Lakes Coast Visitor Guide

LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE | PAGE 105 EDEN A paradise for mountain bikers and walkers If you enjoy walking or mountain-bike riding, you’re sure to love Eden. With a highly-anticipated new mountain bike trail set to open soon, and lots of established, scenic walking trails on offer– ranging from easy to challenging – your legs are sure to get a nice stretch. New Gravity Eden mountain bike trail An exciting new mountain bike trail called Gravity Eden is set to open this year. Located within the Nullica State Forest – adjacent to Eden township – it comprises 56-kilometres of gravity-fed, flow-based trails, with a range of options to suit riders of various capabilities and skills. The trail will link with other mountain bike trails in Tathra, Narooma and Mogo to create a large, regional mountain biking circuit. To find out more, visit Walking in and around Eden There are walks for everyone in and around Eden — from a light stroll along the relatively flat Aslings Beach path, to the more strenuous 30-kilometre-long ‘Light to Light’ walk in Beowa (formerly Ben Boyd) National Park. Here are some of them... Bundian Way Story Trail Eden features the first section of the Bundian Way – a 350-kilometre Aboriginal pathway that extends from the sea at Twofold Bay to Mount Kosciuszko. The two-kilometre Story Trail walk is located between Cocora Beach (via Ida Rodd Drive) and Quarantine Bay, winding around two headlands, with numerous viewing decks affording sweeping coastal views of Twofold Bay and beyond. Eden Heritage Walk The Eden Heritage Walk is an easy, scenic walk through town and around Twofold Bay, on which you’ll discover a lot about the history of Eden. Along the way, you’ll see the work of early pioneers, and learn about the town’s convict past, historic buildings and sites of past tragedy. You’ll also get to take-in the area’s natural beauty. Lake Curalo Boardwalk Lake Curalo Boardwalk is an easy, flat walk that meanders around the lake’s shoreline, through swamp melaleuca forest, across salt marsh and over the shallow water. The east end of the boardwalk provides access to Aslings Beach or the Maritime Heritage Walk – where the footpath has been etched with depictions of Eden’s historical links with the sea. Mt Imlay Summit Track Starting at Burrawang picnic area, this challenging walk takes you through dry eucalypt forest and grassy woodlands to the summit of Mount Imlay, with excellent bird-watching opportunities along the way. The track climbs steeply, rising 600 metres, with the summit rewarding your effort with sweeping views to the coast. Beowa National Park (North) In the northern part of Beowa National Park is the Pinnacles loop track, an easy 30-minute walk with two lookouts overlooking spectacular cliffs and beaches. Beowa National Park (South) If you are pretty fit and have a taste for adventure, the southern part of Beowa National Park, offers the 30-kilometre-long ‘Light to Light’ walk, which follows the coastline between the historic Boyd’s Tower and Green Cape Lighthouse. The trail features ever-changing scenery, from heathland, forest, teatree groves, banksia woodlands and sheltered coves, to towering red rock platforms. There are camping sites along the way at Saltwater and Bittangabee Bay. For maps, information and advice on walking or mountain biking in Eden, visit the Eden Visitor Information Centre on the waterfront in Snug Cove, or visit (Photos, clockwise from top left): The new Gravity Eden mountain bike track. Photo: Gravity Eden A sign outlining the story of Bundian Way. Green Cape Lighthouse in Beowa National Park (South) – the ultimate destination of the ‘Light to Light’ walk. Photo: Destination NSW Couple enjoying the lookout at Pinnacles, Eden. Photo: Destination NSW