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Girls Getaway: Why weekend escapes aren’t just for couples

Karen Coe

After a massive year in 2015 I’ve realised that you have to take care of yourself and those close to you in order to stay balanced.

This doesn’t just mean your significant other. Friends are such a big part of our lives and I personally feel they’re due for some extra love every now and again, just because.

2016 shows no signs of slowing down, so when the opportunity came up for a weekend away at the coast in a brand new Toyota Fortuner, who did I call? One of my equally busy gal pals who definitely needed to let her hair down, of course.

Honestly, how could she say no? A stay at Bannisters of Mollymook, a new 4 wheel drive, spa treatments, beach time, shopping, exceptional food and of course WINE!


Of course we packed too much, that’s a given, but we had space to fill with the Fortuner easily accommodating our admittedly ridiculous amounts of baggage. Hey, a girl has got to have options, and that’s the beauty of the coast – no weight/bag limits like on flights.


Before we knew it, it was the day and with a sneaky early mark at 3pm on Friday, we were away.

The smooth drive down went quickly as we were pumping the old school RnB tunes on the stereo and belting out the few songs we knew all the words to and before we knew it, we were arriving in picturesque Mollymook.

fortuner_car interior

We quickly checked in to Bannisters and made our way to the room to get ready for dinner. That night we were treated to a beautiful sunset as we dinned at the acclaimed Rick Stein Restaurant.


The food was exquisite – that’s a given – but it was the relaxed luxury surroundings that allowed for conversations over cocktails that I’ll remember about that night.


The next morning, after a prearranged and well-needed sleep in (aka recovery time), we headed up to the breakfast buffet to be greeted by the most wondrous sight. Oh. My. God. It was gorgeous – and I’m not just talking about the attractive men that were hanging around the pool.


With the possibilities of the day spread out before us we decided to book a massage in the cabana – a real treat for all the senses – and afterwards, feeling truly relaxed and armed with a couple of magazines, we headed back to the pool. We had been told to by someone in the know to check out a Tarot card reader, which sounded like fun so off we went!


Armed with the answers to our futures it was well and truly time for another drink, and just a little bit more food…


Back at Bannisters, we had consumed more than our fair share of both food and wine before we knew it.

Again, the conversation and laughs is what I will remember most – at least I think I remember everything that happened that night…there may or not have been a questionable game of midnight chess in the hotel foyer amongst other shenanigans.


After another glorious sleep in, it was back for more amazing breakfast while we planned the day.

A combination of Mollymook sight seeing ensued (luckily we had the Fortuner to get us up those hills!), as well as a trip to near by Milton, which we soon discovered is the place for cute bakeries, cafes, clothing boutiques and homewares.


It was about then that it dawned on us how easy this was and it got us wondering why hadn’t we done it sooner. Life can be busy sure, but the coast is right there for enjoying, so why don’t we do it more often?

Despite being sad to be on our way again, we were snug as the Fortuner glided effortlessly up the Clyde and to Canberra – back to reality. Voices were lost the next day – a sign of a very good weekend –and planning has already started for the next getaway.



Bannisters Pavillion
87 Tallwood Ave, Mollymook Beach,
(02) 4455 3044


Rick Stein’s
191 Mitchell Parade, Mollymook
(02) 4455 3044


Massaged at Pinnacle Day Spa @ Bannister by the Sea
191 Mitchell Parade, Mollymook
(02) 4455 3044


Milton has some adorable boutiques along the main street where you can browse homewares, antiques, clothing, jewellery and furniture.


Toyota Fortuner
Available at Canberra Toyota
Dealerships in Belconnen, Phillip, Gunghalin and Fyshwick

This is a sponsored editorial from Canberra Toyota—the Toyota Fortuner was provided free of charge for the author’s use on the weekend. Click here to read our sponsored editorial policy. The author stayed at Bannister’s at her own expense.


Karen Coe

Karen Coe works across Coordinate, CBRBrave and HerCanberra - if that wasn't enough she also is Vice President for Canberra Women in Business. Passionate about people and business in Canberra, she's always looking at how she can make a difference whether it be in work, building relationships with people, charities and not for profits. Spare time (what's that?) really means doing more of the above plus enjoying all of that Canberra has to offer and travelling when she can. More about the Author

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