Moruya Heads – Eroubodalla Coast, NSW

Moruya Heads, is a small town of New South Wales on the south coast. It’s within Eurobodalla Shire council. It’s about 300km from Sydney and this town is relies on agriculture, tourism and aquaculture. This whole area was home to Walbanga and Brija-Yuin tribes. In Australia, we have indigenous people—we call them Aborigines. Just like in Philippines where we call them Ita/Aeta. The first European settlers came in about 1820’s and became a mining area for timber, gold, granite and pastures.

Sunris at camp

I remember the times when we weren’t so busy with family commitments. We were free go and visit places and could muster just about everyone in the family for a get together during Christmas. Before I started my working life, I had time to enjoy family time. So did the rest of the family too. Many of us in the average working in rotational shifts have always had problems with taking time off during Christmas or holiday seasons. That’s the nature of rotational shifts—especially when the company you work for is open 24/7 and 365 days. Work just doesn’t stop. It’s not the only factor though, the kids are now grown up and of course, they have their own agendas.

Moruya Heads, is a small town of New South Wales on the south coast. It’s within Eurobodalla Shire council. It’s about 300km from Sydney and this town is relies on agriculture, tourism and aquaculture.

Sunrise at Moruya river

About Moruya Heads

But first, a little bit about Moruya Heads. This whole area was home to Walbanga and Brija-Yuin tribes. In Australia, we have indigenous people—we call them Aborigines. Just like in Philippines where we call them Ita/Aeta. The first European settlers came in about 1820’s and became a mining area for timber, gold, granite and pastures.

The Moruya river, as you can see from these photos, at the end of that is an estuary to to the seas. Since we didn’t have a dinghy, some of my relatives who enjoyed fishing—for it’s relaxation set up camp by the river and started fishing the edge of the river. We did not catch any of course, but if you have a dinghy or larger boat, you could go further out and apparently it’s quite a good place for fishing.

During our stay here, we camped it out—it was our favourite mode of accomodation at that time. It took us back to the ages, where everything we did were back to necessities. No luxuries. It reminded us of how many people from Phillippines lives their lives. For us, it was a way to reconnect to our past—not that we lived in huts and had to cook in woodfire stoves, because we didn’t. But around us, families were living that way. Poverty.

Things to do in Moruya Heads

There are many things you can do in Moruya Heads as a tourist. For us, there were a few things to do, we had to consider our budget and the fact that we had kids with us. But if you do not have any limitations then there’s much more you can do than what we did. Here’s some of the things you can do in Moruya Heads

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Bendethera Caves Walk—this is accessible by four wheel drive. It’s about eight kilometre trail on foot. Like many trials here in Australia, they can be peaceful and relaxing—but only for the fit. For many of us, it can be a nightmare!

Bingi Bingi Point—this offers golden beaches and natural bush-lands. You’ll sea eagles flying overhead and waves crashing on the rocks.

Congo Crafts—yes, many of my family is into this. It’s about 15 minutes from Moruya. It’s a gallery studio, where the owners sell their art works, paintings, jewellery. Even though, it’s only a short drive from Moruya, when you get there it feels peaceful and feels that you are away from civilisation.

There are many more things to do here, like golf, sky diving, go karts, picnic areas, race course—which means, if you spend one week in this area, you won’t run out of places to see and do.

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Lastly, accommodation. Considering this is a small town, you won’t find big hotels out there. There are hotels there though, that you could stay in and not have to worry about setting up your own fire and putting up tents. For us though, we prefer the tents and the hassles of trying to cook on a windy day and come up with food that is actually cooked and not half cooked! It’s just part of our adventure, with that said, we stayed in BIG4 camping ground. We tend to book a year in advance when we used to do this. The reason being, is that it does gets filled up. It gets fully booked! Most people would stay there for a week. There are other camping grounds of course but the BIG4 is the one that is most easily found.

Whatever you want to do in Moruya Heads, there will be something that will wet your appetite. I am a Filipino living in Australia — a Sydney photographer and hopefully specialising in food photography, it’s a long drive to Moruya Heads. Hopefully for me, when I get the chance to go there. I can take more landscape photography. Back then, I wasn’t so much into photography as I am now.

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Jojie Certeza

Jojie Certeza is a Sydney based photographer. His passion for photography started in 2007 after being introduced by a friend who is also passionate about photography. He also founded; www.asimplecreation.com— a food photography service. He can be hired for food photography assignments

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About Jojie Certeza

Jojie Certeza is a Sydney based photographer. His passion for photography started in 2007 after being introduced by a friend who is also passionate about photography. He also founded; www.asimplecreation.com— a food photography service. He can be hired for food photography assignments