Tathra is located 240km southeast of Canberra on the Sapphire Coast. Nestled between the Bega River and the Bournda National Park is this charming little seaside town.

At the northern entrance to town on Andy Poole Drive is the Mogareeka Inlet, where the Bega River meets the Tasman Sea. With golden sandy beaches and shallow waters protected by sandbars, this is a calm and safe swimming area. Picnic tables, playground, toilets and cold shower facilities are provided on the foreshore for visitors. Fishermen can utilize the boat ramp and fishing platforms on either side of the bridge and try their luck.

Tathra's Main Beach stretches parallel to Andy Poole Drive for 3km along the coast. This lovely beach is flanked by burnt orange headland to the south, with distant views of the historic wharf. The beach has a café, playground, surf club and is patrolled during the summer period. Dogs are prohibited in the high season between 1 Dec and 30 April.

The historic Wharf at the end of Wharf Rd has been refurbished from its original state and now operates a restaurant and maritime museum. The restaurant serves food and beverages all day between 10am – 4pm weekdays (closed Tuesday) and 9am – 5pm weekends. Coastal cliffs border the wharf which has sweeping views across to Main Beach. Fishing is a popular activity on the wharf and bait and fishing tackle are available here.


The Memorial Garden on Bega St is a commemorative garden for past residents as the township does not have its own cemetery. The fabulous Lookout overlooks the wharf, across to Main Beach and out to sea.


Chamberlain Lookout at the end of Kianinny St overlooks Kianinny Bay. A 230m walk takes you down to the picnic area where there is a barbeque shelter and picnic tables. There is also an excellent boat launching facility for the keen anglers.

There are several caravan parks here to cater for tourists. Three parks are located by the beach on Andy Poole Drive and the other is on Wallagoot Rd. A peaceful setting by the beach in a pleasant coastal village is a lovely way to enjoy a holiday.

South of town is Wallagoot Lake, which can be seen on the scenic 29km Sapphire Coast Drive through Bournda National Park to Merimbula. There are a few unsealed side roads leading to the lake, beaches and camping areas along the way.


Tathra’s plentiful waterways, seaside accommodation, picturesque setting and casual charm attract tourists seeking a quiet refuge in peaceful surrounds. It’s the perfect spot to spend the days lying on the beach, casting a line from the wharf or getting the boat out on the water.

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