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Where to eat, play and stay in Mollymook and surrounds

Jacqueline Alwill

Brown Paper Nutrition

If you’re in need of a weekender or an easy country meets coastal escape for the Winter, the South Coast of NSW is a hidden gem you’ll want to take advantage of. Having roamed up and down the coast a lot as a family the past few years we’ve definitely fallen in love with a few places in particular, and Mollymook and the surrounding area is one.


Sydney to Mollymook is around 3.5 hours plus a mid point stop in Kiama. Kiama is a gorgeous small town with a blow hole that is phenomenal on a good swell day and some great coffee shops and bakeries. We’ve surfed at Bombo Beach on the way in the past, and frequent Otis for lunch when it’s an afternoon trip. Stocked is yummy coffee if that’s all you need on your way (with a public toilet across the road – handy…) This time we were given the heads up on a new bakery – Slow Dough – to visit. Slow dough is set in what looks like the old post office or similar with a beautiful selection of pastries, treats, and sourdough bread. Loved our cinnamon pastry and chocolate scroll. There is ample space to sit outside on the grass. In the Summer Jamberoo is up the road to visit with the iconic water slide aka action park. Still so much fun.


From Kiama it’s onto Mollymook and a stop through Milton to pick up a few supplies. As a big family who love food and prioritise having the good stuff on hand this is pretty essential for us. We grabbed fresh produce for snacks from Milton Wholefoods. Grab your sourdough from Flour Water Salt Bakery and if you need some quick evening ready made meals they stock those as well. Can vouch for the amazing Anzac Biscuits they bake! There’s an IGA up the road for bigger supply stock ups and a brewery across the road called Dangerous Ales. My partner loves experiencing local breweries as we travel and this one is always a highlight. If you’ve passed through Milton and are situated more in the Ulladulla end of Mollymook, then make sure you visit Lucky’s for the freshest seafood and to know where Rick Stein buys his! There is another wholefood store in Ulladulla and a big Woolies if needed.


On this occasion we stayed in South Mollymook beach at the beautiful and relatively new, Motel Molly. The motel was acquired by the Knox Group in 2022, given an exquisite revamp over 6 months, and reopened in November 2022. On our previous visit to Mollymook during Easter 2023 I fell in love with the fresh pastel colours of Motel Molly that catch your eye as you head toward the southern end of the beach. Each building is a colour  theme and this is maintained throughout the interior design. Whilst the revamp is unique and beautiful, it maintains its charm with the original motel architecture and local, coastal authenticity. As a family of 5 we stayed in the 3 bedroom, split level apartment, which had plenty of space for rest and play, plus a kitchenette which with the aforementioned stock up, was needed! There was a sweet outdoor space with outdoor dining and day beds for our apartment specifically. Motel Molly is across the road from the beach, kids park, paved walking track which takes you all the way up to North Mollymook Beach. The spa and area around the pool was much loved by our family, with a heated spa just the ticket on a fresh, South Coast winter day.

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Whilst the stunning South Coast NSW attracts the people over the Summer, as a Winter escape it’s a peaceful retreat from the hustle. The golf course is right across the road from Motel Molly and open to the public. The walking tracks around the area are wonderful for those keen on hiking and getting into the thick of nature. The surf is cranking but the number of surfers minimal compared to summer so it was perfect for my boys surfing at Golfies and Dolphin Point on this occasion. Golfies is in between South Molly and Ulladulla and a favourite for us now. Down the small alleyway of Motel Molly takes you right the most epic kids park for the area, but other great kiddy ones are up the road in Ulladulla and further along at Burrill Lake. It’s worth a visit to Burrill Lake for the fishing, laps of the lake by scooter and over the bridge between the park and the sweet set of shops which includes a vibrant, eclectic vintage shop. On the low tide back in North Mollymook area the mud flats amongst the mangroves are lots of fun to walk across with the kids too. Motel Molly has both bikes and surf boards guests are able to borrow. Between that and some gentle time doing nothing, ie rest and recalibrate, that was plenty of play for our family on a short stay.


Where to begin… There are so many delicious locations to tuck into great food in Mollymook and areas surrounding. Some highlights:

  • Cupitt’s Winery – do a family feast on Friday night (special) as the sun goes down between 430-530pm. The sunset is pretty special for drinks and wood fired pizza. If you plan for lunch, definitely book.
  • Milkhaus – we didn’t make it to this time but has been HIGHLY recommended by so many as the ultimate brunch option in the area
  • The Milton Hotel – incredible bistro menu, rich and hearty, serves up the local brew (Dangerous Ales), be sure to book on weekends as well.
  • Recommended by the team at Motel Molly was Gwylo for evening cocktails and delish food
  • Pilgrim’s Cafe is the original vegetarian cafe located in Milton and is a must everytime we pass through for the Harvest Burger
  • Other top recommendations for eating :
    • Dellys Milton
    • Small Town Provisions
    • Bar Yuki