Milton Ulladulla Times

Summer GuideAdvertising Feature

Bargain buys or top of the lineAdvertising Feature

BOUTIQUE BUYS: There are plenty of places to find a bargain around the Milton and Ulladulla area. Photo: Visit Shoalhaven

Summer is the season of shopping and the Milton-Ulladulla area is the ideal spot to grab a great bargain while supporting local businesses.

The region is home to a huge variety of different stores stocking all kinds of items from the weird to the wonderful. Call into Revival Antiques in Milton to find something unique and interesting to take home with you.

Ulladulla is the region's shopping centre with dozens of stores stocking designer homewares, clothing, books, music, jewellery, toys and more.

The town centre offers great shopping in Rowens Arcade and Ulladulla Plaza; wander through all the arcades with dozens of popular local stores.

Men are sure to find something special at Saunders Mensland in the Plaza, where staff have a passion for providing customers with the highest quality of clothing and apparel suited to any occasion.

After a day at the beach or a major shopping spree session, a pedicure or massage is just the thing to wind down before heading out again to enjoy live music, dinner and drinks.

If you'd rather get active outside, Boots Great Outdoors is the place for all your camping, kayaking, travel clothing and barbecue needs.

Ulladulla Ship Shape will have you outfitted for your next fishing trip in no time, with a wide selection of tackle, rods and reels for the amateur or pro fisher.

For blow-up floaties for the pool or beach, balls, bats and all things sports-related pop into Toyworld-Sportspower in Ulladulla.

There are also some great suppliers in the area, including Kings Point Windows and Glass.

If you are looking to use the summer break as a chance to make some home upgrades or get stuck into renovations, check them out and get some expert advice on the best way to add value to your place.

Visitors to Bawley Point can find everything they need at the pharmacy, newsagency, IGA supermarket, and the liquor barn.

When visiting the area, spend a day shopping in both Milton and Ulladulla and you are guaranteed to come away with reminders of your time spent on the South Coast.

Say goodbye to 2021 and hello to 2022!Advertising Feature

Markets: Attendees enjoy the Mollymook markets on Australia Day 2021.

Two big events over summer are, of course, New Year's Eve and Australia Day. The events may look and run a little differently to previous years, given the limitations of COVID-19, however celebrations will go ahead nonetheless. Check with the venue or organisers to ensure you are well aware of any restrictions.

New Year's Eve

Head over to Mollymook Golf Club for entertainment, good food and drinks. Tim Thompson will play from 5pm until 8pm and The Spencer Band will play from 8.30pm until midnight. Entry is free but bookings are essential

Bannisters Pavilion is holding summer sessions at The Rooftop East from December through to February 6. New Year's Eve at the Pool Bar is sold out but you can join the waitlist.

At Ulladulla Bowlo, local legend Ben Allen will be performing live on New Year's Eve with his set of classic Aussie rock. The set kicks off at 7.30pm and expect renditions of hits from the likes of Cold Chisel and Paul Kelly.

Keep the party going on New Year's Day at the first Summer South festival. Held at The Barn on the Ridge in Morton, there's a curated line-up of local talent. The day is for young ones and those who like to party and local food and drink vendors will be onsite. Tickets have sold out but you can reserve your spot on the waitlist.

Australia Day

Mollymook Beach Reserve is the place to be on Australia Day as the region celebrates the proud past and bright future of the district.

Hosted by the Ulladulla Milton Lions Club and sponsored by Shoalhaven City Council, activities start officially at 9am on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 and conclude around 3pm. Entry is free.

Head along and enjoy a special day of rides for the kids and plenty of market stalls for you to sample some local produce. The surprise Australia Day Ambassador will deliver a short speech followed by a flag raising ceremony by the First Ulladulla Sea Scouts.

The major attraction will be the Music Scholarship when winners are announced. The Lions food vans will be serving food all day to patrons.

Secluded hamlet has it allAdvertising Feature

STUNNING SPOT: Bawley Point is home to pristine beaches and bushland as well as activities for everyone. Photo: Destination NSW

A short 5km drive off the highway will take you to the secluded town of Bawley Point, which boasts untouched beaches and plenty of holiday activities like snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing and boating.

It makes an ideal place for a day trip or short stay. Bawley Point is tucked into a divine stretch of coastline, with beautiful beaches, spectacular national parks, a winery and berry farm on its doorstep.

Bawley Point is situated between Meroo and Murramarang national parks so if the beach isn't your thing why not enjoy some of the lovely walking tracks with an abundance of native wildlife?

Termeil Beach is north of Bawley Point in the Meroo National Park. Meroo Head Lookout Walking Track rewards visitors with breathtaking views. For a peaceful spot for fishing and walking, head to Termeil Lake.

The Murramarang Aboriginal Area gives a sense of what life was like for the region's original inhabitants 12,000 years ago, including the largest midden on the South Coast, covering several hectares and millions of stone artefacts as well as deposits of mammal, fish and bird bones and shells.

Based on the rare findings, archaeologists believe that the people of Murramarang had a sophisticated bone industry and fishing economy.

Local beaches worth exploring include Murramarang Beach, Cat and Kitten Beach, which has views to Brush Island Nature Reserve, Bull Pup Beach, Racecourse Beach, Kioloa Beach and Merry Beach.

Further south you'll find Pretty Beach, which lives up to its name, and Pebbly Beach which is famous for its kangaroos.

If you'd rather stay indoors head north and check out the nearby Lake Tabourie Museum.

The museum's exhibits include snakes, spiders Aboriginal artefacts, minerals, local marine life and shells with a number of historically furnished rooms on display.

Just off Murramarang Road in Voyager Crescent you will find the Bawley Point Shopping Centre. It provides everything you need - there is a takeaway, newsagent, bakery, liquor shop, supermarket and pharmacy.

If markets are your thing visit the Murramarang market where you will find a great selection of handmade goodies, local produce, espresso coffee and live music.

Bawley Vale Estate aims to to make the best wine possible. Bookings are essential and the winery is open Sunday from 11am to 4pm to enjoy a drop in tranquil and picturesque surrounds.

Bawley Point Gantry is a piece of South Coast history, standing tall for 100 years before being destroyed in king tides during the east coast low of June 2016.

It was used historically to load timber from local sawmills onto ships bound for Sydney.

Surf's up so stay safe between flagsAdvertising Feature

Surf safety: Between Mollymook South and North and Narrawallee there will be surf lifesavers patrolling the beaches. Photos: Visit Shoalhaven

With many beautiful beaches lining the stretch of coast in Milton-Ulladulla, the region is well known in surfing circles. From beginners to life-long surfers, the region has breaks that will suit any skill level.

Some of the most popular spots are at Bendalong, Narrawallee, Mollymook and Ulladulla. Bendalong's busiest are Inyadda Beach and Green Island, off Cunjurong Point.

Due to its forgiving nature, Boat Ramp is popular with local kids and tourists from nearby Bendalong Tourist Park. Washerwoman's Beach is northeast facing and in a southeaster is one of the few spots in the area that stays pretty clean.

The north end of Narrawallee Beach is popular with experienced surfers and works well with a decent northeast swell and light westerly or lighter southerly winds.

As a classic curved beach, Mollymook enjoys sheltered spots at either end. The surf here is usually at its best on a mid-tide, but has been known to work on all tides when sandbanks are favourable.

Mollymook Reef is popular when the waves are right, while in big swell, experienced surfers head to Golf Course Reef. It's a long-board and paddle-board favourite but well rip-able on a shortboard.

For surfers with more experience under their belt, the Ulladulla Bommie offers even bigger waves perfect for those who know how to handle the conditions.

For those new to riding the waves, the region also has plenty of experts willing to impart their experience through professional lessons.

Find your spot: The wide range of beaches has breaks to suit any skill level.

South Mollymook is a great haven for visiting and local families wanting to make the best of a great day.

Livvi's Place playground has a huge variety of activities to tire out the young ones, plus there's cafes, a golf club, beach front picnic areas and red and yellow flags on the pristine sands of South Mollymook Beach.

Mollymook Surf Lifesaving Club president Rodney Austin welcomed all visitors and locals to the region's beaches during this summer holiday period.

"It is so good to see the NSW Lifeguards working hand-in-hand with our devoted volunteer lifesavers offering the best and safest swimming between the flags," he said.

Rodney said he couldn't stress enough the importance of swimming between the red and yellow flags; between Mollymook South and North and Narrawallee there will always be a patrolled area.

Volunteer Lifesavers and Lifeguards train constantly to keep their life saving skills updated to be able to offer the best service to the beachgoers and swimmers.

For 85 years Mollymook Surf Lifesaving club has maintained 100 per cent safety for swimmers between the flags.

"It breaks our hearts when we hear of unnecessary drowning and family grief caused by swimmers taking risks," he said.

"What many people don't understand is that besides a strong rip there are many other reasons people can get into difficulty."

During a season swimmers will need to be rescued due to heart attack, stroke, cramps, dislocations, fainting, panic, intoxication, impact injury, shock, reaction to stings to name a few - and lifesavers are trained to attend to all of these.

The Australian Lifeguard Service looks forward to patrolling beaches across Shoalhaven this summer in conjunction with Surf Life Saving Clubs and Shoalhaven City Council.

The ALS provides a committed, proactive and professional service on the beaches from Shoalhaven Heads to Mollymook over the summer period. To find your nearest patrolled beach this summer, visit beachsafe.org.au.

If you'd like to find out more about the ALS and how you could become a lifeguard, visit lifeguards.com.au/NSW. Have a happy summer and stay safe.

Perfect place for a paddleAdvertising Feature

PRISTINE WATERS: Holiday playground, Burrill Lake is a great spot for paddleboarding and many other watersports. Photo: Visit Shoalhaven/Trent Micallef Photography

Just south of Ulladulla the seaside village of Burrill Lake is a perfectly-positioned holiday playground.

Lovers of waters sports and especially keen fishers enjoy this part of the world.

The large variety of fish species on offer include flathead, bream and blackfish.

There's a collection of shops, cafes, and fish and chip takeaways if you don't catch lunch.

The picturesque park on the lake's edge has well laid-out picnic tables, bike tracks and playgrounds with little jetties for fishing.

The lake itself is ideal for water-skiing, as well as swimming, sailing, canoeing, kayaking and paddle-boarding.

The Princes Highway crosses the eastern arm of the lake only metres from the sea but its main expanse reaches inland almost to the town of Milton and cannot be seen from the highway.

To see the upper parts of the lake you can visit Kings Point via its access road, west off the highway, north of the Burrill Lake township.

At Kings Point, the lake is deep, quiet and tranquil. The local water ski club has its clubhouse, picnic area and launching ramp at Kings Point and there is water skiing here at weekends and during holiday periods.

Burrill Lake inlet and beaches are to the east of the highway. Take the road to Dolphin Point where there are some magnificent coastal views and picnic areas for a break.

Burrill Lake offers boating, sailing, windsurfing, swimming and prawning (in season). Boats, canoes, skis and kayaks are available for hire. Pop into Burrill Lake SUP and check out the options.

They have accredited instructors, are fully insured and can take you on tours, out for lessons and training, plus they hire and sell stand up paddleboards.

There is a pleasant walk around the shore of Burrill Lake. It is well signposted and offers an insight into the Aboriginal population that once called this area home. It is an easy walk for most ages and fitness levels.

Start at the picnic area at the end of Burrill Lake Drive, and take the track to the left which is a 6km return.

On the right is a shorter track leading to a rock shelter of a 2km return. If it's a hot day you can take a refreshing dip in the lake.

If you are visiting for some well-deserved relaxing down-time then you must book Goddess Health and Wellness Day Spa as part of your getaway.

This health and wellness day-spa offers Ayurveda aromatherapy holistic products and treatments. blissful massages, facials, body treatments and the full range of beauty services.

Groups and couples packages are also available.

There are several accommodation options throughout the area including a Big4 Bungalow Park, holiday units, motels, B&Bs and other tourist parks.

Fun and games for little onesAdvertising Feature

MIND BENDER: A group of pirates attempts to solve a puzzle during testing of Great Escape Rooms in Ulladulla.

The Milton-Ulladulla region has plenty of fun for the young and the young at heart.

The area also has a host of activities to keep those of all ages engaged, no matter the weather.

Lake Tabourie Museum is one spot not to miss. The museum's exhibits include snakes, spiders, Aboriginal artefacts, minerals, local marine life and shells with many historical furnished rooms on display.

For 50 years, young and old alike have enjoyed the trampolines on the roof-top, control-a-boats, the sizzler, slot cars and pinball machines at Ulladullas much-loved indoor fun park Funland.

It has grown and evolved over the years and now offers three levels of fun for the whole family in the heart of Ulladulla.

ALL AGES: The fossil walk is an exciting and enjoyable activity taking in world class fossils and conducted on easily accessible horizontal rock platforms.

Travelling back through time is possible thanks to the Gondwana Coast Fossil Walk. Visitors and locals are encouraged to take a walk back through geological time with a guided fossil walk on the shores of Ulladulla Harbour.

The two-and-a-half-hour guided walks have proven extremely popular, although haven't been running due to COVID-19. In good news however, they have been back up and running from December 19 in 2021.

Bookings are preferred (phone 4444 8820) and groups will be limited to around 10 people.

The fossil walk is an exciting and enjoyable activity taking in world-class fossils and conducted on easily accessible horizontal rock platforms.

It is suitable for people of all ages. The cost of guided walks is $10 for adults, $5 for school-aged children. Families are $25.

The Fossil House in Green Street has many displays you can see for free. It's open 10am until 3pm from Wednesdays to Saturday.

On the north side of the harbour, a 500 million year Geological Time Walk follows a concrete path through a re-landscaped Brodie Park. The time walk has appeal as a community resource but also complements the fossil walk.

Bells Family Carnival in Batemans Bay will run over the holiday period, offering plenty of family fun and rides for thrill-seekers during the evenings.

The carnival will be open from December 26 through to Australia Day from 7-10pm daily, weather permitting.

Don't forget to pop into Toyworld and Sportspower in Ulladulla to pick up games and puzzles for any rainy days or gear for enjoying watersports throughout the region.

Fun for all at Livvi's

Livvi's Place Playground in Mollymook is a wonderful place to take kids of all ages.

The all-embracing playground caters for the needs of a wide range of children.

It was opened in November 2017 and has been in full swing since then.

The $1.4 million project boasts a specialised lift and change facility.

The all-inclusive playground is complete with a misting machine, slide, swings, library, seating and murals by local artists.

The lift and change facility is a change room for disabled adults.

The inclusive playground was a collaboration between not-for-profit organisation Touched by Olivia and Shoalhaven City Council.

It was developed in consultation with the local community and features a range of equipment including a water play area, a cosy dome, a wheelchair accessible carousel, trampolines, swings and a pirate ship built by the Ulladulla Men's Shed.

It's a very short stroll from Livvi's Playground to the outdoor gym and park, cafes and of course the pristine sparkling sands of Mollymook Beach.

FUN FOR ALL: Livvi's Place Playground in Mollymook is a wonderful place to take children of all ages. Photo: Touched By Olivia

Eight activities to enjoyAdvertising Feature

Back to nature: Take a dip in Ulladulla sea pool. Photo: Visit Shoalhaven

There's so much to see and do in the Milton-Ulladulla region; the list is nearly endless and only limited by your imagination and time. However, here's our top eight picks for things to do and see while you are in the area.

Visit a winery

The South Coast is home to a number of award-winning and established wineries. While you are down this way, be sure to check out Cupitt's Estate where you can enjoy spectacular views while sipping on wine or craft beer made on site in the microbrewery. The estate also makes its own cheese in its fromagerie and can find you the perfect pairing for an afternoon snack. Further south you'll discover Bawley Estate Winery with its delightful tasting room where you can sample award-winning wines. The winery is also home to farm animals.

Enjoy nature

Located on the corner of Green and Warden streets in Ulladulla, the Ulladulla Wildflower Reserve is maintained by volunteers and features all kinds of wildflowers. There are some easy, flat walks to enjoy while you spot native flora and fauna. Information signs offer a helpful guide.

Take a swing

For golfing aficionados Mollymook has two courses. Hilltop offers a challenge for the experienced golfer and a place for those developing their skills to test their abilities. It's 18 holes in a bushland setting but with the sound of the ocean in the background. Beachside is currently under renovations.

See a landmark

Warden Head Lighthouse is a great place for spotting sea life and especially for whale watching in spring. Originally built on the Ulladulla Breakwater in 1873, the light was moved to Warden Head in 1879. It is one of only two towers in NSW made from wrought iron plates. Head up Deering Street to check it out.

Swim in a sea pool

The Ulladulla Sea Pool at the southern end of the harbour is open every day except Tuesdays from 6am until 8pm. Entry is free. The pool is inspected daily however there is no lifeguard service and the pools are unsupervised.

Walk the harbour

No visit is complete without a stroll along the boardwalk with all its cafes and shops. Watch the fishing hauls come into Ulladulla harbour, spot a seal or take selfie on the wharf.

Appreciate art

The region is home to many established and emerging artists. The boutique town of Milton is home to many galleries where you can buy a piece to remind you of your trip.

Have some fun

Funland Ulladulla is the original, three-level amusement arcade in Rowen's Arcade in the centre of Ulladulla. It's is a megacentre of huge proportions, and the biggest on the South Coast. It's filled with ticket games, interactive rides, laser tag, dodgems, classic pinball and arcade games and more.

Avid anglers always find a day's catchAdvertising Feature

FUN FISHING: The local area offers a range of different fishing opportunities, but anglers are required to obey the laws on bag limits and size restrictions.

The Ulladulla area offers a huge variety of fishing for anglers.

With lakes and estuaries, salt and fresh water rivers and beaches and rock shelves all within the area, the fish are just waiting to be found.

Popular spots for amateur anglers include Ulladulla Harbour and Burrill Lake.

Experienced anglers equipped with the right safety gear and knowledge might like to cast a line from the rocks of Mollymook, Narrawallee or Dolphin Point.

But before you cast your line out to try your luck at catching a fish or two, it is essential to find out if the waters you are in are subject to special fishing laws and prohibit certain fishing styles and equipment.

When fishing in NSW waters, both freshwater and saltwater, you are required by law to pay the NSW Recreational Fishing Fee and carry a receipt showing the fee has been paid.

There are also many species of protected and endangered species in our waters that cannot be caught and kept, however guides highlighting these species available at local fishing tackle stores.

Bag limits - or the maximum number of fish allowed per person - are enforced and it is up to the angler to adhere to those rules.

Bait fish are subject to a bag limit of 50 or 100 for each individual species. Bait fish includes species such as whitebait, pilchards, herring, anchovies, blue bait, jack mackerel, slimy mackerel, yellow tail, hardy heads, garfish, solider crabs, saltwater nippers and worms - except for beach worms, which are subject to a bag limit of 20.

Size limits also apply to many species in the waters and the angler must know legal limits to avoid penalty.

There are limits applying to other species such as abalone, which are limited to two per bag in unrestricted areas, with a minimum size of 11.7cm.

Prawns are limited to a total of 10 litres and oysters and mussels are restricted to a total of 50.

Fishing licences are available from fishing tackle stores across the region.

For full details on bag limits in NSW make sure you visit the Fisheries website at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries before heading out on the waterways.

The South Coast is callingAdvertising Feature

BEAUTIFUL: The local district offers a little something for everyone. Pictured Ulladulla Harbour. Photo: Destination NSW

The Milton-Ulladulla area offers a little bit of everything, making it the perfect place to spend your summer.

The district, which includes the towns of Milton, Ulladulla, Burrill Lake, Mollymook, Narrawallee, Lake Conjola, Bawley Point and Bendalong, offers a huge variety of things to see and do.

From beautiful beaches to bushland ready to explore, sensational shopping to fine wine and delicious dining - there is something to suit every taste and need.

And with warmer weather and long days, summer is the perfect time to get out and start exploring the area.

The beaches are always popular at this time of year and the area offers clean, patrolled sands perfect for families.

Along with the family-friendly waters, the region boasts some of the country's best surf breaks, so why not give surfing a go?

You could try a bushwalk through the national park, have a go at stand-up paddleboarding or go kayaking up a river or in a lake, throw out a line and catch dinner for yourself.

Why not go four-wheel-driving through one of the many dirt back roads, head out to Pigeon House and get climbing, or see what's on offer below the waves by snorkelling or scuba diving?

You can also check out the local birdlife or hit one of the top quality local golf courses for a round of golf.

And once you have had a few adventures, spread out a picnic rug in one of the many parks or reserves, or a towel on one of the beautiful beaches and relax.

The area's towns and villages offer a great variety of shops, eateries, art galleries and entertainment venues to keep your holiday calendar filled.

There are also regular markets run throughout the area, many featuring local produce and items which have been locally handcrafted.

The Milton Ulladulla Times's 2021-22 Summer Holiday Guide is here to give you a few ideas on some of the many things you can do in the area.

You'll also get an idea of some of the many stores on hand to provide you with all you need and some safety tips.

Get reading, get some ideas and get out there and start exploring why this beautiful part of the world has something to offer everyone.

What's on this summerAdvertising Feature

Lively: Milton and Ulladulla have a thriving live performance scene. Photo: Visit Shoalhaven

Dates for your diary.

Lake Conjola

  • Friday, January 7: Jay Podger at the Lake Conjola Bowling Club
  • Friday, January 21: William Wallace at the Lake Conjola Bowling Club

Milton

  • Thursday, December 23: Shayna & Blake at the Milton Hotel, from 5 to 8pm
  • Sunday, December 26: Max Attack and friends plus Boxing Day DJs, from 12 to 8pm
  • Sunday, January 2: Totum at Seeking Serendipity from 2 to 5.30pm
  • Saturday, January 8: Milton Village Showground Markets
  • Thursday, January 13: Chris Rulewski at Seeking Serendipity from 7 to 10pm
  • Saturday, January 15: The Backsliders at Milton Theatre, from 8.30 to 10pm. Multi-award winning, blues-based act, Backsliders, are returning to Milton Theatre for their first live gigs out of lockdown. The band will be showcasing 'Bonecrunch', their 15th and most varied album to date.
  • Saturday, January 15: Roddyreason at Seeking Serendipity from 6.30 to 10pm
  • Friday, January 21: Mark Dabin at Seeking Serendipity from 7pm
  • Saturday, January 22: Mojo Electric at Seeking Serendipity from 7 to 10.30pm
  • Saturday, February 5: Milton Ulladulla Small School Fundraiser at Harvest Milton, from 6 to 10pm

Mollymook

  • Fridays and Sundays: Friday Sounds run from 5 to 8.30pm and Sunday Sounds run from 2 to 5.30pm at the Mollymook Golf Club. Check socials for line-ups.

Morton

  • Wednesday, December 22: Julia Stone at The Barn on the Ridge, from 5.30 to 9pm
  • Thursday, December 23: Hein Cooper and special guests at The Barn on the Ridge, from 4.30pm
  • Saturday, January 1: Summer South Music Festival at The Barn on the Ridge, from 11.30am to 9pm
  • Wednesday, January 12: Ash Grunwald Live at The Barn on the Ridge, from 5.30pm
  • Sunday, February 13: Owen Campbell Live at The Barn on the Ridge, from 5.30 to 9pm

Ulladulla

  • Sundays: Sunday session at Cupitts Estate, from 12.30 to 3.30pm. Book ahead for a table.
  • Friday, January 21: Dragon Rider - Shoalhaven Open Air Cinema Roadshow at Ulladulla Civic Centre, from 6 to 8pm
  • Saturday, January 15: Dear Seattle at the Marlin Hotel, from 8pm
Fun in the forest: The Barn on the Ridge hosts a number of acts in a stunning location. Photo: Matt Ashton Photography

Food fit for all the familyAdvertising Feature

Alfresco: Enjoy the beautiful views while tasting the freshest produce. Photo: Visit Shoalhaven

Spending a day catching waves at Mollymook Beach or hiking through the Budawang Ranges will undoubtedly build up an appetite.

No matter where you are, there is sure to be a tasty meal only minutes away with options to be found throughout the region.

For a unique farm-to-plate style experience, check out At Sea, offering fresh local seafood straight from the fishing fleet on Wason Street, Ulladulla.

As well as fresh catches of prawns, oysters and fish, they also do an awesome fish and chips.

There's plenty of parking available at the harbour, so head down and see what's available.

In the north, Lake Conjola Bowling Club serves tasty lunches and dinners.

The Entrance Brasserie at Conjola Bistro is excellent value with delicious meals catering for all.

All tastes: Milton eateries range from casual cafes to farm to table restaurants. Photo: Visit Shoalhaven.

Boutique town Milton offers many popular eateries.

Milton Woodfired Pizza Cafe has options to keep the whole family happy and is open for takeaway Wednesday to Sunday from 5pm.

There are also spots to enjoy a casual meal, including the Swordfish Bistro at Milton Ulladulla Bowling Club.

Mollymook features dining options including the famed Rick Steins at Bannisters on Bannister Head Road and Pavilion in Tallwood Avenue.

For top takeaway in Mollymook, head to Grey Dolphin's Takeaway or in Ulladulla, in Rowen's Arcade Ulladulla Cafe offers milkshakes and sandwiches - perfect for a quick bite.

The Mollymook Beach Bowling Club also offers fantastic food at the Beachside Bistro, and the club's Beachside Cafe has its own Flint Point coffee blend.

OPTIONS: The Milton Ulladulla area has plenty of dining options to suit all budgets and tastes. Photo: Supplied

You can grab your espresso fix to go from the beachside kiosk at Mollymook Golf Club as well as snacks and hot food from 11am.

In Ulladulla, choice abounds with dozens of restaurants. International fare is available with Thai, Chinese, Indian and Italian.

Emerson's on Main offers fresh Thai cuisine and is a great spot for lunch. It's not just a restaurant, there's also a gift shop inside, with handpicked homewares from South East Asia.

Tony's Italian Ristorante Bar and Seafood is a blend of a traditional Italian and seafood restaurant with a state-of-the-art cocktail bar.

Wander the boardwalk at Ulladulla and take your pick from the cafes; there's so many delicious options to suit all tastes and requirements.

Support local at marketsAdvertising Feature

FRESH AND LOCAL: The Mollymook Beach Market is a great place to grab a bargain. Photo: Visit Shoalhaven
FRESH AND LOCAL: The local markets held at Mollymook, Milton and Ulladulla offer plenty of fresh produce and are the perfect place to grab a bargain.
POPULAR: Stall holders at the Milton Market. Photo: Susie Greentree.

Regular markets add to the bargains already on offer in Milton and Ulladulla.

From fresh produce to kitchenware, from crafts to clothes, the local markets have it all, so make sure you visit at least one during your stay.

Make sure to check ahead as some markets may be cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Milton Village Showground Market

The Milton Village Showground Market is generally held on the first Saturday of every month and long weekends at Milton Showgrounds from 9am-2pm.

This dog-friendly market returns on Saturday, December 4, 2021. It's a great place for arts, crafts, pottery, timber, plants, clothing and more. Visit facebook.com/miltonvillageshowgroundmarkets for details.

ENJOY: From fresh produce to kitchenware, from crafts to clothes, the local markets have it all, so make sure you check at least one out during your stay.

Marine Rescue Ulladulla Harbour Market

The Ulladulla Harbour Market is held on the second Sunday of every month at beautiful Ulladulla Harbour from 8am-1pm.

Here you'll find second-hand tools, clothing, gifts, gourmet food, craft and produce, entertainment and fun for children.

Visit ulladullamarkets.com.au for details.

Mollymook Beach Market

The Mollymook Beach Market is held on Australia Day along with the fifth Sunday of the month, at the Mollymook Beach Reserve.

It features over 100 stalls including local products, refreshments, and a children's merry-go-round.

The market is also a fundraiser for the Ulladulla-Milton Lions Club.

FAB (Farmers At Burrill) Market

FAB is managed by the Ulladulla-Milton Lions Club and is held every second Friday evening from 5pm until the end of February at the Lions Park on Dolphin Point Road.

Just a short detour from the Princes Highway reveals wonderful farmers producing beef, lamb, free-range pork, stone fruit, berries, wine, mushrooms, garlic, eggs, honey, cheese and beer. Plus the market takes deliveries from local boats and the estuaries of fish, prawns and oysters.

More stallholders are always coming on board and the market is known for locally baked sourdough.

The next market will be held on December 17, 2021. See farmersatburrill.org.au for details.

Murramarang Sunday Market

Murramarang Sunday Markets are generally held on the first Sunday of the month at Kioloa Community Hall from 9am-1pm.

It showcases local creativity, artwork, craft and produce and has food options for adults and kids.

Spots that raise the barAdvertising Feature

CHARMING SPOT: Bannister's Pavilion offers a casual space for wines, beers and cocktails. Photos: Desitnation NSW

The Milton-Ulladulla area offers a great variety of pubs, clubs, wineries and bars where you can relax and socialise.

The Star Hotel in Milton has always been a favourite destination for locals and tourists throughout summer.

The revamped and refurbished Milton Hotel features a beautiful beer garden and outside area and is the perfect spot for a whisky, cocktail or a Sunday family feed.

Harvest Bar in Milton specialises in tapas and has a range of local and international wines, as well as beers and ciders on tap.

Ulladulla has its own pub, the Marlin Hotel, a favourite with those who like to dance into the wee hours.

Emerson's on Main serves up delicious Thai cuisine and has a full bar for a drink with your lunch.

Mollymook is home to the famed Rick Stein Restaurant at Bannisters which also has a pool bar, offering a huge variety of cocktails, gourmet pizzas and light meals.

Bannisters Pavilion offers a Mediterranean-style rooftop pool and bar.

Lake Conjola Bowling Club is popular with residents and those after a relaxed day or a fun night out.

Mollymook Beach Bowling Club offers two greens for bowls along with a restaurant and bar with regular entertainment on offer.

The perfect drop: Cupitt's Estate produces award winning wines as well as beers.

Mollymook Golf Club features fabulous views of Mollymook Beach and a top class bistro along with regular live entertainment and gaming facilities.

The Milton Ulladulla Bowling Club is renowned for its busy bistro, which offers a great range of classic staples as well as fancier fare.

Just a short drive away, Cupitt's Winery offers a glorious backdrop for enjoying a locally grown glass of wine and a meal for lunch or dinner. The winery specialises in European wine varietals sourced locally and from cool climate regions in NSW and Victoria. Also on site is a craft brewery, as well as an in-house fromagerie with cheeses to match your drink.

Remember to drink responsibly.

Welcome to wine country

Toast of the coast: Cupitt's Estate has a focus on European varietals. Photo: Destination NSW

While relatively small by Australian standards, the Shoalhaven is an increasingly popular region for wine.

The region's undulating topography and sea breezes ensure that a variety of grape varietals can be grown with success. Perhaps the region's best known grape is grown from chambourcin vines which favour warm and humid climates. However the region is also known for its whites that have a balanced, fruit-driven palette.

"Our region is unique to the other areas in NSW as it has a maritime climate with cool coastal breezes." said Brett Richardson, President, Shoalhaven Wine Coast Association. "The geology of the Shoalhaven Coast creates a tendency for white wines to be fruit-driven and well-balanced in style and medium-bodied red wines with fine tannins and elegant fruit characters."

The boutique nature of the region's wineries means that at many cellar doors visitors will be welcomed by vignerons and wine makers, sharing their stories.