Moruya is a classic south coast town that authentically retains its heritage in its architecture.
Located on the south side of the Moruya River the town first came into importance when it was declared the administrative centre for the new Eurobodalla district in the 1850s and remains so today with the local Council located in the town.
Inland from the coast, Moruya has a feel of a quiet river town. To the north of the town on the coast are the beaches and villages at Tomakin, Mossy Point and Broulee and Moruya Heads with Congo, Bingie and Tuross Head to the south east.
The Moruya River is also named the Deua in its upper reaches with a road that follows its course to Araluen. Gain access via Moruya into the Deua National Park, the largest in the South East region.
Turn east (towards the airport) after you cross the Moruya Bridge and follow the Moruya River.
Along the way call in to Quarry Park that celebrates the connection between Moruya and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Information boards relate tales of quarrying and loading massive granite stones onto barges destined for the pylons of the new harbour bridge which explains Moruya is affectionately called Granite Town by many locals.
Further on, drive out to the airport and explore the North Head rockwall. This is a popular place for local fishers and surfers and is also an alternate swimming spot.
If you like cycling there is a well formed track that extends from the airport to Broulee through the banksia forests.
Moruya hosts its vibrant country markets along the river’s edge at Riverside Park each Saturday morning offering arts, homemade crafts, clothes, food delicacies and much more.
The nationally awarded SAGE Farmers Market are held at the same location on Tuesday afternoons beginning after the town crier’s bell is rung at 3pm to signal the start of trading.
Moruya is a cultural hub with a thriving arts community and hosts a full and surprising events calendar. In August the town becomes the heart of the River of Art, a 10-day shire-wide celebration of visual art, sculpture, performing arts, and film and theatre.
Check our event calendar to ensure you don’t miss the many great experiences the Eurobodalla offers over the year.
Accommodation options range from caravan and camping grounds to hotels, motels and a few B&Bs.
There is a wide variety of restaurants and cafes to cater for most tastes.
Photos by Brian Kinsela