Scarborough, New South Wales

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WollongongNew South Wales
Scarborough Hotel in Scarborough (3).jpg
Scarborough Hotel on Lawrence Hargrave Drive
Scarborough is located in New South Wales
Coordinates34°16′14″S 150°57′37″E / 34.27056°S 150.96028°E / -34.27056; 150.96028Coordinates: 34°16′14″S 150°57′37″E / 34.27056°S 150.96028°E / -34.27056; 150.96028
Population308 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)City of Wollongong
State electorate(s)Heathcote
Federal Division(s)Cunningham
Suburbs around Scarborough:
Madden Plains Scarborough Tasman Sea

Scarborough is a small northern seaside suburb of Wollongong on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia. It sits in the northern Illawarra region on a narrow stretch between the Illawarra escarpment and sea cliffs.


The Scarborough Hotel, opened in 1887, still stands. It was named the Scarborough Hotel at the time, before the name stuck to the town itself. The South Clifton (Scarborough) Mine was opened in 1891 by the Illawarra Coal Company, and closed in 1921. A new adit was established about 2 kilometres further south and this came to be known as South Clifton Tunnel Colliery.[2] From 1898 to 1908 a post office was operated at the railway station. In 1913 construction began on a Clifton-Scarborough public school, and finished in 1914. It was opened by the Minister for Education of the time. From 1 January 1915, the Clifton Public School was renamed Scarborough Public School. In 1952, an employee at South Clifton Tunnel Colliery, said that the mine was under the control of the Operations Branch of the Joint Coal Board who were in the process of upgrading to enable it to supply the new Tallawarra Power Station then being built.[2] In 1954 mechanical pillar extraction of coal commenced at Scarborough. In 1963 the jubilee of the school was celebrated.

Heritage listings[edit]

Scarborough has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


Scarborough hosts a number of surfing competitions. It has a railway station and Scarborough Public School is the town's public primary school. The town used to be called South Clifton but in 1903, to avoid confusion between the railway stations, it was renamed. The escarpment behind Scarborough is approximately 300 metres above sea level.[4]

Scarborough is home to the Northern Suburbs Rugby League Club known as the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs' home ground is the Jim Allen Oval located in Monash St, the same road as Scarborough Beach. The Norths Bulldogs as they are commonly known were runners up in the 2013 Illawarra Coal Shield Competition. Star players past and present include; Andrew "George" Stephens, James "Jimbo" Loeman, Ben "Cuz" Currey, Johnny "JP" Pett and Josh "Chooksy" Brooks. The Bulldogs often see spectator numbers for home games easily surpass the 5000 mark[citation needed].

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Scarborough (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b Working at South Clifton Colliery in 1952 Estell, D. Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, August, 1991 pp179-184
  3. ^ "Scarborough Railway Station group". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01241. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
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