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Citizens of the World’s Guide to Mollymook

Unassuming yet utterly alluring, Mollymook, on the South Coast of New South Wales is beautiful year-round. With Ulladulla and historic Milton close at hand, the thriving community of Mollymook is bonded by a strong surfing culture and the forested mountains. Here, life revolves around the tide. You are forced to slow down, and take in all that this coastal town and its surrounds have to offer. 

Like us, Citizens of the World duo, Meghan and Dominic Loneragan, have a soft spot for this beachside town. Find out the places they recommend you eat, drink, shop and play in Mollymook.

What is your connection to Mollymook?

We've only fallen in love with Mollymook over the last two years, which is crazy because it's quickly become one of our favourite places to escape the city.

What do you love about Mollymook?

The thing about Mollymook is it's about a three-hour drive from Sydney, so there is that element of distance. However, we kind of love that about it. We use the drive time to decompress from the rush of the city, so by the time we arrive we are ready to just relax.

Mollymook, South Coast. Photo Credit: Dominic Loneragan

A Weekend in Mollymook is Well Spent …

Family Fun

In the warmer weather, the beach is the best place to be, especially Bogey Hole on Mollymook Headland. Year-round the entire Shoalhaven community revels in the hinterland hikes. If you want to up the adventure stakes then make sure you take the kids to Shoalhaven Zoo for lion and crocodile feeding, as well as more hands on experiences with birds and lizards. Fun for big kids too.

Couples Only

You don't have to spend a lot to have a romantic experience in Mollymook. Our favourite thing to do to reconnect with each other is to bring a snack and a bottle of vino down to the shore and watch a sunset. Very easy!

Mollymook, South Coast. Photo Credit: Dominic Loneragan

Be Sure To …


Bannisters. Sitting back, away from the beach is Bannisters Pavilion, it's seriously luxe and they have incredible views. If you'd prefer to enjoy a luxe escape right on the beach you can check-in at Bannisters By The Sea.



Pigeon House Mountain. Pack your hiking boots and trek Pigeon House Mountain Didthul walking track in Morton National Park. It's about three hours and the perfect way to take in the stunning views of the whole Shoalhaven region.

Morton National Park


Rick Stein's at Bannisters. An iconic venue, the food on its own is well worth the drive. The fact that this place is attached to a beautiful hotel (Bannisters By The Sea) is just a nice bonus. You get to gorge on fresh local seafood and then sleep it off with the sound of the ocean in your ears. Magical.

191 Mitchell Parade, Mollymook Beach


Revival Antiques & 20th Century Design. You'll find so many treasures at Revival in the nearby town of Milton (only a five-minute drive away from Mollymook Beach).

Shop 2a & 5a ‘The Shed’ The Settlement, Milton

Meghan Loneragan, Mollymook, South Coast. Photo Credit: Dominic Loneragan

Bannisters Rooftop Pavillion. If you want to upscale it head to Bannisters, which is like a cross between a pool bar and restaurant. Most importantly, the cocktails are brilliant.

87 Tallwood Avenue, Mollymook Beach

Cupitt's Winery and Craft Beer. For a casual drink hit cupitt's Winery and Craft Beer (which is technically in Ulladulla but it's a very close drive). 

58 Washburton Road, Ulladulla

Dominic Loneragan, Mollymook, South Coast. Photo Credit: Dominic Loneragan

When in Mollymook …

Make Some Time to 

Watch the sunset down on the shore. 

For a Long Lunch 

Go to Rick Stein at Bannisters and take in the ocean views while you eat.

For the Best Coffee in Town 

Go to Pilgrims Cafe

You Know You're a Local When

You take those stellar sunsets for granted.


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