MORUYA SOUTH HEAD “village” offers visitors little more than a patrolled beach and a store, with a caravan park located 1 km to the south and the national park extending to the south. It is however a residential area and also plays host as the local beach for the township of Moruya.
Moruya South Head lookout offers superb coastal views taking in the scenic mouth of Moruya River. In springthis is a great vantage point for whale watching as these gentle giants migrate south back towards the Southern Ocean for another summer of feeding on krill.
The headland is all part of the Eurobodalla National Park as is Shelley Beach which is located just inside the river mouth offering a calmer body of water to families wanting to enjoy the beach but cautious of the surf. Its three beaches usually have low waves close to shore, however be very wary of swimming out from the beaches as tidal currents, variable shoals and channels lie off all three.
Shelley Beach also offers picnic and toilet facilities.
Close to Moruya South Head lookout is historic Moruya Heads cemetery, where 20 burials are on record and some headstones remain visible. The earliest recorded burial is from 23 August 1858 – a reminder of early European heritage in the area.
On the southern side of Moruya South Head the coast sweeps south as two crescentic east-facing beaches for 5 km south towards Congo Point. The first Moruya Heads Beach has been a popular spot for many years, with the Moruya Heads SLSC (established in 1933) located at the northern end.
A well-vegetated low foredune backed by a 100 m wide series of low foredune ridges backs the entire main beach, with the road running along the top of the dunes, which in part pound the backing Pedro Swamp.
A large sealed car park is located next to the Moruya Surf Club with access down the dune to the beach, and a gravel road runs south behind the main beach sand dunes to Pedro Point and onto to the entrance to Congo Creek.
Along this road you will find the entrance to Dolphin Beach Holiday Park
Rips tend to dominate the northern end of Moruya South Head beach with a permanent rip running out past the rocks just north of the surf club, so stay between the flags. Pedro Beach is rip-dominated and hazardous.
Beach breaks are plentiful along the northern section of the Moruya South Head beach and the full length of Pedro Beach, and if you have a boat you can look for small reef breaks out off Pedro Point. Congo Point offers a good right over the reef during east to southeast waves.
If you like fishing the best beach gutters are north of the surf club and along Pedro Beach.