Watch humpback whales and bottlenose dolphins from the beach or the golf course before a meal next to the ocean or a shopping trip to historic Milton.
By Marc Llewellyn & Georgia Rickard
With its golden sand, clear blue ocean, seaside golf course, and top notch eateries and resorts, Mollymook is a star attraction on the South Coast of New South Wales. Five minutes away you'll find the historic town of Milton, with its crowd-pleasing eateries, boutiques and art galleries.
- Spot whales and dolphins from Mollymook Beach
- Enjoy a seafood lunch or dinner at Rick Stein at Bannisters
- Shop and dine in the casual cool town of Milton
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Top things to do in Mollymook
Relax at Bannisters by the Sea
With its ocean views and famous chef, it's no wonder Bannisters by the Sea (pictured) is one of the South Coast's most fashionable resort hotels. It has 32 rooms, including luxury suites and penthouses, a day spa for massages, and a fabulous infinity pool. Imagine sitting in a hot tub on your private deck, watching whales swim past. British-born celebrity TV chef Rick Stein is the man behind the on-site restaurant, Rick Stein at Bannisters. The focus is on seafood, such as oysters, creamy fish pie and zingy fish curry. There is also an excellent Veuve Cliquot bar.
Stay at Bannisters Pavilion
A stylish new accommodation option to complement its sister hotel just down the road, Bannisters Pavilion has 32 suites and two luxurious penthouses. The hotel is steps away from Mollymook Beach and set in a grove of eucalyptus trees. A highlight here is the ample rooftop area with its bar and grill, sun beds and suspended infinity pool. It's just 900 metres (980 yards) away from Bannisters by the Sea.
Enjoy sun and surf on Mollymook Beach
The crescent of sand called Mollymook Beach stretches for two kilometres (1¼ miles) between Bannister Point in the north and Mollymook Golf Club on the southern headland. The beach is popular with sunbathers, surfers, bodyboarders and fishermen. The bay is a playground for bottlenose dolphins, and it's not unusual to see them surfing in the waves. Humpback whales also pass by Mollymook on their annual migration along the Australian coastline. Between June and August, and again from September to November, you can sit on the beach and watch them. Lifesavers patrol both ends of the beach in summer.
Play a round of golf beside the ocean
Mollymook Golf Club has two courses. The 18 hole Championship Hilltop course is peppered with native trees and birdlife and offers plenty of challenges, including creeks, dams and some pesky bunkers. There's also a nine hole, par 33, Beachside Course with beautiful ocean views from its position atop the southern tip of Mollymook Beach. The Saltwater Grill in the clubhouse also has impressive coastal views. It's open daily for lunch and dinner.
Dine at Tallwood
Next to Bannisters Pavilion you'll find Tallwood, a hatted eatery offering exceptional cuisine, an outstanding wine list and friendly service. The menu is drawn from executive chef Matt Upson's extensive travels. There's a simple interior and an open kitchen, so you can watch the chefs at work preparing your breakfast, brunch or dinner. Dishes may include confit pork belly, lamb shoulder and vegetarian options.
Shop at Milton
Just five kilometres (three miles) from Mollymook is the fashionable town of Milton. Like Mollymook, Milton has a laid-back atmosphere and flourishing surf culture, with many great restaurants and fantastic shopping. Head to Pilgrims Vegetarian Café for Mexican food and seven types of vegetarian burger. Or go to Milkhaus for excellent organic coffee, served among organic vegie patches on a rural back road. And don’t miss the galleries in the compact arts precinct for local paintings and pottery.
How to get there
The 224 kilometre (139 mile) drive south from central Sydney to Mollymook, along the Princes Highway, takes about 3¼ hours.