For thousands of years, the Yuin and Bidawal people travelled across this landscape strengthening deep spiritual traditions and continuing cultural connections. National Parks and State Forests now allow the visitor to experience the majesty of unspoilt forests and coastlines and the incredible array of birds and wildlife.
The UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve Croajingolong National Park is home to more than 50 mammal species, 1,000 native plants and around one third of Australia’s total bird species.
Walk the ancient rainforests, pristine waters and wild coastlines to discover a world of magnificent beauty, rare creatures and giant sand dunes.
The South East Forests National Park protects magnificant tall timbers, upland swamps and is a haven for endangered animals such as the yellow-bellied glider, smoky mouse, tiger quoll, and powerful owls.
You are sure to experience some unique wildlife on your visit to Australia’s Coastal Wilderness. Water birds, whales, seals and other marine life abound in the rich waters and the forests are home to spectacular parrots, honeyeaters and kangaroos. Venture out after dark to find some of our secretive nocturnal mammals such as possums and owls.
The unique luxury Safari accommodation at the Cape Conran Wilderness Retreat is surrounded by 11,700 hectares of heathlands, wild ocean beaches and banksia woodlands brimming with nectar-feeding birds.
Hire a kayak or canoe to follow coastal rivers into wetlands, some surrounded by 80-metre high rocky gorges and wildlife. Take to the ocean with a sea kayak and discover a different perspective.
The platypus is a marvel with its duck-like bill, small fury body and baby hatching from an egg. Spot this elusive creature and a host of waterbirds and reptiles at Bombala’s platypus reserve.
Off the coast, warm waters of the north crash into cold swells from the south. Scientists are making exciting new discoveries of our diverse marine ecosystem that will take us into the future. The Continental Shelf is only 20km offshore in places providing spectacular big game fish including marlin and yellow fin tuna.
Mallacoota’s idyllic setting besides lakes, rivers and ocean offers abundant fish catches with lazy boating days and beautiful pristine beach walking.
Take part in the Conservation Volunteers Penguin Monitoring Program set in the beautiful surrounds of Montague Island, and give yourself an experience you’ll never forget.
Discover a microcosm of life through a microscope; see and touch the amazing life from under the sea.
Imagine a time when men rowed rough seas in small wooden boats on their quest for whales. Indigenous history tells of killer whales (orcas) helping the local people to hunt and kill larger whales, with ‘payment’ being the tongue. For three generations the Davidson family worked with the killer whales in one of the world’s most unique human-animal partnerships.
Take a guided tour of Eden’s Killer Whale Museum to hear the historic stories and tales of one of the world’s most unique partnerships.
Our coastline is a hotspot for whale activity with up to 16 different whale species through the year. The annual southern migration of humpback whales from October to December draws visitors from across the globe.
Learn of the time when men rowed through rough seas in small wooden boats in their quest for whales, and whale oil was use to ‘light the streets of London’.
Splendid heritage lighthouses along the coastline are a feature of our region. Visit the lighthouses or stay in the lighthouse keepers cottages to feel what life would have been like in such an isolated, wild environment.
Australia’s largest colony of little penguins live in the shadow of Gabo’s pink granite lighthouse.
Walk part or all of this three-day, 31 km track passing through heathlands, bays, cliffs and open forests. Start your trek with an overnight stay in the 130-year old light keeper’s quarters.
Look out to where Captain Cook first sighted eastern Australia from the Endeavour in 1770 and be surrounded by the still pristine coastal wilderness.