Tathra a popular beachside holiday destination on the NSW Sapphire Coast, the iconic Tathra Wharf is the only remaining sea wharf on the East Coast.
The population of Tathra is more than 1,500 people, the median age of residents is 49 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 1% of the population.
Located in the Bega Valley Shire, Tathra is 450 km (just under six hours drive) south of Sydney and 240 km (3 hours) south east of Canberra. It is 16 km from the regional centre of Bega.
Tathra is set in stunning surrounds with Mimosa Rocks National Park to the north, and Bournda National Park to the south.
Merimbula airport is located approximately 20 minutes 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).
The main industries people from Tathra work in are:
- Accommodation and food services
- Health care and social assistance
- Retail trade
- Education and training
- Public administration and safety
Bega (just under 20 min from Tathra) 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 sub-acute rehabilitation unit.
The closest ambulance service is also in Bega.
There is one pre-school in Tathra, however additional options are available in Bega.
There are two supermarkets in Tathra – the Tathra Friendly Grocer and the Tathra Beach Supermarket.
Situated in central Bega, is Sapphire Marketplace. This major regional shopping centre is anchored by Woolworths and Big W and has over 20 specialty stores. There is also a Coles supermarket in Bega.
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 mosques are located in Canberra (3 hr drive from Tathra).
Tathra Beach Country Club
Tathra Cricket Club
Tathra Ladies Soccer
Tathra Ladies Mountain Bike Club
Tathra Senior Rugby League
Tathra Sea Eagles FC
Tathra United Football Club
Tathra Beachside Poll & Waterpark
Social Media Groups
Bega, Tathra, Merimbula, Kalaru, Eden & Cooma Buy, Sell, Trade
Points of Interest
Tathra Beach meanders 3km around the shoreline. It is patrolled in summer and protected from southerly winds making it great for surf, board riding and sailboarding. Fresh seafood can be enjoyed in Tathra, whether it be in a restaurants, cafe, or take away. There is also two clubs and the historic hotel.
Historic Tathra Wharf is a popular fishing platform, and a great spot for snorkelling and scuba diving. Penguins and fur seals from nearby Montague Island can sometimes be seen around the beams of the wharf, and dolphins are also frequently spotted in nearby waters.