Why live in Tathra?
The Aboriginal meaning of Tathra is thought to be "beautiful country". The Tathra area was first settled by Europeans in the 1820s and 1830s. Settlement occurred after a wharf was built in response to local farmers need to transport their produce to Sydney. In 1861-62, a larger wharf was invested in by the farmers and the Illawarra Steam Navigation Company. The wharf was built on turpentine supports set into solid rock. Regular shipping commenced in 1862. For many years, the only reliable link to Sydney was by the steamers that carried passengers and produce from the area including cheese, butter and pigs.In later years, Tathra gained a reputation as a holiday spot with visitors and local farmers. It is still recognised as a popular holiday destination today.
The Tathra Wharf continued to berth steamers until the 1950's. The National Trust has recognised the importance of the Tathra Wharf in the history of the South Coast and also as part of Australia's heritage identifying it as the only remaining restored steamer wharf on Australia's coastline. The wharf remains an icon in Tathra and is used regularly for fishing, leisure and by history buffs.
Tathra today has developed a modern coastal style of beach living with the added advantage of a laidback attitude. It is popular with retirees, executives and teachers with many residents driving the fifteen minutes drive to Bega each day.
Real Estate & Design
High on the hills of Tathra colonial style weatherboard homes dominate. While some of these have been renovated and modernised, others have been given a complete facelift including an extra level to take advantage of the north facing views. Decidedly tired real estate has been removed, bulldozed to make way for ultra modern, ultra sleek beach style real estate. Wide verandas that encourage the al fresco life style and an appreciation of the sheer beauty of the coastline are a common feature. Contemporary and traditional style architecture is strictly not for Tathra. Here, in this small pocket of the far south coast, you will find houses looming on the sides of cliffs clinging to the support of solid steel beams. Walls of corrugated iron and roofs with rolling curves are not unusual. Tathra is traditional Bega’s trendy cousin.
There are areas of traditional contemporary style housing, land developments reflect the housing trend of the time however overall the vibe of Tathra is one of rejuvenation. Traditional cottages and holiday houses are being given a shake over and a modern feel is beginning to emerge.
Tathra is well covered for the basics of day to day living. Supermarkets, postal agencies, pharmacy, clubs and take away. For further shopping needs, Tathra residents either head to the new Tura Beach shopping centre or to Bega.
Sports & Fitness
Tathra has a strong sporting network and has representation in many team sports. The strong community rallies behind their sporting teams and they are opponents to be feared.
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
Tathra is an approximate ten to fifteen minute drive from Bega, depending on whether you time the twice daily crossing of cows along the Jellat Jellat flats. Tura Beach and bega are an easy twenty 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.
The Old Tathra Wharf is so much part of Tathra’s history that the town cannot be mentioned without the Wharf. It remains a integral part of Tathra, although now for purely recreational activities.
Tathra is blessed with lying geographically between two particularly spectacular National Parks. Mimosa Rocks National Park lies to the north of Tathra and Bournda National Park to the south. Both parks offer excellent water sporting facilities, camping sites and walking tracks.
Restaurants & Cafes
Tathra has a number of fine dining experiences to enjoy. From cafes with views stretching over the northerly aspect of Tathra Beach, charming fine dining in a historic villa, gourmet pizzas, vineyards to fresh seafood at the wharf, Tathra can offer it all. Excellent value for money can be found at the local clubs and hotels and if you are after Chinese, well Tathra has that too.
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
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