What better way to explore an area than by foot.
Spend an hour, a day or more walking in the parks and reserves, in and around Tathra.
The walks outlined are some of the more popular ones, but there are many short and medium distance walks around the town or through the National Parks and Forests.
Make sure you wear strong footwear, carry food and water, and take clothing suitable for changing weather conditions.
A medium to hard 1 hour return walk on bush tracks with spectacular views. Follows the coastline and links Tathra Wharf to Kianinny Bay.
The Kangarutha Track takes you through Bournda National Park. It is a moderately difficult, 9kms one way, full day walk. The 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. There is a park-use fee if you leave a vehicle at Turingal Head.
The Bournda Lagoon Walk in Bournda National Park is a fairly difficult 6kms loop. Enter 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.
Hobart Beach To Bournda Lagoon in Bournda National Park is an easy 5kms return walk taking approximately 2 hours. Enter off Sapphire Coast Drive, south of Tathra. Stroll through low coastal heath and eucalypt forest to see the tranquillity of the Bournda Lagoon.
Hobart Beach Campground to Bondi Lake in Bournda National Park is an easy 2kms return walk taking approximately 1 hour. Enter off Sapphire Coast, south of Tathra. Hidden just behind the coastal dunes discover Bondi lake, a fresh water lake filled with waterbirds for the nature lover.
The Main Ridge Track in the Tathra Wildlife Reserve is a moderately steep 4km return walk taking approximately 2 hours. The walk starts just behind the Tathra Bowling Club or from Thompsons Road, Tathra. Along the track you will experience 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.