Pristine Beaches

Tathra Beach with its sapphire waters is a 4 kilometre stretch taking in the vista of the Tathra Historic Wharf to the Mimosa Rocks National Park Headland.

Here you can watch the surfers and dolphins catch the waves, swim to the Wharf with the locals, dive with the sting rays under the Wharf, or snorkel Shelley Beach where sub-tropical fish play in the soft corals.

Just a short drive from Tathra, Mimosa Rocks National Park offers show-stopping headland views, secluded beaches and pure lagoons.

The park takes its name from the Paddle Steamer Mimosa that wrecked in 1863 after running onto rocks at the northern end of the park. The rocks of Mimosa have distinctive castle-like features that are the result of intricate folds, faults and intrusions occurring in the rock.

The Park's headlands are great vantage points for whale watching in winter. And from early October through November you can watch the whales and their calves call into Tathra Beach for a break on their way home to Antarctica.

A must do on a stay in Tathra is to visit the headland with a picnic basket to watch whales, or to climb up and watch a sunrise, sunset or moon rising out of the ocean - it will be something you won't forget.

Map of Beaches

Kianniny Bay

A sheltered bay from northerly winds, perfect for snorkelling. A jetty provides access to the Pacific Ocean for all boats. 

The Bay is the starting point of the Kangarutha 9km walking trail that hugs the coastline and takes you from Tathra south to Wine Glass Bay and Wallagoot Lake.

Facilities include;

BBQs and children's playground.

Home of the Tathra Fishing Club.


Tathra Beach

Voted one of the cleanest beaches in New South Wales. 

Tathra Beach is three kilometres of safe, pristine surf beach, patrolled in summer and protected from southerlies by a steep headland.

The southern end of the beach is perfect for that morning swim to the wharf or a snorkel around the rocks.

Take a walk up the stairway for breathtaking views down over the beach and out across the bay to the Mimosa National Parks Headland.

Tathra Surf Club patrols the beach on weekends from October through to April, through Christmas holidays and on public holidays.

Mogareeka Inlet

A lovely safe swimming area with shallow waters and sandy beaches.

The launch ramp allows access to the river for power boating, water skiing and river fishing. The jetty is enjoyed by both locals and visitors. Protected waterway for canoeing, windsurfing and stand-up paddling. 

Barbecue and picnic facilities and a playground, make this a perfect family spot.

Bird life is everywhere - majestic sea eagles, pelicans, little terns, oyster pied catchers, yellow-tail black cockatoos and king parrots. Make sure you enjoy a Mogareeka sunset.


Moon Bay

A secluded cove within easy walking distance from the mouth of Bega River at Mogareeka, just north of Tathra.

It is the start of Mimosa Rocks National Park and the Bay is perfect for catching a wave or dropping a line.

Fossicking among the cliffs you can still find reminders of a time when Moon Bay was used to transfer timber and farm products onto barges.


Nelson Beach and Lagoon

Nelson Beach - sparkling blue waters and golden sand, a favourite among the surfing fraternity.

The beach offers breaks and the inlet shoals, and it is protected from north and south winds.

A walking track takes you through to a pristine lagoon and inlet.

Explore the area by canoe.

A popular spot for birdwatching.


Middle Beach

Middle Beach sits right in the middle of the Mimosa National Park’s coastline.

A lovely quiet spot with easy beach access for fishing, swimming or surfing.

Bring the kayak or canoe and enjoy paddling in the sea or on Middle Lagoon.

 Barbecue and toilet facilities.


Bithrey Inlet, Wapengo

Canoe the waterways of the inlet, passing the oyster leases that provide the area with its reputation of having some of the tastiest oysters in NSW.

Scramble over the rocks at the mouth of the inlet or walk up the headland for a spectacular view.

Barbecue and picnic facilities available.



Picnic Point

Nestled between two beautiful sandy beaches, Picnic Point has you just steps away from beach fishing, swimming and enjoying a picnic -  the simple things in life.

Campsites are marked out among the banksias.

Take a walk along the beach or a dip in the ocean. At the end of the day, fall asleep to the sounds of crashing waves.

Facilities include wood-fired pits, picnic table and toilets.


Aragunnu Beach

Walking tracks, a surf beach, and a bay with the biggest grains of sand you will see, are all part of this stunning area in Mimosa National Park.

Grassy camping areas shaded by tall coastal mahogany, picnic spots and a scenic walkway signposted with information about significant Aboriginal sites.

Toilet facilities available.