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The small coastal town of Tathra is known for its beautiful beach, stunning surrounding national parks and the iconic heritage-listed Tathra Wharf.

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Location

Located on the NSW Sapphire Coast Tathra is 525 km (6 hr drive) south of Sydney and 243 km (3 hr drive) from Canberra. The regional centre of Bega is only 16 km (15 min drive) inland from Tathra.

A popular fishing spot, Tathra Wharf was opened in 1862 for the steam ships transporting goods and people along the NSW South Coast. The wharf now houses the Tathra Maritime Museum and a restaurant.

 

How to get there

Merimbula airport is located approximately 23 km (20 min drive) from Tathra. Regional Express fly to Merimbula from Sydney and Melbourne.

Countrylink has a service from Sydney to Bega (train service to Canberra, then bus service from Canberra to Bega).

Population

Tathra is home to more than 1,500 people, the median age of residents is 52 years.  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 1.2% of the population.

Tahra is located within the South Eastern NSW Primary Health Network, this Population Health Profile provides an overview of community health for the region.

Healthcare facilities

Bega has a major regional hospital – South East Regional Hospital that opened in 2016. It offers emergency department bays, medical and surgical inpatient beds, a maternity unit, a critical care unit, operating theatres including day surgery, renal dialysis chairs, oncology area, separate mental health unit and a subacute rehabilitation unit.

There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station at Bega.

Accredited GP practices

  • Sapphire Coast Medical Practice - Tathra

  • Industry

The main industries residents of Tathra work in are: cheese and other dairy product manufacturing, hospitals (except psychiatric hospitals), accommodation, primary education and secondary education.
  • Education

Tathra has one primary school: Tathra Public School. In nearby Bega there are additional public and private schools.
  • Childcare

There is one pre-school in Tathra, however there are a range of childcare options in nearby Bega.
  • Shopping

There are two small supermarkets in Tathra and a convenience store. Tathra offers a range of eateries including the famous heritage listed Tathra Hotel, clubs, restaurants and cafes. Situated in central Bega, less than 20 min drive is Sapphire Marketplace, this major regional shopping centre is anchored by Woolworths and Big W. There is also a Coles supermarket in Bega and an array of specialty and boutique shops.
  • Places of worship

There is a Catholic Church in Tathra and a number of other places of worship in nearby Bega including Anglican, Presbyterian, Seventh-day Adventist and Uniting churches. The nearest Buddhist temples and Muslim mosques are located in Canberra (3 hr drive from Tathra).
  • Points of interest

Tathra is a popular coastal holiday destination, swimming and other water sports are popular particularly from the 3 km long Tathra Beach. Tathra is surrounded by spectacular coastal national parks with an array of waterway making them popular for bushwalking, camping and water sports. Given half of the town is on an elevated headland there are great opportunities for whale watching.
  • Sporting activities

Tathra has facilities for sports including Australian rules, cricket, rugby league, golf, tennis and bowls. There is a surf life saving club, skate park and mountain bike riding is very popular with kilometres of trails available for riding.    
  • Community groups and activities

Bega Valley Shire Council provides a community directory including details for arts, environmental, community and service groups and an events calendar for markets, sporting and cultural events.
  • Social media groups

There are many social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in Tathra. A good place to start are the Facebook pages and groups: Tathra & SurroundsBega Tathra Merimbula Kalaru Eden & Cooma buy sell, trade, Bega District News and Bega Valley Shire Council.