Tathra Beach, Tourism New South Wales

Population 1622

Tathra is an idyllic family holiday location with a 3-kilometre surf beach, frequented by dolphins, that is safe for swimming and excellent for fishing. The town started as a small jetty that served as a shipping outlet for a group of local farmers. It is now the only sea wharf on the east coast. The region is abundant with prawns from November to May.

Visitor Information

Andy Poole Dr; (02) 6494 1436


Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

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  • Bermagui

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In Town

Sea wharf Deterioration of the 1860s wharf led to a demolition order in 1973. Only strenuous local action and the intervention of the National Trust saved the wharf. It has always been a popular fishing platform and there is also a seafood cafe. Above the wharf is the Maritime Museum, which traces the history of the wharf and steam shipping in the area and has replicas of early vessels. Fur seals and little penguins can often be seen.

Tathra Beach: 3 km patrolled beach with excellent surfing conditions.

Fishing spots: several good spots for salmon and tailor; map from visitor centre.


Mimosa Rocks National Park This beautifully rugged coastal park features secluded campsites, surf beaches, caves, offshore rock stacks, lagoons, patches of rainforest and incredible volcanic sculptures. It is excellent for snorkelling, surfing, bushwalking, birdwatching and foreshore fossicking. The name of the park comes from the steamship Mimosa, which was wrecked on volcanic rock in 1863; (02) 4476 2888; 17 km N.

Kianinny Bay: known fossil site with steep cliffs and rugged rocks, and diving and deep-sea fishing charters available. The 9 km Kangarutha track follows the coast with spectacular scenery; 1 km S.

Mogareeka Inlet: safe swimming ideal for small children; northern end of Tathra Beach; 2 km N.

Bournda National Park: picturesque conservation area for great camping and bushwalking. Wallagoot Lake has a wetland area with birdwatching, fishing, prawning, swimming, watersports and boat hire; (02) 6495 5000; 11 km S.

Fishing spots near town

Tathra 1 km

Tathra is a great family destination with a mixed bag of fishing. Saltwater anglers can choose from estuary, surf, rock and blue-water, while freshwater offerings include streams and dams. The major fishing attraction... Find out more

Merimbula 19 km

Most visitors on family trips arrive at Merimbula with at least one fishing rod on board. Some give priority to the boat and tackle, then try to fit the family in around them. A good boat ramp is situated near the... Find out more

Pambula Lake 28 km

Pambula Lake, south of Merimbula, also known as the Broadwater, produces good catches of bream, dusky flathead, tailor, whiting, salmon, gummy sharks and mulloway. I fished this water with Bruce Libbis on one of his... Find out more

Bermagui 35 km

Bermagui is small fishing port but a world-famous gamefishing destination. It owes its fame to an American western writer, Zane Grey, who went there in 1936. Little has changed since then. ‘Bermi’, as most... Find out more

Eden 41 km

Anyone looking for fishing variety should visit Eden. Angling opportunities include offshore game, reef, beach, estuary and pier. Eden nestles snugly on the shoreline of Twofold Bay and, unlike Merimbula and Narooma... Find out more

Lake Wonboyn 57 km

Lake Wonboyn is one of my all-time favourite spots. Located about halfway between Eden and the border with Victoria, this large estuary system suits serious anglers and families. Some visitors to this estuary stay in... Find out more

Green Cape 60 km

Anglers who fish the east coast often refer to the January–March period as the ‘magic quarter’, when the East Australian Current brings millions of baitfish that in turn attract large predators, like... Find out more

Narooma Offshore 61 km

Narooma is one of those pleasant destinations that offers piscatorial delights most of the year, ranging from gamefishing offshore to rock, beach and estuary. Situated on Wagonga Inlet, the port is best known for its... Find out more

Wallagaraugh River 81 km

The Wallagaraugh River is in southern NSW and northern Victoria. It’s a big river, wide and deep in parts. Upstream, near where the Princes Highway crosses the river, it breaks out into pools. For anglers who... Find out more

Maramingo Creek 86 km

One of the most exciting, albeit also one of the most frustrating, days I experienced in an estuary took place in Maramingo Creek, an offshoot of the Genoa River. To get there, follow the Genoa River upstream from the... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Cycling - Bega Valley to Orbost 14 km

Back Pedal Cycle Tours is an eco-certified tour company that offers a great range of supported, safe and family-friendly cycle tours, from single-day excursions in the Bega Valley, through to the three-day ‘Border... Find out more

Platypus-watching - Bombala 69 km

If you believe the hype, Bombala is the platypus capital of Australia and the locals stop just short of guaranteeing you a sighting. The best spot is the Platypus Reserve on the Bombala River (off Delegate Road) in the... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Narooma Golf Club 59 km

Narooma is a small coastal haven with world-class beaches. It has become renowned for the whales, seals and penguins attracted to the pristine waters offshore. But one of the town’s major attractions remains its... Find out more

Campsites around town

Hobart Beach camping area 8 km

Spacious and well equipped, Hobart Beach camping area has shaded campsites, lovely picnic spots and excellent lookouts (Turingal Head is a favourite). A number of walking tracks fan out from here, and the park rangers... Find out more

Gillards Beach camping area 8 km

The Bermagui–Tathra Rd turns onto Gillards Rd, at the end of which you’ll find 70 camping sites and at night, grazing potaroos. You can swim, fish or take a long walk along the beautiful sandy beach. Bring... Find out more

Middle Beach camping area (walk-in camping) 10 km

Aptly named, this camping area is smack-bang in the middle of the national park’s coastline. To get here, take the Haighs Rd turn-off from the Bermagui–Tathra Rd, and look for Middle Beach Rd. If you hit... Find out more

Picnic Point camping area 14 km

With only 18 sites and no bookings taken at this camping area, you’ll just have to cross your fingers and hope for the best. Tent up amid gnarly banksias, then take your pick of swimming, fishing, picnicking or... Find out more

Bega Caravan Park 14 km

Nestled into the lush and verdant Bega Valley, Bega Caravan Park is a well-appointed, comfortable place with a range of accommodation options – including motel-style units, cabins, and powered and unpowered tent... Find out more

Aragunnu camping area 18 km

This northernmost campground can be accessed along Aragunnu Rd off the Bermagui–Tathra Rd, about 25 km south of Bermagui. There’s a short, easy walk linking the northern and southern picnic areas, and a 200 m... Find out more

Six Mile Creek camping area 40 km

As you follow the Tantawangalo Mountain Rd to this campsite, you can inform your companions you’re travelling on a road originally constructed more than 150 years ago. Six Mile Creek is a refreshing and scenic... Find out more

Postmans camping area 41 km

Located on a sandy bend in Tantawangalo Creek, this camping area is 4WD dry-weather access only via Postmans Track off Tantawangalo Rd. There’s a long walk from the car to the tent sites. There’s water in the... Find out more

Alexanders Hut 43 km

In the central section of the national park, Alexanders Hut is a simple slab dwelling that provides shelter and basic facilities for campers. You can also set up a tent in the grounds around the hut. The hut is... Find out more

Mowarry Point camping area (walk-in and bush camping) 46 km

With no facilities, this bush camping site is along the Light to Light walking track, 3 km north of Saltwater Creek. You can also walk in from the end of the road to the north, which passes by scenic Leatherjacket... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Seabreeze Holiday Park 1 km

This is a very good quality park located across the road from the surf club, and just a stroll to local eateries. The features here are outstanding and include Austar television cabled to every site. Bookings are... Find out more

Big4 Tathra Beach Holiday Park 1 km

This good quality, absolute beachfront park is located in the heart of Tathra. Just stroll to the beach from your site or take a short walk to the town centre, restaurants or club. Bookings are required in peak periods... Find out more

Bega Caravan Park 14 km

This well-managed park alongside the Princes Highway is on the southern approach to Bega. There are large grassy sites, modern amenities and pets are welcome. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Merimbula Beach NRMA Holiday Park 18 km

Perched on a headland looking out to sea, this quality park is in a great position. It has an excellent range of facilities including a shop and takeaway food. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parks – Pambula Beach 24 km

This beachside park is one of our favourites in the popular family holiday region of the south coast of New South Wales. It has a pool complex, a licensed restaurant and spotless amenities, and is a great family park.... Find out more

Bermagui Tourist Park 35 km

Close to the centre of town, this good quality park is popular with holidaymakers. The park was so named because the American writer Zane Grey once had a fishing shack on this piece of land. Bookings are required in peak... Find out more

Eden Tourist Park 36 km

Situated across the road from the beach, this place is 2 km from the town centre. A popular holiday park, it caters predominantly for tourists, offering good facilities. It is a good base from which to explore the area.... Find out more

Garden of Eden Caravan Park 37 km

This is a well-appointed, reasonably priced park in a great garden setting, just 2 km from the town centre. It is a good place for an overnight stay or for a longer holiday. Bookings are required in peak periods; pets... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parks – Eden 40 km

Easily accessed from the highway, this picturesque park is located on the south side of Eden in a lovely beachfront position. It has a wide range of facilities. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length... Find out more

Island View Beach Resort 56 km

Stroll to the beach or picnic on green lawns under shady trees at this quality park, located on the Princes Highway 5 km south of Narooma. With very good amenities and lots of appeal, it is ideal for a family holiday and... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Tathra Beachhouse 

Directly opposite Tathra’s surf beach, and just a short walk to restaurants and shops, Tathra Beachhouse is an award-winning complex of 26 units with a range of accommodation options: villa-style, town house,... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Adobe Mudbrick Holiday Flats, Mallacoota 92 km

These 12 rustic mudbrick flats were ecologically designed to avoid the need for air-conditioning, and have solar hot water and rainwater tanks. The 32-hectare surrounds are managed as a Land for Wildlife property,... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Bega Lookout park area 17 km

5km N of Bega (R) or 72km S of Narooma (L)

Just off the highway at the lookout.

Yellowpinch Dam rest area 20 km

32km N of Eden (L) or 22km S of Bega (R)

Well off the highway surrounded by trees.

Quaama rest area 31 km

31km N of Bega (R) or 46km S of Narooma (L)

Just off the highway at the turn-off into Quaama.

Bemboka rest area 38 km

At Bemboka

Just off the highway at the recreation centre. Camping and showers available for a fee.

Mystery Bay camping area 50 km

T/O to Mystery Bay

On the foreshore 2km east of the highway.

Fred Piper Memorial Lookout park area 50 km

14km W of Bemboka (L) or 62km SE of Cooma (R)

Adjacent to the highway at the lookout.

Corunna Lake park area 53 km

71km N of Bega (L) or 6km S of Narooma (R)

Just off the highway on the shores of the lake.

East Boyd Forest rest area 54 km

89km NE of Cann River (L) or 19km SW of Eden (L)

Just off the highway behind the trees. On both sides of the highway.

Scrubby Creek rest area 56 km

86km NE of Cann River (L) or 22km SW of Eden (R)

Just off the highway surrounded by forest.

Bodalla Forest Park rest area 65 km

9km N of Narooma (L) or 32km S of Moruya (R)

Secluded well off the road in the forest.

Nimmitabel park area 67 km

At Nimmitabel

Overlooking Lake Williams.

Wallagaraugh River rest area 75 km

65km NE of Cann River (L) or 43km SW of Eden (R)

Just off the highway among some trees.

Genoa rest area 89 km

48km NE of Cann River (L) or 61km SW of Eden (R)

Just off the highway on the north side of a river (at a disused caravan park).

Waldrons Swamp rest area 97 km

8km N of Moruya (R) or 20km S of Batemans Bay (L)

Just off the highway under a few trees.

Mount Gladstone Lookout rest area 97 km

T/O 4km W of Cooma (L) or 47km SE of Adaminaby (R)

At the lookout 1.5km south of the highway via a steep access road.

What's on around town

Wharf to Waves Weekend: includes 1200 m swim; Jan.

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