"There’s more to Moruya….." Moruya by tiabunna
Moruya Travel Guide: 13 reviews and 50 photos
Moruya began as a farming centre, but also grew as the port for the goldfields inland at Araluen and Nerrigundah. It was officially proclaimed a town in 1851. Later, as with many of these small coastal towns, dairying became a major industry, as did quarrying. And, although both Narooma to the south and Bateman’s Bay to the north have grown larger than Moruya’s population of 6500, largely due to retirees moving to the beach, Moruya remains an important administrative centre and the headquarters of the local Shire Council.
All of which is interesting background, but what about the town would interest a traveller? Well, there are some pleasant beaches nearby, an interesting local history, and Moruya is a good base for travels around the south coast area between Bateman’s Bay and Bermagui. What’s more, and unusually in an Australian country town, there are some interesting examples of street art. Why not browse through the ‘tips’ and learn more. By the way, the name is pronounced Murooya (the ‘u’ as in ‘hut’) and is derived from an Aboriginal word meaning ‘Home of the Black Swan’.
- Pros:An enjoyable country town near the beach
- Cons:But not on the beach
- In a nutshell:An engaging stopover on the NSW South Coast
This tip takes you to the former goldmining village of Nerrigundah. To get there, head 25km down the Princes Highway to... more travel advice
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Written May 4, 2006
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