Hotel Temporarily Closed 3-4 December



Historic Scarborough Hotel

Dating back to 1886, the heritage listed hotel is the Illawarra’s oldest licensed premises. Deeply significant to the local area, the old mining town of South Clifton was re-named ‘Scarborough’ after the establishment in 1903. Throughout the early 1900’s it remained at the centre of community life, housing some of the area’s most meaningful events. 

A fine example of Victorian-style houses in the area, The Scarborough has never been rebuilt or drastically refurbished and still contains original features, sharing tales of the past with visitors of today.

The Scarborough has always been recognised for the infamous ‘Sea Cliff Garden’, which rests directly above the sea boasting views along the coastline all the way to Sydney. 

The Scarborough Hotel, 1930. Photo courtesy of Noel Butlin Archives, ANU.

Plan your trip

Opening Hours


Monday, Thursday, Friday: 11:00am – 2:30pm

Saturday, Sunday: 11:00am – 3:00pm


Monday, Thursday, Friday: 11:00am – 4:00pm

Saturday, Sunday: 11:00am – 4:00pm


Monday, Thursday, Friday: 11:00am – 4:00pm

Saturday, Sunday: 11:00am – 4:30pm

Fast facts

The Essentials

One to visit if you’re road trippin’ to Wollongong. It’s only an hour and a half from Sydney’s CBD. Visitors can expect “strewth”-inducing views of Wombarra Beach, a cracking menu full of pub classics that will keep everyone happy, and beautiful garden huts that offer the perfect position for long lunching with your loved ones in the sunshine.

Explore the coal coast

Day Trip to The Scarborough

Located along the famous Grand Pacific Drive, the drive to The Scarborough Hotel is truly memorising.  Take in the views from Bald Hill lookout before making your way over the famous winding roads of Sea Cliff Bridge to the cliff-side Scarborough Hotel.

Enjoy a relaxing drink and meal overlooking the ocean before continuing on Lawrence Hargrave Drive to some of the South Coast’s beautiful beaches.


383 Lawrence Hargrave Drive

Scarborough NSW 2515


Make a Day of It


Sea Cliff Bridge
2 minutes north by car

Drive, stroll or ride alongside the Illawarra’s winding escarpment rock face, with crashing ocean waves beneath and beside you. 

Bald Hill Lookout
13 minutes north by car

Experience a different perspective of the coast’s edge and our hotel from a hilltop vantage point. Admire stunning vistas while daring gliders soar beside you. 

Coal Coast Beaches
2-7 minutes south by car

Explore untouched natural beauty of the local beaches dotting the south coast of the region. Swim, walk, and soak up the salty air.


Relax, meet, or entertain for drinks, lunch or brunch. Table bookings can be made for groups of 2-12, but are not essential.


Monday, Thursday, Friday
11:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday, Sunday
11:00am – 4:30pm

Special Notice


The Scarborough Hotel is temporarily closed – Friday 3 December & Saturday 4 December

Unfortunately due to the recent Wollongong area COVID-19 cluster we have been forced to close the venue while our team undergoes PCR testing and awaits negative results.

We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

Hope to see you very soon at The Scarborough Hotel!