Eden is one of the prettiest coastal townships on the NSW south coast. Apart from the annual migration of southern right and humpback whale from May to November, Eden has a busy fishing harbour, a lively dining scene and some magnificent colonial architecture. Surrounded by high cliffs and natural bushland, the town is also a magnet for outdoors types. Beach walking, biking, whale-watching, snorkelling, golf and deep sea fishing are just some of the many activities available —guided tours, cruises and fishing charters can also be organized. Complete your visit with a meal or a chilled glass of something at the Snug Cove fishing wharf, which is also home to the family-friendly, and informative, Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre.

Who goes there: Norwegian Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas, Oceania Cruises, Holland America, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, P&O Cruises.

Cruisers like: Explore the region’s fascinating and often colourful history at the Eden Killer Whale Museum. Afterwards you can slip down to the fishing port at Snug Cove to watch the catch of the day being landed. The Sapphire Coast is one of Australia’s major seafood producers, so visitors will find several good restaurants to choose from. Make sure you try the local oysters. Eden is surrounded by many impressive nature reserves, including Ben Boyd National Park, Bournda National Park, Wadbilliga National Park, Mimosa Rocks National Park and Mount Imlay National Park, while beach lovers will find miles of crowd-free fine sand beaches to enjoy.

Best for: Families, couples, older traveller and indeed anyone who enjoys whale-watching, water sports, mountain biking and exploring the great outdoors.

Getting around: The cruise ship terminal is a short distance from the main shopping area. A hop on, hop off shuttle bus is available to take guests from the wharf to the shopping precinct, visitor centre and Aslings Beach.