Phenomenally photogenic Tathra will captivate your senses…
Crisp days and clear water, empty beaches, solitary bush walks and amazing night skies. Tathra if anything, is more photogenic than usual in the cooler months. Dramatic clouds and ocean-scapes, misty rivers and some stunning wildlife. There are bounteous natural beauties to captivate your eyes, with no snowboarders to dodge, no battles for waves, and no queues at the bar.
Visiting Tathra in Winter transports you to a universe where the natural world quietly pervades and fills your senses. Spend time in and around our National Parks – looking, observing, moving about in our pristine environment. From the immense ocean horizons to regiments of spotted gums, bright mosses and ferns and shy animals, it’s easy to transform nature into art, so bring your camera.
Tathra and its surrounds are eminently photographable. Landscape and natural photography in the cooler months means fewer crowds, and less foot traffic, so come and enjoy our nature, her vistas speak for themselves. Stay for a while and mingle and mix with real people doing real things, in real places – move your body in and on the water, stretch your body on our rugged tracks, play pool, eat and drink beer in historic buildings…
In Tathra the ocean is always within earshot, but there are plenty of water-scape moments to be had on our lakes and rivers, their watery mouths, falls and whirlpools. Hauntingly beautiful Mumbulla Creek Falls has some beautiful, rocky scenery, and the Kangarutha Track will lead you into some isolated wilderness.
For photographers interested in landscape with colour, the sun- and moon-rises over the sea present some spectacular moments. Tathra is blessed with its historic wharf, which is one of the most photographed buildings on the coast. Nestled in deep water out on the headland, rose and gold dawns, magical moonscapes, and the rising Milky Way are all enhanced by her iconic shape and elegant wooden legs.
Try your eye at night astrophotography. Face yourself out to the East over Bournda Island and capture the rising of the Milky Way, or West from Mogareeka for its setting in the western sky. Patience can reap some outstanding rewards if you turn your head upwards and become lost in the night sky.
In Australia, the Milky Way is highest in the cooler months of the year. Depending whether you want a bright and defined Milky Way or some star trails behind a landmark, you’ll either want more or less light from the moon. Use this handy website to help you plan the best times.
While you’re out there creating amazing images, remember these places are to be cared for by all of us, for coming generations. Photographers should remain careful, respectful and considerate when interacting with our wild and sacred places.
Whales are currently heading North, and at places like Aragunnu and Gillards Beach it’s not uncommon to see them – very playful and quite close to shore. Birdlife and wildlife abound. If you’d like to get up close to our feathered friends, Tathra’s popular On the Perch Bird Park is well worth a visit, but you’ll always find critters out and about, like kangaroos on the beach dunes at Gillard’s, and masses of terns near the waters of Mogareeka.
A short way North on the tourist drive is the seaside town of Bermagui. Bermagui holds a photographic hat-trick of famous icons: Camel Rock, Horse Head Rock and the inviting Blue Pool. Bermi also boasts some great cafés to warm you after those cool early shoots.
Just south of Tathra, beyond Bournda National Park, lie both Merimbula and Pambula. Enjoy a coffee watching over the aquamarine waters around the busy and shallow Merimbula bar, its birdlife, comings and goings, surfing. The Pambula area with its twin rivers, oyster laden lake and sapphire river mouth are absolutely stunning, to enjoy the scenery and learn a thing or two get a small group together and enjoy a couple of hours on Captain Sponge’s Magical Oyster Tour, there are plenty of photo opportunities – sea eagles, ancient middens, ghostly landscape reflected in the emerald waters.
There’s nothing like a hearty, warming meal after a session out in the brisk air. After a dawn shoot, warm up with coffee and some amazing breakfasts. The Gap Espresso is open from 6am, and other village cafés along the beach strip are open shortly after.
Of course, there’s always a glass of red wine and a convivial meal to be had at Fat Tony’s Bar & Grill, or the Tathra Hotel and some of the best paper-wrapped fish and chips can be found down at the beachside shops. Little’s bottle shop holds a good stock of local wine and spirits, so settle in to your own beach house hideaway and enjoy.
Not only is Tathra in Winter a wonderful place for walking and photographing with few other people around, but you have your pick of accommodation, often at lower off-season rates. Dozens of holiday homes and cottages, retro vans and beach shacks are waiting for you. If your idea of a holiday is to invite friends or colleagues for some healthy bonding, there are plenty of group houses available including stunning Roy Grounds designed Myer House, donated to NPWS in the 1970s, on the magical Bithry Inlet.
Travel to and from Tathra also presents scenic moments – whether via the northern or southern coastal-drives, or the empty expanse of the Monaro plains, with the backdrop of snow-capped mountains, it’s as much about the journey as the destination. And if you can’t spare the time, well, just swoop in from the sky via Rex Airlines, straight to Merimbula!
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