In southern New South Wales, an ancient Aboriginal trail some 365km long links the snowy peaks of Targangal (now known as Mount Kosciuszko) with the turquoise waters of Bilgalera (Fisheries beach) in Twofold Bay, near the coastal town of Eden.Thought to be thousands of years old, the track, after decades of not being used, threatened to vanish from popular imagination like a line of faded ink.John Blay, 70, is the author of On Track: Searching Out the Bundian Way and says once revived, it will become one of Australia’s great walks.Blay has been writing about south-east NSW for more than 30 years. There’s even a wattle that grows up to 25 metres high named after him – he identified it on one of his many back-country adventures.
Eden’s Hotel Australasia – a local hub & the heart of the town:A landmark building in Imlay Street for more than a century, the Hotel Australasia was the last of Eden’s nearly two dozen hotels to be constructed & the most recent to close it’s doors.Mrs. Sabina Pike purchased the one acre allotment that would become the site of the hotel in late 1904, paying £500. This was reportedly the highest price paid for land in the township for a forty year period. In the wake of the purchase, local media reported on Mrs. Pikes intention to build “…a large up to date hotel…” on the block & by December 1904 she had awarded the construction contract to Mr. John Hines. With plans to erect a two-storey 43-room brick structure “…on up to date lines…”, it is believed that the move was made in response to the expectation that Twofold Bay would become the site of the Australia’s federal port.