Tathra, New South Wales

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Tathra
New South Wales
Tathra.jpg
Tathra, New South Wales
Tathra is located in New South Wales
Tathra
Tathra
Coordinates 36°44′S 149°58′E / 36.733°S 149.967°E / -36.733; 149.967Coordinates: 36°44′S 149°58′E / 36.733°S 149.967°E / -36.733; 149.967
Population 1,526 (2011)[1]
Postcode(s) 2550
Location
  • 446 km (277 mi) from Sydney
  • 18 km (11 mi) from Bega
LGA(s) Bega Valley Shire
State electorate(s) Bega
Federal Division(s) Eden-Monaro

Tathra (/ˈtɑˑθrə/) is a seaside town on the Sapphire Coast found on the South Coast, New South Wales, Australia in Bega Valley Shire. It has a population of 1,622.

Nearby points of interest are the Old Tathra Wharf, Mimosa Rocks National Park and Bournda National Park. Mimosa Rocks National Park starts at the northern end of Tathra Beach and runs north for about 16 km. It has five access roads from the Tathra-Bermagui main road. Bournda National Park starts at Kianinny Bay, at the southern end of Tathra, and runs south for about 13 km. There is a walking track near the coast, along most of its length.[2]

The Bega River flows into the sea at the northern end of Tathra Beach, which is about 3 km long.

Tathra is said to mean "beautiful country" or "place of wild cats" in a local aboriginal dialect.[3]

History[edit]

Tathra wharf
In Tathra's seaside Memorial Gardens, a plaque commemorates the bicentenary of a tragic trek by survivors of a shipwreck.

The Tathra area was first settled by Europeans in the 1820s and 1830s, although it was outside the limits of legal settlement, the Nineteen Counties. A small jetty was built at Tathra in the early 19th century. In 1861-62, a larger wharf was built from funds donated by farmers and the Illawarra Steam Navigation Company. Regular shipping commenced in 1862.[citation needed] The wharf, built on turpentine supports set into solid rock, was restored by the National Trust, Department of Planning, and local residents. It is the only remaining coastal steamer wharf in NSW.[4]

In 1945 a local Volunteer Fire Brigade was established. In 2011 the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service opened a new Station next to the older Station which had been in place since the early 1970s. Tathra Fire Brigade is now one of the most well equipped brigades on the Far South Coast and with weekly training it has also come to be one of the most active brigades.[5]

As with the Fire Brigade, the town also has an extremely successful Surf Life Saving Club.[6]

In 2008 two children fell from the wharf. Their father jumped in to attempt their rescue, but all three drowned.[7]

Transport[edit]

Tathra Road connects the regional centre of Bega 18 km to the west. Until the early 21st century, Tathra Road was known as the Snowy Mountains Highway, which now runs between Bega and the Hume Highway via Cooma and Tumut.

The Sapphire Coast Drive connects Tathra with Merimbula 25 km to the south, and Tathra-Bermagui Road connects to the fishing port of Bermagui 44 km to the north.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Tathra (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  2. ^ "Tathra". Visit New South Wales. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Tathra". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Tathra Wharf and building] at Heritage Council of New South Wales". Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  5. ^ "Home". Tathra Rural Fire Brigade. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  6. ^ http://www.tathrasurfclub.com.au
  7. ^ "Father, sons die in wharf tragedy". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2013-11-25.