Things to Do in Mollymook: Where to Eat, Drink, Stay and Play
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Welcome to the stunning South Coast where the charming seaside town of Mollymook awaits with open arms. With its picturesque beaches, breathtaking scenery, and laid-back vibe, this easy Sydney weekender is fast becoming a must-visit beachside destination for travellers near and far. But there's more to this little town than meets the eye - from world-class dining experiences and boutique wineries to thrilling water sports and luxe accommodation, there's no shortage of memories to be made.
Ready? Read on for our favourite things to do in Mollymook.
Things to do in Mollymook: Eat
Part of Bannisters by the Sea, Rick Stein is an icon on the South Coast, and for good reason. Known for its fresh and delicious seafood, it’s the perfect spot for a date night or a special occasion when in Mollymook. Before you’ve even glanced at the menu, this waterfront stunner will have you positively swooning. Sitting pretty atop the South Coast headland, the ocean views are unmatched. The menu is a seafood lover's dream, with standout dishes like succulent coconut chilli prawns, steamed whole snapper and a mouth-watering lobster thermidor. But the real star of the show? The oysters. Served up fresh or charentaise, an equal parts weird and wonderful combination served with hot, spicy sausage.
191 Mitchell Parade, Mollymook Beach
A true all-rounder, this vibey, good times joint will take you from dinner to drinks seamlessly. Where Asian street eats meets classic tunes, delicious cocktails, and house brews, Gwylo offers the kind of lively atmosphere that is usually reserved for the big smoke. Perch yourself at the bar and watch the chefs work the woks or nab a booth and indulge in a flavour-packed fusion menu where traditional tastes are combined with modern twists and techniques. From pillowy bao buns and juicy pot stickers to Szechuan pork and grilled Wagyu, every bite is an adventure in taste and texture. Equally as on point are the cocktails so be sure to sample a few between courses.
Shop 2/85 Tallwood Avenue, Mollymook Beach
Carlo’s Italian Ristorante
For those willing to venture a little further, top-notch Italian awaits in nearby Ulladulla. Keeping true to its surroundings, Carlo’s Italian Ristorante promises plenty of seafood alongside contemporary flavours from Europe’s foodie capital. During the day you can grab South Coast staples like fish and chips and colourful fresh salads, while at night it’s all about comfort food, plying guests with generous plates of pasta, gourmet pizzas and chargrilled meats. Their linguine al porto is to die for, plated with prawns, garlic, white wine and a touch of cream.
18 Wason Street, Ulladulla
A trip to Mollymook is not complete without a visit to Hayden's Pies. This humble bakery has a cult following and it is not hard to see why once you've tasted one of their bakes. You can expect all of the classics alongside a rotating selection of delicious new combos. A few past favourites include butter chicken, kangaroo & beetroot and lamb vindaloo. We recommend popping by prior to lunch should you fancy the full selection.
Sitchu Tip: They're so good you'll want to order two - don't fight the urge!
2/166 Princes Highway, Ulladulla
Just a short drive from Mollymook, you'll find this absolute gem of a cafe. Tucked back from the main strip in Milton, Milk Haus is as farm-to-table as it gets. With their own onsite garden and chickens, each dish uses onsite produce as well as a few bits and bobs sourced from local producers. The menu changes with what is available each season but every last dish is guaranteed to impress. Garden fritters, garden tarts and elderflower spritzers are just a few of the delights you may encounter.
Sitchu Tip: Whilst you're waiting for your meal take a wander around the kitchen garden.
170 Woodstock Road, Woodstock
If you're looking for somewhere to pick up picnic essentials for a day at the beach, look no further. Not only does Lagom Bakery boast one of the best croissants we've sample to date, they also craft an incredible range of breads and sourdoughs, viennoserie, pizza slabs and more. Their coffee is on point and they've got a range of local cheeses, dips and other goodies to shop as well.
98 McDonald Parade, Burril Lake
Things to do in Mollymook: Drink
The Rooftop Bar & Grill
The Rooftop at Bannisters is the kind of place where balmy summer afternoons stretch deep into the evening, though its casual, coastal-cool vibe finds it buzzing year-round. The open-air seating area is beautifully decorated with elegant furnishings that offer both style and comfort. The centrepiece of the rooftop is the stunning pool, where you can take a dip or kick back in hanging egg chairs, perfect for sipping a drink (or two). Feeling peckish? The modern Australian menu features antipasto, steaks, salads, and schnitzels that will satisfy all cravings. The cocktail list is excellent too, with lots of colourful creations – just how we like it.
Level 2/87 Tallwood Avenue, Mollymook Beach
Tucked away in Ulladulla, Cupitt's Estate ticks all the boozy boxes boasting both a winery and brewery on site. The perfect place to sample the estate’s signature cool climate drops, the intimate cellar door is a haven for wine connoisseurs offering guided tastings daily starting from $15. Post-tasting, make your way to Dusty's Garden Bar. Casual dining at its finest, settle in amongst the vines and sip your way across the property with both its craft brews and wines available behind the bar. Did we mention there’s a fromagerie on site as well?
58 Washburton Road, Ulladulla
Things to do in Mollymook: Stay
Bannisters by the Sea
The once-sleepy town of Mollymook is now a bona fide holiday hotspot thanks to Bannisters By The Sea, a gorgeous, 34-room luxury hotel overlooking the beach. It’s a coastal-chic escape, with a rooftop infinity pool, day spa, and nautical rooms designed by Collette Dinnigan. If you’re in the mood to treat yourself, book the Spa Retreat room, which has an outdoor Jacuzzi.
191 Mitchell Parade, Mollymook
Following a multi-million-dollar refurbishment, Motel Molly offers the perfect blend of classic South Coast charm with a modern edge. Perfectly positioned just a few sandy steps from Mollymook beach, the 16-room motel oozes cool with its pastel tones, Mediterranean cool and a touch of Moroccan flair. A chic outdoor BBQ area overlooks the swimming pool, surrounded by deck chairs and scalloped Basil Bangs umbrellas which are perfect for escaping the sun with a good book and an Aperol Spritz.
2 Shepherd Street, Mollymook
The stylish little sister of the aforementioned Bannisters By The Sea, Bannisters Pavilion offers its own set of unique drawcards. With its own brand of laid-back luxury, this beachside beauty’s prime location is what sets it apart from the rest. Just steps away from the beach and town, the Pavilion places guests right in the thick of it. The rooms are spacious and modern, mixing bespoke furnishings with on-trend designer touches that perfectly complement its coastal surroundings. Come sunset, head up to the rooftop bar for a cocktail and nibbles.
87 Tallwood Avenue, Mollymook Beach
Things to do in Mollymook: Play
Bliss out by the beach
Of course, one of the main draws of Mollymook is its beautiful beaches, and there are plenty of activities to enjoy on the sand. You can take a dip in the ocean, soak up the sun or enjoy a picnic with friends and family.
And if you're in need of some relaxation, there are several spas in the area that offer massages, facials, and other treatments. Check out Spa by the Sea for the goods.
Explore the great outdoors and hit the hiking trails
Mollymook is surrounded by stunning natural scenery, including lush forests, pristine beaches, and rocky headlands. One of the best ways to explore the area is on foot, and there are plenty of walking trails and hiking tracks to choose from. The Mollymook Headland Walk is a popular option, offering stunning views of the coastline passing through the local golf course.
You can also explore the nearby Murramarang National Park, which is home to a diverse range of wildlife and has several hiking trails that take you through coastal forests and past secluded beaches.
Take your pick of water sports
Mollymook is famous for its crystal-clear waters and excellent surfing conditions. There are several beaches in the area that are perfect for beginners and experienced surfers alike, including Mollymook Beach, illustrious for its long, consistent waves. The beach is patrolled by lifeguards during the summer months, making it a safe place to swim and surf.