The Scarborough Hotel
Settle in for a drink or a bite to eat with magnificent clifftop views at the historic Scarborough Hotel, which wa opened in 1887. The town of Scarborough was actually named after the hotel, rather than the other way around.
The hub of northern Wollongong, Thirroul, Scarborough and the nearby coastal towns of Austinmer and Coledale are dotted along the Grand Pacific Drive, looking over some of NSW’s most spectacular and dramatic coastline. These four charming towns are known for their gorgeous views, beautiful beaches, winding scenic roads, buzzing cafes and restaurants and charming shops and pubs.
The wonderful beaches are the most compelling reason to visit Thirroul, Scarborough and surrounds, home of four distinctive beaches along the North Wollongong coastline. Thirroul Beach is a sweep of golden sand backed by a large grassy park with a children's play area, close to shops and cafes. Austinmer Beach is just north of Thirroul, with strong surf and two large rock pools at the southern end of the beach. Coledale Beach is vast and sandy, edged with norfolk pines and backed by a handy row of shops. And Scarborough Beach, set against the dramatic Illawarra Escarpment, is ideal for swimming and surfing. It’s worth stopping off at any or all of these lovely beaches as you journey through the South Coast, and there are also plenty of accommodation options if you’re keen to extend your stay.
The area also has a lively arts community. The English writer DH Lawrence lived in Thirroul in 1922 and wrote much of his Australian novel "Kangaroo" here. Wyewurk, the home he lived in, is now privately owned, a park at the end of Craig Street offers a glimpse of the views Lawrence enjoyed. The annual Thirroul Arts & Seaside Festival takes place each April, celebrating the local arts, music and culture of this seaside community. The Scarborough Art Show is another standout event, where visitors can buy works from local painters, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, jewellers, ceramicists and craftspeople.