The country heart of Eurobodalla, Moruya has charm and secrets to share with those ready to explore.
It’s along this road that the first of the town’s secrets are revealed. Historic Quarry Park on the river’s edge tells the story of how Moruya provided stone for many of Sydney’s landmarks, including the pylons of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The tales of quarrying and loading granite onto barges for the sometimes perilous ocean journey are largely unknown.
The Saturday market is a great way to ease into the weekend, with fresh food, music, produce and bespoke art and craft. Choose your own pace. Shop and chat with local artists, makers and growers, who are happy to share what they know.
The SAGE Farmers Market on Tuesday afternoons is one of Australia’s best. It was twice awarded most outstanding farmers market , not only for the authenticity and quality of produce, but for the atmosphere of the market, which sees the ringing of a bell at 3pm to signal the start of trading.
If you miss the markets don’t worry. The rich agricultural land and clean waters surrounding Moruya mean there is always something special on offer at farm gates or on local menus with an unassuming mix of cafes and award-winning restaurants. Not all of these are in the main street, so a short walk and a few questions will reveal more secrets, such as the best coffee outside of Melbourne and authentic French pastries.
On your explorations, you will notice large timber carvings such as the three metre tall ‘The Airman’ in Vulcan Street. Hand crafted from large slabs by internationally-recognised artist Bryan Carrick, there are 11 more of these to be discovered. Moruya is a cultural hub with a thriving arts community and hosts a full and surprising events calendar. Check local event calendars to ensure you don’t miss the many great experiences Moruya offers, both small and large.
It’s this mix of authentic country town, food provenance and art culture, set between ocean and wilderness, that makes Moruya a special and rewarding place to explore.