Last week our family went to Mollymook (on NSW’s south coast 3.5 hours drive from Sydney) for 3 nights and it was one of the best holidays we’ve ever had. It was basic, relaxing, easy and fun for all of us. It was like the 101 of beach holidays. So I thought I’d share some details and the highlights reel.
We shared a house with my sister, her husband, their 3 kids and my mum and dad. With 11 people we needed a fairly large house which we managed to find on Stayz and it was right on the beach. We even had our own little track to the sand from our backyard. Being the first week of January, it wasn’t cheap but split between three families made it much more affordable. The house was fairly basic but with five bedrooms, a big deck, adequate kitchen and two bathrooms, it was absolutely perfect.
Mollymook is a pretty perfect place. Seriously clear water, good waves for kids (most of the time), uncrowded and even a few good waves for husband. We would pack towels and snacks, walk to the beach, pitch our tents and spend a few glorious hours frolicking, swimming, digging and gazing at the perfection around us. My sister and I both have a sombrilla by Hollie and Harrie. Highly recommended and well worth the investment for many summers to come.
My sister and her family had arrived before us and had organised a big Coles online shop which was delivered to our rental house. So nice to arrive and not have to immediately head to a supermarket for dinner supplies. There was a small supermarket a few minutes drive from us as well as a cafe which did great coffees and a bakery with delicious croissants. We ate in most nights just doing BBQs and seafood but there are some options in the area if you want to eat out. There’s the Mollymook golf club and the Ulladulla Bowling Club which do great family meals. Then there’s a great range of restaurants in nearby Milton as well as Rick Stein’s restaurant in Bannisters for very fine dining (not for us with five kids under 9).
Happy hour was a well organised event each afternoon after our second beach session. A platter of goodies, G&Ts and white wine were consumed while the kids played and we lazily discussed dinner plans.
One afternoon, my brother-in-law organised a Chardonnay wine tasting session. We sampled 5 chardonnays ranging from $12 to $120 (labels all covered) and had to score which we thought was the cheapest and which was the most expensive. You can imagine the laughs and arguments that progressed into the evening
Our days pretty much involved beach, eat, nap, eat, beach, drink, eat. We had some lego which the kids played with or they just chased each other around the house, the garden and the track to the beach. Holidaying with five kids between the ages of nine and three was a very pleasant experience. No nappies and no day sleeps meant it was all fairly easy. Of course they didn’t want to go to bed at night but once they were in, they were asleep within 3.75 seconds.
We had one cloudy morning so headed to the local cinemas for a movie then on to Ulladulla Funland to again relive our childhood memories. It’s one of those places where you buy a $20, $30 or $50 card and use it across a variety of games (video and skills related), dodgems, small rides and laser skirmish (yes the dads loved it).
As far as easy beach holidays go, this tops our list and we’ll probably be back the same time next year doing exactly the same things. I give it 5 stars.
Have you been on a beach holiday lately? What were the highlights?