On the banks of the beautiful Moruya River in the Eurobodalla region of the NSW South Coast, Moruya is a surprising destination with a host of adventurous pursuits complemented by tranquil scenery and beautiful beaches.
A piece of history
The area is rich in history with Quarry Park, just north of the town on the river, the site that provided the granite for many of Sydney’s landmarks including the pylons of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Stroll along the boardwalk up to the rotunda at Historic Quarry Park to read about the area’s past, and settle in for a picnic in what really is an idyllic riverside location.
Things to do
Moruya has a great range of activities. Enjoy beach time at a host of lovely spots including Shelly Beach at Moruya Heads – visit the Moruya Heads lookout for views of the mouth of the Moruya River and maybe spot whales during the migration. Head south for the superb beaches at Congo and Bingi, as well as the scenic Bingi Bingi Point.
Go for a paddle in a kayak along the river, or stretch yourself on the Moruya Kayaking Trail which is actually two trails – a 14km round trip in pretty surrounds to the east and a 12km paddle out to Deau National Park to the west. Cyclists will enjoy the Moruya Cycleway which runs along the river from town to Moruya Heads past Preddey’s wharf which is a popular fishing spot with locals.
There are many walks in the area with the Bingi Dreaming Track not to be missed. Following in the footsteps of the Brinja-Yuin people, the 14km walk stretches between Congo and Tuross Head through various habitats with views of Gulaga (Mount Dromedary) and Baranguba (Montague Island).
For an aerial adventure, join Skydive Oz for a thrilling jump over the stunning coast or take a scenic flight with Merit Aviation, ranging from 30-60min. South Coast Seaplanes also offers a range of scenic flights, from 15-40min, as well as flights to a pretty beach for a gourmet picnic on the sand.
Eat and drink
Who doesn’t love great food, a tempting treat or a good coffee? Try Gundary Bakers where the lemon-filled donuts will have you salivating. For fine French fair, the River Restaurant is magnifique. Buy your own fresh produce at the weekly SAGE Farmers Market on Tuesday afternoons and the Moruya Country Market on Saturday.
Getting there and where to stay
The drive from Sydney to Moruya is 4h 20min and from Canberra it’s 2h 15min. You can also fly from Sydney to Moruya Airport and hire a car to explore the region. Places to stay in Moruya are plentiful and varied, including motels, holiday parks, campground and houses to rent. For a touch of history, stay at the Post & Telegraph bed and breakfast.