From its original inhabitants, the Bugelli-Manji tribe, to bushrangers, the Gold Rush and beyond, Moruya has a rich history filled with the colour and romance typical of Australia's early days.
During gold mining times, industries like dairying, fishing and oyster farming were an important part of the town's economy and still are today. Moruya also quarried stone and is famous for the fine-grained blue granite used in Sydney's Martin Place Cenotaph, Post Office, the Bank of NSW and the statue of Captain James Cook in Sydney's Botanic Gardens. The beautiful stone for the piers and pylons of the Sydney Harbour Bridge was also provided by Moruya's quarry.
With its beautifully preserved and restored historic buildings and churches, Moruya is a country town surrounded by rich farmland and a mountain range backdrop, with easy access to beaches and National Parks. It's main feature is the magnificent Moruya River the splendour of which can be viewed from the bridge leading into the town centre. Riverside picnics, barbeques or fishing from the banks of the river are popular activities any time of the year.
Fast becoming the "cultural hub" of the South Coast, Moruya hosts the annual Jazz Festival late October, the River of Art festival mid-year which features performing artists of local, national and international renown. The town also hosts an on-going dynamic visual arts program showcasing the best of traditional and contemporary art works by some of the finest artists in the region. Exhibitions are held at the Mechanics Institute, Eurobodalla Shire's sole public arts venue. There is something for everyone in Moruya.
Discover the magic of Moruya
Experience horses, go-karts, motor sports, mountain bikes, kayaks, golf, lawn bowls, surfing, fishing, skydiving, whatever turns you on! Moruya offers an array of adventure and outdoor activities hard to beat anywhere on the NSW south coast! Join the fun of the rodeo, back a winner at the Moruya Racecourse, hire a go-kart or enjoy an action-packed event at Moruya's Surfair Speedway. Hop aboard a scenic joy flight with Moruya's Aero Club, or for those seeking the ultimate thrill, dare to skydive surfside and take in the spectacular views of the south coast pristine beaches.
Relax with family and friends at any of the town's quirky cafes and award winning restaurants. Explore the eclectic mix of specialty shops, all in an easy stroll through the streets of the town centre, or grab a bargain at the Saturday morning market specialising in fresh & organic produce, bric-a-brac and original art and craft.
Stay, Unwind & Enjoy old-fashioned country charm and warm hospitality. Moruya has accommodation choices to suit all needs and budgets. You will find quaint B&B's, cosy motels and beachside or riverside holiday parks, all close to town. With its ideal rural and riverside location, and only a short drive to pristine beaches and national parks, Moruya offers a delightful holiday and short-stay destination.