You may have already read that I fell in love with Broulee over Easter. Well, as much as I’d love to keep this place a secret I still need to tell you more. There is more than just it’s beauty and calmness to love. We visited a few places along our way and popped into a couple of shops and these too should be shared.
Part 2 is simply about some of the places we visited when we weren’t on the beach or riding our bikes…
Broulee is very close to Moruya (15 minute drive), Mossy Point (5 minute drive) and Tomakin (10 minute drive). There are loads of other places nearby to visit but in our short stay this is what we did:
Moruya – Moruya Country Markets
Our new friends “the neighbours” headed out early Easter Saturday morning and luckily enough my Hubster likes a chat and found out they were off to the Moruya Country Markets, right on the Moruya River. So the kids and I wasted no time, we were off and we had a ball.
There were loads of stalls, someone said over 120. The variety of stalls… amazing.
I wanted to buy something from everyone but lucky for my bank balance I only took a certain amount of cash – although I did note some stalls had eftpos facilities. We bought some local fruit and veges and delicious nuts from Batemans Bay Nut Roasting Company (3 packets for $15). They were a great addition to our cheese platters – well we were on holidays – yum!
It was a warm day so I treated the kids to a slushie and I grabbed a coffee from Rolf’s Patisserie and Coffee Van and we headed to the river to watch the sea plane land, very cool. The kids (and I) really wanted a ride… who wouldn’t?! Turns out the sea plane was from South Coast Seaplanes who run all sorts of cool tours along the coast, including one to our favourite restaurant and bar Wharf Rd on the Shoalhaven River in Nowra.
The musicians were playing so we sipped and watched the action on the water for a while and enjoyed the tunes. The boat ramp and jetty is right next to the markets and people were arriving on jet skis, boats and kayaks. The police boat cruised by keeping an eye on everyone. We went down to the jetty as we were leaving, to look at the watercraft and watch the fishing boats being launched.
The markets are held in Riverside Park so the kids enjoyed the playground equipment especially the flying fox, then the jumping castle, and a carriage ride with the handsome Clydesdale horses. The friendly Rural Fire Service staff were there, giving the kids a run down on the truck and all the equipment – jeepers they do their service proud and you just can’t go past without giving them a donation.
So much to do! Seriously something for everyone!
Moruya – The town
Town has a great feel to it, there are loads of shops we didn’t get time to wander through, pubs and restaurants as well. I can’t wait to go back and have a good sticky beak, it killed me to drive past them all. We saw a great cycling shop and fishing shop across the road, the boys were spotting all their favourites and making their own list!
There are two sets of local shops dotted along the road opposite the beach. The southern set of shops include a supermarket, bottle shop and petrol station together (what more could you want). They topped up our fresh supplies nicely. A larger set of shops are located further north. These included a surf shop (yes we purchased), takeaway shop, real estate agent and chemist … You really don’t need to leave! Oh and my fav find of the trip a little further north of these shops was Single Fin Gypsy for coffee and organic soft drinks for the kids, but more about that next time.
Hubster found a great IGA Supermarket and scored fresh supplies and some yum chicken sausages to pop on the bbq. Right next door is JJ’s at The Moorings a great restaurant who also provides take away food as well. We didn’t have time to stop and sit outside to eat but it had a great outlook over the Moorings Golf Course. Further into Tomakin is the Tomakin Sports and Social Club where you can enjoy a meal in a variety of settings and line up a hit of tennis or join in on one of their social lawn bowls get togethers. Again, next time…
My little trip down my Broulee holiday memory lane is almost at an end. I have Part 3 for you next week which features our fav coffee finds and a few other bits and pieces. Then it’s up to you… go explore and let me know what you find!
Bling and Butterflies xo