Three hours South of Sydney lies the picturesque coastal town of Ulladulla. This is the perfect place for a summer holiday to escape the city and relax on a beach, go fishing, bushwalking, or to the local markets. The laid-back atmosphere of this small town helps you feel refreshed and revitalized.
Mollymook beach is two minutes drive from Ulladulla, and is a favourite spot for tourists with a breathtaking shore line and stunning views. South Mollymook has a Beach Hut, toilets, and hotels right on the beach. There is also a golf course and golf club, which is a great place for lunch with wonderful views of the beach.
Golfies beach, located on the other side of the Mollymook golf course (drive through the golf course), is a favourite spot for surfers, as is reef, which is in the middle of Mollymook beach.
North Mollymook has a toliet area, and a few shops a short walk from the beach, including IGA, a fish and chip shop, and a pharmacy. South and North Mollymook are patrolled by life savers in the summer.
Narrawallee beach is two minutes drive from the shops of Ulladulla, and is more suited for those seeking secluded areas. Narrawallee is often empty and is an idyllic place to relax and enjoy nature. There are toilet facilities located a short walk from South Narrawallee, in a small grassy area just up from the sand. There is also parking, and picnic spots in this area.
North Narrawallee has toilet facilities and an inlet. The inlet is great for canoeing and for the young ones to paddle in the water away from the big waves. For those seeking very secluded, and romantic, areas, across the inlet is a beach that is always empty, except for some surfers when the waves are good. However, this beach is not patrolled and can have large waves therefore, it not recommended for weaker swimmers, or to go alone.
North and South Narrawallee are usually patrolled by life savers during the summer months.
Markets, shops and restaurants
The dainty country town of Milton is only five minutes drive away from Ulladulla, with cute markets on the first Saturday of each month, and Easter Sunday.
Milton also has a wonderful vegetarian cafe, Pilgrims, whose burgers are famous within the small town, as well as many cute clothes, accessories, and homewares stores.
Mollymook has great quirky markets held when there is a fifth Sunday of the month on the Beach reserve at South Mollymook.
Also in Mollymook on Bannisters head road is Bannisters lodge and restaurant. This is a fantastic place to go with spectacular views over Bannisters head cliff onto the shore. There is a high class restaurant, that recently won the Best New Restaurant for the Southern area in the NSW Restaurant and Catering Awards, and a separate pizza bar with live music on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Fridays of each month.
Ulladulla also has many shops and restaurants, including Thai, Chinese and pizza restaurants.
At the headland of Ulladulla, off Dolphin st, there is an aboriginal bushwalk that leads to the small beach of Rennies. This is a light walk, great for kids, with signs, Aboriginal stories and native plants along the whole way.
For the more adventurous there is pigeon house mountain located a short drive from Milton, which is a steep and proper bush walk, with wonderful views from the top. The climb up and down takes approximately 4 hours, and can be accessed via Croobyar rd in Milton.
Fishing is a relaxing way to escape the business of the city. Top spots are Narrawallee inlet and Burrill Lake, a 10 minute drive South from Ulladulla.
For great places to stay, Breakers, Mariners on Mollymook or Beachhouse are right on the beach and great for couples.
There are cheaper kid-friendly places in Ulladulla, such as Holiday Haven, where you can camp, or take a self-contained villa that is right next to a track down to Lobster Jack's beach.
Another cheap family option is searching for a holiday house in the summer months, such as on Stayz.
For more information on the area of Ulladulla, be sure to visit Ulladulla Info.