Tathra, one year on. Time to go back if you havent already.
If you’ve ever visited Tathra, chances are you’ll have its natural beauty etched in your mind. The truly magnificent beaches, the national parks that house all manner of indigenous history & abundant wildlife and some of the most pristine coastline in the country.
In March 2018 Tathra, Reedy Swamp, Vimy Ridge and surrounds, experienced devastating bushfires that almost tore the heart out of the district and razed nearly 70 homes to the ground. But 12 months on, Tathra is a showcase for the resilience and the spirit of the locals, and confirmation of just how the region has recovered stronger than ever, together.
The locals will tell you that the recovery was also aided by support that came from outside of town as soon as the severity of the impact was reported. Bookings that were cancelled due to the fires were quickly covered with new bookings from people that loved Tathra and wanted to support the community. Over the last year, many made the effort to visit, just for a coffee or lunch, simply to give something back to the place that had given them unforgettable holidays and experiences in the past. And last weekend on the anniversary of the fires, many of those folk came back again, standing with the locals, to remember and reflect.
12 months on the message is of hope and renewal. Exciting developments are progressing in town with the construction of the new coastal headland walkway and the cafes, restaurants and other businesses (all with a strong local flavour) are flourishing. Tathra has also built a calendar of events to showcase the very best of their town and surrounds and as the locals will tell you, they’re truly back in full swing. But some things haven’t changed. The beaches are still unspoilt and spectacular. Historic Tathra Wharf is still renowned as one of the best fishing wharves in all of Australia and Tathra Oysters are still winning accolades all over the country for their amazing produce, most recently gold medallists at the 2018 Delicious awards.
Here’s just a taste of what’s coming up in Tathra and surrounds over the coming months as the town continues to flourish.
The beautifully revamped Tathra Hotel are hosting an art and music exhibition in the Cool Room Gallery “Tathra one year on, opening March 18th and running until April 29th.
During April you can also experience the Tanja Arts Trail and the Tathra Fishing Competition, both held on the Easter long weekend.
The June long weekend will play host to the Surf Classic “the Cooge” and the famous mountain biking competition, the Tathra MTB Enduro.
September brings the start of the whale watching season (Australian Geographic voted us the best place to whale watch in all of Australia) and the Tathra Rockabilly Retro Event, a week long festival of music, dance and all things vintage, whilst November will see the second and much anticipated Band Together Music Festival.
Tathra’s forte has always been nature based experiences and is a perfect place to fish, swim, sail, bike, hike, and explore. Just for starters, check out On the Perch and get up close and personal with native birdlife or hire a bike, SUP or surfboard from Tathra Beach and Bike. Serious cyclists will want to check out the Bundadung Mountain Biking Network, a challenging set of trails winding through the bush and there are trails and paths elsewhere that will suit cyclists of all levels.
For visitors at this time of year a forage for seasonal produce in our local markets, locavore cafes and wholesalers is a must. Right now that means Autumnal fruit and vegetables are complimenting the usual artisan fare, farm produce and award winning oysters & seafood.
Here’s a link to the Sapphire Coast Market Calendar along with just some of the local’s favourite places to grab a bite to eat in Tathra town.
Fat Tonys. Award winning local restaurant, modern Australian menu, a full bar, cracking steaks and seafood and a renovated 1905 heritage house. Need we say more?
Tathra Hotel. A unique headland location, a heritage listed, family-friendly hotel and fresh local produce. Plus live music, an inhouse brewery and a brand new children’s playground.
Tathra Beach Tapas. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and situated right on the beach, it’s known for its great service, fabulous tapas and breakfasts, and is fully licensed.
Tathra Wharf Local. The name says it all. Local produce is the hero of the kitchen, the views are sublime and there’s shopping on offer too – local art, jewellery, homewares and of course, food.
Wild Orchid. From the laid-back beachy vibe and cool modern finishes, to the carefully sourced ingredients, Wild Orchid reflects the easy Tathra lifestyle, vibrant seasonal food and the best possible local ingredients.
Blend Providore. The locals say it’s the best coffee on the Sapphire Coast and the artisan bread, produce and cheeses are pretty good too. Enjoy locally sourced gourmet goods, bread and cakes, baked daily on site and fabulous diversity in the ethical coffee blends.
Finally, if you’re coming from out of town, follow the link below to help plan your stay. Tathra has a huge variety of accommodation, from vintage caravans on the beach, houses perched next to the ocean, log cabins set in beautiful bushland and everything in between. It’s a pet friendly town with dogs welcome on the beaches, in many cafes and accommodation venues too.
So click here for accommodation options and get planning. See you back here soon.View all blog posts