Nothing says Tathra, located on the NSW Sapphire Coast, quite like the historic Tathra Wharf. The only deep sea timber wharf on the east coast of Australia, the wharf, built in 1862, is popular with families, fishermen, divers, snorkellers and photographers. Within its terracotta-coloured timber walls there is a museum that showcases the history of the wharf and the dairy-rich region, and the in-demand Wharf Local café.

Man heading out for a morning of stand-up paddleboarding at Tathra Beach in Tathra, Sapphire Coast

Beaches & waterways

Kianinny is a protected bay which is excellent for swimming and snorkelling – you are likely to see stingrays in the clear water. Swimmers and surfers have Tathra Beach as well as a swag of beaches in Mimosa Rocks National Park, Bournda National Park and Merimbula to choose from. The mouth of the Bega River at the northern end of Tathra Beach is popular for swimming, fishing, boating, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding. Coastlife Adventures do lessons and kayak tours.

Family enjoying a day of riding on the 20km Bundadung Trail Network in Tathra.

Things to do

Tathra is overflowing with activities in beautiful surroundings. The Tathra Headland Walk links the Wharf with the Heritage-listed and recently renovated Tathra Hotel. The Walk has viewing platforms that are perfect for whale watching – between May and November – and for views up to the coast. For longer walks, take the track from the village down to the mouth of the Bega River, the new walking and cycling track from Kalaru to Tathra and the popular Kangarutha Walking Track linking Bournda National Park with Tathra’s Kianinny Bay.

Mountain biking is popular in the area with a network of tracks catering for all from beginners to experts. The more adventurous can compete in the Tathra Beach and Bike MTB Enduro over the June long weekend. You can hire bikes, fishing gear from Tathra Beach and Bike. Golfers will have kangaroos for spectators at the Tathra Beach Country Club, with other courses to play in Bega, Tura Beach and Pambula.

Woman enjoying a dozen fresh Sydney Rock Oysters available at Tathra Hotel in Tathra, Sapphire Coast

Eat & drink

Oysters are on the menu with the award-winning Tathra Oysters grown at Nelson Lake in Mimosa Rocks National Park. Buy them direct from the owners or order them at the Tathra Hotel or the popular Fat Tony’s restaurant. For that morning coffee or breakfast, there are plenty of options including Wild Orchid, Blend Providore or The Gap.

Getting there

Tathra is a six-hour drive from Sydney, seven hours from Melbourne and three hours from Canberra. You can also fly to Merimbula Airport with Regional Express and Qantas and rent a car for the scenic 20min drive north. 

There is a good range of places to stay to suit all budgets including resorts, motels, apartments, B&Bs and holiday parks. If getting away from it is your style, there are campgrounds in the spectacular Mimosa Rocks National Park.

Merimbula Airport

Fly into Merimbula Airport

Merimbula Airport is located 2km from Merimbula’s town centre. Use the taxi services available at the terminal to make the short trip north. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.

Qantas operates direct flights from Sydney to Merimbula four times a week. Regional Express flies to Sydney and Melbourne up to five days a week, with some flights travelling via Moruya.

Things to Do and Places to Stay