Exploring the Coast: a visit to the Scarborough Hotel

Me and Pat

Our third weekend in Sydney marked our first excursion outside of the city limits. On the occasion of Pat Sarnacke being in town to start his sabbatical, Darren suggested a trip to the Scarborough Hotel for lunch. An hour drive south of Sydney, the trip took us through most of the Sydney metropolitan area before working our way through the Royal National Park. Though around 85% of Australians live within 50km of the coast, there are only a handful of large cities. Scarborough, like many of the coastal towns, is a small area situated amongst hills, cliffs, beaches and the Pacific.

The coast and the Pacific

The Scarborough Hotel isn’t actually a hotel, although it, like many other drinking establishments, has “hotel” in the name. This is a holdover from past liquor licensing laws that often required pubs to provide some manner of accommodation. Though this requirement has since been phased out, the license is still called a “Hotel license” by the Office of Liquor, Gaming & Racing. The hotel also holds the distinction of being the oldest licensed premises in Wollongong, dating back to 1886. In fact, according to the Scarborough Hotel website, the town was actually named after the bar, not the other way around.

Lunch at the Scarborough Hotel

The hotel has a nice restaurant and a few bars, but the real draw is the outdoor seating area situated at the top of the cliff. Overlooking the ocean and a few secluded beaches, the area is evidently a popular place for weddings and other events. We unfortunately didn’t make it down to the beach, but we saw a few people who had worked their way there, either via an adjacent beach or down the cliff somehow (we couldn’t quite figure it out).

Sea Cliff Bridge - photo by Jon Bragg1

On the way in and out, we passed over the Sea Cliff Bridge, a spectacular cantilever bridge built in 2005 to avoid regular rock falls on the existing portion of the coastal Lawrence Hargrave Drive. The bridge offers spectacular views of the coastline and has been featured in a number of auto advertisements. We unfortunately didn’t have time to stop, but I wouldn’t mind passing by again to take a few shots of my own.

 

Kristen and me

 

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2 Responses
  1. Karenb says:

    Looks like a nice day trip!

  2. heidi says:

    Can’t wait to come visit all these places with you! Keep the posts coming!

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