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Mollymook Milton Ulladulla – OPEN – June 1

 

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If your last holiday feels like a decade ago, you’re in luck! The New South Wales Government has announced that recreational travel for holidays can resume from June 1, 2020. Tourist are being warmly welcomed back to the beautiful area of Mollymook Milton Ulladulla.  

You’ve earned a break, make a booking today

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ISO DAZE by Dr Sues – Memories

 

ISO DAZE by Dr Sues

 

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Memories: Dr Sues in times gone by sharing her birthday at the Beach Hut cafe. Wine, cake and plenty of banter.

First came shock, then came horror

No coffees, no chats, no meeting tomorro?

Our swimming family was to be temporarily disbanded

COVID-19 left us numb and stranded.

 

But, our strength and commitment to our swims and our mates

Has seen us evolve and adapt to our fates.

We’ve managed to pair up into twos or, ahem, threes

And continue our swimming in these beautiful seas.

Yes, we’ve managed to keep our spirits strong,

Swimming in twos instead of a throng.

 

Big Gary, Lloyd and new dad Ed

Well, they can’t wait to jump out of bed.

They race to the beach, and swim so fast

The rest of us can’t ever get past.

 

Helen and Neil have fled to the coast

Escaping from Canberra – well, the politicians most.

Isabel joins them for a sneaky three

And if anyone tells, she simply dives under the sea!

 

Young Johnny Louth, with Raymond in tow

Well, they are taking their mornings slow.

They wander down about eight or so

Then swim to the tree, or, just to and fro.

Anzac Day 2020 – Mollymook Milton Ulladulla

 

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Anzac Day, 6.00 am. Some arrived at Mollymook Beach with their torches and candles whilst other stood in silence on the streets.

 

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Leonie and Ian’s Rustic home wreath

Anzac Day 2020

 

For the first time since World War II, due to the coronavirus pandemic, all public ANZAC services have been cancelled.  Mollymook Milton Ulladulla residents stood in their driveways whilst a few other’s went down to the beach to honour the Anzac spirit.

 

Today, April 25 being the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915.

 

Links to some lovely YouTube videos are listed below:

 

Slim Dusty   And the band played Waltzing Matilda

 

Adam Brand – The Anzac

 

Adam Bland’s version:  –  And the band played Waltzing Matilda

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Anzac day: – History for schools 

 

Dr Katie’s insights into the COVID-19 Virus

 

Coronavirus has significantly changed the lives of the people on the NSW South Coast

 

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Dr Katie Macartney

Coronavirus has significantly changed the lives of the people of the south coast of NSW and the entire world this year. At the time of writing, worldwide there have been 2.7 million cases and almost 188,000 deaths, with the USA, Spain and Italy most heavily affected. In Australia, we have had more than 6,500 cases and 76 deaths with NSW hit the hardest. Closer to home, in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven we have 112 confirmed cases but we have now had six consecutive days without a new confirmed case. 

 

Each morning we wake up to hear that the number of new cases in NSW is getting closer to zero (yesterday was five).  This is positive news, and we all start to wonder we can begin to look forward to the relaxing of social distancing, and being able to enjoy ribald anecdotes from Ray over a Beach Hut coffee.

 

We may be waiting a while.  One way to think about it is: the last day NSW had only five new cases of coronavirus was back on March 7th.  We had much looser social distancing rules then, and within two weeks new cases had jumped to 200. We’re now back at March 7th numbers, but (somewhat depressingly) what’s protecting us from going around again is social distancing.

 

For this reason social restrictions may grind on for a while as governments will be wary of another outbreak. The second-wave of Coronavirus is real; Singapore is an unfortunate example.  On 22 March, Australia had 537 new cases of coronavirus, while Singapore (which went into lockdown much earlier) only had 23.

Lena’s story on the other side of the world

 

Lena managing being isolated on the other side of the world

 

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Stuck in Australia: A different isolation for Lena

Having finished high school in 2017, Lena chose to spent her gap year during 2017 – 2018 here in Australia. She took on a ‘live-in’ child minding job for a professional couple at Milton. Loving her sport, she joined the Mollymook surf club and swam daily. She subsequently returned to Germany to commence University undertaking a primary school teaching degree.

In 2020, she was given permission to do her practical teaching overseas for a month. She arrived in Australia late February and as was her custom, headed straight to Mollymook beach every morning for a surf. Due to return to Germany late March 2020, her plane was cancelled due to the Corona Pandemic and here she remains, isolated on the other side of the world on an island called Australia.

Lekshe Losal thanks Treading Lightly

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Lekshe says thanks for the change of address

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After a sleepless night last night and no coffee with the Mollymook Ocean swimmers this morning, Lekshe was fearing the worse case scenario. Would the caravan be a reality or was it all a dream? Following some quick action by Moni at Treading Lightly Inc. and the Bendigo Bank, Lekshe was taken to Kings Point mid morning and introduce to Rod from Ulladulla Toyota and the caravan.

It was a reality, Lekshe was over the moon, verbose with expressions of gratitude.

Behind the scenes; Bendigo Bank who knew Lekshe and her predicament following the Myrtle Gully fires began looking for a replacement caravan. Word got back to them that Rod at Ulladulla Toyota had one for sale at $8,000. Following the approach from Bendigo Bank, Rod reduced the price down to $4,000. Treading Lightly also became aware of Lekshe’s homeless position and put their hand up to cover the $4,000 outlay. It was a beautiful outcome, one that Lekshe is over whelmed with gratitude. Another beautiful ‘Act of Kindness’ in this caring Mollymook Milton Ulladulla community.

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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. 

Convoy of Hope Australia

 

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The five members of ‘Convoy of Hope’ with Joel on the right

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Portable ‘Shower Truck’ for local residents use

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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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Millhouse Christmas Art Exhibition

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Millhouse Christmas Art Exhibition at the Ulladulla Civic Centre

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Cupitt’s Brewery – Craft Beers

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Craft Beers from Cupitt’s Brewery

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Cupitt’s Head Brewer Liam Jackson with Wally Cupitt.                                                                Craft beers on Tap                               

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Cupitt’s Celebrate 5 years of brewing, December 2019

Besides operating an award-winning restaurant, making their own wine and a fromagerie they have branched out into making bespoke craft beers.  The Brewery at Cupitt’s Estate opened in December 2014 creating craft beer where the character and balance are paramount. At Cupitt’s, they revel in perfecting classic styles and pushing the boundaries of beer creating new ales every season. You can enjoy Cupitt’s craft beer seven days a week from their bar while enjoying a spectacular vista across the Black Angus grazing paddocks and beyond to Burrill Lake and the Budawang Ranges.

Highly recommended is the guided tour they provide of their wine, beer and cheese making facilities; tasting the products along the way.

The Tour and Taste Experience runs daily at 11am ($40 per person, bookings essential).

Web site link for more info: Cupitt’s       Address: 58 Washburton Road, Ulladulla. NSW 2539      Phone: (02) 4455 7888

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Craft Beer: ‘Dangerous Ales’ – Milton Hotel

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CRAFT BEER – ‘Dangerous Ales’ at the Milton Hotel

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The restoration of this historic hotel is complete with a grand opening on Friday December 13, 2019. It will no doubt have flow on effects for the rest of this quaint little town centre and may also  stimulate the refurbishment of other private heritage-listed properties in Milton. It will be open daily for some outstanding craft beers. It has a private dining area available 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!

Links:       The Milton Hotel web site.         Email: info@themiltonmotel.com       Address: 74 Princes Hwy., Milton, NSW. 2538

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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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Florance Head Walk – Morton National Park

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Florance Head Bush Walk, Morton National Park

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Silvereye, one of the bird varieties on the Florance Head walk.

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Yellow Faced Honey eater, another of the many bird varieties

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Things to do visiting Mollymook Milton Ulladulla, a beautiful bush walk to Florance Head. A relatively easy flat walk of 8.5kms (return) say allow 2hr 45min (return) Enjoy some lovely flora and fauna along the way and some very active bird life for some beautiful photography. The highlight is at the end with majestic views over Pigeon House Mountain and the Budawang Mountains.

We reminisced on this ‘Florance Head’ bush walk of the bygone years when Bobby White would arrange our bush walks that included the Castle, Mount Bushwalker, Yadbora, Shallow Crossing, Ulladulla to Batemans Bay to name a few. He would share his decades of National Parks knowledge explaining and naming the different flora and bird life, he would even take a ‘Billy’ and boil some real bush tea. So on this occasion we took a book with directions and descriptions of the flora and fauna. 

Directions: 8.5kms north of the Milton Post Office, turn left off the highway at Porters Creek Dam. Drive up onto an unsealed road for 10kms, reaching a T section. Turn left and continue for another 2.6kms, where you will  reach a fork lreft to a parking bay. (If you get to the dam, you have gone too far)