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Mollymook – South Coast

  • Posted by Richard Neilan
  • July 9, 2012 2:23 PM AEST

The Sydney basins biggest feature is of course the beautiful natural harbour that stretches from the majestic sandstone cliffs on the coast at Manly on North Head and Watsons Bay on South Head to the suburb of Drummoyne at the mouth of the Parramatta River which meanders a gentle course west to the City of Parramatta today considered the centre of the city of Sydney. The harbour literally splits the city in two with the eastern suburbs and the Sutherland Shire to the south and the North Shore and Northern Beaches in the north. A contentious issue has been around for many years as to which side of the harbour is the better – north or south. The Pacific Highway takes travellers north 900 kms along the coast to the Queensland capital Brisbane, passing through the cities and townships of Newcastle, Taree, Coffs Harbour and Grafton while the Princes Highway winds 1300 kms south also along the coast to Australia’s’ second largest city, Melbourne, capital city of the beautiful state of Victoria. For my part I have always thought the south coast to be more picturesque particularly from Wollongong south. The stunning beaches of Bombo, Gerringong and Gerroa are breathtaking and the coastal township of Kiama offers a wonderful and relaxing respite with beautiful parks, beaches and great cafes. Motoring down the highway travellers are rewarded with glorious beaches on the left and the magnificent views of hinterland and dramatic escarpment on the right. Breathtaking views can be experienced just about everywhere you look. After Kiama the traveller will arrive at the City of Nowra, a big commercial hub about two hours drive from Sydney on the banks of the beautiful Shoalhaven River made famous by the renowned Australian artist Arthur Streeton. Recently I travelled to Nowra to play in a golf tournament at the Nowra Golf Club. NGC is a flat, gentle, visually attractive but challenging par 70 course and well worth a visit for the serious golfer and the social hacker. Every six months I go away with a group of fanatical little white ball hitters. We are very serious about the game of golf and all in our group are extremely competitive. Last May we chose the Hilltops course at Mollymook for our golf challenge. Mollymook is a beautiful seaside resort town on the beach just north of Ulladulla three hours south of Sydney. We stayed at the brilliantly comfortable Mollymook Shores Motel which is conveniently located just across the road from the famous sands of possibly the best beach on the south coast and the golf clubhouse overlooking the beach with huge views north to Point Perpendicular at the entrance to Jervis Bay, home of the Royal Australian Naval College. The Hilltops course is a championship par 72 golf mecca but not for the faint hearted. It is a tight, forest lined challenge featuring some demanding holes which require deadeye accuracy. A great play for all grades and a great walk, though, if you are not able to or are impaired in some way I suggest a cart as some holes are quite hilly. The 19th is a terrific watering hole with lovely views across the 18th and the 1st and 10th tees. In the evening we dined at the Golf Club on the beach where the food and views are splendid and the tariff very reasonable. Should you chose to dine elsewhere then the coastal town of Ulladulla [ aboriginal for safe harbour ] is just two kilometres south and offers some great little restaurants and cafes. A visit to the Fish Co-Op on the harbour is a must. So, be you a golfer or not a journey south to Mollymook is something you should seriously put on your bucket list. You won’t be disappointed. By the way, I didn’t win the comp. Next time, maybe. Happy travels and better golf.