First timers: What you need to know
Almost smack bang in between Sydney and Melbourne on the Princes Highway and only 3 hours from Canberra, the Sapphire Coast is an unspoilt stretch of coastal wilderness.
It’s easy to immerse yourself in nature-based adventures but there’s plenty of opportunity to get amongst it with the locals too. See Tathra’s attractions here.
Our forte is nature based experiences, but we also have all the trimmings you’d expect in a coastal community – seafood and local produce, art galleries, wineries, markets, wildlife and adventure parks, golf, movies and festivals. See Tathra’s Food & Wine experiences
There are around 150 beaches and lagoons to explore in just over 170 kilometers of coastline, so it’s really not that hard to find a beach where the only footprints are your own, and maybe those of a kangaroo.
For bushwalkers, kayakers and walk-in campers it is quite literally paradise. Nature lovers are spoilt for choice for day trips, or multi-day treks. For day trips we heartily recommend including a forag for seasonal produce in our locavore cafes and wholesalers. Right now that means autumn nuts and fruits are complimenting the usual artisan breads, cakes, smoked seafood, oysters and meats. Things to do in Tathra.Browse our accommodation finder, which allows you to narrow your search for accommodation style, location, and find where the dog is welcome. Sleeping under 5 million stars costs around $10 a night in our national parks, while powered camping sites in a waterfront caravan park (with hot showers and other niceties) can be experienced for around $30.
In Autumn, temperatures range between 10 and 20 degrees and when the season fades we still enjoy around 10 hours of daylight. In winter, average temps are between 7 and 17 degrees. Waters stay warm right through Autumn, a gift from the famous East Australian Current, whose curling tendrils travel down the South Coast to meet the nutrient rich currents of the Antarctic, creating a unique convergence zone that promotes unparalleled biodiversity.
Along with local events in Tathra, there are flagship festivals and events across the Sapphire Coast, like fishing, racing, art, food, music and the whale migration in spring. For self-guided day trips, browse our directory or itineraries.
Travelling here is easy. Daily flights to Merimbula Airport whisk you along the coast and show you just how unspoilt the landscape is here. Driving brings you through spotted gum and eucalyptus forests, with vistas of the mountains and coast that pop up and take your breath away. There are daily coaches to Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra and local buses when you get here.
If you want personalised advice on destinations within the Sapphire Coast or more regional information, then call into one of our Visitor Information Centres, there is one in Eden, Merimbula, Bega & Bermagui.