Tathra Beach

Tathra Beach

New South Wales, South Coast

The coastline from Bermagui to Tathra, whilst beautiful, is isolated and exposed to big swells. So surfers looking for respite from big south swells will normally find safer surfing conditions in the southern corner of Tathra Beach, home to a small coastal town that enjoys a quieter existence away from busier Merimbula located down the road.

Wave Type
The safest conditions and smaller waves are normally found at the south end of the beach where soft rights and lefts often spill over broad sandbars. Bigger and at times dumping waves break up the beach that are best suited to experienced surfers when the waves are big. Watch out for rips and long shore troughs that are present along the length of the beach.

On the rare occasion that the surf is big in the southern corner at Tathra (which can happen on big north east swells), Main Beach at Merimbula can be a good option. Likewise, during strong north winds that are common in summertime, cleaner surf conditions can be found at Merimbula.

Good Wind Direction
Best on South to North West winds.

Good Swell Direction For Fun Beginner Waves
Small North to East swells and moderate South swells.

Rocks, Rip Currents and Marine life.

Have fun surfing Tathra Beach by practising surfing etiquette and surf safety.

Car parks are located at the southern end of the beach.

Lifeguard Patrolled
Patrolled daily from the 26th of December until the 26th of January, and on weekends from early October until late April - always swim between the red and yellow flags.

Beginners & kids are best to surf at beaches when Lifeguards are on patrol or with a friend who has decades of surfing experience.

Located at the surf club at the southern end of the beach and across the bridge in the reserve at the northern end of the beach.

Closest Shops
There's cafes, take away shops, restaurants, the bowling club and Tathra Beach & Bike for surf gear, or Merimbula has a wider range of shops.

Photos of Tathra Beach

Tathra Beach waves at high tide.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


Tathra Beach Peak Looking North

View north to the more exposed middle of Tathra Beach where the waves are normally bigger.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


Tathra Beach Soft Peak

The southern corner of Tathra Beach is a great spot for beginners to head to seek shelter from strong south winds and swells. On this day, the combined small south swell and high tide saw flat surf conditions in the corner.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


Tathra Beach Right

Fast south swell right.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe