With a wide range of flora and fauna in the surrounding area Edrom Lodge makes a great place to locate yourself to enjoy many different activities such as:
- Bushwalking – Enjoy the many State and National Parks that abound in the area. Many in close proximity to Edrom Lodge with well established and well maintained walking tracks for all levels of fitness.
Four walking tracks have been developed around Edrom Lodge for education or enjoyment by day visitors and accommodated groups alike. A comprehensive set of notes with photographs is available for each walk. These notes are for teachers, students and interested visitors. A set of notes on the fauna around Edrom Lodge complementing the four walk notes is also available.
1. Fisheries Flat Walk – Around the bay, south of Edrom Lodge, lies Fisheries Flat. The track here is suitable for groups studying biology, botany or ecology.
There are examples of vegetation succession from sand on the beach to the forest growing to the east. Succession on a rock face as well as forest recolonisation of previously cleared sites are also illustrated.
From the beach the track loops through a number of forest sites and ends at the Fisheries Creek estuary.
2. Geology Walk – Edrom Lodge sits in an interesting geological structure. Three different ages of sedimentary and volcanic rock can be seen in the immediate area of the Lodge grounds.
Rocks that were formed during the Ordovician age (about 500 million years ago), the Middle Devonian age and recently (about 1 million years ago) are within walking distance of the Lodge.
Notes on this geology, prepared by Dr. S D Beams of the Geology Department of La Trobe University in Melbourne, are available.
3. Seashore Environment Walk – Marine biology is the central concern of this walk which runs along the Edrom foreshore through Fisheries Flat beach to the Estuary.
Although this is essentially a biological excursion, some historical and geological points are included. Seashore animals do not hang haphazardly to their rocky homes – they have a reason for being there!
Low tide is the best time to see this environment. The walk is a rocky one, so sandshoes, not thongs, should be worn.
4. Boyd’s Tower Walk – This multipurpose walk concentrates on environmental subjects with some items of geological and historical interest included.
The walk is 4.7km long, taking about three or four hours, depending on your level of fitness and how long you take to admire the scenery along the way! It links with the National Park coastal walk at Boyd’s Tower.
The notes for the walk have been produced to assist primary and secondary school teachers, but can be used by the general public.
- Bike Rides – Investigate the 9.8km bike path on the Bikely website tagged with: Recreational, Onroad and MTB, Intermediate, Offroad, Low traffic, Rough, Rural, Scenic at this link
- For the school groups that are prepared for travel, the Wallagaraugh Forest Drive and Rainforest Walk lies south-west of Edrom Lodge, in Nadgee State Forest (see map below).
- Fishing & Diving – The Eden area has fantastic fishing opportunities from the wharves, beaches and pristine eustaries to offshore game-fishing. The crystal clear water makes a great place to scuba dive or snorkel within the safe confines of the heads or venture offshore to the many reefs and wrecks.
- Natural History including abundant wildlife, flora, geology, whale watching, national & state parks – Enjoy the bountiful wildlife the area has to offer from the over curious goannas and the almost tame kangaroos, along with the bird life of Ben Boyd National Park, to some of the rarer and lesser seen species that inhabit the many parks and reserves in the area. Twofold Bay is a stop over point in the whales’ migrational route up and down the eastern coast and many visitors delight in the antics of these frolicking giants; a far cry from the past where these majestic creature were nearly hunted to extinction. The surrounding bush makes for a spectacular sight when the wildflowers and orchids are out in full bloom and the numerous Nature and Flora Reserves hold some very unique ecosystems.
- Interesting and colourful historical background both European and Indigenous – Although much of the history of the aboriginal people from the surrounding area has been lost there is still a rich and varied culture to explore. You can also investigate the settlement in the mid 1800s as a whaling and farming community and the impact of the illustrious Ben Boyd, right up to the busy and important port that Eden is today.
- Visit the quaint towns of the South Coast – the wonderful small and varied towns of the South Coast are rich in history and their idyllic settings make them a great place to explore. Eden is a pretty little town and well worth the visit. The Eden Wharf is a prominent local attraction. Apart from the fishing boats – and fishing, diving and whale-watching charters – the wharf is also the perfect place to indulge in the local fare at the range of cafes and restaurants on the waterfront.Eden is famous for its fresh seafood which comes straight off the trawlers. There is also a ready supply of the delicious Eden mussels – grown in the crystal clear waters of Twofold Bay.