Red Point, to discover the most amazing rock formation of rich red and brown called folded rocks.

Eden, Far South Coast NSW, Ben Boyd National Park walking track, Boyd Tower, places to see whales in Eden

Red Point folded rock

I’ve never seen anything quite like it. Every part of my brain was telling me rocks could not fold and ‘move’ in that manner, that what I was seeing couldn’t not be so. Yet, there it was, all stunning and mysterious.

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Eden, Far South Coast NSW, Ben Boyd National Park walking track, Boyd Tower, places to see whales in Eden

Finding love in the clouds

It wasn’t quite the perfectly sunny day I had hoped for but the moody clouds set the perfect scene for our exploration.

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Eden, Far South Coast NSW, Ben Boyd National Park walking track, Boyd Tower, places to see whales in Eden

eden18After some driving through the actual town of Eden we found a spot to explore some more and headed out on the rocks for a glorious finish to the day.

Eden, Far South Coast NSW, Ben Boyd National Park walking track, Boyd Tower, places to see whales in Eden

My loves, the ocean and a rainbow
Only a whale could have made the moment more perfect

Eden, Far South Coast NSW, Ben Boyd National Park walking track, Boyd Tower, places to see whales in Eden
These kinds of adventures are well out of my comfort zone, but so worth pushing through for.

Eden, Far South Coast NSW, Ben Boyd National Park walking track, Boyd Tower, places to see whales in Eden

A rainbow to end the day

Have you been on a road trip lately? Where did you go?

Linking up with Jess for #ibot

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10 Comments

  1. Beautiful photos, the scenery looks amazing and with all those hikes I bet you got some peace when you got home.

    • We did get some blissful silence on the way home, for sure, Sally!

  2. Beautiful scenery!!! Being on the other side of the country, if we head to NSW, its to Sydney and we miss so much of the beauty!! One day i want to have the time to explore away from the major cities!

    Hello from #teamIBOT

    • It is a gorgeous place, I highly recommend taking the time to visit Eden (and most of the towns on the Far South Coast).

  3. What a glorious place, Becky! That tower is so imposing, isn’t it?
    Happy to hear Jasper didn’t do a leap :)
    Whales would have to be one of the most majestic creatures on earth xx

    • It really is simply stunning.
      I agree, whales just have something about them. I can’t get enough!

  4. Beautiful photos – the whale and rainbow are amazing. Great that you are off exploring. So nice to follow along xx

    • Thanks Deb. We are really loving the exploring, it’s something I’ve not really done before and it has been so good for us all.

  5. I just KNEW you were about to show me a photo of a whale! I am so useless, a few weeks back I should have taken our kids to the coast to look for breaching… I am so happy you had this moment.. xx

  6. Ah this is bringing back memories of my road trip in May! Seems like such a long time ago now. Beautiful pics!

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