Mollymook, Australia

Situated on the southern coast of New South Wales, this quaint town is as laid back as they come. It almost feels as if you’re in a private paradise of your own, and the cliff-side location definitely helps. A skyline rid of high-rises is quite refreshing, especially for a coastal town only three hours away from Sydney.

Mollymook was the furthest stop on our road trip along the NSW coast from Brisbane. We were enticed by shimmering beaches, great restaurants and the relaxed vibe that we’d read and heard so much about.

Our first port of call was lunch at Rick Stein at Bannister’s. Positioned on a cliff top with sweeping views of the ocean, we knew we were in for a treat. The setting was tasteful and understated, making it a comfortable place to enjoy a lingering lunch with family. The menu is primarily seafood, and rightfully so as Rick Stein hails as one of the great seafood chefs. The offerings are diverse; from Indian fish curries to Mediterranean inspired dishes. The friendly and knowledgeable local staff make the experience even more enjoyable. I had the Indian curry and it was particularly delicious.

After lunch we wandered down to Mollymook beach and climbed along the rocks around the headland. Just soaking it in. As far as beaches go, this was as good as it gets.

We stayed at the newly opened Bannisters Pavilion located only a couple of hundred metres from Mollymook Beach. The interior and rooms are all decorated by Collette Dinnigan and have her distinct luxurious yet easy-going feel.

On the second day, we hired stand-up paddleboards and took them to Narrawallee Inlet.  A picturesque location with thigh-height water making it perfect for stand-up paddle boarding.  Check the tide times before you go. During low tide there isn’t a drop of water in sight.  Narrawallee is a popular spot amongst families with small children, but don’t let this deter you. We spent the remainder of the afternoon exploring the shops and cafes of Milton nearby. With a pie and ginger beer in hand we returned back to the beach to enjoy the sunset as our final day at Mollymook drew to a close. 

All photographs taken by Tim Salisbury