I recently visited the beautiful South Coast of Australia, spending a relaxing and tranquil weekend in the laid-back, cool and calm town of Mollymook. Just a short drive from country Milton bursting with green fields, dairy farms and weekend markets and with an array of breathtaking beaches to choose from plus a handful of trendy cafes, surf stores and healthy food, Mollymook is a piece of pure paradise. I’ve compiled a little list of how to enjoy all the South Coast has to offer.
Where to find delectable delights?
Milkhaus is a must. With its own fertile and flourishing garden perched on the side of sweeping hillsides and green grass, this restaurant/cafe serves its own produce as well as locally sourced ingredients. Expect dishes like homemade porridge with poached peaches, eggplant calzone and ploughman’s plate, Milkhaus is a culmination of what’s great about Mollymook and the South Coast at large: keeping it local surrounded by green gardens, outdoor-loving humans, a whole lot of sunshine and down-to-earth community ties. If you’re feeling curious, take a peak at their seasonally rotating menu here: http://milkhaus.com.au/menu/
Enjoy the footage I grabbed of Milk Haus’ farm folk enjoying another glorious day.
I also recommend popping into newly opened Peaches Cafe. With a Turkish inspired menu and some of the best avocado on toast I’ve ever had, this little cafe with minimalist design and hanging plants is a great idea for a Sunday coffee and light brekky. You can find their menu here: https://www.peachcafemilton.com.au/
Just next door is the vegetarian-restaurant Pilgrims. If you’re feeling like some good-old Mexican, join these guys on Friday and Saturday nights for a nachos fiesta. They also make fabulous vego burgers for a refreshing, healthy lunch including curry, lentil patties and oh-so-good peanut sauce. Pilgrims is a local favourite so be sure to get in early to snag yourself a seat. Here’s their menu: https://www.pilgrims.cafe/files/Milton_1.pdf
Where to swim?
Ask any seasoned surfer and they’ll tell you the South Coast of Australia is home to some of the best waves on the planet. It depends how the swells looking and what the weather conditions are but if you’re feeling confident, feel free to visit Dolphin Point or North Mollymook to have a go at catching some sublime surf.
If you’re just in the mood for a dandy dip, visit North Narrawallee and set yourself up under the gloriously red and earthy-coloured rock shading the end of the beach. Narrawallee tends to be the safer beach to bathe at, especially if you have little ones with you. The lake just a few steps away is a great place to kayak, paddle in or catch some bait if you’re a keen fisherman.
There’s also a great little cafe that’s cleverly opened up because there’s nothing else at Narrawalle other than a whole lot of natural beauty so be sure to grab yourself a coffee (sourcing their coffee beans from Marrickville, they’re some of the best baristas around town).
Where to snooze?
With an exhaustive list of Airbnb properties at the ready, I’m sure you’ll have no trouble finding your very own quintessential Australian weatherboard to keep you company.
What to do on la weekend?
Head over to the Milton weekend markets to grab yourself some raw local honey and other fruitful treats.
If you’re feeling in the mood for treating yourself, spend an evening at Bannister’s for some fine dining, classic cocktails and one of the best seats in town to watch the sunset over the South Coast.
You can also head to Pigeon Mountain if you’re keen to do some mountain hiking with a view waiting at the end well worth the energy you expended on the way up.
Have a stroll through Milton and pop in and out of quirky shops, local bakeries, cafes and surf stores.
Visit the largely untouched Manyana, pack a picnic of fresh goodies and enjoy a day tucking into your favourite book under the Australian sun surrounded by sublime coast.
Head to Pebbly Beach to spend the day with cuddly and tame kangaroos, giant lizards and a whole lot of ocean waiting for you to body surf its waves and snorkel its reef.