Moruya is a picturesque
rural centre located on the Moruya River and Pacific
coast about 300kms south of Sydney. Moruya offers shopping,
a weekly country market, historic buildings, restaurants,
cinema, airport, racecourse, speedway and skateboard
park. Moruya is the perfect holiday base to explore the
hinterland and coast.
Moruya is famous for its Granite stone. Granite quarried
in Moruya was used to form the pylons of the Sydney
Harbour Bridge as well as many other famous Sydney
buildings, such as the decorative columns of the facades
at the Sydney GPO, the statue of Captain Cook in the
Sydney Botanical Gardens, St Mary's Cathedral and the
headquarters of the Bank of NSW as well as many of
Moruya's old buildings.
Explore the rugged Deua National Park or the well
known tourist spots of Mogo, Batemans Bay, Narooma
and Tilba, here you'll find arts and crafts, Mogo's
famous zoo, beautiful sandy beaches and waterways.
Nearby Montague Island is the perfect place to see
the seals and penguins,
For the fishing enthusiast enjoy beach, deep sea,
game, rock and river fishing.
Moruya has a also has a museum, antiques and second
Moruya’s main industries
include timber, dairying, cattle, vegetables, fish,
oysters and tourism.
Thomas Florance first surveyed the south coast from
Batemans Bay to Moruya in 1827. Francis Flanagan became
the first resident landowner in the district the following
year. The first harbour in the district was established
at Broulee due to a sand bar at the mouth of the Moruya
River making it difficult for shipping. The sand bar
was later washed away by a flood opening up the area
to more settlers.
In 1851 gold was discovered 60
kms upstream at Araluen and on smaller creeks running
into the river between
Araluen and Moruya. The Araluen valley became one of
the richest goldfields in the county. Moruya prospered
as a gateway to the goldfields. In the 1860’s
gold was mined at Wagonga and a silver mine opened
in Moruya in 1861,
In 1892 the Moruya Co-operative Dairy factory was
opened, supplying the Sydney markets. A cheese co-operative
was formed the same year in Bergalia and the Union
Dairy Factory opened there in 1893.
Places to Visit
Deua National Park
Deua National Park is the largest national park
in the South East region. Here you can explore pristine
wilderness areas, mountains and forests and
the Deua River.
Francis Flanagan's family home
Francis Flanagan known for leasing farms to Irish immigrants
was a board member for the first Catholic school,
which was established
on his property in 1847. His home 'Shannon
View', named after an Irish river can be found off
Larry's Mountain Road.
Moruya offers a wealth of history including the Court House (1879), the Sacred
Heart Catholic Church (1889) built from local granite, the Uniting Church,
formerly the Wesleyan Church (1864), also built from local granite, the post
office (1887), the Rectory (1874) and St John's Anglican Church (1891).
Kiora House was built in 1833.
Its owner John Hawdon
was reknown for lavishly entertaining guests
as noted Australian poet Henry Kendall, and author
Thomas Alexander Browne. Kiora House was built from
the first convict-made bricks in the area, and
faces the Deua River. Kiora is privately
owned by a descendant of hawdon. The house is not
open to the public but
it can be viewed from Araluen
The Moruya markets are held every Saturday morning from
9 am in Shore St, behind the Adelaide Hotel. Browse
a wide array of stalls including arts,
crafts, clothing, local produce and much
The local museum is run by the
historical society and has wonderful exhibits
and information about Moruya’s rich maritime,
dairying and gold mining history.
The picturesque Moruya River is the ideal place to
enjoy canoeing, boating, waterskiing and fishing.
Moruya has a mild mediterranean
climate. Typical summer and winter temperatures are:
Average Winter temperatures:
6 degrees Celsius to 17 degrees Celsius
Average Summer temperature: 14 degrees Celsius to 24 degrees Celsius
Moruya is located just on the Princes Highway
about halfway between Melbourne and Sydney
- From Sydney take the Princes highway and follow
the road along the picturesque coastline.
- From Melbourne the Moruya
can be reached via Sale and Bairnsdale along the
coast using the Princes Highway.
- From Canberra travel via Queanbeyan and Braidwood
along the Kings Highway to the Princes Highway.
Air services are available to Moruya airport from Sydney and Melbourne.
Regional Express offers services to Moruya airport. For more details
Interstate bus services operate daily.
There is a
wide range of accommodation available in Moruya including
parks, camping grounds, hotels, motels, welcoming guest
homes and bed and breakfasts.
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