Founded in 1886, The Scarborough Hotel is just over an hour’s drive from Sydney. Perched on the clifftops of the Illawarra coastline, it offers breathtaking views and typical Aussie charm.
Perfect for a day trip, the drive takes in a dramatic blend of the Illawarra escarpment on one side and the vast open ocean on the other. Its picturesque beaches and hidden vistas seem a world away from the city as towering mountains meet the sea.[fold]
The main attraction of the Scarborough Hotel is undoubtedly and unashamedly its location. The historic hotel spills out onto its famous beer garden that showcases the rough open coastline with uninterrupted ocean views.
Tables and cabanas are dotted around the aptly named Seacliff beer garden and fill up quickly with a mix of locals and day-trippers. The beers are cold, the wines are a mix of Australian and New Zealand varieties and the menu offers all the usual suspects on a pub food menu, nothing to get too excited about, though upstairs offers some more substantial mains.
The Scarborough Hotel is a daytime pub and it’s easy to see why – that spectacular view disappears in the dark. The pub opens for breakfast and locals drop in for coffee and a selection of baked goods, eggs and pancakes while enjoying the morning ocean breeze.
With a laid-back holiday atmosphere, the Scarborough attracts groups of families and friends who settle in for the afternoon. It’s hard to tear yourself away, but when it’s time to leave, pop down to the local Scarborough Beach for a quick dip before the drive home.