Beach lovers will adore Nelson’s coastal quartetThere’s a magic coastal quartet to be discovered at Mimosa Rocks National Park, just north of Tathra Beach on Nelson Lake Road.
Nelson’s Lagoon & Beach, Moon Bay and Wajurda Point are so close to each other you can visit them all in around an hour, and they are a couple of kilometres north of Tathra on Nelson Lake Road.
They each offer a different nature experience, an elevated lookout on a rugged headland, an exposed surf beach, a sheltered lagoon and a small bay that makes you feel like you are the first one to discover it.
The top level car parks has access to Moon Bay and Wajurda Point, while the bottom car park is where you access Nelson’s Lagoon and Beach.
Nelson Lagoon is a 300m flat walk takes you among the Spotted Gums and Burrawong Palms to the mouth of the stunning estuary. The lagoon offers excellent snorkelling, swimming, paddling and estuary fishing.
It is also a haven for birdwatchers, with Pied Oyster Catchers, striated thornbills, bell birds and many more species all thriving, especially in spring.
Nelson Beach is great for surfing and fishing and is protected from north and south winds.
Access the beach directly from the car park, or take the lagoon walk if you feel like a longer walk.
The 1km return walk to Wajurda Point 500m takes you through heathland whose growth is progressively stunted the closer you get to the point.
There awaits an epic viewing platform, offering views over the beach and lagoon and excellent whale watching between May and September.
Tucked away, Moon Bay has a 150 meter walking track with 172 steps, but the walk is worth it.
Look for rusted stubs of mooring rings and grooves cut into the cliffs, these are left from a time when timber and farm products were loaded onto barges to be ferried to waiting steam ships.
Other things to do at Tathra
Tathra is the mecca of mountain biking on the South Coast. BYO or hire from Tathra Beach & Bike.
The Kangarutha Track in Bournda National Park is a rite of passage for bushwalkers. A 9km (one way) challenging hike that elevates you to remote headlands then drops you on a wild beaches.
On the water
Flat water can be found at Mogareeka (which also has a boat ramp) or Nelsons Lagoon, which is perfect for SUP and kayak. Coastal waters can be accessed at Kianinny Boat Ramp.
Explore the rest of Mimosa Rocks National Park – Gillards, Middle Beach, Bithry Inlet and Aragunnu combine more lagoons and beaches with opportunities for camping and history.
Mimosa Rocks National Park stretches almost all the way to Bermagui, a 20 minute drive from here. Bermagui village, which is a little bigger than Tathra, boasts a boutique fishing harbour, a beach, and the huge tidal estuary.
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