Tathra is a thriving community on the NSW Sapphire Coast that makes for a wonderful seaside escape. There are wide beaches for swimming or relaxing, and crystal-clear waters for diving and snorkelling. Explore the oldest deep-water timber wharf on Australia’s East Coast and taste freshly shucked oysters grown in pristine waters.
The iconic centrepiece of the town is the heritage-listed Tathra Wharf, which opened in 1862 for steam ships transporting people and goods along the South Coast. The timber structure houses the fascinating Tathra Maritime Museum, which touches on the town's connection to the sea, as well as the Wharf Local Coffee Bar & Gallery.
Tathra Beach is a lovely spot for sea vistas with your fish and chips. The beach curves for 3km and is popular for swimming, surfing and fishing. The wharf is great for fishing, too. Taste the famous Sydney rock oysters at Tathra Oysters or kick back with a cool drink at the heritage-listed Tathra Hotel, which opened in 1888.
There are many more things to do and see, from surfing and hiking to paddling on the beautiful Bega River. You will also find a range of thrilling mountain bike tracks through rugged bushland nearby. The more adventurous can compete in the Tathra Beach and Bike MTB Enduro over the June long weekend.
To the north and south of Tathra are spectacular coastal national parks that are great for adventure: try bushwalking, camping, surfing, fishing and snorkelling. Take the challenging day hike along the Kangarutha Walking Track in Bournda National Park or explore the honeycomb sea caves and towering rocks of Mimosa Rocks National Park.
Sailing and kayaking are popular on the region’s serpentine waterways and you can look out for whales from vantage points along the headlands between May and November. Test your fitness and join in the Tathra Wharf 2 Waves, a competitive ocean swim held in January, or just cheer on the swimmers from the beach.
Tathra is a six-hour drive 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 20-minute drive north. Places to stay suit all budgets and include resorts, motels, B&Bs and holiday parks.