Fire Emergency Information

Strong winds and high temperatures have led to bushfires in some areas of New South Wales with emergency warnings issued for areas in the NSW Sapphire Coast.
Those planning to visit any of these areas should check the latest information and advice on the NSW Rural Fire Service website before they travel, and ensure if they are already staying in a bushfire-affected region to follow directions from the RFS. Updates are also available on www.abc.net.au and www.livetraffic.com

Tathra Beach and Wharf - Merimbula and Sapphire Coast

About Tathra

For a wonderful escape, Tathra on the Sapphire Coast is perfect. Enjoy swimming, snorkelling and diving in crystal-clear waters. Relax on gorgeous Tathra Beach, explore the oldest deep-water timber wharf on Australia’s east coast, and taste freshly shucked oysters grown in national park wilderness.

The iconic centrepiece of the town is the heritage-listed Tathra Wharf, which opened in 1862 for the steam ships transporting goods and people along the NSW South Coast. This timber structure houses the fascinating Tathra Maritime Museum, as well as Wharf Locavore, a delicious cafe.

The pier is popular for fishing, too. You can participate in the Tathra Wharf to Waves, a swim to the beach. There are many more things to do and see, from cycling on exhilarating trails to paddling on beautiful Bega River. Stop for a cool drink at the heritage-listed Tathra Hotel, which opened in 1888.

Bournda National Park - South Coast

To the north and south of Tathra are spectacular coastal national parks great for bushwalking, camping and water sports, including surfing, fishing and snorkelling. Sailing and kayaking are popular on the sparkling waterways. There are dramatic headlands with superb views for whale watching.

Kangarutha walking track in Bournda National Park to the south is a challenging day walk. Discover the honeycomb sea caves and towering rocks in Mimosa Rocks National Park to the north, where Tathra Oysters harvests Sydney Rock Oysters in the pristine waters of Nelsons Lake and part of Australia’s Oyster Coast.

You’ll find plenty of places to stay in Tathra, which is a short drive east of Bega and 20 minutes north of Merimbula. The drive is six hours from Sydney, seven hours from Melbourne and three hours from Canberra. You can also fly to Merimbula Airport and rent a car for the scenic drive north.

Things to do and places to stay

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  1. Winners are Grinners! Art Exhibition

    Wednesday 07 March 2018 to Tuesday 20 March 2018 , Glen Innes

    Aboriginal artists over the age of 50 years have combined works of pottery, textiles, painting sculpture, drawing, wood, photography wool or metal. There will be a Gala opening on April 7 at 4pm, with free entry and refreshments. It wil…

    07 Mar - 20 Mar
  2. John Butler Trio

    Tuesday 20 March 2018 , Albury Wodonga

    One of their most exuberant live acts, John Butler Trio announce more dates to their regional tour along with news of their long awaited seventh studio album and they're coming to Albury. Summer concert events for John Butler Trio fans alr…

    20 Mar
  3. Chromophilia

    Wednesday 21 March 2018 to Sunday 29 July 2018 , Wollongong

    Chromophilia is a riot of colour. From leafy greens, luscious yellows, bright oranges, moody blues and all colours of the rainbow - the collection comes alive in a display connecting objects by colour across a range of media and collecting …

    21 Mar - 29 Jul
  4. Arakoon bushcare group

    Wednesday 21 March 2018 to Wednesday 11 July 2018 , South West Rocks

    The fragile coastal dune system of Arakoon National Park, near South West Rocks and Kempsey, is under threat from invasive weeds such as bitou bush. Volunteer for two hours of weeding each week to help eradicate invasive weeds and restore n…

    21 Mar - 11 Jul