An award-winning restaurant, luxury day spa and boutique local wineries make Mollymook the ideal destination for a stress-free escape.
DO Mollymook might be one of the South Coast’s most popular beaches but there are plenty of activities off the sand to keep you interested. Ride bicycles around the peninsula or hire a canoe at Bungalow Park on Burrill Lake. There’s wildlife excitement to be had on Dolphin Watch Cruises, which operate from Huskisson (a 45-minute drive), while Jervis Bay Sailing Charters offer an exquisite twilight sail. For a little R&R, head to Bannisters Day Spa (191 Mitchell Parade, +61 2 4455 3044), which features a hammam steam room and an extensive range of massages, as well as pregnancy and couple’s treatments.
EAT AND DRINK Wine connoisseurs should book at Cupitt (58 Washburton Road, +61 2 4455 7888) – this boutique winery’s Kitchen Restaurant prides itself on local produce and rustic French flavours. The cellar door is open for wine tastings Wednesday to Sunday (10am to 5pm) or by appointment. Further afield, The Gunyah Restaurant (571 Woollamia Road, Woollamia, +61 2 4441 7299) is a treetop dining room nestled above the eucalypt forest and offers a set menu with a South American slant.
STAY Set on the breathtaking cliff tops of Mollymook, Bannisters By The Sea (191 Mitchell Parade, +61 2 4455 3044) has luxury suites and penthouses, with private decks and lovely ocean views. Enjoy cocktails by the infinity pool before dining at renowned chef Rick Stein’s eponymous restaurant.
GET THERE Mollymook is just under three hours by car from Sydney. Alternatively Shoalhaven Shuttle Tours & Charter (+61 2 4422 5006) offers transfers from Sydney Airport and Central Station.