Eden is located on the NSW South Coast, is ideally situated mid-way between Sydney and Melbourne and with its stunning harbour, Twofold Bay, is the third deepest natural harbour in the world.

With its rich maritime history and amazing whale watching and heritage stories, Eden is one of Australia’s most pristine natural environments and a growing cruise ship destination.

Eden is set in coastal wilderness of magnificent rugged landscapes with golden beaches and crystal waters.  A whale watching wonderland throughout Spring there are regular sightings of Humpbacks, Southern Right, Minke, Killer and even the endangered Blue Whale.

Eden is home to some of Australia’s most significant whale heritage sites and the amazing ‘Killers of Eden’ story, which can be experienced on the ‘Killer Whale Trail’ all year round.

Within 30 minutes’ drive of the port are world class attractions including national parks, forest, wildlife sanctuaries, heritage and cultural sites, while located at the port there is a whaling museum and marine discovery centre. 

Eden's position also provides the opportunity for passengers to do a day trip to the national capital, Canberra.

Port Capabilities:
Larger vessels favour anchorage in a sheltered location, just a 5-minute tender ride lands passengers in the heart of town. The existing Breakwater Wharf caters for smaller vessels of up to 105 metres LOA and 4.0 metres draft within walking distance of town.

Port Upgrade:
A major upgrade of the Breakwater wharf is underway which will expand capacity to 300+ metres. The expected project completion is June 2018.

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Popular shore excursions (full and half day options on all):


Year round marine life including whales, dolphins and an abundance of Native Australian animals.  Tours include whale and dolphin watching, Potaroo Australian Wildlife Park, bird watching, Merimbula Aquarium and Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre among others.

Food and Wine Experiences

Sample local produce including award winning oysters direct from the water on Captain Sponge’s Magical Oyster Tour or at Wheelers Oyster Farm and restaurant, mussels straight from the farm, local markets and food and wine events or meet the farmer on one of Bega Cheese’ local dairy farms.   

Meet the Locals

Explore the towns and villages of the Sapphire Coast – some of Australia’s most popular seaside villages including Eden, Merimbula, Tathra, Bermagui and Bega.

Heritage Experiences

Experience the amazing whaling history with the story of the Killers of Eden and the Killer Whale Trail, visit the Eden Killer Whale Museum.  Other tours also include Aboriginal Culture, Greencape Light Station and Montreal Goldfield

Outdoor and Adventure Tours

Sapphire Coast contains over 400km of estuarine foreshore and has 1/5 of NSWs lagoons and estuaries. The coastline is dotted with wilderness areas which you can enjoy through tours such as game fishing, snorkelling, guided kayaking experiences, stand-up paddleboard or surf lessons and guided diving.


Working hours

Customs Officers 24 hours
Quarantine Officials 24 hours
Immigration Officials As for Customs

Customs and Immigration

Passenger Manifest Three copies at the first port of call with one copy to Immigration with the passengers card one copy to Customs and the third copy to remain on board the ship.
Embarking Passenger Manifest 3 copies - 1 to Customs 1 to Port 1 stays
Crew Manifest 2 - 1 at first port to Immigration 2nd stays.
Stores List 2 (Aust. Customs Service and Sydney Ports Corporation
Customs Declaration (Ship) 1 (Australian Customs Service)
Customs Declaration (Crew) 2 (Australian Customs Service)
Forms Comments All forms listed above are produced at the first Australian port of call and then one copy of each form travels on board the ship to be produced at subsequent ports.
Customs Declaration (Passengers) One at first Australian port of call only.

Port health

Health Declaration One (pratique) at first Australian port of call only


Ground Operations

The following Ground Handlers are ACA members and supply superior ground handling services throughout Australia.

Port Approach


Arrival Departure Restrictions n/a
Tidal Variation 2 metres
Prevailing Currents None
Prevailing Winds NE Summer. SW Winter
Length of Channel n/a
Depth of Channel n/a
Comments n/a


Port Services

Shipping agents

The following ACA member offer superior service throughout the region.

Port Operations/Services

Inchcape Shippping Services - Eden office
Address PO Box 95 Eden NSW 2552

+61 (0)403 380117 

24 hour contact

+61 (0)403 380117 

Email  eden@iss-shipping.com 
Services Karlie Taylor


Are tugs available yes
Are tugs compulsory not compulsory
Tug operator's name SVITZER AUSTRALIA
Tug operator's email di.stuart@svitzer.com
Tug operator's phone 02 64 96 1111
Ship or tug lines TUG LINES
Tug working hours 24hrs


Working hours 24hrs

Port officials

Working hours n/a
Overtime n/a


For details of suitable stevedores, please contact the Shipping Agent


For details of suitable Provedores, please contact the Shipping Agent
Telephones adjacent to berth
How many 2
Notice required No


Fuel Grades No
Quay or barge n/a
Suppliers n/a


Fresh Water No
Exquay or barge n/a
No of hoses n/a
Capacity per hose/hour n/a
Tonnes per hour guaranteed n/a
Type of connect n/a
Connect size in inches n/a

Dry garbage

Dry garbage No
Barge alongside n/a
Containers available n/a
Size of containers n/a
Number available n/a
Incineration or dump n/a
Facilities to transport n/a

Wet garbage

Wet garbage No
Ship or shore pump n/a
Sludge disposal n/a
Sludge details n/a


Port Charges Refer to Shipping Agent

Repair facilities

Nearest dry dock Sydney
Length Multipurpose wharf [2003] - 200m
Snug Cove Berth 100m
Maximum Tonnage n/a
Divers Available n/a
Engineering facilities n/a


Dredging undertaken Yes
Dredging when As required


Port Operator

Port operator

Name Harbourmaster's Office
Address Main Jetty Eden, New South Wales, 2551, Australia
Telephone +61 2 6496 1719
Facsimile +61 2 6496 3024
Web Site www.portauthoritynsw.com.au
Email Address edenpilots@portauthoritynsw.com.au

Berth details

Berth Snug Cove – Breakwater Wharf
Maximum draft 5 m
Tidal variation 2 metres
Berth length 100m
Guaranteed berthing for cruise ships Yes
Are other ships able to dock Yes
Cargo ships at dock Sometimes
Security fences Yes
Berth Snug Cove-Breakwater Wharf
Maximum draft two berths - 1 at 7.3m, 1 at 8.8m
Tidal variation 2 metres
Berth length two berths - 1 at 100m, 1 at 200m
Guaranteed berthing for cruise ships Yes
Are other ships able to dock Yes
Cargo ships at dock Sometimes
Security fences Yes

Nearest ports

Australia Sydney - 230nm
Nearest Overseas Port Auckland

Port of Eden will be upgraded with a new 95m extension to the Breakwater Wharf in Snug Cove. Extending the Breakwater Wharf will allow cruise ships up to 330 metres to berth at the port. The construction of the wharf extension will include:
•Extension of the existing wharf by 95 metres

•New mooring infrastructure

•Dredging to of up to 230,000m of material to improve access

•Installation of new landside bollards to restrain the ship’s bow

•Installation of minor services such as lighting, power and potable water. 

Construction is expected to be completed by late 2018



Terminal facilities

Terminal Building No
Meet and Greet Facilities Yes
Toilet Facilities Yes (Snug Cove)
Telephones adjacent to berth
Availability of Maps and/or Brochures Yes
Souvenir Shopping Yes - in town
Money Exchange Yes - Bank
Is the US Dollar Accepted? Yes


Closest Airport to Pier Merimbula
Distance to Airport 27km
Transport to Airport By arrangement
Can Passengers Walk to Town yes
Drive Time from Pier to Shuttle Stop 0 minutes (at port)
Distance from Pier to Town Centre 1700metres
Are Shuttle Buses Necessary Yes (steep walk up hill)
Suggested Shuttle Stop in Town Whale Museum, Information Centre
Availability of Taxis at Pier Yes
Availability of Public Transport at Pier No, in town
Other Forms of Transport at Pier yes

Tour buses

Distance from Ship to Tour Buses 100m
What is the Normal Coach Capacity Varies, 18 - 57 seater range available depending on cruise ship requirements
Are Tour Buses Air Conditioned yes
Are Refreshments Provided on Buses by arrangement
Are Cold Towels Provided on Buses by arrangement
Are Step Stools Provided on Buses by arrangement



Tourism operators in New South Wales: