Historic Tathra Wharf is the only remaining sea wharf on the east coast. It’s a popular fishing platform, and also a great spot for snorkelling and scuba diving, with penguins and fur seals occasionally frequenting its waters. You can also visit the Tathra Maritime Museum and head to The Wharf Locavore for a bite to eat.
The small coastal town of Tathra is perched on the headland between two national parks. Historically a shipping port, it is centred around the historic Tathra Wharf which was built in 1861, active until 1956. The Tathra Maritime Museum is located at the wharf; one of Tathra’s main attractions, it explores the shipping and tourism history of Tathra and the far South Coast.
Tathra Beach is also a major draw to the area. Well-protected, it’s popular with swimmers and surfers, as well as for snorkelling and fishing. At the northern end of Tathra Beach, Mogareeka Inlet is the broad, sandy mouth of the Bega River, with safe swimming for children. Boat ramps facilitate access to the estuary and the sea.
To the north of Tathra is Mimosa Rocks National Park, a 17 km strip of coast where crashing waves have worn away the cliffs to leave a honeycomb of sea caves below, leaving towering rock stacks formed by ancient lava flows stranded in the sea. The views from the sweeping headland are dramatic, and there are pockets of rainforest and lagoons to explore. The park takes its name from the paddle steamer Mimosa that wrecked in 1863 after running onto rocks at the northern end of the park.
To the south of Tathra you’ll find Bournda National Park, with similarly spectacular geography of isolated beaches, lakes and rugged cliffs. A walking track runs almost the length of the park along the coast. You can camp on Hobart Beach or spend the day lazing on the sand at Wine Glass Bay.
Tathra is also known for its excellent Sydney rock oysters. You can 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. Food-wise, don’t miss The Wharf Locavore, a gorgeous modern Australian cafe on Tathra Wharf serving ONA coffee.
Saturday 16 January to Sunday 17 January 2016
Tathra Wharf to Waves Weekend Each year over 400 people jump into
Fly into Merimbula Airport
Merimbula Airport is located 2 km from Merimbula’s town centre. Use the taxi services available at the terminal to make the short trip south. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.
Regional Express operates daily direct flights to and from Sydney and Melbourne, in addition to weekly direct flights to and from Moruya. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney or Melbourne to travel into Merimbula.
Couple fishing at Tathra Wharf. Image Adam Taylor
Tathra beach and Surf Life Saving Club. Image Andrew Brown
Family fishing off a bridge at Kianinny Forest, Tathra. Image North Sullivan