November 6, 2018 / By Ailsa Kemp
Mollymook is a popular beach destination 3 hours drive out of Sydney. Regardless of whether you’ve come for the day or are spending the weekend, this guide gives you an idea on what to do in the area. You may notice that it isn’t action-packed with tons of adrenaline and that’s because Mollymook is all about the sea and relaxation. You may also notice that I haven’t taken you beyond Mollymook itself and into Ulladulla or Milton - they deserve their own articles.
Depending on where you’ve chosen to stay, you might decide to cook your own breakfast but if you're in complete relaxation mode, head out to one of the local cafes. Some of them take prime position on Mollymook’s main beach so you’re guaranteed a gorgeous view while you have a gloriously lazy start to the day. Mollymook Beach Hut Cafe is a local favourite with a great menu and large serves that see you through from breakfast to afternoon.
After breakfast, slip off your shoes and squish your toes in the soft sand of Mollymook beach. You will usually see surfers here as the beach is well known for its clear waters and good waves. If you feel so inclined and have surfing on your bucket list, you can always book in for surf lessons with former world champion Pam Burridge. Otherwise Mollymook beach offers a lovely relaxing walk.
If you’re heading south, you’ll come across a large tidal rockpool called Bogey Hole at the Mollymook headland. The hole is well known for protected snorkelling so come prepared if that’s something you enjoy. There is also an off-leash dog beach a little further around at Colliers Beach which is great fun if you have your 4-legged friend with you .
It’s been a lovely day with a late start and time on the beach but eventually your stomach will want more food. Try Bannisters Pavillion Rooftoop Bar and Grill. Styled by Collette Dinnigan it has a relaxed stylish beach feel and a versatile menu ranging from hearty burgers through to a great beetroot, haloumi and grapefruit salad.
After lunch, you have a few options on how you could spend your afternoon, depending on your mood. Golf enthusiasts can head to the Hilltop Golf Club for a few rounds on the championship course. If the weekend markets are on you’re sure to find some fun and unique items to take home. Or why not stay at the Pavillion and relax over coffee and a good book. There is no hurry to leave, the internet is good and there's always a chilled playlist on in the background .
If you've skipped lunch and prefer to head out for dinner - the Beachside Bistro at the Golf Club is a popular choice with locals and visitors alike. Offering good quality pub-like food, ask for a table by the window so you can enjoy the gorgeous view over Mollymook beach. Another popular destination is Rick Stein's at Bannisters where the creative seafood menu is famous world wide (though make sure you book well in advance). Or try Tallwood Eatery - a comfortable restaurant specialising in shared plates, seasonal produce and excellent service..
No matter how you choose to spend your time in Mollymook, you won’t regret making the trip. You’ll return at the end of the weekend feeling refreshed and recharged, if not a little homesick for your new favourite getaway (and great food) destination.
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