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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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Mollymook Ocean Swim

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

Mollymook wins Legends best Tournament

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MOLLYMOOK GOLF CLUB WINS NATIONAL HONOURS AT PGA AWARDS

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Mollymook Golf Club’s Barry West (Director of Golf), Ray Isarin (Course Superintendent) and Scott Crowley (Golf Operations Assistant) are congratulated by BSP Advisory Chartered Accountant Directors on taking out both State and National ‘Best Tournament of the Year’ for their hosting of the 2016 Australian PGA Seniors Championship late last year.

Calabria Family Wines – Cellar Door

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 For an EXCEPTIONAL Cellar Door experience, visit Calabria Family Wines, Griffith

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Calabria Wines – Cellar Door.

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Exceptional Customer Service

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A must do when passing through the Riverina is to spend some time in Griffith visiting their wineries. It is here where 70% of NSW wines are produced and these days some very good wines from an extensive variety of grapes.

Maybe you and I are/were, a little like Jeremy Oliver who wrote in ‘The Wine Annual’ quote: “For years I was guilty of sharing the same view on red wines, and that view was that quality red wine from Griffith was an oxymoron. We have one man to thank for proving us all wrong, and his name is Bill Calabria”.

On this occasion I made a point of visiting a number of wineries. The stand out in Griffith, by a country mile was Calabria Family Wines. First impressions upon arrival was immaculately clean premises and parking area. Upon our entry into the cellar door area, dressed in thongs and shorts (our everyday wear back at Mollymook) we were greeted like VIP’s. The customer service was EXCEPTIONAL and far exceeded our other experiences elsewhere in Griffith. We were given a complimentary tasty platter board to enjoy with our wine tasting. (Of all the wine tastings we have done throughout Australia and overseas, that was a first. I thought what a wonderful initiative to make our experience that little more special).

The wine tasting was extensive accompanied by tasting notes and a score card for which wine we enjoyed more than another.

Yes thanks to Bill Calabria, you are a game changer producing some exceptional reds in the Riverina and may I add, you have some very special ‘customer focused staff’ at your Cellar Door. The cellar door experience was was the highlight of our whole visit to Griffith.

Broulee Bay to Breakers ocean swim

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Mollymook Swimmers travel south for the 6th Broulee Bay to Breakers Ocean Swim

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The Actual Broulee Bay to Breakers Swim Course. (Pic credit Graeme)

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers – Group Pic.

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Roving reporter Sue wrote: “Mollymook was well represented with eleven swimmers making the trip down to beautiful Broulee. Conditions were lovely; a nice swell, no wind, water temp at 23 degrees. The beach exit was a little rougher than some would have liked, but we all exited in one piece! Some even used it to their advantage by catching the waves into shore before a brief dash to the finish line”.

Mollymook Excels at State Surf Titles

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Mollymook Surf Club achieves great results at the NSW Surf Titles

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Surf conditions at NSW Surf Titles. Pic credit David Benson

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Iron-man Swim Leg: Tony climbs onto this massive wave

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The massive surf running at the NSW Surf titles held at Swansea Belmont last week can be seen in the 1st image courtesy of David Benson. Wednesday the officials cancelled the water events and on Thursday only held selected water events as they were unable to anchor the string of swimming buoys that were constantly being smashed by the waves breaking way out beyond the swimming buoys.

Mollymook Surf Club’s Tony Ireland climbed onto this huge wave in the swim leg of the iron-man event and rode it all the way to the beach putting him in the lead which he maintained throughout the surf board leg and after being hit by a few waves in the final ski leg, ran up the beach in 4th position.

Wheel Chair Pete & Clean Up Australia Day

 

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‘Speed Hump’ Pete

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Mollymook sunrise swim

 

Lakeside Cafe & Restaurant – Burrill Lake

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Lakeside Cafe & Restaurant – Burrill Lake

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Opening Hours: Lakeside Cafe & Restaurant

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Address: 30 Balmoral Road, Burrill Lake.                   Phone: 4455 4661

We prefer dining during the day rather than nightime and are always on the lookout for something nice in the Mollymook Milton Ulladulla area. On this occasion we ventured 5 Km south of Ulladulla to Burrill lake for lunch at the Lakeside cafe and restaurant. We were pleasantly surprised. Spacious with the choice of outside or inside dining. We chose ‘Calamari rings’ to share for an entrée and then for a main course my wife chose the ‘Grilled Smoked Salmon with mushrooms’ and I chose the ‘Prawn salad with avocado and mango’.

Each meal was exceptional and exceeded our expectations. Furthermore its BYO. It was excellent value for money, $57 total for a most enjoyable and delicious lunch.

Mollymook Ocean Swimmers – Cole Classic

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers WIN at the prestiges Cole’s Classic Ocean Swim

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Cole Classic: Gary Jenner wins over 60 Male

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Cole Classic: Jill Pettifer (& Gary) Jill 1st 60 + Female

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Decked out in colourful swimming caps and speedos, thousands of keen swimmers took to Sydney’s Manly beach under pristine conditions for The Sydney Morning Herald’s ‘Cole Classic’ ocean swim this past Sunday. The ‘Cole’s Classic’ is THE BIGGEST ocean swim event on the NSW Ocean Swim Calendar and according to the results posted, 3591 swimmers took to the water this year, in its 33 rd year. .

The entrants lined up at Shelly Beach throughout the morning to race in the three events, swimming one, two and five kilometres to the finish line at the Manly Lifesaving Club. Each age category departed in waves at 10 minute intervals.

Mollymook Ocean Swimmer Gary Jenner was the winner of the Men’s 60 + years category in the amazing time of 36 minutes & 35 seconds. Fellow Mollymook Ocean swimmer and ACT resident Jill Pettifer came in first in the ladies 60 + years category in another fantastic time for ocean swimming:  40 minutes & 48 seconds for the 2 Km.       (Image credits, thanks Jane Gordon)

Ocean Swimmers represent Mollymook Surf Club at Country Titles

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers strut their stuff at the NSW Country Surf Titles

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Big D shows fellow competitors a ‘clean pair of heels‘, O/40’s Board Race

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Mollymook Ladies boat crew named – “Bad Habits’

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Highlights a many, as the Mollymook Ocean swimmers represent the Mollymook Surf Club at the NSW Country surf championships / Surf Titles at South West Rocks. Big D was all nerves until the starter fired his gun and AWAY he went. I think he surprised himself at how well he went. Then there were our four beauty queens who row a boat in their spare time. In almost every race they were ‘slow out of the blocks’ giving their opposition a big advantage, however ‘youth prevailed’ and our ladies would mow them down one by one. Either the sweep got angry or they have awesome character. (Nothing harder than coming from behind in most races).

Star Ratings – Gold Rated Accommodation

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Mollymook Beach Waterfront – Star Ratings Gold Listed Accommodation

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Star Ratings – Gold Listed Accommodation

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Star Ratings Australia released their annual Gold Listed accommodation.

Accom News release: Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Staying in the country’s best accommodation, as ranked by travellers, doesn’t have to break the bank; according to Star Ratings Australia’s Gold Listed Accommodation, the best star rated accommodation in Australia can be had for a little over $100 per night. The annual Gold List of Australian Accommodation compiles reviews of Star Rated properties from hundreds of websites to find the best accommodation as rated by travellers.