The golden stretch of sand at Mollymook has long lured surfers and families with its reef and sheltered swimming waters. And the appeal of its inland neighbour, Milton, lies in its country-town charm and historic feel.

Now, the bakeries, delis, cafes and restaurants dotted around the two are perfect for those who want to to spend a weekend eating good food too.

EAT

Rick Stein at Bannisters
For more than five years, amiable English chef Rick Stein has headed up the kitchen at this unassuming luxury lodge right by the ocean. Although an appearance by the man himself is rare, his selection of seafood dishes, the famous fish pie and the cocktails at the pool bar are well known.
Bannisters Point Lodge, 191 Mitchell Parade, Mollymook
(02) 4455 3044
bannisters.com.au

Cupitt’s Winery
The Cupitt family and its two hounds couldn’t have picked a prettier spot to set up their award-winning winery. The acclaimed shiraz and semillon draw wine-lovers to its cellar door, and the kitchen delivers on the fine-dining front with creative dishes such as local snapper, tomato, chorizo and saffron couscous with shellfish barigoule. The business has recently expanded its offering with the addition of accommodation, a microbrewery, a fromagerie and a bar serving wood-fired pizzas.
58 Washburton Road, Ulladulla
(02) 4455 7888
cupitt.com.au

Pilgrim
Pilgrim’s meat-free burgers and Mexican food has had even the most determined carnivores patting their stomachs in contentment since 1980. Pop in for a snack or load up with a bag of treats, like its popular granola or Anzac cookies. Shop 8/9 The Setttlement, Princes Highway, Milton
(02) 4455 3421
pilgrimsmenu.com

STAY

Bannisters
If you’re making the trip to Bannisters to sample Stein’s culinary creations, then you may as well stay the night. Swim off the excess in the infinity pool, have a treatment at the day spa or just relax on the couch with a DVD. The casual beach-chic rooms have sea views, spa baths and balconies – the ideal place from which to spot whales off the point in season.
Bannisters Point Lodge, 191 Mitchell Parade, Mollymook (02) 4455 3044
bannisters.com.au

Milton Country Cottages
Among the rolling green hills, just a five-minute drive from Milton, these peaceful cottages are ideal for getting away. Fire up the barbeque and watch as the kangaroos gather around the tranquil pond, or take a pottery class at the in-house studio.
3 Egans Farm Lane, Yatte Yattah
(02) 4456 5299
miltoncountrycottages.com.au

SHOP

Milton Village Markets
Peruse the stalls in this quaint courtyard on the first Saturday of each month and perhaps you’ll walk away with a brightly coloured print, an item of vintage clothing or even a fairy wand. The action spills out all the way along the town’s main street. Expect towers of homemade jams, rows of candles and boxes of locally grown fruit and vegetables.
The Settlement, Milton and along the Princes Highway

Nikki B’s
You’d be hard-pressed to find a quirkier selection of knick-knacks than this chaotic bazaar of the kitsch and cute. Retro glassware, ‘50s frocks and surf memorabilia are squeezed into every corner.
Shop 76, Princes Highway, Milton
(02) 4454 5661

DO

Hit the surf
If you came unprepared, hire a wetsuit and surfboard from Mollymook Beach Surf School. Owner Geoff Hansen has been surfing for more than 30 years and is the school’s principal coach, sharing his expertise with novices or those just keen to brush up on their skills among the waves.
Mollymook Beach Surf School
mollymookbeachsurfschool.com.au
0411 392221

Take a ghost tour
Milton was founded in 1860. And for those with active imaginations, history means ghosts. Discover the stories and spirits of this NSW town during a lantern-lit ghost walk led by colourful character Charlotte Seccombe.
Ghost tours of Milton
ulladulla.info
(02) 4455 4780