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Mollymook Milton Ulladulla quarterly e-news

Update Recovery Mollymook Milton Ulladulla

 

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Following last week’s web post, I received so many thankful email responses from subscribers/tourist, intra and interstate wanting to be kept posted on conditions here in the Southern Shoalhaven. The responses were so positive, I thought to do this following brief update.

Yes, a lot of people have being doing it tough and its been felt by all members of the community to one degree or another. There has been a lot of grieving, however I must also mention that there is some beauty shining through by many members of the community in their efforts to help in whatever way they can.

The above image is that of the local clubs who have and still are doing so much to help those effected. At the height of the emergency they acted as places of shelter, providing a safe place to stay and be fed and now they are working collectively to help our community and smaller businesses rebuild and recover following the recent South Coast bush-fire crisis whereby Conjola was the hardest hit, where 3 lives and 89 homes were lost.

With the area like a ‘ghost town’ for the first three weeks in January, a guest staying at Mollymook Beach Waterfront made a point of going to a Milton shop and buying a dress. The shop owner was so grateful, she gave this visiting customer a big hug. So the following day the same lady drove into Ulladulla and bought a shirt, likewise she was warmly embraced and thanked by the shop owner. One would have to be present in the area to understand the devastating flow on effects the disaster has had on the local economy.

The local economy, employment / employees income has been devastated, almost non-existent in many cases thus extending the grief and hardship throughout the area.

 

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Vince Di Pietro

The enormity of the NSW South Coast Catastrophic Bush Fires:

Mr Vince Di Pietro AM was appointed as the Shoalhaven Recovery Coordinator. He has had a distinguished career that includes the Royal Australian Navy, (senior leadership roles both in Australia and overseas) and most recently the CEO of Lockheed Martin Australia. In this his new Recovery Coordinator role he is working with council, in partnership with the emergency services and government agencies in ensuring that assistance is provided where it is most needed.

He said that “about 80 per cent of the land area of the Shoalhaven has been impacted or burned in some way

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Mollymook Milton Ulladulla – Open Tourist

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Mollymook Milton Ulladulla – Open to the Touring Public

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The Mollymook Milton Ulladulla area was fortunately spared from the surrounding bush-fires and local businesses are welcoming the tourist albeit there has only been a trickle at this early stage.

The scenery you will notice driving into our Mollymook Milton Ulladulla area will no doubt be an eye opener as the trees-cape along the highways on the north and south sides have suffered enormously from the unprecedented bush-fires. What may not be so obvious are the many homes destroyed (that are off the highway), a massive business downturn in the local towns of Mollymook Milton Ulladulla resulting in so many locals throughout the area without work or drastically reduced hours. 

Destination Mollymook Milton Ulladulla news

 

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Destination Mollymook Milton Ulladulla Tourism e-news December 2019

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Alex Delly and wife Jo Thomas of St Isidore fame have opened their latest venture, ‘Small Town’ in the heart of Milton.

For more info click on the link: Small Town – Food and Wine Bar

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Tourism e-news September 2019

 

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Destination Mollymook Milton Ulladulla Tourism e-news September 2019

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Cupitt’s Winery – Excellence in Tourism & Hospitality

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Cupitt’s Winery – Excellence in Sustainability

 

The 35th Shoalhaven Business Awards gala presentation was held in Nowra. The evening attracted almost 400 local business people to witness the presentation of awards in the 18 various categories. The southern Shoalhaven area was represented by Cupitt’s Winery who were successful in two categories namely: ‘Excellence in Tourism & Hospitality’ and ‘Excellence in Sustainability’.

Contact info: Cupitt’s winery and restaurant

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Mollymook Milton Ulladulla e-news April 2019

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Destination Mollymook Milton Ulladulla Tourism e-news April 2019

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RiotACT, Canberra Community e-news recommends Mollymook as one of the top 10 trips for Canberrans.  Pic credit: Grant Morrow & Therese Spillane

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RiotACT Article: Fabulous food and plenty to do in Mollymook

“It’s the perfect place for a coastal getaway and has everything you need for a quintessential day at the beach. It’s picturesque, inviting, and there is plenty on offer, from sandy beaches that go for miles, to top-notch seafood, fine dining and a spectacular food trail.

And to work off all that feasting, there are plenty of opportunities for swimming, bodysurfing, board riding, picnicking, snorkelling, surfing and fishing”.

Link to read their full article: ‘Fabulous food and plenty to do in Mollymook

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Mollymook Milton Ulladulla e-news Dec 2018

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Destination Mollymook Milton Ulladulla Tourism e-news December 2018

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DOMAIN Press Release, December 2018. Why Mollymook is the perfect sea change all-rounder. Draw-cards: Pristine beaches! Fine dining! 

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Domain Article: Quote “Mollymook has long been a favourite of holidaymakers and retirees, but a broader range of buyers now see the appeal.” The draw-cards being among other things its pristine beaches and fine dining.    

Link to read their full ‘Domain – Mollymook article

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Mollymook Milton Ulladulla e-news March 2018

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Mollymook Milton Ulladulla Tourism e-news March qtr. 2018

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Sunday Telegraph March 25, & Canberra Lifestyle article Jan. 29, highlight Mollymook for your perfect coastal getaway.

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Quoting the Sunday Telegraph Article: ‘Best Out-of-Town Wellness Breaks’ Sunday Telegraph March 25, 2018: If you’re in Sydney the article recommends you head for the NSW HOTSPOT of MOLLYMOOK.

“Mollymook on NSW’s South Coast boasts pristine beaches and gritty hiking trails. Learn to surf at ‘Mollymook Beach Surf School and enjoy oysters at Rick Stein’s – Bannisters by the Sea”.

Quoting the Canberra Lifestyle article: Jan. 29, 2018 “As you drive down the hill towards the main beach, you’re greeted by a beautiful sprawling vista of sand and sea. Mollymook has it all for a quintessential day at the beach. It’s picturesque, inviting, and there is plenty on offer, from sandy beaches that go for miles, to top-notch seafood, fine dining and a spectacular food trail that’s a foodie’s dream. And to work off all that feasting, there are plenty of opportunities for swimming, bodysurfing, board riding, picnicking, snorkelling, surfing and fishing”.

The article continues by providing many highlights for a getaway to Mollymook that includes its lovely beach, the bogey hole, surfing, fine dining restaurants, food and wine, Golf club and golf courses, local cafes, beach and bush walking/hiking and much more.

Click on the link to read their full ‘Lifestyle – Mollymook Getaway’ article

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Below is more info on this beautiful area of Mollymook, Milton & Ulladulla

Mollymook Milton Ulladulla e-news December 2017

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GOLD – NSW Tourism Awards, Cupitt’s Winery, Distillery and Brewery (Photo courtesy Cupitt’s)

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NSW Tourism Awards

Cupitt’s Winery and Brewery and Mollymook Beach Waterfront were awarded GOLD at the 2017 NSW Tourism Awards held in Sydney on November 16, 2017. South Coast MP Shelley Hancock congratulated the two businesses, saying “To be recognised as the best in your industry certainly acknowledges your exceptional businesses that showcases our region to the state and nationally”.

Cupitt’s Winery and Brewery took home the Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries award and Mollymook Beach Waterfront was the winner of the Hosted Accommodation category.”

Speaking at the Awards, Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall highlighted the importance of tourism and events to the State’s economy and congratulated the winners. “To be recognised at the NSW Tourism Awards is an outstanding achievement and well deserved recognition. The NSW Visitor Economy is the envy of every other State, with the greatest share of domestic and international visitors, visitor nights and expenditure, and an impressive calendar of major events across Sydney and rural and regional NSW, attracting millions of tourists all year round,” Mr Marshall said.

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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 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 Milton Ulladulla e-news, Mar 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

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Mollymook Surf Club RID Award

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Cupitt’s – NSW Tourism Awards – GOLD

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Mollymook Surf Club: Awarded $5000 for their efforts in promoting the Shoalhaven RID (Report Illegal Dumping) program. The prime mover of this program within the surf club is the effervescent energised Monica Mudge who has also been responsible for the partnership with council in the ‘Take 3 for the Sea’ initiative. viz ‘Take 3 items of rubbish from the beach’. Both initiatives are designed to achieve beautifully clean beaches in the Shoalhaven. 

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Cupitt’s Restaurant and Winery: The 2016 NSW Tourism Awards were announced on November 25. Cupitt’s Kitchen was awarded the best Tourism Restaurant in the State and also won gold for the Best Winery Brewery and Distillery. Link to: Cupitt’s Kitchen & Winery

Cupitt’s offer extended trading hours over the summer holidays. Link to Cupitt’s extended trading hours

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Tourist e-news July – September 2016

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Business of the Year: Cupitt’s Restaurant and Winery

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Milton Ulladulla ‘Business of the Year’

Cupitt’s Winery took top honours, ‘Business of the Year’ award at the recent 2016 Milton Ulladulla Business Awards. In addition they were awarded ‘Best in Tourism and Hospitality’. Follow link to Cupitt’s info and reviews

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Tourist e-news April to June 2016

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Mollymook Milton Ulladulla e-news, June Quarter 2016

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East Coast Low (Pic credit John Holt)

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Cupitt’s new initiative: ‘Tour and Tasting’

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East Coast Low: Destructive winds and surf caused a lot of damage along the coastline during the month of June. Mollymook was spared from the brunt of this low pressure system, and only incurred some minor damage as can be seen from the pic above as  huge waves washed over the break wall depositing seaweed, sand and water onto the corner of Golf Road and Ocean Street Mollymook and the adjacent footpath and lawn. The steps down onto the beach were dislodged and a portion of the fence in front of the surf club demolished. For more info and images, click on this link: East Coast Low

Cupitt’s new ‘Tour and Tasting’ initiative: Ulladulla’s award winning Cupitt’s winery has created an excellent tourist initiative: It is a guided tour of the vineyard, wine cellar, new craft brewery, the fromagerie to see their new cheese making facility and then finishing with wine tasting. Cost $20 per person. I went on the first tour and it was magnificent. For more info and images, click on this link: Cupitt’s tour and tasting experience

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Tourist e-news January – March 2016

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Mollymook Milton Ulladulla e-news, March Quarter 2016

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Trivago.com announce Australia’s best value destinations for 2016

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Shoalhaven – Mollymook & Milton a ‘Culinary destination’

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Best value holiday destination: Online booking agent, Trivago.com undertook a market survey: “Do you want to know which Aussie cities give you the most bang for your buck”? Ulladulla was ranked 3rd in all of Australia. Trivago said of Ulladulla, “It is the activity hub of the region, with surfing, fishing, swimming, diving and hiking all available. This area is also an excellent spot for dolphin and whale watching”. Link to “Australia’s best value destinations for 2016” 

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A Culinary destination: The ‘Saturday Telegraph, weekend – escape section article wrote about “the the popular towns of Milton and Mollymook quickly becoming a culinary destination. Lying within 10 minutes of each other, visitors can complement a day at the beach with excellent food and wine”. Follow the link to their article “a Culinary Destination

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