Just 3.5 hours South of Sydney, Mollymook is the perfect place to go for a weekend getaway. Spot dolphins from the headlands, frolick on some of Sydney’s most beautiful beaches and eat at some of the best cafe’s and restaurants we’ve tried. Driving into Mollymook you’ll pass through Milton, a beautiful, quaint town after winding your way through picturesque farmland before arriving at the beach, with that classic Aussie coastal charm, we all know and love.
With its beautiful cafes, thriving restaurant scene, Insta worthy beaches, and of course- horse riding (+puppy spotting, if you’re lucky)- we know that you’ll love. We’ve listed our favourite finds to eat // drink // play // shop to ensure that you miss nothing.
Situated on the main road of Milton, Pilgrim’s is a MUST for any trip to Mollymook. They have two sister restaurants; recently opening a venue in Cronulla…so if you’re in love, you can visit again in Sydney- never fear! Don’t let the vegetarian aspect of this cafe put you off. As you walk through the door you’ll be met with the delightful aroma of freshly baked goods and roasted coffee- our two favourite things. The place is stocked with home made jams and treats, serves excellent coffee, impeccable breakfast options and of course; a stellar line of vegetarian burgers, wraps, salads and pies. Their breakfast options include your classic egg combo’s, pancakes, granola, mushroom toast, a killer big brekky and a fabulous brekkie burger. Stop in here for a coffee or breakfast before you head to the beach. Oh and make sure you buy a bottle of their homemade Lake Conjola lemon cordial. Our top pick: The Pesto Sourdough with avo, roast mushroom, Pilgrim’s HOME MADE pesto, local greens (paddock to plate- of course), extra virgin olive oil, cracked peppy and fresh, organic sour dough.
Ella and I were so excited to try this place! Transformed from the Old Cheese Factory at Woodstock, Milk Haus is a whole foods cafe with a beautiful veggie garden attached. They produce their own fruits and veggies (we even snagged an apple straight from the orchard) and have a commitment to serving cleaner, healthier and most importantly, delicious food. The chef’s are also gardeners and the menu changes monthly depending on what’s in season. Walking in, you’ll get an old school cafeteria feel, high ceilings and a barn like atmosphere, adding to the garden-to-plate feel. Coffee and food are excellent (head in for brekky or late lunch). Make sure you wander around the veggie garden, chook pen and say hello to the neighbouring cows.
We LOVED this place and went there twice for dinner and breakfast, a testament to the fact that we can’t recommend it enough. Let’s start with breakfast– Tallwood have all your crowd favourites but we couldn’t look past their avo toast with free range eggs straight from the farm in Gerringong and the Vegan Brekky bowl- yum! Coffee is excellent and we loved their local Kombucha.
Dinner at Tallwood is just as good, if not better and designed to be shared with a group (the best way to eat). We recommend grabbing a few light options and one/two substantial dishes to share between everyone. We couldn’t possibly pick our favourite dish because it’s all BLOODY delicious. The staff will sort you out, don’t worry. If you’re heading here for dinner make sure you have a few drinks at Bannisters Pavilion before.
Heading here for a romantic getaway or special occasion? Well then, it’s imperative you book lunch or dinner at Rick Stein’s. Considered an institutional figure within Mollymook’s food scene, this is fine dining luxury with a stunning view over the hotel’s beautiful infinity pool and the ocean beyond. With chef’s who share Rick Stein’s passion for seafood, Bannisters is one for the memory books. They also do a killer pizza by the pool bar which is perfect for lunch and a few cocktails.
We all love an old school Italian joint right? This is exactly what Tony’s Italian is about. There are two of them in Ulladulla (right next door to each other) and we recommend going to the one closer to the water. Look for the dark wooden interiors and a traditional Italian atmosphere. There’s a modern one next door (same family, a little more pricey), so take your pick. Enjoy the classic Italian dishes, a glass of red and some hearty garlic bread. Perfect if you’re looking for a winter getaway.
This is the newest Bannisters and whilst it doesn’t have those ocean views, the rooftop pool is beautiful and the perfect place to have a few cocktails before lunch or dinner. The Rooftop is laid back, spacious and airy with a killer cocktail line up. We stuck to our favourite: the Margarita but we’ve heard that the Gods G&T and the Cafe Patron Espresso Martini are amazing!
Cupitt’s Winery and Restaurant
If we had to choose one place to spend an afternoon in Mollymook, it would be here. The location, views, wine and food are glorious. The winery is perched on top of rolling hills and transports you to somewhere in Tuscany, which is probably why it’s a pretty well known wedding destination too! We spent an afternoon in their garden, sipping on cocktails and devouring a cheese platter- straight from their fromagerie. They’ve got an amazing kitchen garden which Cuppits have been using to compliment their mouth watering dishes in the restaurant, but also, to produce a pretty impressive garden-to-glass cocktail inspired menu. We’re talking frosé with freshly picked mint and the Cucumber Rickey Cocktail using garden cucumbers, just to name a few. If you’re there on a Sunday, Cupitt’s host a kicker Sunday session.
Mollymook beach is obviously our top pick of where to swim. It’s huge, so you won’t have trouble setting up tent and you’ll probably see flocks of dolphins too. Win/ Win
You’ll find this gem at the north side of Bannisters by the Sea. This place isn’t quite a beach and it’s the perfect spot to relax, away from the crowds.
WALK // Pigeon House Mountain
We did this last time we were here and the steep incline is well worth the views that you’ll get at the end. Not going to lie, you’ll be climbing up ladders at some points, but once you reach the Summit you’ll have panoramic views of cliffs, gorges and the Clyde River. It’s a MUST do.
HORSE RIDING // Timbertops Horseriding
A weekend in Mollymook is not complete without a spot of horse riding at Timbertops Horseriding. If you’re afraid, don’t stress- they have very calm and docile horses that you can request. With a stable of 30 horses, we took a short trail up the mountain and you’ll get to trot and canter if your heart desires. Oh and did we mention the family breeds the most beautiful chocolate Labrador pups, so look out for them!
If you love antiques like us, check out Nikki B’s
located on the main strip of shops in Milton, it’s got the best stuff.