Eden NSW Trailer Trip – Where To Go Boating | Club Marine

Eden NSW Trailer Trip – Where To Go Boating | Club Marine

John Willis: Hi, I’m John Willis, and I’m
here for Club Marine TV in beautiful Eden. What a wonderful place, one of my favourite
places on Earth. You’ve got the rolling mountains coming down
to the steep cliffs, and the beautiful golden sands of the ocean. We’re obviously here for a trailer trip with
a trailer boat. We’ve got a beautiful boat. We’ve got a beautiful car, coming to a lovely
destination, having some fun on the water. But you know what? It’s not only about what we can do on the
water. It’s also about what we can do on the land,
and what you might want to do with the family while you’re here, as well. John Willis: I’m sitting down here on the
beautiful beach, outside the cabins where we’re staying, at the Eden Beachfront Holiday
Park with Jason Ferguson. How are you mate? Jason Ferguson: Good, mate. Good. John Willis: What a wonderful place you’ve
got here. Jason Ferguson: It is. It is a wonderful place. John Willis: It’s all there. We’ve got the creek, we’ve got the beachfront,
and for the kids, we’ve also got the playground, even for the big kids. I’ve had a jump on the jumping pad, myself. Jason Ferguson: Yeah, I’ve seen that. John Willis: How good are the facilities here
at Eden? We’re down at the boat ramp in the little
boat harbor. It’s fully enclosed by a break wall, with
direct access into Twofold Bay and straight out to sea, so you can actually fish offshore,
even in a little boat. You’ve got a good concrete, four-lane boat
ramp, you’ve got untold cleaning facilities, with wash downs, plus a floating pontoon to
load from as well, and all of that with terrific parking facilities. Eden, you know how to look after boaters. John Willis: This really is a watery wonderland
up here, for the fisherman and the divers. We’ve just got a little bit of everything
for everybody. You’ve got all that reef dropping area, so
even in a small boat, like a 5.4 meter, I call this a fairly small boat, trailerable
boat, you can get to the small estuaries, you can get the to bay, or you can go wide
to the shelf if you want to, on a good day. And that gives you so much potential. Doesn’t matter what the weather’s like, you
can get out there. John Willis: In the estuaries, you’ve got
your bream, estuary perch, flathead, all those usual species. Come into these coastal reefs, we’re looking
at squid potential, your drummer blackfish, all that sort of stuff as well. But, then we get into the more exciting stuff. Mulloway on the beaches are great, and also
on the beaches is your salmon and tailor as well, so the surf fishing’s here as well. John Willis: But, for me, the offshore potential
is really where it’s at. Don’t forget those kingfish, they’re just
sensational. Come the season, we’ve got stripy tuna, we’ve
got albacore, we’ve got … Yellowfin really kick off in about November. Go through till about March, April, but then
we’ve also got the big bluefin taking off as well, there’s been some great bluefin catches
in recent years. John Willis: But, then we’ve got Mr. Sticknose,
the marlin and, mate, who doesn’t love a marlin? You don’t have to go to the shelf. At the right time of year, get in through
that January through to March, April-type period, and you’re going to get that marlin
potential, it’s just great. John Willis: So, you’ve got everything in
one place. Great facilities, beautiful beaches. Who could ask for more? I could. I could do with a squid. Lana: Hi, my name’s Lana, and this is my husband
Brad. We’re the new owners of the Cat Balou Cruises,
here in Eden. We’re busy with our whale watching at the
moment. We’ve had 100 percent success rate with our
whale watching for the last couple of years, and this year’s looking like a bumper season,
with over 30 thousand whales set to migrate down the East Coast. Lana: We also offer bay cruises here, around
the bay, where we have a live commentary on board, and we point out some of the historical
areas of interest, and we also do twilight cruises through parts of the year as well. Lana: You can book online on www.catbalou.com.au. John Willis: Such a rich part of the history
of Eden is the history of whaling, and Eden would probably have one of the best stories
I’ve ever heard. This is the story of Old Tom, the orca, the
killer whale, and his mates. He used to go out and round up the humpbacks
and all the rest of the target whales. When they came into Twofold Bay, he’d round
them up. The rest of the pack would keep them all tight. Old Tom would go down and flap around in the
shallows, down near the Davidson Whaling Station, and alert the whalers that he’d basically
corralled the target species for them, and he’d actually … was renowned to have actually
even, at some stage, towed the whaling boats out while the whalers harpooned the whale. This was an amazing man-beast relationship
that went on for many, many years, I believe a couple of generations. John Willis: Down at the beautiful Kiah Inlet,
and the Davidson Whaling Station. This is the remnants of the old whaling station. This is one of the old pots they used to boil
the blubber up into to get the whale oil out, which, of course, was a hugely precious commodity
back then. But it’s a beautiful little spot, lovely little
beach. But a beach that was covered by death and
corruption for all too many years, and it wasn’t that long ago that all that stopped. John Willis: The cafes and restaurants in
Eden are all excellent, but you’ve got to get down to Snug Cove and go upstairs to the
Drift restaurant, where if the food doesn’t get you, the view over the harbour will. John Willis: You know, if you’re anything
like me, you’re just going to love coming to Eden. It really has got everything. I mean, it’s got everything as far as boating’s
concerned, but it’s got a whole heap more, as well. It’s about halfway between Melbourne and Sydney
in real terms, and when you get here, it’s not only the coast that you’ve got, you’ve
got this wonderful development here. The township’s got everything you possibly
need. Supermarkets, pubs, cafes, bakeries. It’s all there. Check this. The tackle shop. I promise I won’t buy anything. John Willis: Well, who can resist a good tackle
shop? It’s really got the lot. Come to Eden. See ya.

One thought on “Eden NSW Trailer Trip – Where To Go Boating | Club Marine

  • January 10, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Maree Scott


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