Restaurants & Cafe’s
While our Apartments and Villas have a full range of cooking facilities you should also experience some of Tathra’s Great Restaurants and Cafes.
Fat Tony’s Bar and Grill – Open Tuesday to Saturday for dinner with extended hours during holiday periods. Fantastic place, the host is awesome, food superb and atmosphere is great. Specializing in modern Australian seafood and steaks, Fat Tony’s also provides an environment for a cheeky glass of wine, or dinner with the family.
Tathra Hotel – Open every day for lunch and dinner. Menus change seasonally to reflect the local produce available,supporting our local farmers and producers. Menu includes gluten-free and vegetarian options and meals for children. Open for Lunch & Dinner 7 Days
Tathra Beach Bowling Club Bistro Open every day for lunch and dinner, just a short stroll from the Tathra Beach House entrance. A great place to enjoy a drink with the locals. Keep an eye out for the weekly specials. Specials on Thursdays.
Blend Providore Fine Food & Coffee – Open every day for breakfast and lunch. Great Coffee! A delicious range of artisan sourdough breads made onsite daily, local produce, beautiful cheeses from around the world, small goods and culinary gifts, we feel confident you will find something that’s just right for you.
Wild Orchid – Open for Breakfast and lunch, closed Mondays. A relaxed, contemporary cafe serving simple, vibrant seasonal food, using the best possible ingredients. Dine in for breakfast, byo wine with lunch, or enjoy a coffee or smoothie, a take-away wrap or a healthy treat – all made onsite.
Tathra Beach Country Club Chinese Restaurant – Open Wednesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner, with extended hours during holiday periods. Located at Tathra Beach Country Club provides beautiful Chinese style cooking.
Tathra Wharf Local – on the historic Tathra Wharf, seasonal trading hours, closed public holidays, great food great coffee with a great view.
The Gap – Located just next to reception, open early for coffee and light breakfast options.
Tathra Bakery – located just down from reception, offers a wide range of yummy cakes, pasties, breads and good coffee and a you go past there famous Wharf Pie!
Beach Break Takeaway – Just down the road, great Fish & Chips, Burgers Salads etc, closes early, seasonal trading hours, closed public holidays.
Tathra also offers a range of take-away shops, Or enjoy a afternoon on your deck with some of Tathra’s delicious award winning oysters and a glass of champagne or a must is our local butchers award winning sausages on the BBQ.
Family Holiday Activities
Tathra and its surrounding areas is a fantastic holiday destination for the kids with wide variety of activities and adventures for them to embark on.
Directly opposite Tathra Beach House as well as Tathra Beach, you will find a fantastic children’s play ground for the smaller kids and one of the best skate bowls on the coast for the older kids. The family will also enjoy exploring the rock pools along the foreshore between the beach and the wharf.
Learn to Surf with Coastlife Adventures – Located right across the road from us on Tathra’s safe and pristine beach, the kids will have awesome fun on the soft foam Malibu surfboards. Each lesson is 2 hours and includes a full length wetsuit
Bare Foot Bowls Tathra Beach Bowling Club offers Barefoot bowls during School Holidays
Wombat Holes Mini Golf Located at Tathra – The kids will have a great time playing the 18 hole course
Tathra also offers the kids, Tennis, a great selection of Mountain bike tracks, Skate Bowl and of course don’t forget fishing off the wharf!
Family Holiday Activities Further a field
Potoroo Palace Located at Yellow Pinch (near Merimbula) Here the youngsters can enjoy a unique variety of Australian animals in as close as possible to there natural environment. They can meet the Wombats, Handle Pythons, Talk to dingoes, fed the kangaroos and a whole lot more.
Magic Mountain Located in Merimbula – The family can enjoy a fun filled day with lots of adventures and activities to chose from, including Toboggan Runs, Grand Prix cars, Rollercoaster, Waterslides, Triassic Park Walk, Toddler Towns Cars, 18 Hole Mini Golf, Kiddies’ Splash Pool, Carpet slide and a hole lot more.
Top Fun well it’s all in the name! Located in Main Street Merimbula hours can be spent Ten Pin Bowling, Playing Laser games, Video Games and Mini Golf.
Merimbula Aquarium Located at Merimbula Wharf, From Sharks to Shrimps, Octopus to Tropical Fish its all on display in our living theatre of the deep. You also enjoy a beautiful Lunch or Dinner while the kids are exploring the underworld at the Wharf Restaurant.
Picture Show Man Cinema Located in Merimbula
Oaklands Barn and Garden Centre Located at Pambula – Here the young can enjoy an animal nursery where they can experience animals close up.
Eden Killer Whale museum Located at Eden The Kids can visit the skeleton of “Old Tom” the Whale and learn about the history and adventures Tom had with the Whales.
It’s a great day out!
The wharf, in use between 1862 and 1952, was restored by the National Trust, Department of Planning and local residents. It is also a favourite fishing spot for tourists and locals as it features deep water and spectacular scenery.
The first wharf at Tathra (not Kianinny) was constructed around 1860-1861 and was in the form of a simple jetty projecting into the ocean. It was known as the Farmer’s Sea Wharf. This structure was quickly superseded in 1861-1862 with the erection of a new wharf built over the earlier structure. It was constructed from turpentine timber brought down from the north coast. The structure was consequently extended in 1873, 1878, 1886, 1889 up to the turn of the century. There is a record of two sheds being erected on the early wharf of which there are no remains but drawings prepared by the Department of Public Works survive.
The wharf was built in response to the need for coastal shipping after the commencement of the Illawarra and South Coast Steam Navigation Company in 1858. The first cargo vessel to call at Tathra was in 1858. It moored offshore and the cargo was transported by small boat from a location known as Kangarutha. A store shed was constructed there in the same year and an access road a year later. The following year Kianinni was discovered to be more sheltered for loading and a store was built there. Cargo was still shipped from the beach by small boat to vessels moored in the bay.
During the early period of the wharf Public Works records show that significant repairs were carried out to the wharf structure including re-piling and change of location of piles as techniques of piling improved. The changes and increase in size of the wharf can also be clearly related to increased shipping needs, larger ships visiting the wharf and the need for deeper mooring.
The wharf and buildings continued to be extended after the turn of the century. The cattle and pig yards were added in 1901, the wharf was again extended in 1903 and the buildings reconstructed with the present two storey structure in 1907. At this time a major upgrade took place with the introduction of spring-loaded wrought iron buffers to assist in the berthing of larger vessels in the difficult north-easterly seas to which the wharf was exposed. This was in conjunction with a mooring buoy to the north east of the jetty. When ships berthed at the wharf they would drop anchor to the north west of the wharf and attach a spring line from the mooring buoy and from these would spring against the buffers in front of the wharf.
The position of the wharf was selected as it was the most protected position in the area particularly from the south.
Between 1907 and 1912 the wharf underwent major extensions in 8 definable stages including a sub-deck, jib crane, the addition of the cattle race, loading ramp and passenger shelter.
In 1919 the passenger shelter was replaced by a single storey shed abutting the two story building. This correlated with the decline in passenger transport by sea and the concentration on freight and cargo. With the advent of road transport further decline in shipping took place. The south coast was however one of the last areas to see the effects of other forms of transport as there was no adjacent railway line to carry bulk freight from the area to Sydney. The last ship to take freight from Tathra was in 1954.
Guests can walk across the road to Tathra Beach or explore the beaches in Mimosa Rocks National Park to the North or Bournda National Park to the South. The national park beaches have plenty of isolated surf breaks, great for the surfer who enjoys a bit of adventure, or the beach goer that enjoys some solitude.
Tathra Beach is approximately 3km in length and, facing east, it stretches from the mouth of the Bega River at Mogareeka Inlet at the Northern end of the beach to the prominent Southern headland where the historic Tathra Wharf is located. The restored wharf, built in 1862, is one of the few remnants of the 19th century era of coastal shipping.
Water temperatures in Tathra usually warm up in December and often stay warm through to April May, February and March usually have the warmest water, often around 24 degrees. In summer it is best to hit the beach early to beat the nor’easter, then relax around one of the Tathra Beach House pools in the afternoon, or have a swim in the river.
The Tathra Surf Club www.tathrasurfclub.com.au is also located at the southern end of the beach, the headland usually provides, wind protection and a safe swimming and surfing area. The area in front of the surf club is patrolled on weekends and public holidays all summer. During the summer school holiday the beach is patrolled 7 days a week.
The Tathra’s Wharf to Waves Ocean Swim www.tathrawharf2waves.com.au, where competitors swim from Tathra Wharf to the beach is an annual event held mid January, the event started in 2002 and has grown to over 500 ocean swimmers. The weekend event now includes the ocean swim series, a 2k fun run, a 30k bike ride and a skate competition.
For board riders the South swells wrap around the point to shape a lovely wave perfect for beginners and long-boards. More experienced riders tend to head further up the beach to one or another of the regular sandbanks, and might even be treated to a classic left-hander at the river mouth on the rare occasions when it’s breaking.
Tathra Beach & Bike has all manner of surf equipment and bicycles for sale and hire just across from the beach.
Mountain Bike Riding
Mountain bike riders will be challenged; “Must Watch Ride”
Right on our doorstep is a 2.5 km sealed, level bike track that will take you to Mogareeka Inlet and the Bega River.
Ride on over the bridge and you will find some great fire trails through Mimosa Rocks National park and the state forests.
One kilometre north you can access the Doolagharl mountain bike single track. These recently extended tracks now comprise 3 graded climbs and 3 graded descents. This is beautifully groomed flowing high quality sweet single track. If you want more head to the top of town and ride the 8 kilometres of flowing Fire Shed trails.
The Tathra MTB Enduro is a mountain biking odyssey that extends from the Doolagharl trails into state forests and the stunning Mimosa National Park. The event staged annually in March offers a choice of a 20km, a 50km and a 100km race. The event is a collaboration between the local mountain bike club (Wilderness Coast and Snow Mountains MTB Inc) and environmental group Clean Energy for Eternity (CEFE). Profits from the Tathra Enduro will go towards helping Tathra achieve its 50/50 by 2020 target through the provision of solar panels for local service organisations.
Tathra Beach House has been the starting point on a number of occasions for cyclists riding from the ocean to the top, Tathra to Kosciusko, a fantastic challenge. If you don’t think you could ride up, perhaps the return, Kosciusko to Tathra?
Tathra Beach and Bike with its remodelled premises, offers an expanded range of quality bikes to hire or purchase, along with a full mechanical workshop for repairs and servicing. An additional benefit for customers is shop’s test ride facility, giving clients the opportunity to trial a potential new bike on the local trails.
Held annually in the third week of January, the Tathra Wharf to Waves Weekend holds a mountain bike ride from Bega to Tathra Beach. Mountain biking enthusiasts can take on the 30km bush track from Bega through State Forest trails, over Dr George Mountain, through a pocket of the Mimosa National Parks – riding through some of the most breathtaking bush land scenery the Sapphire Coast has to offer.
The event finishes at the Tathra Surf Club where a BBQ and cold refreshments are available and major random prizes are drawn.
Among the prizes each year is the chance to win a state-of-the-art Tathra Beach and Bike Mountain Bike. Visit www.tathrawharf2waves.com.au
For more on local bike rides visit Tathra Tourism
Tathra Beach & BikeTelephone 02 6494 4357
Golf and Tennis
The Tathra Beach Country Club is located in Andy Poole Drive a short drive or a longer walk from the Tathra Beach House.
The golf course follows the winding contours of the Bega River’s estuary and Mogareeka Inlet.
You will experience lovely water views and abundant wildlife with water birds and kangaroos on the course.
Fairways are well grassed and undulating and the greens are some of the best on the Sapphire Coast.
The 9 hole layout has different tee placements to enable a very satisfying 18 hole round of 5,632 metres, par 72. The course is easy walking and given the proximity to the sea stands up to wet weather extremely well.
Social golfers are always welcomed.
Men’s competition days are on Thursdays (roll up start from 8.30am) and Saturdays (timesheet available). Ladies competition golf is on Tuesdays from 8.30am and Saturdays from 9am. There is a mixed competition on the last Sunday of each month.
Golfers visiting Tathra are also welcomed at courses located at Bega, Bermagui, Tura Beach, Merimbula and Eden, that is six courses within 40 minutes from Tathra!
Tathra Country Club also has six all weather tennis courts available for hire. The tennis club also run regular competitions in which visitors are welcome to participate. A major competition is held every year on the October Long Weekend.
Thursday and Sunday are raffle days at this friendly club, tickets on sale from 6:00pm draw between 7:00pm – 7:30pm then stay on and enjoy the bar, pokies and restaurant.
Kayaking & Canoeing
Whether you have your own kayak or canoe, you would like to hire a kayak or canoe, or you would like to join an organised tour, Tathra has many options. There is Tathra’s magnificent surf beach opposite, the Bega River just down the road and the beautiful waterways in the National Parks both North and South of Tathra. Another option is the Brogo within the Wadbilliga National Park.
Tathra Beach House guests can join an organised sea kayak guided tour exploring the waterways of the Bega River and the Mimosa Rocks National Park. with.
Paddle your own sit-in sea kayak to marvel beautiful scenery, spot local wildlife and maybe even catch a wave. Learn about the local environment from the knowledgeable guides.
Another option is a kayaking tour with Coastlife Adventures www.coastlife.com.au, the easy to use sit on style kayaks are great for beginners with tours nearby in Merimbula and Pambula.
For self guided adventures, both Mimosa Blue and Coastlife offer a hire service. Brogo Wilderness Canoes hire canoes on the spectacular Brogo waterway.
Fishermen can choose from our historic Tathra Wharf, the Bega River or simply walk across to the Tathra Beach. If you are interested in deep sea fishing you can launch your boat a Kianinny Bay.
Tathra has great fishing! Boat, beach, estuary, rock and from the historic Tathra Wharf. There are great spots to take the kids and the experts won’t be disappointed either!
It is approximately 19kms to the continental shelf from the Kianinny Bay boat ramp.
The facilities at Kianinny Bay are first rate with fish cleaning tables and boat washing, maintained with the support of Tathra Fishing Club who will always make visitors welcome.
The fishing club also run regular fishing competitions. Upon launching there is immediate safe access to the open ocean with no sandbars to cross. Kianinny also has a lovely picnic and BBQ area.
The common species caught off Tathra include Sand and Tiger Flathead, Snapper, Morwong, Gurnard and Gummy Sharks.
Many holidaymakers and locals put their boats in at Kianinny in the pursuit of Flathead. Generally Sand Flathead are found in much shallower water than the Tiger Flathead. The best method is to drift fish enabling you to cover more territory.
To the north of Tathra there are reef fishing opportunities around Bunga and Goalen Head. Many good reef species are caught here as well as kingfish, sharks and tuna.
Almost every fisherman who comes to Tathra will have a go off Tathra Wharf, safe in most conditions and very easy to access.
Commons species caught include Salmon, Tailor, Kingfish, Luderick and some of the smaller Tuna species. Also a great place to catch some bait to try your luck else ware.
Tathra and its surrounding National Parks offer some spectacular beach fishing opportunities where Salmon, Tailor, Bream, Gummy Shark, Whiting and Mullet can be targeted. The northern end of Tathra beach fishes very well, as does Bournda Beach to the south and Middle Beach to the north.
Visiting fisherman who enjoy rock fishing will be pleasantly surprised with the fishing available from the rocks around Tathra. Black and Silver Drummer, Leatherjacket, Groper, Luderick and Banded Morwong can be caught all year round. From December to May fishermen target Bonito, Kingfish, Tailor and Salmon, on lures or using unweighted pilchards. Always remember to sit and watch any potential fishing spots to ensure that they are safe to fish.
The Bega River meets the sea at Mogareeka Inlet, it is a beautiful river system offering opportunities for bait, lure and fly-fishing. Blackfin and Yellowfin, Bream, Dusky Flathead, Jewfish, Whiting, Mullet, Tailor, Estuary Perch, Bass and Luderick can be caught regularly through the year.
Within the river system there are excellent areas to pump nippers and bloodworms or catching poddy mullet for Flathead as well as dip netting for prawns on dark nights over summer.
At Mogareeka there is a lovely picnic and family area and boat ramp.
Tathra has a number of outlets selling fishing gear and bait supplies, they will always welcome the visitors and tell them where the fish are biting.
Good Times Charters operate from Tathra. With trips departing from Kianinny Bay Reef Fishing and Flathead drifting trips, includes pick up, morning tea, bait and tackle.
(Book at Reception) www.tathracharters.com.au
Merimbula Marina. Trips aboard “True Blue” and “Sea Eagle” departs daily from Merimbula Wharf. Reef Fishing and Flathead drifting trips all bait and tackle www.merimbulamarina.com (Book at Reception).
Aussie Fishing Adventurers. Estuary fishing trips including the Bega River. www.ausfishing.com.au
Rathlin II Fishing Charters Operates from Merimbula www.rathlinfish.com.au
Headland Fishing Adventures Operates from Merimbula www.headlandcharters.com.au
Reel Affair Fishing Charters Operates from Merimbula www.reelaffair.com.au
While the Humpback’s can be sighted on their Northern migration from May through to July it is the Southern migration from September to December that the whale season is at its best. It is at this time that the Humpback whales migrate to Antarctica and we see large numbers of whales closer inshore, often with their young calves..
You can often see the whales from our Ocean View apartments or from a number of vantage points around Tathra. Alternatively, to get really close, you can board a Whale Watching Charter in nearby Merimbula or Eden.
Many other sea creatures are seen on the cruises, including Common & Bottlenose Dolphins, Australian Fur Seals, penguins, flying fish, sunfish, turtles and many species of sea birds. The waters off Tathra are perfect for whale watching. Many species of whales can be sighted throughout the year including Humpbacks, Southern Rights, Minke, Bryde’s, Blue and Orcas whales.
Occasionally whales come in close to Tathra Wharf Watch a Video.
Tathra Beach Bowling Club
Opposite Tathra Beach House Apartments entrance in John Taylor Crescent. Provides three of the best grass greens in the area and holds regular competitions for men and women.
With weekly entertainment. Killarneys restaurant provides a great variety of reasonably priced meals. Club raffles every Tuesday and Friday nights with a members cash draw.
Visitors are always welcome, enjoy a game of bowls, bingo, raffles or just have a drink.
Mimosa Rocks National Park
Located just North of Tathra Mimosa Rocks National Park covers an area of 5,802 ha and embraces 20 km of coastline. The park contains a diverse system of beaches, sea caves, headlands, cliffs, offshore stacks and lagoons. Spotted gums (Corymbia maculata) with an understorey of burrawangs are a feature of the park.
A number of threatened fauna species are found within the park including the sooty owl, golden tipped bat and hooded plover. The brown pigeon is found at the southern limit of its distribution.
Aboriginal people have occupied what is now Mimosa Rocks National Park for at least 6000 years. By that time, the sea had risen to its present level establishing a new range of hunting grounds including the Bega River estuary and three coastal lagoons either within or adjacent to the park.
It is, however, thought that Aboriginal occupation of the district could date back over the past 25,000 years. Today the major archaeological remains of this occupation are found in middens and open camp site deposits.
The estuaries and lagoons along the park’s coastline also contain important wetlands. These are highly significant areas for nature conservation providing habitat and food for a range of waterbirds (both local and migratory).
In helping to maintain the ecosystems of the coastal lakes and lagoons, wetlands also play a vital role in protecting oyster habitat and the nursery grounds of prawns, and a range of commercial fish species.
Bournda National Park
Located just South of Tathra, Bournda National Park features the combination of ocean beaches, creeks, lagoons and the expansive waters of Wallagoot Lake. While the park is well serviced with camping and recreational facilities, its natural environment remains unspoiled.
The park has a rich history of Aboriginal occupation. It was an important food gathering place and evidence of hunting and tool making have been found in coastal middens and old camp sites.
The wetland areas around the mouth of Wallagoot Lake provide valuable habitat.
Threatened little terns breed on the northern side of Wallagoot Lake in most summer seasons. The site is fenced to protect the birds from disturbance. A team of shorebird volunteers assist the National Parks and Wildlife Service with monitoring and protection of the birds.
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Tathra Coastline Walk, A medium/ hard 1 hour return walk on dirt/bush tracks with spectacular views. Follows the coastline and links Tathra Wharf to Kianinny Bay.
The Kangarutha Track in Bournda National Park is a moderately difficult, 9kms one way full day walk. The track follows the coastline from Tathra’s Kianinny Bay to Turingal Head through Bournda National Park. This challenging walk has ocean vistas, sandy and pebbly beaches and a variety of coastal vegetation. It is best to organise a car shuffle at either end or midway at White Rock for a shorter walk. There is a park-use fee if you leave a vehicle at Turingal Head.
The Bournda Lagoon Walk in Bournda National Park is a fairly difficult 6kms loop. Enter right off Sapphire Coast Drive, into the Bournda lagoon car park North of Merimbula. The walk follows the edge of the lagoon to Bournda Island before heading inland and back along Sandy Creek. It passes through exquisite coastal habitats including pockets of rainforest. It is a great location for bird watching, and dolphins are often seen off Bournda and North Tura beaches. A park-use fee is applicable.
Hobart Beach To Bournda Lagoon in Bournda National Park is an easy 5kms return walk taking approximately 2 hours. Enter off Sapphire Coast Drive, South of Tathra.
Stroll thru low coastal heath and eucalypt forest to see the tranquillity of the Bournda Lagoon.
Hobart Beach Campground to Bondi Lake in Bournda National Park is an easy 2kms return walk taking approximately 1hour. Enter off Sapphire Coast, South of Tathra.
Hidden just behind the coastal dunes discover Bondi lake, a fresh water lake filled with waterbirds for the nature lover.
The Main Ridge Track in the Tathra Wildlife Reserve is a moderately steep 4km return walk taking approximately 2 hours. The walk starts just behind the Tathra Bowling Club or from Thompsons Road Tathra. Along the track you will experience coastal rainforest, this walk is a shady haven in summer. A secluded wetland area has an abundance of waterbirds including great egrets and white-faced herons as well as frogs and eastern water dragons. A wildlife lovers heaven.