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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.

Something’s Brewing Devonshire Tea House

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Devonshire Tea, Jam and Scones – Mid-week

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Directions: The Chambers, ground level, Wason Street entry.

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Something’s Brewing is the Speciality Tea Shop in Milton. They have over 120 varieties of tea. They also have all the accessories to make that perfect cuppa! In stock are infusers, tea pots, strainers, sugar sticks, fine bone china, storage tins, books , tea pot clocks, tea pot paper weights and much much more. You can also buy stock online at www.somethingsbrewing.com.au

NEWS: Something’s Brewing has recently opened the adjoining shop servicing Devonshire tea, jam, cream and scones during the week and a high tea on Sunday’s. (Please book for the high tea)      Owner / operators are Peter and Sue Sherlock.

Devonshire teas available 10 am – 4 pm Monday to Saturday (closed Tuesday), Sundays 10 am – 3 pm

Phone: 4455 6996 or Facebook: Something’s Brewing

 

 

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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Autumn in (New York) 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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HotelsCombined – Mollymook Beach Waterfront

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Mollymook Beach Waterfront awarded HotelsCombined “Recognition of Excellence, 2017”

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HotelsCombined Rating 10/10

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Mollymook Beach Waterfront receive congratulations from HotelsCombined, being awarded their “Recognition of Excellence, 2017”

HotelsCombined wrote: quote “This award is in recognition for consistently achieving the highest standards of customer satisfaction worldwide. Specifically to date, we found and processed 119 opinions that your guests have posted on a variety of different websites, forums, and social media, resulting in an incredible score of 10 out of a possible 10. You are now representing the top 3% of hotels worldwide for customer satisfaction” un-quote.

Nullarbor Links Golf Course

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Mollymook Golfer Completes ‘Nullarbor Links’ – The Worlds Longest Golf Course

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Nullarbor Links Golf Course stretching from Kalgoorlie W.A. to Ceduna S.A.

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A unique concept creates the ‘World Longest Golf Course’ that stretches 1,365 Km across the great expanse, namely the Nullarbor Plains. The courses varies in quality from the amazing Kalgoorlie course with its undulating ‘greens’, grass fairways and the ‘rough’ consisting of fine red dirt to the unique ‘links’ along the various roadhouses with their synthetic tees and greens, wildlife and a variety of fairways, each with their own degree of difficulty. A great feature of the Nullarbor course is that it helps break up the long haul across the Nullarbor with each link adding so much variety and challenge.

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Nullarbor Links Golf Course outline

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Certificate of Completion, Nullarbor Links

 

South West WA Coastal Highlights

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A Selected few images of our WA Coastal Highlights

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Margaret River – Prevelly Ocean Swimming

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Margaret River – Prevelly Cafe

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The local Margaret River – Prevelly swim group call themselves the ‘Sea-Slugs’. They number about 12 or so and meet at 7.30 am and ocean swim every day of the year followed by coffee at the cafe located at the ‘Boat-Ramp’. (The ‘Boat-Ramp’ is where they start and finish their daily swim). Winter temp. low gets down to 15c, presently about 20c.

They gave us ‘foreigners’ from Mollymook the warmest of welcomes. Possibly a characteristic of small groups, everyone of the swimmers were so friendly, warm and engaging. A wonderful morning and treasured memory. ‘Fredo’ 3rd in from the right won the inaugural National Iron-Man title back in the 1970’s beating Hayden Kenny father of Grant Kenny. He reminded me of our own Roscoe, an organiser and an absolute gentleman. Another swimmer over here is a Life member of the WA SLSC’s and knows our Jon Donohoe AM very well from when Jon served in an executive capacity. (It’s a small world)

Ocean swimming is quite big over here. The weekend we were in Albany they had there annual 4 Km across the harbour swim on the Saturday with 150 competitors, next day was the Denmark Ocean swim north of Albany. (Generally speaking, us in the Eastern states are possibly only familiar with the annual Rottnest Island ocean swim in WA).

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Mollymook residents visit Prevelly, Margaret River

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Margaret River, Prevelly ‘Main Break’ – AMAZING!

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Mollymook Beach Waterfront residents visit iconic surfing breaks in the Margaret River area.

The town ship of Margaret River is about 9 Km or so inland from the coastline. It has many surfing breaks up and down the coastline, some breaks are up to a Km off shore and the Bombora’s are well off shore requiring a jet ski to reach.

One local (formerly from Merimbula) said the surf was much bigger this past Saturday. Hard to imagine. It was jaw dropping stuff just watching these that I photographed yesterday, Tuesday. At a guess I would say they exceeded 20 feet / 6 metres in height. A bucket of water is heavy, so imagine the weight of water when one of these waves unloads on you. Big wave riders numbered about 8 at any one time on this Prevelly main break at ‘Surfers Point’ throughout the day. The paddle out was a long arduous effort. The Prevelly ‘Boat-Ramp’ had two main breaks. We also drove to Gracetown and saw numerous softer breaks of various sizes attracting lots of riders including kids about 8 years old.

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Swim Board Ski Team compete – Ocean Classic

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Mollymook Surf Clubs ‘Swim Board Ski Squad’ competed in the 2017 Mollymook Ocean Swim Classic

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Mollymook ‘Swim Board Ski squad’

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John Holt, roving reporter and sometimes photographer  filed this report on the 2017 Mollymook Ocean Swim Classic.

The Mollymook surf clubs ‘Swim Board Ski squad’ enjoyed great success at last Saturdays Ocean swim classic with numerous placings in their various age groups. The conditions were ideal for the 500 metre and 2 Km events.

Roscoe the organiser provided the preliminary race results via ‘Multi-sport Australia’. To view the results click on the link ‘Mollymook Ocean Race Results

Mollymook Ocean Swim 2017

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Mollymook Ocean Swim took place in idyllic conditions on Saturday April 8, 2017

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Mike and Julie reported that Saturday April 8 was an absolutely beautiful morning with a gentle 2-3 foot swell rolling in for the annual Mollymook Ocean Swim Classic. The water at the start was crystal clear. A short sprint, a few small waves to negotiate then into the blue water.

Awesome results from the local molly swimmers with Gary Jenner and Helen Gray winning their age divisions with great swims…congratulations!!!! The rest of the Mollymook contingent were indescribably brilliant on the day filling all sorts of non-consequential finishing positions…..but all finished !!

Volunteers stepped up again in a big way from water & watermelon tents, timing, BBQ, water safety, etc etc…and a massive well done to Rossco on a successful day.

About 200 competitors took to the water and the winning times were very fast indeed. Ken Banks alter ego (Stand in photographer Julie, replete with striped shirt) had to sprint back down the beach just to get to the finishing line before the winner Jarrod Poort tore up the beach to win. The Women’s winner was Lily O Sullivan in a fantastic time.

Preliminary race results via ‘Multi-sport Australia’. To view the results click on the link ‘Mollymook Ocean Race Results

Sponsors. Roscoe made special mention of the tremendous response they had received from so many sponsors with a special thanks to the Ulladulla Ex-Servo’s club for their on-going support.

A fantastic day had by all.

Mollymook Swim Board Ski squad – Pictorial

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Mollymook Surf Club: ‘Swim Board Ski’ squad – Pictorial

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Mollymook ‘Swim Board Ski’ squad swimming with the dolphins

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Tony Ireland has created a beautiful pictorial of the Mollymook ‘Swim Board Ski’ squad in which I have been able to assist with a variety of images. Herewith are just three of over 130 images. Tony has a nice story flow throughout. It will have a 300 gsm soft cover and the printed pages on quality 150 gsm glossy photo paper. It features a number of our ocean swimmers, viz. Benny, Ed, James, Simone & Robbie, Darryl, Tracy, Cheryl to name a few.

Tony is presently compiling a list of names of those who would like a copy. He expects that it will be just a single print run for precisely the number pre-ordered. The cost per book is $20. (Some are ordering multiple copies to give as a gift to grand-parents, copy for self and a copy for their siblings for a momento) Among the swimmers, I have ordered 5 copies and Billy R. has ordered 2 copies. 

Should any other swimmers (or anyone you know) want a copy then let Tony or I know by this Sunday April 9. Tony will then arrange for the number of books to be printed. I would highly recommend a copy which show cases Mollymook from this unique aspect.

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Mollymook Swim Board Ski squad

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Tony in Swim leg of ironman at State

 

Mollymook Milton Ulladulla e-news, Mar 2017

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

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Mollymook Golf Club wins National Honours at the 2017 PGA Golf Awards

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Mollymook Golf Club located on the south coast of New South Wales won the award for both the “New South Wales Legends Tournament of the Year” and the “Australian Legends Tournament of the Year” at the recent Annual Awards evening for their hosting of the Australian PGA Seniors Championship late last year. Follow the link to read the full press release: Mollymook Golf Club wins National Honours

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2017 GOLD Accommodation Rating awarded to Mollymook Beach Waterfront

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Mollymook Beach Waterfront on the NSW South Coast, was rated Australia’s overall GOLD accommodation at the National level, Gold at the NSW State level and Gold at the regional NSW South Coast level for its luxury accommodation.

The annual 2017 Gold List for Australian Accommodation was established following the compilation of 1000’s of reviews of Star Rated properties from hundreds of websites to find the best accommodation as rated by travellers.

“With a perfect 10 score, it proves guests can enjoy an exceptional experience, without a hefty price tag” wrote ‘Accomm News’. 

To read the full ‘Accomm News’ article, click on the link:  2017 Gold Accommodation Award