A WEEKEND IN THE SOUTH COAST.
On the weekend, Stevo and I got in the car and headed 3 and a half hours out of Sydney to stay at Bannisters Pavillion in Mollymook. I had been looking at Bannisters online for two years now, dying to go visit and check out the South Coast of New South Wales. I am so intrigued by everything thats right in our backyard, we often travel so far and yet there is so many beautiful places just a few hours away.
I'm such a sucker for weekends away, there is something about packing a weekend bag and jumping in the car, putting on your favourite Spotify playlist with someone you love and knowing its going to be a good time. Small getaways are my thing, you get me? So here's how my weekend went, incase you ever want to visit the South Coast.
DAY 1) Friday the 8th of December, 2017.
We started our day at home in Sydney (obviously) and left at 9am to get a early start, our first destination was Hyams Beach. I had been DYING to visit Hyams Beach, its renowned for its bright white sand and clear blue waters. Hyams Beach is a tiny little town with a population of about 116. Cute, right? The day we visited was a bit windy but beautiful none the less. After Hyams Beach, we headed to our hotel in Mollymook. We checked in, had a little chill in our room then headed straight to the rooftop bar, sat by the pool for a little bit then we decided to make full use of the hotels facilities and take the free bikes for a spin. We rode down to Mollymook Beach as the sun was going down then headed back to our hotel for a swim and then had dinner at the Bannisters Rooftop Bar, calamari and pork belly sliders for the win. (P.s. This place books out FAST. If you ever wanna go here, BOOK FOR IT!)
DAY 2) SATURDAY THE 9TH OF DECEMBER 2017.
As we woke up in our hotel room on the Saturday, we got ready and headed up to the free breakfast included in our stay. Anything you felt like for breakfast, was there. We filled our plates and our bellies up then headed to the little town of Milton to have a look around, it had so many cute cafes and little boutiques.
Once we had explored Milton we decided to head to Cupitts Winery. Down a long gravel drive we were greeted with beautiful views and wine tasting. Although we only tasted wine here, it definitely isn't all it has to offer. You can eat here and get wood fired pizza on the weekends. It was a bit early for us and we were still so full from our breakfast at the hotel so we decided to try some wine then be on our way, to the beach we headed.
We spent the rest of our day at the beach (Narrawallee Beach and Mollymook Beach), sunbathing, frolicking in the clear blue water and then headed back to the hotel to relax by the pool and have some adult lemonades (yep, adult lemonades). We got lunch at a small fish & chip shop across the road from Bannisters and ate it on the deck of our hotel, it was pretty damn good. Then went back to the pool to swim some more.
The rooftop bar was booked out for dinner this night so we headed to the other Bannisters hotel down the road called Bannisters By The Sea & we had cocktails and pizza at the Pool Bar, this was much more of a casual vibe and had beautiful sea views. Once we finished up eating we walked back to Bannisters Pavillion via the beach, as the incredible sunset went down and little rabbits ran past, it was truly magical. We watched the sunset go down then headed back to our hotel and decided to play some of the board games the hotel had on offer and share a bottle of wine... a simple yet fun Saturday night in Mollymook.
DAY 3) SUNDAY THE 10TH DECEMBER 2017
HOMETIME. Our checkout was at 10 but we decided to get up early and have our last breakfast at the hotel then checkout and be on our way, we had a few places we wanted to stop into on the way home and didn't want to get back to Sydney too late. We packed up the car and put our first stop into the GPS, Berry. Berry is a cute little village on the South Coast of NSW and has a famous donut van and some really good lolly shops... I didn't get to try a donut but if you ever visit Berry, apparently its a must do! Berry is cute around every corner from each little house, to the ice cream stores, to the little cafes.
Our next stop was Wollongong, a bit closer to Sydney. We decided to stop in Wollongong for some lunch to keep us going on the last leg of our trip home.. The beach and views here are beautiful and I don't think it gets enough credit, we had lunch at Pepe's On The Beach after driving around for half an hour trying to find a carpark, Stevo had a burger and I had a salad bowl, then we headed on our way.
We arrived back in Sydney just after 3pm, feeling like our weekend had flown by so fast. The South Coast was everything I imagined and if you ever want a weekend away full of clear blue water and white sand, head to the South Coast.
If you have any other places you think I would love to visit around Australia, please let me know! I'm always looking for new places to visit.