There’s just something about Tathra, the heart of NSW’s Sapphire Coast.
Surrounded by forest, pristine seas and sky, the little town pulses with health and life. In the warmer months the seaside village stretches at the seams with families and holiday makers. But in the middle of the year the wild winter magic of Tathra comes to the fore.
Famous for its maritime history and award-winning oysters, cool Tathra offers up some special secrets in Winter. Long beach walks where your footprints are the first, canoe paddles through early morning mist accompanied only by birdsong, and steaming coffees looking out over the stunning sea vistas. Tathra in the cooler months is a family playground of a singular type.
Winter in Tathra is the perfect place and time to put away screens and get yourself and your family out into nature. It’s proven that time spent outdoors can help kids with attention spans, depression, weight, and healthy eye function. A load of oxygen is sent to our brains and helps to get rid of all that stress. Relieved?!
Its also the perfect place to come and indulge in some blood pumping activity for all the family while generating some wonder and inspiration through nature.
As well as a great place to hike, surf and safely learn SUP and kayak skills, XC mountain biking is fast becoming one of the major attractions to the area. Over 50kms of hand built, well cared-for trails surround the Tathra township, comprising some of the best healthy fun experiences to be had. You will be flying through the spectacular colours of a regenerating forest, down through gullies towards the beautiful Tathra seas.
Bundadung Bike Trail Network
The Tathra Mountain Bike Club has worked hard creating Bundadung (Wombat, spirit of the forest). Along with the Bega Local Aboriginal Lands Council, Tathra Nature Trust, and private landholders, a spectacular network of directional single track trails has been created. The Bundadung area features 30kms of high quality trails, and the Tathra Fire Shed area boasts another 20kms, from challenging to beginner levels.
If you’re starting out on your MTB journey, or teaching your kids the basics, there are concrete pathways and the Ford’s Farm headland rides, plus there’s an excellent Skills Park, or mini-BMX track, with rollers and jumps. At any level, the singletrack trails are beautiful and the faster you ride, the more difficult they become.
Taking place over the Queen’s Birthday weekend in June, is the 9th XC marathon event, the ‘Tathra Beach & Bike Enduro’. There are plenty of ride options for riders of all ages and levels of fitness to participate in this competition, from the 75km ‘King Nelba’ grand marathon, to the 5, 10 and 20km ‘Lap It Up’ for younger riders and those learning the ropes. The most popular event is the Mitas 50km ride, and there’s also the Bundadung 25km. There is also the Bega Cheese sponsored Children’s Chase, a loop circuit in 1km and 3km formats, free for our youngest riders.
Need a bike-seat for a young passenger, an E-bike to help with those gruelling Tathra ascents? Or maybe you couldn’t fit your surfboard in with all the bike gear? Aaron and his team at Tathra Beach and Bike, and their new surf shop/café at The Gap in Tathra, will sort you out with everything you need. Aaron and his crew are passionate about what they do, they’ve been riding and looking after the MTB trails for years, so know them like the backs of their hands. They ride it, they know it.
Other adventures to be had in Tathra:
If bikes are not your thing, get on top of the crystal-clear waters. The clean, safe waterways around Tathra are hard to resist. Bring your own equipment and hit the hidden lagoons and beaches of Mimosa Rocks National Park, or hire kayaks, SUPs or surfboards and hone your skills metres from your Tathra accommodation. Try paddling at Bega Rivermouth at Mogareeka, Tathra Beach, or nearby Wallagoot Lake, there are places to go where the only sounds you hear are your paddles and the birds. Cruise out in the misty mornings then head back to Tathra for truly excellent coffee and breakfast.
A full day or a few hours of hiking in the Mimosa Rocks National Parks to the north, and Bournda in the south get you in touch with the unspoilt wilderness of this coastline. Kangarutha Walk, from Kianinny Bay to Wallagoot Lake will have you feeling like a true pioneer, discovering hidden places for the firt time. Lyrebirds, seabirds, stingrays and even the occasional seal, can be spotted on this hike of 9kms (each way).
Tathra and surrounds offer some spectacular beach fishing opportunities, but if you just want to stick close to the town centre, that’s covered too. Tathra’s skate park and Dragon park playground are in the middle of town, next to BBQ and picnic facilities, so the kids can run riot on ramps or play with our friendly dragon. If you don’t feel like cooking, pop over the road for Tathra’s famous Fish and Chips, and the Tathra Beach General Store for supplies. You could also make use of the outdoor exercise park, situated next to the Surf Club, which has equipment to suit all ages and abilities.
If you like our local birdlife and want to get up close, visit On the Perch bird park where you and the kids can learn about our gorgeous feathered friends from knowledgeable keepers, and also interact with them in walk-in aviaries. Or try Merimbula’s Magic Mountain two-hour ‘Tree Climb Challenge’, open in the July School holidays.
The local food scene in Tathra has gone through a renaissance in the last twelve months. Some of the best coffee on the NSW Coast is being served up in new and refurbished cafés like Blend Café & Providore, where you can indulge your coffee fetish with various blends but also imported cheese, gourmet goods and freshly baked sourdough bread, croissants & vegan treats. Wild Orchid café serves sublime breakfasts, smoothies, fresh juice and contemporary lunch dishes. Then of course the iconic Tathra Wharf, where you can indulge all your senses, staring across the bay to stunning cliffs, spotting whales or dolphins, fishing, or munching on some excellent meals, cakes, pastries, and delicious coffee. Of course, Tathra and Tanja’s famous oysters abound, available from the award-winning Tathra Oysters at the top of the hill, and also from Mimosa Meats our local butcher.
There are dinner options for retreating couples or the whole family at Fat Tony’s Bar & Restaurant in the historic Harbourmaster’s House up at the top of Tathra, and also the newly refurbished Tathra Hotel, with lovely interiors, sweeping ocean views and live music every Sunday by the fire. Of course, down at the beach, there are our two clubs, Tathra Bowling Club and the Tathra Country Club, so just relax and grab the courtesy buses as you need them.
Accommodation in Tathra has been shining lately. From family cottages and safari tents literally on the beach at Tathra Beachside, to rustic cabins with fireplaces nestled in the forest at Kianinny Bush Cottages and lovely cabins and apartments right in the centre of town at Big 4 and Tathra Beach House, we have you covered. There are also two very friendly and professional Estate Agencies operating with lists of holiday homes, beach houses and hideaways ready for your inspection. Elders Real Estate and Tathra Beach Real Estate.
To view all of the great Tathra accommodation options follow the link here.
So, consider Tathra your personal health retreat and indulge yourself and your loved ones in a ‘circuit breaking’ few days, exploring and moving through pristine and serene nature.View all blog posts