Local Attractions & Activities
What’s Happening on the Far South Coast
Bermagui Fisherman's Market – Every Thursday 2.30pm in Bermagui.
Bega Produce Market – Every Friday 8am to 1pm in Bega.
Candelo Markets– 1st Sunday of every month 8am ‑12.30pm (locally produced goods and wares) in Candelo.
Pambula Rotary Market – 2nd Sunday of every month 8am ‑12.30pm in Pambula.
Merimbula Market – 3rd Sunday of every month 8am ‑12.30pm in Merimbula.
Cobargo Market – Saturdays 8am ‑ 1pm
Tarryn Lucas Fitness - Personal Training & Outdoor Group Fitness- 0421 989 433
Merimbula Health & Fitness - Open 24 Hours (2 Palmer Ln, Merimbula) - 02 6495 4611
The Yoga Humm - (13 Alice St, Merimbula) 0405 344 640
United Fitness - (73 Auckland St, Bega) 02 6492 3773
Velocity Health & Fitness - (58A Parker St, Bega) 02 6492 5311
Places to EAT in Tathra & Surrounds!
Tathra Pub — The Tathra Hotel boasts, one of the best pub locations in Australia! Perched on the Tathra headland with panoramic views of the ocean. Enjoy delicious meals and drinks in the bar, lounge or on the large back deck.
Tathra Beach Kiosk - Set right on Tathra Beach, enjoy ice creams, burgers, hot chips, coffee & much more!
The Wharf Local ( Tathra ) — Stunningly located at the Tathra Wharf, they specialise in local produce. Browse the work of local artisans who find expression in ceramics, textiles, jewellery, print, photography and paint.
Wild Orchid Cafe ( Tathra )– A must for breakfast. A favourite of the Kianinny team is the Avo on sourdough!
Tathra Oysters ( Tathra ) — If you’re an oyster connoisseur or have never tried one, these little beauties are as good as it gets, and have won just about every known prize in Australia!
Wheelers Restaurant ( Merimbula ) – Enjoy the new alfresco Oyster Bar. Drop in for a beer, wine or cocktail and amazing oysters and meals.
Mimosa Winery ( Bermagui ) - Enjoy wine tasting and lunch or dinner on the deck overlooking the mountains. Alternatively, enjoy tapas on the deck daily from 2pm. (except Tues) Open 6 days for lunch, plus Friday and Saturday nights for dinner. ( Bermagui area )
Long Stocking Brewery (Pambula) – Brewery, Bar and Oyster Bar. Wood Fired Pizzas Friday and Saturday nights, Cocktails, fine wines and bar snack all the time. Live music Friday nights and Sundays.
Bar Beach Kiosk ( Merimbula ) – A little kiosk/café right on Merimbula’s bar beach, serving delicious simple food and damn good coffee. Once you have been fed, enjoy a swim or SUP in the magnificent aqua blue water.
Salt Cafe ( Tathra ) - A new & tasty little cafe located across from Tathra Beach. A beautiful cafe filled with surf shop style items to go with!
Valentina ( Merimbula ) - Fine dining experience in Merimbula, with one of the most iconic views of the lake. Picture yourself within a Mediterranean style restaurant as you sip on local wines & locally sourced produce.
Wild Rye Bakery ( Pambula ) - The BEST pies, cakes, sweet treats in the area! Treat yourself to a day trip down to Pambula to enjoy!
Sunny's Kiosk ( Merimbula ) - Set right on the back lake of Merimbula with small boats or peddle boats to hire, along with an incredible selection of small share plates & local wines. Sit & enjoy the sunset & the glorious location.
Coastlife Adventures specialise in aquatic action on the beaches, lakes and rivers along the South Coast of NSW. Check out their Website for all details in regards to the activities they offer during the School Holiday Period.
They offer a range of water activities such as -
* STAND UP PADDLING HIRE
* KAYAK TOURS/ HIRE
* SURF LESSONS
Kangarutha Track (Bournda National Park) - 9kms One Way | Grade: Moderate to Challenging
Mid way access for half walk at White Rock, or access Kianinny Bay or Turingal Head for the full walk. The Kangarutha Track follows the coastline from Tathra’s Kianinny Bay to Turingal Head through Bournda National Park. This moderate to challenging walk has ocean vistas, sandy and pebbly beaches and a variety of coastal vegetation. It is best to organise a car shuffle at either end or midway at White Rock for a shorter walk. Another option is leaving from your cottage, walking down white rock road to find the path. Walk towards Tathra, and get there in time for lunch at one of the fabulous cafes!
Bournda Lagoon Walk (Bournda National Park) - 6 Hour Loop | Grade: Moderate to Challenging
Entrance right off Sapphire Coast Drive, into the Bournda lagoon car park North of Merimbula. The walk follows the edge of the lagoon to Bournda Island before heading inland and back along Sandy Creek. It passes through exquisite coastal habitats including pockets of rainforest. It is a great location for bird watching, and dolphins are often seen off Bournda and North Tura beaches. A park-use fee is applicable.
Main Ridge Track (Tathra Forest Wildlife Reserve) - 4 Kms Return Trip | Grade: Moderate & Steep
Starting from your cottage, follow the track to the beach. Cross Thompsons road and follow signs to Dilkera road. Along the Main Ridge Track of the coastal rainforest, this walk is a shady haven in summer. A secluded wetland area has an abundance of waterbirds including great egrets and white-faced herons as well as frogs and eastern water dragons. A wildlife lovers heaven.
Hobarts Beach to Bournda Lagoon (Bournda National Park) - 5kms Return Trip | Grade: Easy
Stroll through low coastal heath and eucalyptus forest to see the tranquillity of the Bournda Lagoon.
Aragannu Beach Walking Track - 1km Loop Track | Grade: Easy
If you’re a beach lover, the Aragannu Beach Walking Track is for you. This easy 1km loop takes you through a dense forest of banksias, onto a golden sandy beach fringed by rocky outcrops.
Wajurda Point Walking Track - 2km Track | Grade: Easy
The track culminates at a lookout with breathtaking views of the sapphire blue ocean, the dramatic cliffs, and, if you’re there between May and November, you might even be able to do some whale watching and spot humpback whales on their annual migration journey.
Bermagui Blue Pools
There are more than 100 ocean-fed rock pools along the NSW coast and the Blue Pool in Bermagui is regularly ranked among the prettiest.
If you’re not quite ready to take the plunge, head to the viewing platform for dazzling views over the pool and coast, with whale sightings possible over the winter and spring months.
It’s an idyllic swimming and snorkelling spot for the whole family (there’s an adjacent wading pool for kids).
Mimosa Rocks National Park
Mimosa Rocks National Park offers up show-stopping headland views, beaches and pure lagoons. You’ll be spoilt for choice with lookouts, rainforest pockets and historic sites to explore. The NP is 5 km north of Tathra & is a perfect day out fishing, bird watching & swimming. The roads here can be narrow, dusty and winding so drive with caution. Just north at Mimosa Rocks and Bunga Heads are a number of rocky coves ideal for snorkelling and rock fishing. The largest of the park's many Aboriginal middens can be found near Aragunnu and a seasonal ranger provides talks and activities at Christmas time. Nelson Lagoon is beautiful in the spring with its birdlife and blooming wattles.
Moon Bay is a small, secluded sandy beach bordered by rocky outcrops, in Mimosa Rocks National Park. Access is via a steep set of around 80 stairs and there are no amenities here, or you can take a 20 minute nature walk from Tathra. Explore the cove for the rusted stubs of mooring rings and grooves cut into the cliffs – the remains of the log slide and mooring site where timber and farm products were loaded onto barges for transfer to ships.
From Nelson Beach carpark, it’s a short and easy walk to tranquil Nelson Lagoon. The lagoon is a popular spot for birdwatching, especially during spring, so be sure to take your binoculars along and look out for pied oystercatchers, striated thornbills and little wattlebirds foraging for food. Find a spot by the water’s edge to enjoy some fishing or if you’re feeling more energetic, take a canoe along for a paddle around the lagoon. There are lots of spots for an informal picnic; it’s a great place to spend some time.
Bournda National Park
Bournda stretches from Tathra down to an area just north of Merimbula and contains a wide variety of birdlife & wildlife, Both sections of the park are noted for their numerous and excellent bushwalking tracks, fishing & surfing beaches. Bournda Lagoon is a great place for a swim or paddle.
Phone the National Parks and Wildlife Service district office at Merimbula for more information on 02 6495 5000.
We do have some maps available at reception.
Tathra Water Activities
Tathra - offers excellent fishing, surfing, swimming and sailboarding, particularly on Tathra Beach at the north of the town.
Mogareeka Inlet - at the northern end of Tathra Beach is the wide sandy mouth of the Bega River. It is ideal for children, possesses boat-launching ramps, and it offers canoe and sailing craft for hire in summer and waterskiing, windsurfing and excellent prawning in season. The wharf offers excellent fishing and can be found on the headland at the northeastern tip of the township.
Kianinny Bay - is a beautiful sheltered inlet in Tathra, known for its resident stingrays and pristine blue water.
It is a lovely spot for picnics and summer swims, often protected from the wind. Plunging into the sea from the jetty is a favourite pastime for locals and visitors in the warmer months & a great place to snorkel.
Ocean Adventure ToursSummer is a fantastic time to explore the beautiful Sapphire Coast! We invite you to join one of our Coastal Discovery Tours or Fishing Charters.
Tathra Beach & Bike
We're surrounded by some of the most beautiful areas you'll ever see & we're all about getting you out there to experience it.
Epic mountain bike rides at Tathra's 55km's of trails?
Cruising up the hills like never before by E-Bike?
Maybe catching waves or cruising the river by SUP?
Potoroo Palace Animal Sanctuary is an icon animal attraction of the beautiful Far South Coast of NSW. Allocated between Merimbula & Wolumla on the Princes Highway.
Guests can admire Australia’s most loved animals including koalas, kangaroos, potoroos, echidnas, dingoes, native birds, snakes, wombats, and much more!
Feed your sense of Adventure. Magic Mountain Merimbula is all about fun!We offer a variety of rides & attractions that appeal to a wide range of ages.