Sea life and Tathra Wharf
Historic Tathra Wharf remains a popular fishing platform, and a great spot for snorkelling and scuba diving. Penguins and fur seals from the nearby Montague Island occasionally frolic around the beams of the wharf, and dolphins are also frequently spotted in nearby waters.
Tathra is a historic shipping port and popular holiday stop over on the NSW South Coast. Tathra Beach is a well-protected and popular area for swimming and surfing, as well as snorkelling and fishing. Walk to the northern end of Tathra Beach to find Mogareeka Inlet, the broad, sandy mouth of the Bega River. There is safe swimming for children here, as well as boat ramps to facilitate access to the estuary and sea.
The historic centrepiece of the town is Tathra Wharf, built in 1861. This preserved structure now houses the fascinating Tathra Maritime Museum, as well as Wharf Locavore, a gorgeous modern Australian cafe. Tathra is also known for its excellent rock oysters. Visit Tathra Oysters, which sells oysters grown in the pure waters of Nelson’s Lake in Mimosa Rocks National Park, and The Oyster Pot, harvesting their oysters from the pristine waters of Wapengo Lake.
To the north of Tathra is Mimosa Rocks National Park, a 17km strip of coast. Explore the area to see where waves have worn a honeycomb of sea caves below the towering rock formations of ancient lava flow. Views from the sweeping headland are dramatic, with rainforest and lagoons to explore.
To the south of Tathra you’ll find Bournda National Park, with a similar expanse of isolated beaches, beautiful lakes and rugged cliffs. A walking track runs almost the length of the park along the coast. Camp on Hobart Beach or spend the day on the sands of Wine Glass Bay.