• 2015 Tourism Awards - Gold Winner
  • 2015 Tourism Awards - Gold Winner
  • 2015 Tourism Awards - Bronze Winner
  • Star Ratings Australia - Gold List April 2016

Surfing

We’re guessing one of the reasons you’ve chosen to spend your valuable holiday with us is to indulge in some quality time on the water. Whether you’re a gun or a kook, a groaner or a grommet, whether you ride a SUP, a Mal, an esky lid or a goat boat, there are waves for you!

Right across the road is TATHRA BEACH AND BIKE with a great range of gear for hire and sale. Why not hire a stand up paddleboard (SUP) and take the family to Mogareeka Inlet - 500 meters north - to test your skills on the calm clear waters of this pristine estuary before you chance it in the waves.

Tathra Beachside has easy access to surfing breaks just a short walk from your site to the beach, where there’s plenty of room for everyone. All along Tathra Beach you’ll find lovely little banks breaking left or right over a sandy bottom, suitable for surfers of all abilities.

Swell starts working at less than 1 meter and holds up to 3 meters. The predominant swell is from the south or east, so the less experienced riders should head to the southern end of the beach, which is patrolled during the summer months, just be careful to stay out of the flags. The further north up the beach you venture, the greater the wave size so always have a good look and surf within your abilities.

Best time is early morning, when the breeze is off shore, ideal on a mid to high tide. At the northern end of the park is a spot called ‘The Poles’. This is a great wave when it’s working, but for experienced surfers only. This part of the beach is not patrolled and it’s a long-ish paddle. The river mouth is also good in big swell, but only for experienced surfers.

There are dozens of surrounding surf breaks throughout the Sapphire Coast, and part of the fun is exploring the Mimosa Rocks National Park and finding your own little peak… and chances are you’ll have it to yourself.

FRANK’S SECRET SPOTS

SSSSHHHHHH! Don’t tell anyone I told you, but when the swell is small, head to GILLARDS BEACH or MOON BAY to the north, or BOURNDA to the south. If the northeast wind is settled in by the time you get out of bed (lazy-bones), pack a picnic and head to the northern end of ARAGANNU.

Have fun, don’t surf alone and don’t drop in! I’ll see you out there!