Moruya is a classical south coast town that authentically retains its heritage in its architecture.
When the town was first surveyed in 1850 it adopted an Anglicisation of the local Aboriginal word 'Mherroyah' which reputedly meant 'resting place of black swans'. At the time of survey there was a considerable clan living adjacent to a riverside lake where the Moruya tennis courts are now located.
The main street is still lined with hints of the pioneer past with its sandstone courthouse, old bank and two story weatherboard shops that still line the streets. As you walk around town you might like to follow the Moruya History Walk Map and discover more of the hisory of the town HERE
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 1850's 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.
Moruya offers plenty of outdoor adventures – kayaking, cycling, skydiving, fishing and surfing.
There are markets on each Tuesday and Saturday with delicious fresh regional produce
Nearby Moruya South Head has a sheltered National Park beach at Shelly Beach and as well as a patrolled main beach nearby. The Moruya South Head lookout is well worth the visit as it offers spectacular views up and down the coast and is one of the many vantage points along the coast for whale watching
The Moruya Cycleway and the Moruya Kayaking Trail are great ways to see the meandering river.
The Deua National Park offers opportunities to experience genuine wilderness with beautiful and remote campgrounds, forests, swimming holes, waterfalls and spectacular natural features. The amazing limestone Bendethera Caves, and nearby Hanging Mountain lookout, with its views across the sacred mountains of Gulaga and Biamanga, are highlights. 4WD is mandatory throughout most of the park.
For those who enjoy walking Eurobodalla offers some exceptional walks. The nearest one to Moruya, (the Bingi Dreaming Track ) starts at Congo and makes it’s way south following the coastline to Tuross Head.
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.
On your explorations of the main street of Moruya you will encounter large timber carvings such as the 3-metre tall ‘The Airman’ in Vulcan Street. This carving was modelled on the World War II Dutch aviator Gus Winckel. It honours the "allied aircrew, ground support and ancillary staff who operated from Moruya airfield during the war years". Hand crafted from large slabs by internationally recognised artist Bryan Carrick, there are 10 in all to be discovered.
* Pelagic Fish on the corner of Church and Vulcan Streets
* The Footballer in Mirrabooka Avenue
* The Little Mermaid and the Gold Miner in the Apex Park
* The Dolphins outside the Air Raid Tavern in Vulcan Street
* The Jazz Man near the Monarch Hotel in Vulcan Street
* Aboriginal Man, Black Swans, The Seapole and the Snake all in Vulcan Street, the main street.
Moruya is a cultural hub with a thriving arts community and hosts a full and surprising events calendar. In May, 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.