Set like a gem into shades of green and blue, Tathra surrounds itself in the natural beauty of both Mimosa Rocks National Park to the north, and Bournda National Park to the south, home to many seabirds such as the endangered Little Tern and an abundance of wildlife.
- A visit to Tathra Wharf and where you can check out the beaches.
- Exploring the Bundadung Mountain Bike Network or step out on the Kangarutha Track (9km).
- Sampling Tathra Oysters in season, judged Australia’s best more than 20 times!
Travel this spectacular walk , which links the Tathra headland and Tathra Wharf. Enjoy sweeping ocean vistas and spot dolphins, sea birds and of course whales during the whale watching season. The all-abilities walkway features a series of boardwalks and walking paths as well as an elevated viewing platform, beautifully crafted from reclaimed wharf timbers.
The coastal town is rich in history and traditions of the sea. Tathra Wharf is still a centre of activity today, its historic timbers standing proud with commanding views across the bay to Mimosa Rocks National Park. It is the only remaining sea wharf on the East Coast.
Below the wharf is a wonderland for scuba divers and snorkelers. Fur seals and Fairy Penguins from the colony on Montague Island visit, along with the occasional whale shark and plenty of whales in spring. Dolphins are also common visitors to this area and they can be seen off most beach areas in Tathra.
The beach meanders 3km around the shoreline, patrolled from Boxing Day to February and protected from southerly winds making it great for surf, board riding and sailboarding.
The Tathra Surf Life Saving Club has been in operation for over 100 years and is key to some major events including the biennial George Bass Marathon and the Tathra Wharf to Waves ocean swim event.
At the northern end of the 3km beach is sheltered swimming at Mogareeka Inlet (where the Bega River meets the sea).
Tathra Fishing and Boating
Launch a boat at Mogareeka Inlet, the mouth of the Bega River or access the Pacific Ocean from Kianinny Bay. On shore, the Tathra Wharf and local beaches are always popular, and there’s many a prawn to be had on the dark of the moon in the warmer months.
Tathra National Parks
Bournda National Park and Wallagoot Lake have facilities for camping, even hot showers, and a network of walking trails, lagoons, beach access and wildlife.
To the north, the Mimosa Rocks National Park is a heavily timbered park, and its rugged coastline has caves, cliffs, lagoons and beaches to be explored.
As the sun rests on the horizon the rich colours of its rays cast shadows of ever changing contrasts. Rich blanquettes of reds in the winter change to plush shades of pink in the springtime.
Tathra has gained a cult following for its well maintained mountain bike track and its annual MTB Enduro event.
The event welcomes all skill levels, with 50km of racing trails located within a stone’s throw of the Tathra township (and main beach). In “family speak” that means you can ride from your accommodation to the start-line, race, and be back for an afternoon surf with the kids.
Tathra Dining and Restaurants
Fresh seafood and other delights can be enjoyed in several venues in Tathra, from elegant restaurants, beachfront cafes, or as a take away to your favourite spot. Two clubs and the historic Tathra Hotel offer relaxation, refreshment, meals and top live entertainment.
If you’re browsing around the galleries and antique shops in and around Tathra have a range of crafts and giftware.