Welcome to Kianinny Bush Cottages
Once you’ve made the journey here you can kick back, relax and soak up the peace and quiet of our 100-acre bush setting.
We’ve put this guide together to give you a taste of what’s on around the Sapphire coast and a selection of the team’s favourite places.
Whether you plan to do little or a lot during your stay, we are here to help. Please feel free to stop into Reception and say hi.
Andrew and Che Rees
Kianinny Bush Cottages
What’s on around the Sapphire coast
Bermagui Growers Market – Every Thursday 2.30pm
Bega Produce Markets – Every Friday 8am to 1pm
Candelo Markets – 1st Sunday of every month 8.30am ‑12.30pm (locally produced goods and wares)
Pambula Rotary Market – 2nd Sunday of every month 8am ‑12.30pm
Cobargo Markets – Every Saturday 8am ‑1pm
Tilba Markets – Every Saturday 8am – 12pm
Tilba Valley Winery and Ale House – Every Sunday
Tathra Hotel –Live day music every Sunday 4–7 pm
Taryn Lucas Fitness – Beach training sessions Bookings are a must — 0421989433
Every Monday 4.50pm – 5.20pm – HITT META
Every Tuesday (except Public Holidays) 6.15am – 7am Group Fitness Tathra/Boxing
Every Thursdays 6.15am – 7am Group Fitness Tathra/Circuit
Every Friday 9.30am ‑10.15am – Group Fitness/Boxing
Kianinny Staff Recommendations
Dining and shopping in Tathra
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. (02) 6494 1101
Blend Café - Directly across the road from Tathra Beachside and famous for great coffee. They serve homemade delights and offering a great range of homewares, jewellery and gift ideas including locally produced spices and oils. Open seven days a week. Their coffee is AMAZZING (02) 6494 4232
Tathra Beach & Bike — Tathra Beach & Bike, the one stop shop for all your adventure needs from biking, surfing and skating. Tathra Beach & Bike will give you all the information you need about the 50 kilometres’ cross-country mountain bike tracks at the top of Kianinny’s driveway, as well as sales & hire of biking, surfing and swimming equipment. (02) 6494 4357
The Wharf Local — Stunningly located at the Tathra Wharf, they specialise in local produce. “You must try their muffins, they are to die for”! Browse the work of local artisans who find expression in ceramics, textiles, jewellery, print, photography and paint. 0438 762 175
Wild Orchid – A must for breakfast. A favourite of the Kianinny team is the Avo on sourdough! (02) 6494 5229
Tathra Oysters — 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!
Fat Tony’s - Experience the delights of Fat Tony's Bar & Grill at the top of the hill in Tathra. Cocktail bar opens at 5.30pm, dinner from 6.00pm. (02) 6494 4550
Wheelers Seafood Restaurant (Merimbula)– Enjoy the new alfresco Oyster Bar. Drop in for a beer, wine or cocktail and amazing oysters and snacks.
Mimosa Wines – Enjoy wine tasting and lunch or dinner on the deck overlooking the mountains or enjoy tapas on the deck daily from 2pm. (except Tues) Open 6 days for lunch, plus Friday and Saturday nights for dinner.
Longstocking 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 – 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.
Tathra also has a small, but well stocked IGA Supermarket, a bakery, butcher, chemist, newsagency, and two convenience stores. Larger chain supermarkets are located in Bega, approximately 20 minutes drive from Tathra. As Tathra is only a small town, restaurants can fill and book out fast. It is recommended you make a prior booking to avoid disappointment.
More fun activities to keep everyone entertained
Flying fox and Archery – Kianinny Bush Cottages! No need to go anywhere, if you stay with us during school holidays, we run sessions on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. We can also run a private session if your group is of 10 or more people. Perfect for birthday parties, family reunions..
Mountain Bike Riding – A popular 32-kilometre loop features three steady single tracks climbs, Evil Tom, Kingy's Climb and Nelba's Rise and three sweet descents, Bridges (named after the numerous bridges it traverses between its swooping turns), Nizentite and Anchors Away. You can start at the top of this section, accessing it from Thompsons Road (next door to Kianinny) or start from the bottom, 800 metres north of the TMB shop.
Coast Life Tours - The Coastlife Adventure team can take your Sapphire Coast experience to a whole new level with river and sea kayak tours, stand up paddling, raft adventures and surf school. The stunning sandy beach at Tathra provides the perfect environment to try new summer sports, and summer holidays mean daily surf schools, SUP hire or lessons. (02) 6494 1122
On the Perch — On the Perch offers visitors a series of unique interactive bird aviaries that will provide an all ages, educational experience with diverse feathered friends from Australia, Asia and Africa. Meet the Keeper at 11am. Find the perfect gift at "The Bower". Enjoy "Brood" cafe with a difference.
Magical Oyster Tour – Cruise beautiful Pambula Lake and learn about the fascinating work of the oyster farmer.
Potoroo palace – Native Animal Education Sanctuary. Train rides and keeper talks every day at 11 and 2.
Walking trails and hikes
Kangurtha Track (Bournda National Park) 9kms one way
Mid way access for half walk at White Rock, Kianinny Bay or Turingal Head for full walk. The Kangarutha Track follows the coastline from Tathra’s Kianinny Bay to Turingal Head through Bournda National Park. This 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)
Loop Time: 6 hours. Grade: Difficult
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, Thompsons Road Tathra (Tathra Forest Wildlife Reserve) 4 Kms
Return time: 2 hours. 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 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.
Hobart Beach to Bournda Lagoon (Bournda National Park) 5kms
Return time: 2 hours. Grade: Easy
Stroll through low coastal heath and eucalypt forest to see the tranquillity of the Bournda Lagoon.
Hobart Beach campground to Bondi lake (Bournda National Park) 2Kms
Return time: 1 hour. Grade: Easy
Hidden just behind the coastal dunes discover Bondi lake, a fresh water lake filled with waterbirds for the nature lover.
Even more places to see and activities to do!
Mimosa Rocks National Park
5 km north of Tathra is picturesque Mimosa Rocks National Park. One of NSW's most attractive parks it stretches north for 17 km along a strip of coastal beaches, caves, cliffs, rocky coves, massive offshore rock stacks, headlands, lagoons, coastal lakes and a heavily wooded hinterland, including patches of rainforest. The park supports a rich and diverse range of birdlife, including honeyeaters, lorikeets, wrens, thornbills, cormorants, great egrets, sea eagles, goshawks, crested terns, silver gulls, pied oystercatchers, hooded plovers, topknot pigeons and brown cuckoo-doves. There are also sugar gliders, ring-tailed possums, brushtail possums, bandicoots, wallabies and some echidnas and goannas. Snorkelling, surfing, rock and beach fishing, swimming, spelunking, picnicking, exploring and bushwalking, coastal birdwatching and foreshore fossicking can all be successfully pursued.
Moon Bay – 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.
Nelsons lagoon – 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.
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 at the northeastern tip of Bournda National Park, a known fossil site which covers an impressive span of coastline consisting of steep cliffs and rugged rock masses in the upper half and excellent surfing and fishing beaches to the south. The two halfs are neatly bisected by Wallagoot Lagoon. This 500-hectare lake is an unspoilt area ideal for canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, beach and rock fishing, prawning (in season), safe family swimming in the shallows and, on the southern side of the lake, picnicking at Hobart Beach and Scott's Bay. There is a boat ramp at Wallagoot Gap, just north of Turingal Head at the mouth of Wallagoot Lake, which offers fine views back across the lake and down the coast. It can be reached via a walking track that starts at the Wallagoot Lake Boat Club.
The northern section can be reached via Kianinny Bay where there are picnic facilities and a lookout on the northern headland. A 9‑km walking track leads south from the timber bridge across the creek at Kianinny through precipitous cliffs, fallen debris and tiny inlets to Turingal Head. Other shorter tracks branch off from the main route.