Few who journey along the coast between Sydney and Melbourne stop halfway at Boydtown. More should because of its historic significance; it could have been Australia’s capital. Boydtown was founded in 1843 by Scottish wheeler-dealer Benjamin Boyd as his base for shipping, farming and whaling interests. At the time he was one of the biggest landholders in the colonies and dreamed of his township becoming capital of a united Australia. But his empire foundered and all that’s left is Seahorse Inn and Boyd’s great, stone, whale-spotting tower.
The inn is in an impressive beachside location and has been tastefully restored but its character is a bit schizophrenic; part pub, part boutique hotel with fine dining restaurant. Some features jar, such as too much chrome and light timber, and the gaudy sign for the pub’s Bistro.
However staff were helpful and we had a large comfortable room (#8), with balcony and superb views. And what’s not to enjoy about fine dining at bistro prices!
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- Also Known As:
- The Seahorse Hotel Eden