Moruya & surrounds
Uncover the heart of country Eurobodalla in Moruya. The thriving town is nestled on the banks of the beautiful Moruya River and built on a rich rural history and relaxed style of living.
In moruya you can connect with a vibrant and creative community with award winning markets, the annual River of Art festival, boutique shops and the creative displays at Basil Sellers (BAS) Exhibition Centre.
Things to see and do
Moruya is approximately 8km from the coast and is far removed from the fast pace of city life. Visitors from the north cross the bridge into town and are welcomed by stunning river vistas to the east and west. As you might imagine, much of Moruya’s recreation is linked to the river.
Popular water based activities include, boating, fishing, kayaking, water skiing and surfing at the river mouth. But it’s equally as entertaining on land or in the air! Take a scenic seaplane flight or skydive over the beach. Take a relaxing walk by the riverside, test your game with a round of golf, or get mobile and hire an e-bike.
Moruya is steeped in history and the heritage of the town is always on display. Much of the architecture remains unchanged since the late 19th and early 20th century maintaining a tangible connection to the town’s early establishment in the 1800’s.
Moruya is famous for its granite, first quarried in 1850, and this granite was used in the pylons for the Sydney Harbour Bridge. From 1925 to 1932, Dorman, Long and Company employed over 250 stonemasons from 13 different countries to supply, cut and dress granite slabs for the pylons.
Moruya was an important port for the Araluen goldfields and for the district’s producers. Moruya gradually developed into an important regional and administrative centre.
The carved wooden sculptures dotted along the main street honour various aspects of Moruya’s history and community. They reflect the artistic spirit of the town and flag Moruya’s growing reputation as a cultural hub.
Eat, shop, explore
Moruya offers boutique shopping and it is always a pleasure to browse the traditional shop fronts for gifts, handcrafts, home wares, fashion, shoes and jewellery, all within easy reach of extensive free parking.
There’s a range of cafes, and quality barista’s serving ethically sourced coffee. Local watering holes like the Air Raid Tavern, the Adelaide and The Waterfront feature live music on weekends and great pub food. The River restaurant offers a fine dining experience serving fresh local and seasonal produce with gorgeous views over Moruya River.
And if you are a weekend chef, you can source a range of local produce from the markets and local fresh food grocers, bakeries and butchers.
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It’s hard to miss the colour and movement spilling from Riverside Park when two of the south coast’s best markets are in full swing.
Saturday Country Market
This popular market is a great way to ease into the weekend, with fresh food, music, produce and bespoke art and craft. Shop and chat with local artists, makers and growers, who are happy to share what they know, or find a place on the river’s edge to sit, eat and watch South Coast Sea Planes come in to land. The parade of people, dogs and fashion is eclectic.
SAGE Farmers Market
Held on Tuesday afternoons this is one of Australia’s best produce markets. It was twice awarded most outstanding farmers market by ABC’s Delicious magazine, not only for the authenticity and quality of produce, but for the atmosphere of the market.
Flying high at Moruya Airport
Moruya Airport, first licenced in 1939 and acquired by the RAAF during WWII for the RAAF Coastal Surveillance network, was and is an important transport hub for Eurobodalla.
The aerodrome precinct also invites you to experience Eurobodalla from a different point of view. Get an adrenaline rush on a tandem skydive with SkyDive Oz, take a scenic flight and land on water with South Coast Seaplanes or charter your own flights or take the controls on a training flight with Merit Aviation.
More to explore
The coast drive
Tourist Drive 7 starts on the northern side of the bridge and meanders alongside the scenic Moruya River. The Historic Quarry Park is a beautiful vantage point for river views and tells the story of Moruya’s granite connection to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Mourya Racecourse, the airport and the coastal hamlets of Broulee, Mossy Point and Tomakin are accessed via the drive.
On the southern side of town, South Head Drive will lead you to Moruya Heads and Toragy Point. The historic grave site and the spectacular views make Toragy Point a rewarding trip. Further south you will find the peaceful coastal communities of Congo and Tuross Head.
The stretch of headland and beaches between the two hamlets is the Bingi Dreaming Track. The track is a long but beautiful coastal walk in the Eurobodalla National Park and follows the ancient path of the Brinja-Yuin people.
Head inland from Moruya to explore the breathtaking hinterland and the Deua National Park. The beautiful and remote Bendethera Valley campground is a perfect 4WD adventure and a great base for exploring the Bendethera Cave.
River of Art
Moruya’s arts community is celebrated every year with the River of Art Festival. Open studios, exhibitions, public performances and installations and street art are held over ten days. Check the website for the latest event details.
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Golfing the coast
Prefer your round of golf to come with cliffside sea views or be an easy stroll from the centre of town? Keen to try your skills on dog legs or double greens? Whatever your preference, the Eurobodalla’s three golf courses have it, with year-round play to boot (yes, winter conditions really can be fantastic). Club ...