The next town I’m reviewing as part of my lazy weekend guide to the stunning Australian South Coast is Ulladulla.
Ulladulla is a small lazy coastal town located close to stunning beaches, sparkling lakes, professional golf courses, and premium dining experiences that you won’t forget. If you are from Sydney or Canberra, Ulladulla will make a great lazy weekend escape to unwind and get back to nature being only a 2 to 3-hour drive.
Top things to do in Ulladulla
Stopping at a servo or the local Maccas (McDonalds) won’t justify a stop-over at Ulladulla. You really need a long weekend to get a real feel for this stunning spot on the Australian South Coast. There are lots of hidden gems from a ‘stone-throwing distance’ (close drive) from the Ulladulla town center, so here are our top 10 things to check out:
1. Mollymook Beach
Mollymook Beach, a 5-minute drive, is one of the most famous south coast beaches with golden sands, crystal clear waters, family-friendly facilities, great coffee, and casual dining options. This beach stretches for 2km and is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, body surfing, surfing, or a lazy beach stroll. Once all this is done there are some quality cafés to enjoy some excellent fish and chips.
2. Cupitt’s Estate
Cupitt’s Estate is an award-winning boutique winery, microbrewery, fromagerie, and restaurant all in one and a must if you’re into fine dining, wine, or a general foodie. Cupitt’s Estate also offers boutique accommodation for up to four people in the vineyard so you can enjoy the wine and dine experience to the max.
3. Bannisters by the sea
If you’re into seafood and wine, Rick Stein’s Bannisters by the sea is a high-quality dining experience with a stunning view over the ocean. It also features an in-house spa and a cocktail bar by the pool with a relaxed feel.
4. Learn to surf at Narrawallee Beach
Narrawallee Beach, a cruisy 10-minute drive from Ulladulla, is a great place to learn how to surf, with the southern end often having long breaking waves. This beach is great for families with facilities and lots of space for beach sports.
5. Mollymook Golf Club
The Mollymook Golf Club features an 18 hole professional golf course (Hilltop Golf Course) with breath-taking views of the ocean. It also features a full-service bistro and bar, gaming, entertainment, and caters for weddings also. If you are a golf enthusiast, the Hilltop Golf Course is rated by the Australian Golf Digest as “The Ultimate Challenge,” so worth checking out. If you are cruising past for a lazy weekend, I highly recommend stopping by for casual lunch or dinner at the bistro and booking a table with a beach view.
If you’re into diving, there are lots to explore off the coast around Ulladulla, including Magic Reef, Lighthouse Wall, Burrill Rocks, and Home Bombie, just to name a few. Contact Dive Adventures Ulladulla for more information.
7. Coomee Nulunga Cultural Trail
The Coomee Nulunga Cultural Trail is a great way of taking in the unique Australian native bush combined with Pacific ocean landscape contour. This trail takes the shape of the Rainbow Serpent (the creator in Aboriginal Dreamtime stories) gradually making its way to the beach. It’s also done by the local Aboriginal community member.
8. Lake Conjola eco-walk
Enjoy a guided eco-walk around Lake Conjola and take in the sights and sounds of the lakeside, bush, and beach. Depending on the time of year, you make even spot some dolphins and whales.
9. Ulladulla Harbour North Beach
Located close to the town center, North beach is a pet-friendly beach that is perfect for fishing. It’s a great place just to chill and enjoy some freshly made fish and chips from Fisherman’s Wharf Seafood. The Sunday markets are held close by to this beach, so you’re in Ulladulla for a lazy weekend getaway; you can check this out at the same time.
10. Ulladulla sea pool
This is Ulladulla’s version of Bondi’s icebergs and apparently the locals like to keep it quiet. This pool is perfect on a hot sunny afternoon if you want a refreshing dip in fresh seawater.
Where to stay?
Next to the beach, of course! I’ve heard good things about the Mollymook Beachfront Luxury Apartments, which sits next to Mollymook beach and 20 meters from the Golf club.
If you are a foodie passionate about your food and wine, you cannot go past Cupitt’s Estate, as mentioned above.
How to get to Ulladulla
Take the Princess highway all the way south past Jervis Bay road and you will eventually pass arrive at Ulladulla.
Its a cruisy two and half drive from Canberra which will take you through Braidwood, Batemans Bay and north up the Princess Highway until you reach Ulladulla.
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