Our 1930s cottage is right in the township of Moruya on the NSW south coast.
Set on a traditional quarter-acre block with an established shady garden, the cottage has 3 large bedrooms and comfortably sleeps 6 two queen bedrooms and a children's room with 2 singles. All linen and towels for your stay is included, you just need to bring beach towels
The cottage has been fully renovated, but retains some of the original features, like doors and floorboards, as well as the inclusion of modern conveniences like air conditioning. In winter you can relax by the cosy wood stove heater, which efficiently heats the whole cottage. The wrap around balcony is perfect for coffee with an afternoon breeze as you sit near the large jacaranda tree, or there is a secluded BBQ area and patio.
There are ceiling fans in all bedrooms, French doors from the lounge onto the deck, and security flyscreens on all doors that allow breezes through the cottage.
There is a TV and DVD player, and a selection of DVDs and books, as well as some children's toys and books.
The bathroom has the original 1940s clawfoot bath and a separate shower.
The kitchen is fully equipped including large fridge/freezer, oven and stove, dishwasher, as well as all utensils and crockery, cutlery and glassware. The gas BBQ is easy to use and you are welcome to help yourself to the adjacent herb garden, or to any of the citrus fruit growing in the garden.
The laundry includes a large washing machine and dryer, or you can use the original Hills Hoist
It is only a 5 minute downhill walk from the cottage to the coffee and cakes of Gundary Store. A further 10 minutes flat walk takes you to the river, and then it's only 10 minutes more on to town along the river on a shady path. On this path you won't even need to cross the highway in busy summer times
Moruya is only a short drive from many many beaches, some of which you won't have to share with anyone but seagulls. It's only a 5 minute drive to Moruya Heads main beach for a surf, playground or the walk to Pedro Point, or for children the more sheltered Shelley Beach in the Eurobodalla National Park at the Moruya river mouth, with BBQs and Moruya Heads cafe. Congo is 15 minutes to the southeast, where the creek is great for kids to paddle and explore, or the Congo beach behind the dunes for surfing. Just further south is Bingi beach and Mullinburra Point for beachcombing and exploring, as well as many beaches between on the Bingi Dreaming Track. One Tree Beach at Tuross Head is another great patrolled swimming beach, whilst Tuross has two lakes for fishing, paddling and also fabulous fish and chips whilst watching the sun set over the lake from the Boatshed deck over fish and chips.
On Saturday morning the Moruya markets are a busy place to be, with over 100 stalls in the summer season. Sitting by the river with a coffee or ice cream, and listening to the buskers whilst watching the sea planes take off and land will make you feel very much on holiday
There is also the SAGE Farmers markets on Tuesday afternoons, twice voted the best farmers market in Australia You can meet your local grower and buy directly from them all your seasonal produce, including fruit and veggies, bread, cakes, icecream, honey, meat, milk and cheese. Many of the local restaurants pride themselves on their use of local produce, and much of it is purchased at this market.
Near the town boat jetty is the Moruya Memorial Swimming Pool, now 50 years young and still a great place to get a lane to yourself and do some quiet laps. There is also a toddler and children's pool and bouncing castle on the weekends in summer.
The Moruya Golf Course is literally down the road, and has 18 long holes. There are 3 other golf courses in the Eurobodalla, including the challenging Narooma golf course, just 30 minutes to the south.
Moruya has many boutiques, or there is more shopping up the road at Mogo, as well as at least 10 coffee places in the town of Moruya
Nearby outdoor options include kayaking, surfing or stand up paddleboarding SUP with surf schools and board rental available in and around the Moruya area. There's skydiving and flying lessons, or you can just be a passenger in the sea plane and have a bird's eye view of the Eurobodalla, the "Land of Many Waters".
In fact, there's so much to do you'll need to extend your visit or come back again