How to spend a Relaxing Weekend in Mollymook

How to spend a Relaxing Weekend in Mollymook

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On the South Coast of NSW, Mollymook is a tranquil beachside resort, perfect for a weekend getaway. Only three hours drive from Sydney, it’s far enough to take a real break for a few days or a long weekend, and close enough so you don’t have a tiring drive. The NSW South Coast is one of our favourite weekend destinations, but usually, we stop at Jervis Bay. I also discovered Batemans Bay not long ago, but for a special birthday weekend, we pushed all the way to Mollymook. This is my guide on how to spend a relaxing weekend in Mollymook.

Take in the ocean from Mollymook, NSW
Mollymook, NSW

How to spend a Relaxing Weekend in Mollymook

The population in Mollymook, NSW is only around 1,000, keeping the place small and welcoming. The main purpose of a visit is to relax, sleep and enjoy the surroundings. Activities in Mollymook mainly revolve around the beach and enjoying delicious food. If you are keen on typical Australia beach holidays, I have the perfect guide on the best things to do in Mollymook.

Accommodation in Mollymook

There are plenty of places to stay on the South Coast and we didn’t initially think we would go for Mollymook accommodation. But Airbnb Mollymook had a good choice.

We stayed in an Airbnb with views of the Mollymook golf course
Mollymook Golf Course

We weren’t looking for luxury, just a cosy place close to the beach where we could relax and maybe enjoy a dinner of locally sourced seafood… We chose a couple’s retreat next to the golf course and we only had to cross the green to get to the beach. It was very neat and comfortable, and the owners were very friendly and welcoming.

Accommodation on the South Coast of NSW can vary a lot, from basic caravan park to luxury retreat, however, there are also plenty of mid-range places. If you need to hire a car for the weekend, I recommend RentalCars.com.

Mollymook Beach

The main attraction is obviously Mollymook Beach, with its surf and pristine sand, easily one of the best beaches in NSW South Coast. The town has a quaint feel, almost as though 1960 was yesterday. Some of the beach bungalows haven’t changed a bit…

Mollymook Beach is one of the best on the NSW South Coast
Mollymook Beach

Mollymook is very popular during summer and school holidays, but I felt it would work for any season. Wildlife tends to always be a little more active when it’s quiet…

Bogey Hole

There is a large circular rockpool on Mollymook headland. If you look at a Mollymook map, you will see it’s just south of Mollymook Beach.

Bogey Hole is just south of Mollymook Beach
Bogey Hole

The safe, shallow waters are ideal if the surf is a little rough or if you’re not too confident in the water. There are many beautiful beaches along the NSW South Coast but some of them can be a little treacherous.

You can find rock pools like Bogey Hole in Mollymook
Bogey Hole

Warden Head Lighthouse

Guarding the entrance to the Port of Ulladulla, south of Mollymook, is Warden Head Lighthouse. I am a bit of a nerd when it comes to lighthouses in Australia and I was especially taken with the ones on Bruny Island, Kangaroo Island and on the Great Ocean Road. So, I wasn’t going to miss this one on our NSW south Coast holidays.

Warden Head Lighthouse is on a headland near Ulladulla
Warden Head Lighthouse

This one is much more modest. It’s only 12m high and now operates on mains power. To give you a point of reference, it has the same design as the Wollongong Breakwater Lighthouse. It opened in 1873, and what’s unusual for the time, is that it is made of wrought iron plates riveted together using ship building techniques. There is no masonry or stone construction.

Furthermore, the headland is a good place to observe whales cruising past in winter.

Pigeon House Mountain

We always enjoy some easy walking when we take a break. By chance, hiking is one of the things to do on the South Coast NSW. Pigeon House Mountain is in the Morton National Park, which extends all the way to Kangaroo Valley and Berry, and towers at 720m. The top has a distinctive shape and Captain Cook spotted when surveying the coast. He deemed it “resembled a dove house with a dome on top” and gave it its name.

The views from Pigeon House Mountain are stunning
Pigeon House Mountain

The closest town to Pigeon House Mountain is Milton and the hike is only 5km. To get there, you need to take Yadboro Road and drive on an unsealed road through the bush. The road is quite pretty and it was dry on our visit, however, I felt it would quite slippery in wet weather.

The road to Pigeon House Mountain is deep in the bush
Bushland

The hike is a grade 4 and quite steep, so you need a reasonable level of fitness. There is a number of ladders to climb as well. I recommend allowing between 3 and 4 hours for the return climb. There is water and toilet facilities at the carpark but nothing on the climb, so you need to be self-sufficient. This area get very hot in summer so make sure you pack enough water.

You need to be able to climb ladders to get to the top of Pigeon House Mountain
Ladder to Pigeon House Mountain

The views from the top are stunning, and make the effort absolutely worthwhile. There are several viewpoints along the way and the final platform at the top is not very big, but it’s worth taking a picnic and enjoying the fresh air at the top.

Admire the canyons from the top of Pigeon House Mountain
Pigeon House Mountain

Lunch at Cupitt’s Estate Winery

Tasting wines, as we love to do in Mudgee and Orange, is always something we make time for when we take a weekend away from the city. As it was my husband’s birthday, I did a bit of research on Mollymook restaurants and Cupitt’s Estate Winery looked ideal for lunch… We devoured a delicious tasting plate with a glass (or two) of wine…

Don't miss a relaxed lunch at Cupitt's Winery Estate when you visit Mollymook
Cupitt’s Winery Estate

Cupitt’s also have craft beers and a cheese making facility, so you can buy some take away for later…

Cupitt's Estate Winery is perfect for a relaxing lunch
Cupitt’s Estate Winery

Bannisters Restaurant, Mollymook

Out of all the restaurants in Mollymook, this has to be the most special… That was the special treat of a birthday weekend in Mollymook: dinner at Rick Stein’s Bannisters restaurant. We are both fans of his cookbooks and TV series, for once a cooking show what focusses on the food and not on the competition…

Bannisters Restaurant is a fine dining place with awesome seafood
Bannisters in Mollymook

Rick Stein’s restaurant specialises in seafood and mixed European and Asian influences. The result is simply outstanding, we had a beautiful dinner and photos are more expressive than words…

The dim lights of Bannisters Restaurant are perfect at the end of a long day in the sun
Bannisters Restaurant

Bawley Point

On our last day, we pushed beyond Ulladulla and went to Bawley Point, a very pretty and quiet beach. There is nothing more than a little hamlet with a few shops, and the beach is enchanting. We took a walk around the Murramarang Aboriginal Area and looked out to the far south coast… I’m always looking for new holiday places in NSW so I wanted to explore further south but we didn’t have time in a weekend…

The beach at Bawley Point is quite windswept
Bawley Point

South Coast NSW

Our verdict on Mollymook, Australia for a relaxing weekend? Pretty perfect, really. You need to make it a long weekend to have time for everything and make the drive from Sydney worthwhile. We found enough things to do there, it wasn’t just brunch and walks on the beach. The South East Coast of Australia has plenty of beach towns to explore and Mollymook is a very pleasant for a few days. I am very happy to put it on my map of NSW towns to go back to!

Have you visited Mollymook? Tell me about your experience in the comments below!

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14 Comments

  1. Emma Kelly

    July 6, 2020 at 10:21 am

    I love Mollymook and the NSW South Coast, it is one if the beautiful regions in Australia. After the December/January bushfires the area really needs support and one way to help is a weekend away to the town. Thanks for a great article.

    1. Delphine Mignon

      July 6, 2020 at 4:37 pm

      Mollymook is lovely. I wish I could go back there soon and support the local businesses, they were badly affected by the bushfires…

  2. Tania

    July 9, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    What a perfect weekend away. Mollybrook is on my list now too. The views at Pigeon House Mountain are incredible and would certainly be worth the climb up that scary ladder. Rick Steins’ Bannisters Restaurant for a delicious seafood meal sounds wonderful too. Three hours from Sydney is not too bad at all.

    1. Delphine Mignon

      July 10, 2020 at 7:56 am

      Hi Tania, spending a weekend in Mollymook is lovely and it’s even better if you can splurge on a delicious meal at Bannisters. I would love to head down the coast soon, I can sense a small road trip coming up…

  3. Sandy N Vyjay

    July 10, 2020 at 12:39 am

    Mollymook sounds like a perfect weekend getaway. A great place for a relaxing and rejuvenating stay surrounded by nature. The beach looks really nice with amazing views. I love the look of the lighthouse, it has such a modern and even futuristic look, different from the usual old red ones that one sees.

    1. Delphine Mignon

      July 10, 2020 at 7:52 am

      The Warden Head lighthouse is interesting, one of the few made with metal panels and not stone or brick. It’s not very big but I really like the elaborate wrought iron work on the balcony…

  4. Candy

    July 10, 2020 at 3:50 am

    Mollymook sounds like a true vacation if it mainly revolves around the beach and delicious food 🙂 My pup would love it here. Would you know if dogs are allowed? The hike looks gorgeous, but a grade level of 4 is pretty tough, so I would have to get into shape if I want to attempt the hike. I’m so horrible at really steep hikes.

    1. Delphine Mignon

      July 10, 2020 at 7:50 am

      Hi Candy, I’m not sure if dogs are allowed on Mollymook Beach, Australians are pretty strict with that. But there would be smaller, more isolated beach nearby where you can take your dog. As for the steep hike, I struggled a fair bit but made it in the end, it was worth it!

  5. Leah

    July 10, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    Wow, I LOVE the views from Pigeon House Mountain! That’s definitely been added to our itinerary, thanks!

    1. Delphine Mignon

      July 11, 2020 at 8:39 am

      Climbing Pigeon House Mountain was an effort but I’m very glad I did it, the views are amazing!

  6. Hannah

    July 11, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    Great post, that winery looks wonderful. I’m planning to go to Australia as soon as I am able to.

    1. Delphine Mignon

      July 12, 2020 at 9:34 am

      I would love to travel down the NSW South Coast again, it’s such a nice place!

  7. Seana

    July 31, 2020 at 8:17 am

    Hello Delphine, this is terrific, I missed out on a Mollymook weekend with friends a year or so ago and was so sad. But there’s always later this year. It sounds lovely. Your article reminded me of climbing Pigeon House Mountain many years ago, really enjoyed it!

    1. Delphine Mignon

      July 31, 2020 at 8:24 am

      Hi Seana, I was very pleasantly surprised by Mollymook, it’s very pretty. Now that we all have to travel locally, this is probably a great place to go for a few days…

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