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Milton Bike Ride – Route 66

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Elephant Road, Milton NSW – Swimmers Bike Ride

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Bike Ride

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Pete and Jan, their old farm

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John Louth filed this following report: Twenty hardy riders set off into a roaring wind that slowed us down quite a bit during  the first part of the course. Thankfully, as soon as we hit Elephant Road and entered bushland, the wind eased and it was a scenic though somewhat rough trail ride all the way around and back to Croobyar Road then up to Milk Haus for coffee and cakes. Along the way, a few of us took a side track and visited Pete and Jan’s old Springwater Farm.  The farm is set in a beautiful location and we made friends with the resident Emu.

The crew on this ride included, John L, Sean P, Bobbie W, Cheryl G, Pete & Jan H, Mark & Heather S, John Reed, Isabel, Wendy J, Mandy & Wayne, Ben, Sue & Chris, Mike & Julie, John & Nikki. All twenty arrived back in one piece except Pete who did sustain a cut leg but not too serious thank goodness. A big welcome to new swimming / riding friends Mandy and Wayne. Well done Jan, Julie and Pete who are all recovering from illness and did well to complete the course. Special thanks to Pete and Jan for suggesting this particular ride, Bob for heading up the peloton and Sean for test riding the route with me.

All in all a fun day and a few folk even suggested we have one of these rides once a month, so any route suggestions are very welcome. Regards John L.

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Mollymook Milton Ulladulla e-news September 2017

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Snippets of News for NSW & Interstate Tourist planning a visit to Mollymook Milton Ulladulla

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James Halliday Wine Awards – Cupitt’s 5 Star Winery

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NSW R&CA Awards: ‘Small Bar’ Winner, Bannisters Mollymook

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James Halliday awarded Cupitt’s Winery, Ulladulla with 5 stars

(Sir) James wrote: “Cupitt’s Winery have been knocking on the door for a five-star rating for a number of years and blew it wide open for this edition of the Wine Companion. The tourist mecca of the southern NSW coast around Ulladulla is both blessing and bane. It’s not a natural region for high quality grapes, nor a magnet for wine tourists. The Cupitt family, led by winemaker Rosie, has walked around the problem by buying grapes from regions as far as the Yarra Valley. The result is that the quality of the wines and the modesty of the prices is as commendable as it is unusual”.

Link to James Halliday awards  – Link to Cupitt’s Winery

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Restaurant & Catering Hostplus Awards

Bannisters Mollymook were announced winners in the NSW ‘Restaurant & Catering Hostplus’ Awards in the categories: ‘Small Bar’ and ‘People Produce Place – Tourism Restaurant.

The Awards for Excellence is a nationally recognised, independently judged awards program that celebrates exceptional service and culinary talent across the state. The Awards for Excellence is the only program in Australia where the judging criteria is determined by consumers who rank what is important to them in the dining experience.

The Awards are judged by an independent team of trained judges who anonymously visit the venues to determine the winners. The scores are based on the entire dining experience from food to the customer service experienced when the judges anonymously dined.

Link to 2017 NSW R&CA Awards for Excellence  –  Link to Bannisters Mollymook web site

Mollymook Swimmers & Bike Riders

 

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Recent Swan lake bike ride excursion. (Pic credit Simone S)

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Swan lake with many baby swans. (Pic credit Simone S)

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The recent ride to Swan lake will be remembered for very wet shoes, perfect weather and lots of laughs.

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Next ride is planned for Sunday, September 24th.

Here we go again Bikers! We plan to meet at Milk Haus carpark on Woodstock Road at 9:30am for a 9:45am start and finishing at Milk Haus for late morning coffee and/or early lunch.

From Milk Haus we ride south up Woodstock Road and then turn right into Evans Lane.  At the far end of Evans Lane we turn left into Elephant Road (unsealed) which sweeps around though National Park and eventually joins back onto Croobyar Road. Croobyar Road eventually becomes bitumen again and from there it’s a short distance back to the Fire Station, a right turn onto Woodstock Road again and back up to Milk Haus.

It’s about 20 km mainly dirt road so it should take between 1.5 to 2 hours. No water crossings this time folks! A few short hill sections and a bit tricky in places but not too challenging for our stalwart riders who managed the last ride. Contact John L if you are interested.

Beautiful Winter Sunrises

 

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John Sarich (Smeeth) – Hillsborough National Park

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John Sarich (Smeeth) retired swim coach & original Mollymook Ocean Swimmer sent in this pic he took during his travel around Australia.

Craig and Stephanie’s Wedding

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Partners for Life – Bonded with Love

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The sun shone, the wind blew gently and the surf provided the background music on this extraordinary day when two beautiful people committed themselves to one another for the rest of their natural lives. Their immediate families had come from as far afield as Perth, other’s from Newcastle and one of Craig school mates travelled form Orange. It was a remarkable occasion that had its origin in a chance meeting on a bus in Vietnam. Our love and best wishes were extended to this lovely couple. An added bonus was meeting their beautiful children who each expressed such admiration and happiness for their mum and Dad, Stephanie and Craig.

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Mollymook – Mollymook – Great Free Advertising on Channel 10

 

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Daily Bailey, Friday night weather wall – Mollymook – Mollymook

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This is the actual Mollymook Sunrise on Thursday Morning

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We hit the big time on the Friday night prime time news bulletin.

Mollymook Mid Winter – How nice is this

Mollymook Beach – Absolutely beautiful in the Middle of Winter Weather

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Tracy out rowing, came in and followed the rainbow to a pot of GOLD and it was JOHN

 

July – A Time for Celebration

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July Celebrations at Mollymook

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Garry celebrates – July has finally arrived

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Johns lost rubber duckie – all at sea

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While the USA celebrate ‘Independence day’ our own Garry also delights in the arrival of July. It marks the time to don the wet suit.

John H. was all smiles having located his lost ‘Rubber Duckie’ that went missing recently.

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Mollymook Milton Ulladulla e-news June 2017

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Destination Mollymook Milton Ulladulla Tourist e-news, June Qtr. 2017

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Whale migration north in full flight

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Whale sightings have been a daily occurrence here at Mollymook Beach Waterfront

Literally 100’s if not 1000’s of whales are presently migrating north on their epic voyage from the icy seas of the Antarctic to the warmer northern Australian waters, a distance of some 10,000 kilometres to give birth to their calves before making the journey back with their newborn.

For more information and pictures of whales and dolphins, click on the following Link: Whales passing Mollymook

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New Tea House in Milton. EXCEPTIONAL is the feedback!

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NEW: ‘Something’s Brewing’ – The Devonshire Tea House at Milton

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Something’s Brewing has recently opened a tea room. It serves GREAT Devonshire tea, jam, cream and scones during the week and a high tea on Sunday’s. Devonshire teas available 10 am – 4 pm Monday to Saturday (closed Tuesday), Sundays 10 am – 3 pm (For a high tea please book)

They have a choice of over 120 varieties of teas  & accessories available for purchase to enable you to make your own perfect cuppa!

A ‘MUST’ read, click on the link to read Toni the Devonshire Tea Guides review: Toni’s Report on Something’s Brewing’

Mollymook looks on as the Whales head north

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Whales, Dolphins and surfers perform at Mollymook Beach

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This whale just leapt, and its full body cleared the water

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A whale of a performance in closer

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Whale sighting have been almost a daily occurrence here at Mollymook: “The pop stars of the sea are on their way and the NSW coastline is once again in the box seat to view their annual migration” wrote Sandra Fabretti.

Literally 100’s and 100’s of whales are presently migrating north on their epic voyage from the icy seas of the Antarctic to the warmer northern Australian waters, some 10,000 kilometres to give birth to their calves before making the journey back with their newborn.

At Mollymook the whale watching season begins during June – July as they head north and then their return journey takes place from about September through to November when they return with their calves and head to their feeding grounds at the south pole.

Sightings by Mollymook Beach Waterfront accommodation guests’ have been predominately of the ‘Humpback’ and ‘Southern Right’ whales. They seem to both follow a similar route. Its the humpbacks that are renown for their spectacular ocean antics, leaping out of the water, rolling in the air with their huge fins outstretched like wings and crash noisily back into the ocean.

They can measure between 14 to 18 metres at maturity and weigh up to 50 tonnes. They are easily recognised due to their active behaviour and unique black and white markings.     (Click on images to enlarge)

Winter Ocean Swimming at Mollymook

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Early morning as the moon sets in the west behind the surf club

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Looking east, a beautiful sun begins to rise

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Mollymook Ocean swimmers believe the winter months can be the most idyllic time of the year for ocean swimming, albeit the water temperatures are lower, however  the ocean on many occasions can be smooth like a lake. It is a time when you experience spectacular sunrises, pods of dolphins and out further whales trekking north. Then during the day, Mollymook beach can be so picturesque with not a breathe of wind and in the evenings, spectacular sunsets even the occasional rainbow. This is Mollymook during the winter months.

Mollymook Enjoys a ‘Whale of a Time’

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A ‘Whale of a Time’ this past Monday at Mollymook

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Rod Austin OAM (Pic credit: Kim M.)

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The Great Maestro – Raymondo (Pic credit: John L.)

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Queens Birthday honours, an ‘Order of Australia’ medal was bestowed on Mollymook Surf Club President Rodney Austin this past Monday. Rod has performed beach patrols for 50 years having joined the club in 1967. Word has it that he has never missed a patrol, even when serving ‘National Service’ he was able to make it back to Mollymook to fulfil his beach obligations.

The Great Maestro – ‘Raymondo’ played to a packed house this past Monday afternoon at the ‘Star Entertainment’ centre. It is understood guests present were from afar a field as Balmoral in Sydney and the nations capital Canberra, who all enjoyed this distinguished violinist playing some Irish classics.

2017 Mollymook Annual Presentation

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2017 Mollymook Surf Club Annual Presentation

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Mollymook Surf club Management Committee

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2017 Australian Champions

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The 2017 Surf Club Presentation night was a huge success with a star studded cast being recognised with a multitude of awards.

Highlights included: Boys U/15 relay team with Gold at State and National titles, 260 Masters boat crew Gold & Tony Ireland Gold in the master surf tube race, both at Nationals. Rod Austin was acknowledged for 50 years patrol service and long service awards also went to Kevin and Sue Whitford, John Patterson, Keith Claxton, Mick Bond, Wendy Austin and Ivan Johnson. Tony Ireland was ‘Club Person’ of the year, Eadan Burton Junior Club person of the year, Chloe Scott junior champion competitor, with Mal Dowler the ‘Quiet achiever’ award.

Champion patrol to No 14 patrol captained by Dave Johnson and Patrol person of the year to Leonie Hicks.

As a club Mollymook received a plaque from Surf Life Saving NSW for ‘Champion Country Surf Club’ at the NSW Titles.

It was night reflective of a GREAT surf club. Rod thanked the organisers for this wonderful evening with numerous photos attached, compliments of photographer extraordinaire Kim Matthews.

Autumn in Mollymook

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Ed captures this sunrise reflection on the Surf Club

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One of our many recent Autumn Sunrises

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According to the Mollymook Ocean swimmers autumn is the most beautiful time of the year. It is when we experience so many spectacular sunrises, even daytime at Mollymook beach is so picturesque with not a breathe of wind to be seen and in the evenings we have spectacular sunsets even the occasional rainbow to remind us ‘How lucky we are living in Mollymook’.

Mollymook Surf Club – IRB Championships

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Mollymook Surf Club – Host Round 2 of the NSW IRB Championships

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Crews having to navigate testing conditions at Mollymook for round 2 of the IRB Championships

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Mollymook hosted round 2 of the NSW IRB Championships over the weekend. Officials postponed the event during the second day with round 2 finals to be conducted in conjunction with round 3. Once again Mollymook surf club demonstrated its expertise in the organisation of such events albeit having no control over the prevailing weather conditions.

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