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. The timber structure houses the fascinating Tathra Maritime Museum, as well as the Wharf Local Coffee Bar & Gallery.
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.
A lovely spot for family fun and beach picnics is Tathra Beach, which curves 3km and is popular for swimming, surfing and fishing. Near the beach is a range of thrilling mountain bike tracks through rugged bushland. You can compete in the Tathra Beach and Bike MTB Enduro on the June long weekend.
To the north and south of Tathra are spectacular coastal national parks great for family adventure, 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.