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Mollymook Milton Ulladulla – Open Tourist


Mollymook Milton Ulladulla – Open to the Touring Public


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Destination Mollymook Milton Ulladulla


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. 

To expand on the above, I will share some recent experiences:

Last night I visited the Bawley Vale winery. They had their opening night for their ‘pop up’ restaurant. The food was magnificent but there were very few diners. Earlier I went along to the Harvest Bar at Milton. They offered tasty Taco’s for $5 and discounted alcohol with lovely live music. Other than the musicians and staff I counted only 12 people in attendance. Speaking to one person in attendance, he had recently moved here to do work as a barista, but with no people around he hasn’t been given any work. He is stone broke and mentioned that he has been in a ‘dark place’. Another lady lost her home in the fires and then later found out that her estranged husband had not renewed the insurance. She has lost everything. The list of examples is almost endless. When a catastrophe  hits an area, everyone suffers to one extent or another.

However what is also being experienced post (catastrophe bush fires) is the beauty that has emerged throughout the Mollymook Milton Ulladulla and surrounding areas among its residents to do whatever they can to make a difference, to help who ever maybe in need. So much non perishable food and clothing was sent to the Milton Showground storage point that they had to say; “we can’t handle anymore”. At the Ulladulla Civic Centre set up as a temporary evacuation centre for the homeless and many stranded tourist, Cupitt’s Restaurant provided free meals. Many other businesses have likewise chipped in to help as they were able. Residents volunteered so much of their own time to help out. A Doctored who had lost her own home and all possessions, volunteered her time at the Ulladulla evacuation centre providing free care for those in need rather than attending to her own dire needs.  

Some more examples of locals helping out where ever they can: Proceeds from a special shirt sale are going to bush fire casualties. For info click on link: Ocean & Earth.  Tomorrow Saturday January 18 at the Mollymook Surf Club, clothing is being made freely available. For more info click on the link Clothing available


New Businesses that opened just prior to Christmas are continuing to trade:

New businesses that opened just prior to the holiday season have remained open to provide some employment for staff, however it has been a real struggle with many employees either with reduced hours or in the case of casual employees they have had virtually no income, although they still have rent to pay and food necessities to purchase.

To help, consider visiting the Mollymook Milton Ulladulla region, it will make a difference supporting local businesses and employment.

Small Town, Food and Wine Restaurant: Alex Delly and wife Jo Thomas of St Isidore fame have opened this their latest venture, ‘Small Town’ in the heart of Milton. Their reputation alone speaks volumes for their ability to serve quality fine dining meals at affordable prices, having been awarded a ‘Chefs Hat’ by the ‘Good Food Guide’ in 2019, 2018, 2017, & 2016 and being ranked by ‘Gourmet Traveller’ in the top six N.S.W. regional restaurants in 2018, 2017, & 2016 with their previous restaurant, St Isidore.

Mollymook Beach Waterfront comment: “My wife and I (Ken and June Banks) recently enjoyed the ‘CHEFS SELECTION MENU’ a degustation lunch. The fusion of flavours in each of the eight serving courses was extraordinary, each matched with quality wine that complemented each course. Alex, without a doubt has a unique creative genius in his vision and ability to prepare meal after meal that is amazing”.

“Some fine dining friends visited ‘Small Town’ two days later and were delighted by the delicate flavours and culinary skills of the chef with quality matching wines.  Guests from Mollymook Beach Waterfront have also been unanimous in eloquently describing their experience in regard to quality and variety of flavoursome dishes, service and ambience.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Web link:  Small Town – Food and Wine Bar


The Ruse, for Casual Dining overlooking the picturesque Ulladulla Harbour: It is based on a Central American style bar and casual dining outlet. Ben comes with the enviable track record having competed in numerous cocktail competitions, and having placed 2nd in the prestigious World Class (Australia wide) competition before moving down to the South Coast. Previously he has worked and managed everything from funk & soul night clubs to high end cocktail bars and restaurants throughout Australia and Great Britain. Erin formerly worked for Diageo, the world’s biggest spirits company.        Web link: The Ruse – Bar and Casual Dining

Mollymook Beach Waterfront guest comment: “Excellent value, lovely food”. David V. NSW Highlands. January 2020.


The Milton Hotel – Dangerous Ales, BreweryThe restoration of this historic Milton hotel is complete. It is open daily for some outstanding craft beers and for lunch and dinner. The pub has rural and distant water views, is family friendly with fantastic food. They have their own craft beer label on tap, ‘Dangerous Ales’, along with a wine lounge, dining room and classic public bar. It is the perfect place for friends, family and a bit of a party! Web link: Milton Hotel web site


Existing Restaurants and Cafes are also going the extra mile 

Rick Stein Restaurant at Bannisters is advertising three course lunch specials for $60 / person or alternatively two courses for $48 / person during January. Despite very few people around the Tallwood Restaurant Mollymook is opening for breakfast and Dinner daily, likewise Cupitt’s Winery and Restaurant, Carlos Italian Seafood Restaurant, wine bars and cafes.


For a full list of local businesses, visit the Destination web site: Destination Mollymook Milton Ulladulla








Ken B., Mollymook Beach Waterfront: Editor for Mollymook News and Destination Mollymook Milton Ulladulla