Established in 1850 as a supply port for the Araluen and Braidwood goldfields, Moruya is a small riverside town 320 kilometres south of Sydney.
This is prime dairy country, but Moruya’s singularity is etched in the blue granite of local quarries. Some of the towns most distinctive buildings including the courthouse (1880) and Catholic Church were built from the local granite which was also used for the pylons of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
The town is 6km upstream of the mouth of the Moruya River which is a sanctuary for colonies of black swans and sea eagles. The river empties into the sea at Moruya Heads where you will find the landmark Mort Memorial Church and a historic, cliff-top cemetery which contains the grave of Constable Miles O’Grady who was slain in an - 1866 shoot-out with the notorious Clarke bush-ranging gang.
Easter is spills and thrills time in town when the best rough riders hit town for the annual Moruya Rodeo.