STANWELL PARK / SCARBOROUGH At A Glance
Located near the iconic Sea Cliff Bridge, these suburbs are pretty, have panoramic views, and have easy access to bigger centres. Here, peace and quiet isn't a luxury – it's a way of life.
The stunning, seemingly untouched beaches – Scarborough Beach, Wombarra Beach and Stanwell Park.
Bald Hill Lookout has incredible views of the coastline and it’s where the hang gliders launch from. 16 Feet Espresso is great for families.
Australian aviation pioneer Lawrence Hargrave carried out a successful flight at Stanwell Park back in 1894.
Scarborough, Wombarra and Stanwell Tops are the place for slow and steady seaside living. Locals are surrounded by nature, and they take full advantage of it. On any given day, you'll see them swimming, surfing, fishing and relaxing at the beautiful beaches that dot the coastline, and bushwalking and picnicking in the parklands. The beaches have a peaceful, laid-back vibe, and cater to all kinds of families. Some of them have surf clubs and others are dog friendly.
Everywhere you look there are panoramic coastal and clifftop views. You can even go one step further and enjoy hang gliding and paragliding – two activities the region is famous for.
The three suburbs can be described as commuter towns. They're home to many professionals and tradesmen, and the majority of them travel to nearby Wollongong or Sydney for work. This is made easy by the public transport system – there are train stations in Scarborough, Wombarra and Stanwell Park that operate services north and south.
There are a few cafés, restaurants, supermarkets, shops and pubs in the area, and more in neighbouring Thirroul, Coledale and Helensburgh. The Scarborough Hotel and The Bowlo are among the most popular hangouts, and both reflect the area's friendly, community spirit.
The suburbs attract slightly different groups of people. Scarborough has a younger demographic – it's made up of families, couples and singles. There's a good chance your neighbours would commute to and from Wollongong or Sydney, and appreciate coming home to a laid-back lifestyle. In Wombarra and Stanwell Tops, the population tends to be a little older and more family oriented.
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Explore STANWELL PARK / SCARBOROUGH
This stretch of coastline is home to some of the most beautiful beaches south of Sydney. Scarborough Beach is small but spectacular, and dog - friendly at certain times of the day. Wombarra Beach is ideal for fishing, and Stanwell Park is a thrill seekers idea of heaven – famous for hang gliding and paragliding.
THE SCARBOROUGH HOTEL
An Illawarra institution, The Scarborough has uninterrupted ocean views and a laid-back vibe. The Seacliff Beer Garden is the place to be, with a mix of tables and huts, and a menu featuring pub mains, craft beers and Australian and New Zealand wines.
BALD HILL LOOKOUT
In Stanwell Tops, Bald Hill Lookout offers sweeping views over the Sea Cliff Bridge and rugged coastline. It's also a great spot to watch the hang gliders soar in the sky, and there's a playground and kiosk within walking distance.
While it's a more accessible area than other parts of Wollongong, there are some properties in Scarborough with price tags in the millions – especially on the waterfront. Fifth, Goodrich and Wilson Streets and Lawrence Hargrave Drive are among the best addresses.
Wombarra is going through a period of growth, as is Stanwell Tops, and there is a mix of houses and apartments on offer. Lawrence Hargrave Drive is one of the most coveted streets there, too.