Weekends away from Sydney: Mollymook
With the World in a very different place since Covid, there is risks of lockdowns and blocked interstate travel. But don’t let that stop you from exploring on the weekend and using your free time and annual leave to its fullest.
How to get there?
Firstly, if you don’t have a car, hire one and hit the road early to make the 3 hour trip down to southern coast of New South Wales. Secondly, I would highly recommend getting on the road prior to rush hour on the Friday to avoid the Sydney traffic to make it on to the Princes Highway in good time. Lastly, bring that playlist for a great roadtrip!
Don’t be put off by the drive, there are plenty of lovely places such as Berry, Kiama and Jervis Bay to stop and stretch your legs. The views enough are to keep your eyes entertained with the winding roads through the lush green hills grazing the sides of the Pacific Ocean.
This area is also populated with a wonderful array of wineries too – so be sure to look out for them!
Where to Stay?
At Mollymook is a 3 hour drive, I would highly recommend finding a great place to rest while you take in what the area has to offer. The place we choose to stay was a wonderful motel, Seascape Motel, situated on the hill with stunning views of Mollymook beach.
You may be thinking… motel…is this the 50s?!? I did too! My head drifted to those old movies in America, where you see them driving down route 69 and stopping at these old motels, but trust me this motel was nothing like those old movies. It was all the reviews and ratings lived up to be!
Run by a lovely couple and owned by Sydney-siders, there is the perfect blend of city style with rural hospitality. From the moment we arrived, we were welcomed, looked after and were even chauffeured around to wineries and dinner reservations which made the trip all the more streamlined.
The motel also came with a pool, which, really helped cool off from the long lunches at the nearby winery.
With a view over the ocean we really settled into our stay.
Quick Tip: get to know the management – they were extremely welcoming and helped us out with getting to our destinations (saving on cabs)
Where to Eat?
A top pick for breakfast.A delectable menu, comprising of smooshed avo and gaia bowls, served with fresh coffee.
This place is nestled on the rooftop of Bannister’s hotel. Cute with a wonderful selection of delicious nibbles and mains.
It had a vibe that is very cool casual, where you can sit and enjoy bubbles followed by cocktails and take in the atmosphere and the buzz. You may also get a pang of jealousy as the hotel guest lap up the sunshine and dip in the pool.
The food is beautifully presented and the service was great. A good way to spend the hottest part of the day before heading back to the blue ocean metres away.
Rick Stein at Bannister’s:
If you’re going to Mollymook this is a must. Rick Stein at Bannister’s situated in the top corner of the bay of Mollymook beach is the perfect spot to treat yourself or for a special occasion.
We arrived at sunset and could hear the rolling ocean and the sound of the cicarda’s in the trees.
Everything we had was 5* and would highly, if not DEFINITELY, recommend the oysters. The Glen Jones rock oysters were some of the best I have ever had. The Japanese fish cakes and scallops were also a favourite.
We had the whole evening to enjoy ourselves and the service was incredible.
Where to go?
An award winning south coast wine and food experience, Cupitt Estate was definitely worth the visit.
As you pull into the Estate, you are met with rolling hills surrounding you, lush and green as far as the eye can see. We opted to book a wine and cheese tasting, guided through by an excellent host, who took us through the family history of how Cupitt Estate came to be. I won’t give away all the secrets.
Don’t like wine? No problem! They are also a brewery, fromagerie and grow most of their own produce on site.
With all wines ranging from bubbles through to the red, you can sit back, relax and take your time to make it through this gem in between Milton and Ulladulla.
If you are heading there on a weekend, be sure to see if they have live music on Sundays! Head to their website here to see what is on.
Mollymook and Ulladulla
These beautiful ocean towns have plenty to do, from laying on the beach, getting a surf in or if its the right time of year Whale watching too!
Check out local updates for events when you are planning your visit.
Things to remember:
- Book your restaurants to guarantee a table
- Book your winery to ensure a good spot
- Speak to the locals they are so friendly
- Pick up the local taxi service – there is no uber!
- Forget your swimmers, sun cream and relaxing vibes
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