Launch a boat at Mogareeka Inlet, fish for flathead upstream or from the beach.
Take a walk with your binoculars and spot the thriving bird life; anything from a stunning little Kingfisher through to to a majestic Sea Eagle.
Mountain Bike on one of Tathra’s world class tracks or hire a SUP and immerse yourself in the amazing nature of Tathra.
Or why not take a stroll, jog or ride along the paved pathway between Tathra and Mogareeka? Bring your pooch with you; there are bag dispensers and bins en route. As with other locations on the Sapphire Coast, Tathra beach is also dog friendly, with both on and off-leash areas for your cherished companion.
Surrounded by estuaries, close to the continental shelf and fresh water Tathra is a fishing haven.
There are two boat ramps and a miriad of places to walk the baks or launch a kayak. Kianinny Bay, at the southern end of town, offers ocean access with no sand bar to cross while the Bega River can be accessed via Mogareeka Inlet, on the northern side of town. See other boat ramps here. See current conditions on the Tathra Beach web cam.
Tathra is approximately 19kms from the continental shelf, which for game fishing enthusiasts presents a short trip to where the large game fish are.
Access is from the beautiful Kianinny Bay where there is an excellent boat ramp for trailers up to 26′. The facilities are first rate with fish cleaning tables and boat washing available as well as a lovely picnic and BBQ area.
Upon launching there is immediate access to the open ocean with no sandbars to cross, which is common on the south coast.
December through to May coincides with the warmest water currents of the year bringing with them huge amounts of baitfish, which in turn attracts all the game fish species.
This section commonly refers to fishing for Sand and Tiger Flathead, gurnard and Gummy Sharks. Flathead are a prolific species on the south coast and are commonly called the bread and butter fish of ocean fishing. Thousands of holidaymakers and locals alike regularly put their boats in at Kianinny in the pursuit of flathead.
Generally Sand Flathead are found in much shallower water than the Tiger Flathead which makes them more accessible. Both species are caught using flesh baits of any kind and plastic jigs like Mr Twisters are a great alternative if bait is not available. The best method is to drift fish enabling you to cover more territory. For Sand Flathead, try the outskirts of Tathra bay, lining up the pine trees on Tathra Headland or even straight out of Kianinny Bay. Tigers are generally caught out wider in areas such as approximately 3-5kms out from Tathra Headland, east of Whiterock reef.
Kianinny Bay launching ramp provides access to the closest main reef section from Tathra, which is 6kms south of Tathra. Its easy to find by travelling south until you see the distinctive coloured white rocks. This reef system only starts 800 metres out and goes out for several kilometres.
Drift fishing is very popular with squid and all fleshes as bait. Snapper, Morwong, Flathead, Leatherjacket and Gummy Sharks are all regularly caught on this reef system. To the north there are reef fishing opportunities around Bunga and Goalen Heads. Many good reef species get caught here and kingfish, sharks and tuna species are also around.
Tathra and its surrounding National Parks offer some spectacular beach fishing opportunities where Salmon, Tailor, Bream, Gummy Shark, Whiting and Mullet can be targeted. The northern end of Tathra beach fishes very well, as does Bournda Beach to the south and Middle Beach to the north. For the Bream, Mullet and Whiting it’s best to use beachworms, pippies, prawns or fresh nippers. For the Salmon, Tailor and Gummy Sharks, pilchards, fresh fish fillets or stripy tuna all work well.
Visiting fisherman who enjoy rock fishing will be pleasantly surprised with the fishing available from the rocks within Tathra and surrounds. Black and Silver Drummer, Leatherjacket, Groper, Luderick and Banded Morwong can be caught all year round using cunjy, abalone guts or cabbage weed for bait.
There are several spots between Tathra Headland and Kianinny Bay to pursue the above species. From December to may in the same stretches of rocks, , using live baits can target Bunito, Kingfish, Tailor and Salmon, tossing lures or using unweighted pilchards. Always remember to sit and watch any potential fishing spots to ensure that they are safe to fish.
The Bega River, which meets the sea at Mogareeka Inlet, is a beautiful river system offering vast opportunities for bait fisherman for lure and fly-fishing. Blackfin and Yellowfin, Bream, Dusky Flathead, Jewfish, Whiting, Mullet, Tailor, Estuary Perch, Bass and Luderick can be caught regularly through the year. Within the river system there are excellent areas to pump nippers and bloodworms or catching poddy mullet for Flathead as well as dip netting for prawns on dark nights over summer.
At Mogareeka there is a lovely picnic and family area and boat ramp facilities to allow access to the picturesque Bega River.
Each summer you can learn to read and ride the waves at Tathra Beach. As well as teaching the essential skills of surfing, lessons include ocean safety education and training in surfing etiquette.
In January 2016, lessons are held each Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday. Book for a personalised surf lesson with family or a few mates (1.5 hours), join a group session (2 hrs), or sign up for a 3 lesson surf package (2 hrs each).
There are also SurfGroms courses for children aged 5 to 12 years. Learn more and register here.
All surf gear is supplied including a wetsuit, all you need to bring is your swim wear, towel, suncream and drinking water.
Coastlife Adventures Surf School has been operating on the Sapphire Coast for over 20 years. The Coastlife Adventures Surf School is a member of Surfing Australia and operates under the highest industry standards. All senior surf coaches are accredited by Surfing Australia and all assistant surf coaches are qualified active surf life savers.
Some trails begin just 800 metres from the hub of all things mountain biking, Tathra Beach and Bike, but those who prefer to avoid climbs can also start at the top of town and cruise back down in time for fish and chips for lunch. The trails have it all – climbs, descents, bridges, ferny gullies, ocean views, beach destinations and local wildlife.
Steeped in Aboriginal history, the Bundadung Mountain Biking Network was built by Tathra Beach and Bike staff, volunteers from Bega Aboriginal Lands Council (BALC) and the Tathra community. The name Bundadung, is an Aboriginal word for wombat. One challenging track is named after the yeti-like Doolagharl said to still live here.
The Bundadung network is home to the annual Tathra Enduro (June 11 & 12, 2016), which has a cult following for families and serious competitors alike.
On The Perch Aviaries, Gifts & Cafe
Walk among birds from around Australia and the world and enjoy local produce at On The Perch aviaries, gifts & cafe, just a few kilometres south of Tathra.
Meet the keeper at 11am or discover for yourself how local efforts to conserve and rehabilitate threatened and endangered species are making a real difference.
Take your time to explore walk-in aviaries, bring a small gift of blue for the bowerbird and visit the website or Facebook page to check the calendar of events.
Open 10am to 3pm (4pm in summer). Last entry is 30 minutes prior to close.
Hire Beach Gear & Bikes
Tathra Beach and Bike has an extensive range of biking, surfing and swimming equipment available for hire and specialise in enabling beginners and families to take to the ocean and mountain biking trails.
Staff will make sure you are matched to gear that best suits your height and experience level. They can also provide lessons and tours, or can simply help you to understand the basics so you can get out and discover why they love to call Tathra home.
There’s a great range of high-end mountain bikes to hire for the expertly crafted single tracks, but if you want a flat ride with all the family then there is also a 2.5km concrete bike path, right outside the shop on Tathra Beach which takes you to Bega River and Mogareeka Inlet. Choose from a range of tandems, tricycles, kids bikes (with or without training wheels) and kiddie carriers. For groups of four there is a 10% discount.
Tathra Beach is right across the road so you can hire a body board, surf board or Stand Up Paddle Boards and be in the water in minutes.
There’s also snorkels, fins and wetsuits if you feel like exploring the coastline, Kianinny Bay is a great place to start.
Bega River Kayaking Tour
Each summer you can explore the Bega River’s coastal wonderland with Coastlife Adventures.
This is a half day kayaking journey which begins at Mogareeka Inlet and follows the sweeping bends of the river system to Black Fellows Lagoon. This trip is suitable for the whole the family.
Tour time: 9am to 12:30pm
Minimum age: 7 years of age
Tour inclusions: Transfer back to your car, kayaking equipment, life jackets & morning tea
What to bring: Swimmers, hat, sunglasses, sun cream & drinking water
Click here for more information and bookings.
Tathra Hotel was first opened in 1888 as the Ocean View Hotel and is heritage listed. Perched on the headland, it is arguably the best located hotel in Australia. With its panoramic ocean views it is a great spot for whale watching as well as a welcoming place for a drink or meal.
Open 7 days a week
Monday–Thursday 11:30am – 2pm, 5:30pm – 8pm
Friday–Sunday 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Sapphire Coast Turf Club
Sapphire Coast Turf Club is located on a picturesque 300 acre site on Sapphire Coast Drive at Kalaru, between Merimbula and Bega and Tathra. It is one of the newest and most modern country racecourses in NSW with great spectator facilities.
Free buses run to and from the track with pick up points in Tathra, Bega, Tura Beach, Merimbula, Pambula and Eden.
See our website for times www.sapphirecoastturfclub.com.au
Lets go racing!
Tathra Beach Country Club
Located just behind the main beach of this pretty seaside village is a little gem of a course. Tathra Beach Country Club’s fairways are well grassed and undulating and the greens are good. The course follows the winding contours of the Bega River’s estuary – Mogareeka Inlet – so expect lovely water views. There is also abundant wildlife.
The 9 hole layout has different tee placements to enable a very satisfying 18 hole round of 5,632 metres, par 72. The course is easy walking and given the proximity to the sea stands up to wet weather extremely well.
Men’s competition days are on Thursdays (roll up start from 8.30am) and Saturdays (timesheet available). Ladies competition golf is on Tuesdays from 8.30am and Saturdays from 9am. There is a mixed competition on the last Sunday of each month.
Back at the club house enjoy the bistro and club facilities.