What to see and do in Moruya

Moruya the ideal base to explore stunning beaches and unaffected bushland, set on the banks of the sparkling Moruya River with the Deua National Park forming the craggy forest terrain backdrop. Moruya is a relaxed country town with a thriving arts scene and a rich and interesting history.

During the gold-mining era, Moruya built itself up with industries such as dairying on the lush Mulenderree flats and surrounds, fishing and oyster farming and some these still form an important part of the town's economy today. 245,000 tonne of exquisite granite used in the pylons of the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge was quarried in Moruya and many of the town's magnificent old buildings are also made from this local stone. Today people visiting the region can still explore the remnants of old Granitetown and wharf as well as, wrecked barges used to transport the mammoth rock to building the most famous icon in Australia.

Moruya is quickly becoming a cultural hub for Eurobodalla and surrounds with its fantastic arts and events program. Every October, jazz enthusiasts flock to Moruya for the annual Moruya Jazz Festival. With live music played out of venues across the town and the entertaining street parade, Moruya's spirit truly comes alive. Moruya is also host to the River of Art in May, which celebrates the ebb and flow of visual art, sculpture, performing arts, film and theatre that thrives here.

Moruya is a shoppers' dream with its eclectic mix of specialty shops, boutique fashion and jewellery outlets, antique and second hand stores and the Saturday morning markets and the wonderful award winning SAGE Growers Market on Tuesday afternoons, both held at Riverside Park. Country style delis sell the best of the region's local produce and quirky cafes and award-winning restaurants are within an easy stroll.

South Head is a surfing mecca not just for locals and visitors, but for large pods of dolphins often seen enjoying the breakwater as though it was an aquatic massage. Fishing enthusiasts however, blissfully toss in lines from the wharfs dotted along the river in the hope of catching flathead, bream and whiting for the dinner table.

4WD enthusiasts can venture deep into the Deua National Park and beyond to explore this rugged wilderness. Bendethera Caves and campsite is accessible from Moruya where the unique Bendethera Wattle grows in the limestone soils and where echidnas visit at dusk.Accommodation in Moruya offers that old-fashioned country hospitality and ranges from quaint B & Bs to comfy motels and holiday parks by the water. Moruya's central location makes it an ideal base to explore the pristine beaches, national parks and nearby villages.