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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Dec-Jan 2013
18 | www.probussouthpacific.org TRAVEL DOMESTIC Eden is one of the gems of the Sapphire Coast and, after a visit, I don’t question why either got its name. Eden is refected in the beautiful colour of the sea that washes the NSW far south coast. Along the coastline are towns and villages that may have had a time as a big money spinner in fshing, whaling, forestry, gold mining and other industries, but have now come into their own as beautiful, welcoming havens for holidaymakers and road trippers. The town of Eden is redolent with the scent of wood chips and the distant murmur of triumphant calls from whalers, once they have hauled their prey into the harbour. There’s much history in and around Eden and much recorded evidence of how the Indigenous and non-Indigenous people worked together to catch the whales that migrated up the coast in the 19th and early 20th centuries. One well-documented story tells of killer whales, orcas, helping local people to hunt and kill other whales. The orcas would herd whales into the harbour and, once caught, the bodies of the whales would be tied to a buoy so that the orcas could take their ‘payment’ of the whale tongue and lips -- an arrangement said to have been made between the Davidson family of Eden and the orcas. The most famous orca that resided in Twofold Bay was Old Tom -- more than a legend he was. The shore- based whaling stations put a lot of store in Old Tom’s talent until, in 1930, his body washed ashore and the rest of the orcas left the area. Safe harbour The countryside around Eden is perfect for bushwalks, and a visit to the Davidson’s house and land on the edge of the bay gives you an idea of the life led by a working, whaling family and how they lived in their little house, which is still in surprisingly good nick. Eden is a stunningly beautiful place; the harbour is crystal clear and is a sheltering haven for yachts to run to when it all gets too tough out in the ocean, especially Sydney to Hobart participants. When George Bass, in 1798, entered Twofold Bay he named it ‘Snug Cove’ and declared it a 'snug and safe anchorage for any ship during a blow’. It is the third-deepest natural harbour in the southern hemisphere and, other than the heavy working duties it performed in the past, someone else had bigger plans for it. A prominent 19th-century entrepreneur (some would call him The bodies of the whales would be tied to a buoy so that the orcas could eat the whale tongue and lips. A whale of a time In Eden, on the Sapphire Coast of NSW, Joan Morgan discovers a rich marine history.
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