29 January 2018

Canberra Day Trips: Fabulous food and plenty to do in Mollymook

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Mollymook Beach

Mollymook Beach, supplied by author.

Mollymook is the perfect place for a coastal getaway. As you drive down the hill towards the main beach, you’re greeted by a beautiful sprawling vista of sand and sea. Mollymook has it all for a quintessential day at the beach. It’s picturesque, inviting, and there is plenty on offer, from sandy beaches that go for miles, to top-notch seafood, fine dining and a spectacular food trail that’s a foodie’s dream. And to work off all that feasting, there are plenty of opportunities for swimming, bodysurfing, board riding, picnicking, snorkelling, surfing and fishing.

Why you’ll love it

  • Mollymook Beach is the perfect place to soak up some sun and fresh sea air. There are some impressive waves for those wanting to make the most of the surf, and lifeguards are on duty in summer.
  • Mollymook isn’t just for experienced surfers, and if you’ve always wanted to learn to surf, you can give it a try here.
  • The sheltered area of the main beach in front of the Mollymook Golf Club is perfect for those who prefer their waves a little more sedate, and there’s always something to be seen in the vast rock pools when the tide is right.
  • Also at this end of the beach, just a short walk around the headland is a large natural tidal rock pool known as the Bogey Hole which is excellent for swimming and snorkelling.
  • If it’s food and wine you’re looking for, look no further. Check out the Food Trail, which will take you to internationally and locally acclaimed restaurants. Cupitt’s Winery is in an idyllic rural setting just a short drive out of town, and the ideal place to kick back with five-star views, great atmosphere, terrific service and sublime food. Bannisters Pavilion has a stunning rooftop bar and grill, and Bannisters by the Sea, Rick Stein’s award-winning restaurant that serves local, freshly caught seafood, is a special-occasion treat.
  • For fish and chips, the Beach Hut Café serves up classic takeaway fare right on the beach, and the bistro at the Mollymook Golf Club offers an airconditioned reprieve from the heat – with uninterrupted views across the surf.
  • Even golfers get to soak up the spectacular scenic ocean views in Mollymook Golf Club’s idyllic setting, but be warned – there are some steep walks on the course.
  • Mollymook Markets on the beach foreshore run when there’s a fifth Sunday of the month, and every Australia Day, and a short drive away you’ll find markets in Milton and Ulladulla.

A sunny day in Mollymook. Image supplied by author.

Getting there

The quickest way to get to Mollymook from Canberra is to take the Kings Highway through Queanbeyan, Bungendore and Braidwood. When the Kings Highway meets the Princes Highway just outside Batemans Bay, follow it north. Once you’ve driven through Ulladulla, watch for a sign to Mollymook’s Golf Avenue, which will take you to the beach.

When to go


Foodies can enjoy Mollymook’s delights year-round, but summer is the perfect time for getting the most out of the beach experience. It can get quite busy during the Christmas school holidays, so spring or autumn are a better bet if you prefer to go when it’s less crowded. If you’re keen to do some whale watching while you’re in Mollymook, prime time is between May and November.

Key details

  • Duration: the drive from Canberra to Mollymook takes around 2 hrs 45 minutes
  • Distance from Canberra: around 200 kilometres from the CBD
  • Recommended for: food lovers and anyone looking for a range of beach experiences in one place
  • More information: Visit NSW

There are plenty of beaches in the Mollymook area, each with something different to offer. We like the Bogey Hole – a tidal rock pool between the main beach and Collers Beach. Do you have a favourite part of the beach in Mollymook?

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