The Eurobodalla Region is an undeniably relaxing place to enjoy as a family, a couple or even with friends.
My top recommendation here is Moruya Heads, home to Dolphin Beach – great for surfing as well as other smaller beaches suitable for kids and for chilling at. Only a ten minute drive away is the town, with a Woolworths, IGA and a wide variety of smaller stores, cafes and restaurants, allowing you to be in paradise with all the essentials not too far from reach.
Moruya Heads hosts a Big 4 holiday Park with unpowered sites, powered sites, various sized cabins and unsuited sites. There are also two amenities blocks for shared use which are kept clean and tidy. Beyond this, there’s so much for the family to enjoy – a resort-style pool with a hirable spa, a jumping pillow, tennis courts, playground, a volleyball net, recreation room and more. If you have bikes, this is a great park to ride around as it is quite big and has smooth dirt roads. Go Karts are also hirable for a fun activity. There are also shared walking and bike paths in the surrounding streets of Moruya Heads, with the boat ramp in close proximity.
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The boat ramp is accessible and nearby is also suitable for fishing. If you own a boat, Moruya Heads is a great place to enjoy the sea, whilst the boat ramp in town gives you access to the Moruya River which is very clean and great for water sport and tubing. At the town boat ramp is also a fun playground and the park where Moruya Saturday Markets are held weekly. Here you can find an assortment of local artisan stalls as well as the crowd-favorite donut and pizza vans.
All in all, Moruya is a great place for all types of holiday, whether you prefer to camp, caravan or stay in accommodation. You’re central to the essential shops and services you need but away from the crowds that more popular towns like Batemans Bay and Ulladulla attract.
Short drives to other nearby towns can also be enjoyable and allow you to discover even more of the pristine beaches the south coast has to offer. There’s also nearby bush trails used by local dirt bike riders and the Yarragee River accessible by car which is good to swim at if you don’t love the beach and waves.
The town has multiple pubs/taverns and various take away stores. You can experience variety given that it also has a Chinese restaurant, Indian, Thai and pizza. I would certainly recommend the Indian. The owners are very accommodating to large groups which is good if you’re travelling with multiple families or a group of friends. You’ll also find that the stores along the main road provide many local goods, ranging from jewellery to furniture. There’s also a surf store to provide all surfing essentials although it is a bit expensive.
My recommendation whilst visiting would be to also take the drive further south into Bodalla and Narooma.
In Bodalla you can find the famous Bodalla Dairy Shed, which serves up yummy scones, milkshakes and coffee. Kids also have the opportunity to feed the cows sometimes here too. There’s usually cheese tasting to experience which is all locally made. You’ll also find the Hippie Stix store nearby which sells lots of tie dye and interesting goods if it’s something you’re interested in.
Narooma is home to another Big 4 Park with similar benefits and amenities. Like Moruya, there are plenty of shops, but rather than having to travel into town, Narooma’s holiday park is in very close proximity to a range of stores.
Another option is to visit either Mogo or Tilba, both very quaint towns.
Mogo & Tilba
A highlight for me is the Mogo Pie Shop which sells fresh pies, my favorite being the butter chicken. Both of these towns have lolly stores and other variety businesses. Tilba is home to the Tilba Cheese Factory where you can also taste cheese and honey.
As it turns out, you can now Rent River Cottage via AirBnB. What a great idea!
The locals in the stores in both of these towns are very friendly and willing to help you. They’re great places to visit with the family and venture out for lunch and some shopping to support small businesses. Mogo has an ice cream shop which is always a hit with the kids too.
Many of the businesses on the NSW South Coast were badly affected by the bushfires in 2019, so it is nice to go for the day and support them as best you can.
If you find that the stores and services provided in the small towns aren’t enough, Batemans Bay isn’t more than 20-30 minutes from Moruya and has a Kmart, Aldi, Woolworths, Coles and other familiar chain stores. So if you’ve forgotten any extra camping supplies, this is the place to go.
It also has a McDonalds and KFC if you can’t resist your fast food fix. In summer every year, the Bells Carnival is held at Batemans Bay and is something to keep you or your kids occupied at night. Usually there is the same mix of rides each time but this is enough to cater for the little ones as well as the teenagers and even young adults. It’s usually about $30 for unlimited rides for the night. It’s the perfect opportunity to get out and about on a warm evening and get the adrenaline rush you need.
Overall, this part of the south coast is one that has something for everyone. It has its peaceful spots but also the essentials so you never feel too isolated. The locals are friendly, there are good spots for camping, fishing and boating.
There’s not much more you could desire.