Moruya is a bit of a surprise town. Firstly, because most people will not have heard of the place, but secondly because this a pretty fantastic place. Heritage plus a big chunk of influence with Australia’s greatest icon; the Sydney Harbour Bridge. An amazing fact.

The name Moruya is derived from an Indigenous Australian word, mherroyah, meaning "home of the black swan". Black swans can still be seen in the lakes and rivers around Moruya, and the black swan is used locally as an emblem.

The first European settler was Francis Flanagan from Ireland who settled at Shannon View in 1829. The town centre was surveyed in 1850 and the town gazetted in 1851. Moruya was proclaimed a municipality in 1891.

The Moruya Quarry became known as the Government Quarry, opened in 1876 on the northern bank of the Moruya River. From 1925 to 1932, the Harbour Bridge works saw 250 stonemasons employed. The Moruya Quarry is still operated by the New South Wales Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources. A cenotaph acknowledges this contribution.

Other local industries were timber getting, gold mining, dairying and of course the quarrying for granite.

The Catholic and Anglican Churches are fabulous and classic examples of the era. The United likewise a 100 year building.

The main street of Moruya is enchanting and there are points of interest at every few metres.

The hotels also are of interest. All are classics and without exception the exteriors and interiors are full of history.

The Moruya Museum is open most days. The Museum has all the details and facts from the earlier days.

The War Memorial is located and acknowledged at the RSL and surrounds.

Moruya most likely will not feature on the visit list. Be sure to stay over and enjoy.

Heritage diary





Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course