Dolphins surf at Mollymook on the NSW south coast, their seemingly synchronised performances like a benediction as the rising sun sparkles off teal-coloured waters, while early rising joggers trace lines across the gorgeous curve of white sandy beach. Surfers visit religiously. State and national surf lifesaving competitions have been held here numerous times. Two extremely pretty Golf Courses grace Mollymook (one of which may soon be overhauled as part of a $77m development, the largest in the Shoalhaven district). The smaller nine-hole course on the southern headland, with its undulating tree-lined fairways, affords beautiful views of the beach, especially from its clubrooms, where floor-to-ceiling windows take in the southern stretch of pristine sand and surf – while the longer championship 18-hole Hilltop Course is the more challenging and satisfying of the two.

On the north head is Bannisters Point Lodge, a boutique hotel where comfort, luxury and aesthetic perfection are complemented by big, blue, Pacific vistas and a poolside decking ideal for cocktail consumption. Senses are further satisfied at Breakers Cafe, Mollymook Shores Restaurant and the aforementioned Mollymook Golf Club, where aqua-based culinary delights accompany joy-inducing views of the beach.

The busy fishing harbour of Ulladulla is a short drive south, with historic Milton just 5km to the northwest.

Where? // 225km (3hrs 20min) south of Sydney, 200km (3hrs) west of Canberra.

Did you know? // It’s thought that the name Mollymook is a variation on “mollymawk”, the slang name sailors use for a type of albatross (from the Dutch mallemugge, meaning “foolish gull”).


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