Why Live in Mogareeka?
Mogareeka is a 10 minute drive from Tathra and is surrounded by the Tanja State Forest and Mimosa Rocks National Park. The Mogareeka area would have been an area regularly visited and occupied by Aboriginal peoples prior to European settlement. Recorded Aboriginal sites exist within the area and other timberlands in the southwest of Mogareeka. These lands are currently under the ownership of the Bega Local Aboriginal Land Council.
The first European to see this stretch of coastline was George Bass, who put ashore at Mogareeka Inlet in 1797. The area was first settled by Europeans in the 1820s and 1830s. Bega township was established in 1851, and in its earliest years the town traders used Moon Bay as a regional port. Timber and sheep products were shipped from its sheltered waters. You can still see a log-slide and mooring ring. Tathra wharf was built in the 1860s, but the scarcity of water held back the development of a town until 1876.
Over the last 120 years the land now in the park has been used for a range of economic ventures. Logging, agriculture and fossicking have all come and gone. Oyster farming continues in the waters of some lagoons next to the Mimosa Rocks National Park. Timber getting and other forest industries had occurred in most of the reserves in the region, with sawlog and sleeper cutting common in the area. You can still see the remains of sawmilling and other forest industries throughout some sections of the park. There are also various remains of mining in the area, which wasn't extensive or long-term.
One of the major challenges for the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the government in the late 1960s, was the protection of a significant proportion of the state's remaining natural coastal lands before they were lost to development. At that time very little of the coastline was protected in reserves, and development pressures were increasing. Once-remote areas of the coast were being affected by residential and tourism developments, and forestry activities were affecting native forests.
In July 1970, the government announced its decision to protect 37 kilometres of ocean frontage in the region by establishing conservation reserves over some 21,450 hectares of coastal land.
Real Estate & Design
The homes in Mogareeka are similar to Tathra’s, but most are well hidden and are of timber and natural materials. Traditional cottages and holiday houses have been renovated and a modern feel is beginning to emerge. Many houses are holiday retreats, and are large with extensive decking looking over the River mouth and ocean. There are architectually designed homes set high on the hill that have fantastic views from most rooms.
Mogareeka is close to Tahra, a town that is well covered for the basics of day to day living. There are supermarkets, a post office, a pharmacy, clubs and take away shops. For further shopping needs, Tathra residents either head to the new Tura Beach shopping centre or to Bega.
Sports & Fitness
This location beckons you to dive, snorkel and fish every which way you want. The sheltered beaches are home to surfers and boardriders.
The surrounding National Parks offer a variety of activities and sports for all ages. There are opportunities for fishing, swimming, surfing, snorkelling, walking, birdwatching or just sight-seeing. Car-based, walk-in and caravan camping is available. There are picnic areas and carparks for other activities like hiking. Mogareeka Inlet is the point to put the boat in and cruise to where the flathead are biting upstream. You can go prawning in season or simply set out to sea from Kianinny Bay and have direct access to the Pacific Ocean. Bournda and Mimosa Rocks National Parks present a beautiful itinerary of lagoons, cliffs and beaches to explore, while the Tathra Wildlife Reserve is bursting with the flora and fauna.
Mogareeka is only a short drive to Tathra, a small town with a strong sporting network. The Tathra Country Club has a brilliant golf course and tennis courts. There is also a Bowling Club. Many local children are involved in the well run Nippers program that operates through summer from the Tathra Beach Surf Lifesaving Club. Other fitness activities such as rowing, yoga, dancing and mountain biking are well supported in the area.
Distance from Cities & Transportation
Mogareeka is a 10 minute drive to Tathra. Tura Beach and Bega are an easy 25 minute drive along the Sapphire Coast Drive. Bus services run regularly between Tathra, Bega and Merimbula and full bus services for school children are provided.
State and interstate bus services have daily services to Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra from Bega. The nearest airport is located on the outskirts of Merimbula and has daily flights to and from Sydney and Melbourne.
Mogareeka is a 3 hour drive from Canberra, 6 hours from Sydney and 8 hours from Melbourne.
At the far northern end of the Mimosa Rocks National Park lie the Mimosa Rocks, after which the park is named. These were in turn named after the Paddle Steamer Mimosa, which ran into them and sank with the loss of two lives in 1863. A short walk of 300 metres runs from the northern carpark at Aragunnu to a viewpoint over the rocks. This path is constructed to a standard suitable for unassisted wheelchairs. Explanatory signs at the carpark give further information on this historic wreck.
Restaurants & Cafes
The nearest restarants and cafes are in Tathra, only a short drive away. There are cafes with views, fine dining, gourmet pizzas, vineyards and fresh seafood at the wharf. Excellent value for money can be found at the local clubs and hotels.
Schools, Education & Institutions
Primary aged school children are catered for at the Tathra public primary school. The local primary enjoys the support of the strong community. Tathra students can attend private schools in Bega and are able to choose from a Catholic, Rudolph Steiner or Montessori primary schools. Secondary aged students attend the local Bega High Public School, the Sapphire Coast Anglican College or the Lumen Christi Catholic College at Pambula
- Municipality:Bega Valley Shire Council