Dog-Friendly Mollymook & Ulladulla: Visiting with a Dog

Just over three hours south of Sydney, the neighbouring seaside towns of Mollymook and Ulladulla, and the surrounding coastal region, is a great place to head for a dog-friendly holiday on the South Coast of NSW.

Along with plenty of dog-friendly accommodation options, the Ulladulla region also offers beautiful dog-friendly beaches, terrific dog-friendly dining and some great short walks, ideal for a relaxing getaway with your pup.

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Dog-Friendly Beaches in Ulladulla & Mollymook

The Ulladulla and Mollymook area has a great selection of dog-friendly beaches. Beaches in the area have been grouped into on-leash beaches, off-leash beaches and a handful of beaches where dogs are prohibited. The latest details and maps are provided on the council website.

The closest off-leash beach to the centre of Ulladulla is Ulladulla Harbour North Beach. Adjacent to the boat ramp on the north side of the harbour, it’s a small and sheltered beach. There’s lots of smells for your dog to sniff out from the fish cleaning station.

Ulladulla Harbour North Beach
Ulladulla Harbour North Beach next to the fish cleaning station

A little further north is Collers Beach in Mollymook. This small and calm beach is fairly quiet and isolated, great for off-leash romps. Access the beach from the steps down from Shipton Crescent.

Collers Beach
Calm and quiet Collers Beach

For a more typical surf beach head to Mollymook Beach. The centre section of the beach, between the northern end of Donlan Road and Mollymook Creek, allows dogs all day, but they need to be kept on leash. Make sure to keep a close eye on your dog near the water, as the surf can be quite rough, and note dogs are prohibited from the northern and southern ends of the beach.

Mollymook Beach
Checking out the surf at Mollymook Beach

Just north of Mollymook is Narrawallee Beach. Note that dogs are only permitted on the beach during limited hours. From October to April, dogs are permitted before 8am and after 4pm, while over the winter dogs are permitted before 10am and after 3pm.

Dogs are also limited to the section alongside the Matron Porter Drive Reserve, as far north as the unnamed island. You can access the off-leash area only via the access tracks from the reserve.

Previously, the area extended as far as the access steps at Victor Avenue, with an additional 10m-wide on-leash access way from Surfers Avenue, but this has been removed. Dogs are not permitted at Narrawallee Lagoon.

Narrawallee Beach
The old access point to the beach at the Victor Avenue steps
Narrawallee Dog Areas Sign
Dogs are not allowed at Narrawallee Lagoon (the rest of the map is old)

Heading further afield, dogs are also allowed off-leash at Washerwomans Beach at Bendalong, on the north side of Lake Conjola. I loved this beautiful calm beach, close to the Holiday Haven Bendalong park where we stayed. I even spotted kangaroo prints on the sand early in the morning!

Path to Washerwomans Beach
Washerwomans Beach at Bendalong

South of Ulladulla, dogs are allowed off-leash at Cormorant Beach at Bawley Point. It’s about 25 minutes drive south of Ulladulla. This is the closest off-leash beach to the dog-friendly caravan parks at Kioloa Beach and Merry Beach.

Cormorant Beach
Enjoying the sunshine on Cormorant Beach

For more dog-friendly fun on the water, consider heading out in a boat or kayak on the many lakes around Ulladulla, perhaps going fishing. There’s Lake Conjola to the north, plus Burrill Lake and Lake Tabourie south of town.

Burrill Lake
Burrill Lake is great for boating and fishing

Dog-Friendly Walks in Ulladulla & Mollymook

There’s some great options for dog-friendly walks around Ulladulla, although dogs need to stay on leash for each of these walks.

Walking along the dog-friendly One Track for All
Walking along the dog-friendly One Track for All

On the northern side of Ulladulla Harbour at Ulladulla Head, complete the One Track for All Aboriginal Cultural Trail. There’s two 1km loops available, that can be walked separately or together. Along the way are beautiful carved signs with information on the local wildlife and Aboriginal history.

Extend the walk by taking the Geological Time Walk down to Ulladulla Harbour North Beach, where dogs are allowed off-leash. The walking trails are an easy grade, either gravel or paved.

One Track for All Ulladulla
One Track for All contains

On the southern side of Ulladulla Harbour head to Warden Head. There’s a variety of walking trails available on the headland, including the Coomee Nulunga Cultural Trail. A highlight is the Ulladulla Lighthouse, which is also the best place around to spot whales during their annual migration.

There’s multiple carparks along Deering Street, including at the lighthouse. Note that some of these trails are a medium grade, with some stairs.

Whale Watching at Ulladulla Lighthouse
Checking out the whales off Warden Head

Another option for a dog-friendly walk around Ulladulla is at the Ulladulla Wildflower Reserve. Starting on Green Street there are a number of nature walks, ranging in length from 900m to 1.5km. The walks are best appreciate during wildflower season.

Dog-Friendly Parks in Ulladulla & Mollymook

While most of the off-leash locations around Ulladulla are beaches, there are also a pair of off-leash parks available.

At Mollymook, head to Mollymook Oval Reserve (listed as “Bill Andriske Oval” on Google Maps). Dogs are permitted off-leash in the area southeast of the buildings and playing fields, next to Mitchell Parade. However, they are only allowed off-leash between 4pm and 8am from October to April, or between 3pm and 10am the rest of the year.

In Milton, just to the north, head to the Milton Showground Precinct, which also includes an agility area used by the local dog club. The area is off-leash 24 hours, except when major events are on.

Dog-Friendly Cafes in Ulladulla & Mollymook

Ulladulla is renown for its seafood, with the town home to the largest commercial fishing fleet on the entire South Coast, plus the annual Blessing of the Fleet festival.

You should definitely try some of the local catch while in town. Perhaps grab some takeaway fish’n’chips at the Fisherman’s Wharf Seafood and eat them on a picnic bench around the harbour.

Ulladulla Harbour with Fishing Boats
The fishing fleet at Ulladulla

Not far away from the harbour is Treehouse Cafe, one block back from the main street in a renovated cottage, where we enjoyed a tasty lunch. There’s lots of seating outside on the deck, with dogs welcome.

Highlights on the menu include their bowls such as the Mexican Naked Taco Bowl, with plenty of vegetarian choices, along with a long list of cakes. At the moment the cafe is just open for breakfast and lunch, but it sometimes offers monthly themed dinners as well.

Treehouse Cafe Ulladulla
The outdoor dining deck at Treehouse Cafe

Unfortunately, we missed out on trying in person Milk Haus, a wholefoods cafe situated in the old Cheese Factory at Woodstock, near Milton. The cafe is open for lunch from Thursday to Monday, with a focus on home grown produce from their gardens. Dogs are allowed in the courtyard.

The historic village of Milton also offers more great cafes, most with some dog-friendly outdoor tables. Check out options like Pilgrims and Peach Milton. Afterwards, take a stroll and check out the shops along and just off the main street.

Milton Main Street
The cute main street of Milton, with Pilgrims Cafe

Another great option just inland from Ulladulla is Cupitt’s Estate. As well as a cellar door, Cupitt’s also has a brewery, fine dining restaurant and a garden bar onsite, overlooking their plantings of Sauvignon Blanc.

Cupitts Estate Vines
The vineyard at Cupitt’s Estate

While dogs are not allowed in the restaurant or the cellar door, well-behaved dogs on a leash are welcome to join you at Dusty’s Garden Bar, in the Garden section. Note that this alfresco section is weather dependent.

Order from the casual dining menu seven days a week at lunchtime, plus in the evenings from Tuesday to Saturday. It’s also possible to add on a wine or beer flight. And I highly recommend picking up some of their wine or beer for later!

Cupitts Beer with Dog
Enjoying some takeaway Cupitt Beer

Dog-Friendly Accommodation in Ulladulla & Mollymook

No matter what your accommodation preference, whether you’d prefer a luxury hotel stay, a relaxed holiday rental or plan to bring your own caravan or tent, there’s plenty of pet-friendly accommodation options in the Ulladulla and Mollymook area.

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Dog-Friendly Hotels in Ulladulla & Mollymook

If it’s a luxurious stay that you’re after, Bannisters at Mollymook offers pet-friendly options, situated just a short stroll from the on-leash stretch of Mollymook Beach.

At Bannisters Pavilion, there are two pet-friendly classic rooms available, with pets up to 25kg welcome. Plus up on the Rooftop, there are two pet-friendly tables in a separate area of the main restaurant for in-house guests to dine at. (Note that if you aren’t staying at Bannisters, you cannot bring along pets. Also, the Rick Steins restaurant is not pet-friendly, but sitting can be arranged.)

Mollymook Bannisters Pavilion Pet Friendly Classic Room with Dog
Enjoy a stay at Bannisters with your pup © Bannisters Hotels
Mollymook Bannisters Pavilion Classic Room
One of the classic rooms at Bannisters Pavilion © Bannisters Hotels

Alternatively, select to stay at the nearby Bannisters Beach House with up to 11 of your best friends, with a pet-friendly option available for an additional cleaning fee.

Dog-Friendly Holiday Rentals in Ulladulla & Mollymook

There’s plenty of holiday homes located around Ulladulla and the surrounding towns, with quite a few of them permitting dogs, although always double check the rules, including whether dogs are allowed inside.

The Burrill Lake View Holiday Cottage is located next to Burrill Lake, just south of Ulladulla. A classic holiday home, but recently renovated with a new kitchen and bathroom, it has two bedrooms and can sleep four. Small pets are welcome, with many recent guests with pups leaving glowing reviews, especially about the large fenced yard.

Alternatively, head to Narrawallee, adjacent to Mollymook, and stay at Sage Coastal Cottage. This cottage also has two bedrooms and a fully enclosed yard, perfect for kids and dogs. Pets are allowed inside, although an additional cleaning fee will be charged for muddy footprints on furniture and linen. Most of Narrawallee Beach, starting just near the cottage, permits dogs off-leash all day long.

Dog-Friendly Caravan Parks in Ulladulla & Mollymook

While there are plenty of “dog-friendly” caravan parks around Ulladulla and the surrounding lakes, a growing number of the parks only permit dogs seasonally. Often no pets are allowed in parks during the peak periods, such as the Summer and Easter school holidays.

Some of the few caravan parks in the area that allow dogs year round include:

Another alternative for camping with a pet during the peak seasons is to stay at Milton Showground, which offers affordable rates year round, plus is adjacent to the off-leash dog park and agility club. While temporarily closed for renovations at the moment, it should re-open in July.

One of my favourite pet-friendly caravan parks in the region is Holiday Haven Bendalong. Note however that the park only allows pets on selected powered sites, during standard season (i.e. outside of peak, shoulder and school holiday periods).

What I love about this park is its peaceful location, particularly outside of the summer months. Bendalong is just a small village and the park is next to beaches, including the off-leash Washerwomans Beach, which is lovely and calm and a delight for dog walks.

Washerwomans Beach with dog
A sunrise walk to Washerwomans Beach

The Holiday Haven parks at Lake Conjola, Ulladulla Headland, Burrill Lake and Lake Tabourie are also dog-friendly, on selected sites and in selected cabins, but with the same date range exclusion. It’s best to call up and chat directly to make a booking.

We have also previously stayed with our dog at Ingenia Holidays Ulladulla, back when it was known as Kings Point Retreat. Since becoming an Ingenia Park it no longer allows pets year round, but there are still pet-friendly cottages available, some with fenced balconies. It’s best to call or email the park directly if you wish to stay with a pet, and find out the latest regulations.

Pet-friendly caravan park Ulladulla
Our grassy site at Ingenia Parks Ulladulla

While the caravan park isn’t beachfront, it’s still walking distance from multiple beaches (where dogs are allowed on a leash). Plus the park has plenty of facilities to keep you entertained, including two swimming pools, a magnificent children’s playground and waterslides, a fire pit and more. Everything is brand new and the sites during our stay were beautifully grassed.

Kings Point Retreat slides and pool
One of the swimming pools with water slides

For a more rustic experience, head south than inland to Shallow Crossing Camping Ground. The camping ground is situated next to the Clyde River, surrounded by three different state forests, perfect for dog-friendly hiking, swimming and nights by a fire.

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8 thoughts on “Dog-Friendly Mollymook & Ulladulla: Visiting with a Dog”

    • Thanks for the correction – not sure how I overlooked this before, unless the rules have changed since we last visited. I’ve updated the post.

  1. Thank you so much for all your blog posts. You’re posts are SO helpful; we have a 2 year old rescue mut and love taking him on our weekends away. Your posts make it so easy to include him. Thank you!

  2. Thank you so much for this post and information – we are travelling to Ulladulla this coming weekend and couldn’t decide if we should take our Boxer boy or not, after reading this you have convinced me he absolutely should come too!!!

  3. Hi Shandos, just to let you know that Bannisters at Mollymook is no longer pet friendly.
    We just went there with our dogs and checked wether we could have drinks at the pool bar and were told that they no longer allow dogs on their premises.

    Bannisters at Port Stephens still does allow dogs at their poolside restaurant Julio’s (as we have visited just a couple of weeks ago.



    • Stephan – Thanks for sharing your experience. I’m sorry but at Bannisters in Mollymook only in-house guests can bring along pets to one of the restaurants. I have now made this clearer.


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