Tathra Beach is one of the best beaches along the South Coast of New South Wales. Not only is the beach supremely picturesque but there are loads of fun things to do during a visit. On top of that, there are loads of great Tathra Beach accommodation options, including the well-known Tathra Beachside.
In this guide, we’re going to tell you everything you need to know about visiting and staying at Tathra Beach on the Sapphire Coast.
Read about the Mimosa Rocks National Park (guide coming soon)
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About Tathra Beach
Tathra Beach is a spectacular 3km long sand beach in the heart of the coastal town of Tathra. The gorgeous sand beach is surrounded by a narrow foredune consisting of coastal bushland, providing a superb natural ambience.
Better yet, the beach is well protected by the headland (Tathra Head) from southerly winds. This means you shouldn’t encounter wild sea breezes that you would at other beaches along the South Coast of NSW. Personally, Beck and I loved visiting and thought it was one of the most beautiful beaches in NSW.
The southern area of the beach is patrolled in summer, while the northern area is a dog-friendly zone. So, Tathra Beach really is a great place to visit with the family, including pooch.
At the southern end of the beach, you’ll find the famous Tathra Wharf at Tathra Head. While, at the northern end, you’ll find the scenic Mogareeka Inlet, where Bega River meets the ocean. In between, you’ve got countless superb accommodation options, including the popular beachfront Tathra Beachside, which is also known as the Tathra Beach Caravan Park.
With plenty of fun things to do at the beach and plenty of accommodation along the beach, Tathra Beach is really the ideal location for a family holiday, romantic weekend away or even just a day trip, if that’s all you can manage.
Before we look at all of the great accommodation at Tathra Beach, including Tathra Beachside, let’s look at exactly where it’s located.
Where Is Tathra Beach?
Tathra Beach is located in Tathra on the Sapphire Coast of New South Wales. It’s around a six hour drive away south of Sydney.
FYI – when it comes to Tathra Beach parking, there is an official car park at the southern end of the beach located here. There is also plenty of streetside parking on Andy Poole Drive as well as a few small parking areas, off Andy Poole Drive, around the southern end of the beach.
Beach Address: Andy Poole Drive, Tathra, NSW 2250
Where to Stay at Tathra Beach
Part of the appeal of Tathra Beach is all of its excellent accommodation, which are positioned just a stone’s throw away from the beach. Certainly, there are quite a few outstanding accommodation options dotted along this stretch of the coast. But, in terms of beachfront location, it’s hard to beat Tathra Beachside.
Tathra Beachside is the most popular accommodation option at Tathra Beach. The holiday park occupies an impressive 500 metres of the beach. Indeed, the unrestricted beachfront location affords stellar views of the beach. With loads of accommodation options, excellent facilities and amenities as well as an unbeatable location, we’re sure you’ll find something that suits your needs at Tathra Beachside.
Stay at Tathra Beachside
- 500 metres of unrestricted beach frontage
- Villas, cottages, glamping and camping
- Swimming pool and water park
Other Places to Stay at Tathra Beach
When it comes to accommodation at Tathra Beach, it’s just not about Tathra Beachside. There are plenty of other great accommodation options along and near the beach. Below, we’ll look at the other best accommodation in the area.
Tathra Hotel and Motel
- Heritage-listed and recently renovated
- An on-site garden, terrace, restaurant and bar
- Evening entertainment and room service
Tathra Beach House Holiday Apartments
- The best holiday apartments in the area
- Landscaped grounds with native gardens, ponds and waterfalls
- Two swimming pools and spa pool
Tathra Beach Eco Camp
- Eco-friendly cabins
- Tranquil setting
- Shared kitchen
Things to Do at Tathra Beach
Now that you’ve figured out where to stay at Tathra Beach, let’s look at all of the fun things to do during a visit. Below, we’ve listed some of the main activities to do in the area.
- Playgrounds at Taylor Square and Lions Park
- Fishing at Mogareeka Inlet
- Walking tracks: walks in the immediate area include the Tathra Headland Walk or Tathra Beach Walk. But, for the best nearby coastal walk, we recommend parking at Ray Whyman Reserve, just north of Mogareeka Inlet. From there, follow the Fords Walking Track into the Mimosa Rocks National Park (guide coming soon) and make your way to the remote Moon Bay (guide coming soon) and superb lookout at Wajurda Point (map here).
- Mountain biking: Tathra is one of NSW’s premier mountain biking destinations with around 50km worth of trails. Not far from the beach, you’ll find the Bundadung network, which features some of the best mountain bike trails.
- Wildlife spotting: you can spot migrating whales and many seabirds such as the endangered Little Tern. There are also tonnes of wallabies and kangaroos who love to explore the beach at dawn.
In terms of hiring equipment, such as kayaks, paddleboards or bikes, your accommodation should be able to help organise this for you. Otherwise, head to Tathra Beach and Bike.
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Of course, when it comes to things to do in Tathra Beach, no visit is complete without visiting the historic Tathra Wharf. Built in 1862, it’s the only deep sea timber wharf on the east coast of Australia! So, it’s no surprise that the Tathra Wharf is heritage-listed. Make sure to head to Wharf Cafe, the on-site museum or simply wander along the Wharf deck to enjoy scenic coastal views.
Tathra Beach Country Club
The Tathra Beach Country Club is also a popular place to visit. Whether you’re interested in playing tennis, some golf with the kangaroo-filled courses or simply want a drink in the beer garden, the beach club is the place to be! The country club is also well-known for its highly-rated Chinese Restaurant.
Facilities and Amenities at Tathra Beach
Tathra Beach has excellent facilities and amenities. Below, we’ll list the main facilities at the beach.
- Formal parking area and streetside parking areas
- Surf Life Saving Club
- Toilet block
- Change rooms
- Opposite-facing parks, playgrounds, picnic tables and BBQs
- Natural shaded areas
- Mobile phone coverage
- Lifeguard patrols during summer
- Dog-friendly zone on the beach
- Equipment hiring at holiday parks and shops along the beach
- Cafes and restaurants along Andy Poole Drive
Accessibility at Tathra Beach
In terms of accessibility, the local community at Tathra really lead the way.
At Tathra Beach, it’s possible to hire beach wheelchairs with floats from the Surf Life Saving Club for free. Also, the playground at Taylor Square is an all-abilities playground.
Genuinely, Tathra Beach is a great place to visit for all.
Things to Do Near Tathra Beach
Tathra Beach is also a great base for exploring places nearby. In terms of other beaches near Tathra, there are plenty of remote beaches in the Mimosa Rocks National Park (guide coming soon) and Bournda National Park.
Personally, Beck and I think one of the best places to visit near Tathra is the underrated Kianinny Bay. It’s a lesser-known yet gorgeous bay, that’s a great place for a picnic.
Otherwise, if you’re happy to travel a little further afield, you could head south to check out the gorgeous coastal town of Merimbula. In the opposite direction, you could head to Bermagui and check out the sensational Bermagui Blue Pool, Camel Rock or Horse Head Rock.
How to Get to Tathra Beach
If you’re travelling from Sydney or Canberra, the most convenient way to get to Tathra Beach is to drive there. If you don’t have a car, we recommend hiring one for the day or for your South Coast NSW road trip.
In terms of public transport, you can get a bus from Bega to Tathra. But, if you’re travelling from Sydney or Canberra, we don’t recommend using public transport as you’ll likely have a long and tedious journey. Definitely, it’s best to drive yourself, if possible.
If you don’t have your own car, you should hire one using Discover Cars. Personally, we use Discover Cars and highly recommend them for finding your ideal car hire at an affordable price. Booking online is super easy and the free cancellation policy is great.
Here are our gear essentials for your road trip along the sparkling South Coast of NSW or for any trip around the globe!
Of course, for your visit to the beach, you’ll also need to wear a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, a long-sleeve shirt and plenty of water.
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EPICKA Universal Travel Adapter
Having an EPICKA Universal Travel Adapter is one of the best accessories to travel with, especially if you’re travelling to multiple continents during your trip.
Noise Cancelling Headphones
If you’re looking for the most budget-friendly yet high-quality noise-cancelling headphones for travel, then look no further than the Anker Soundcore Space Q45.
To find out more about all of the gear that we use and recommend, read our guides about our favourite travel gear, camera gear and hiking gear. Otherwise, read our comprehensive travel packing checklist.
Tathra Beach FAQs
Below, we’ll answer the most frequently asked questions about Tathra Beach.
What Is Tathra Known For?
Other than being well-known as a beautiful coastal town, the historical Tathra Wharf certainly stands out as a recognised attraction.
When Is Tathra Beach Patrolled?
It’s patrolled in summer.
Is Tathra Beach Dog Friendly?
Yes, the northern end of the beach is dog-friendly.
Who Owns Tathra Beachside?
It’s owned by Michelle Pettigrove and Frankie J Holden.
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We acknowledge and respect the First Nations people as the Traditional Custodians of the land/water that we visited and recognise that sovereignty was never ceded.