Scarborough, Western Australia

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PerthWestern Australia
The Esplanade - Scarborough Beach, WA.JPG
Rendezvous Observation City
Coordinates31°53′39″S 115°45′51″E / 31.8942°S 115.7642°E / -31.8942; 115.7642Coordinates: 31°53′39″S 115°45′51″E / 31.8942°S 115.7642°E / -31.8942; 115.7642
Population17,605 (SAL 2021)[1]
Area5.0 km2 (1.9 sq mi)
Location13 km (8 mi) NW of Perth CBD
LGA(s)City of Stirling
State electorate(s)Scarborough
Federal division(s)Curtin
Suburbs around Scarborough:
Trigg Karrinyup
Scarborough Doubleview
City Beach Wembley Downs

Scarborough is a coastal suburb of Perth, Western Australia, located approximately 14 km northwest of the city centre in the City of Stirling local government area. Located along the coast of the Indian Ocean, it was named after the English beach resort Scarborough, North Yorkshire.

It has a population of about 14,300 people (2011 census), of whom about 25% were born overseas, mostly in the United Kingdom. It has a landmark high-rise hotel, the Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough,[2] originally built as Observation City in 1986 for Alan Bond, in anticipation of a demand for accommodation when the 1987 America's Cup challenge was held at nearby Fremantle. Scarborough Beach was the venue for the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships for the years 2007, 2008,[3] 2009 and 2014.

Scarborough Beach[edit]

Scarborough Beach is an entertainment precinct within the suburb with restaurants, bars and a nightclub. Since 1999, the local council has deployed a strategy for issues including traffic, parking, zoning, coastal landscape and recreation.[4]

One of the issues was whether or not to allow further high-rise development on Scarborough Beach. The 24-level Observation City hotel development (now Rendezvous) was very controversial in the 1980s but proceeded despite a long and intense public campaign against high-rise beachfront development.[5]: p176  Perth businessman Alan Bond, who built Observation City, had ambitious plans to convert the entire Scarborough Beach "strip". After securing most of the real estate, his plans failed to proceed to because he was unable to purchase the family-owned fast food restaurant Peter's by the Sea. The restaurant still exists today after it refused to sell despite Bond making inflated offers on the property, and it has taken on historical significance with the locals ever since.[6] Subsequent amendments by the City of Stirling have specified a height limit of eight storeys.[7]

In April 2019, the ocean-side Scarborough Beach Pool opened.[8]


Scarborough Primary School

The only school in Scarborough is Scarborough Primary School.

The Japanese School in Perth was previously located in Scarborough.[9]


2019 federal election
Source: AEC Scarborough (Stirling)
  Liberal 50.66%
  Labor 25.52%
  Greens 18.53%
  One Nation 1.89%
  Western Australia Party 1.32%
2019 federal election
Source: AEC Scarborough Central (Stirling)
  Liberal 42.91%
  Labor 30.78%
  Greens 17.54%
  One Nation 2.99%
  United Australia Party 2.43%


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Scarborough (WA) (Suburb and Locality)". Australian Census 2021 QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "About Us". TFE Hotels. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  3. ^ Surf Life Saving Championships Scarborough 2008 at
  4. ^ Amendment 458 Context at City of Stirling, 2006-2009
  5. ^ Dale, Anthony In Quest of the Holy Grail: W.A. and the America's Cup pp. 171–185 in O'Brien, Patrick (editor) The Burke Ambush Nedlands, W.A. Apollo Press ISBN 978-0-949901-04-0
  6. ^ LovePerth (1 May 2012). "Love Perth Not a Greasy Doner in Sight". Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  7. ^ Lee, Astrid Scarborough Beach renovations at 3rd Degree, Vol.1, No.3, at Edith Cowan University
  8. ^ Zimmerman, Josh (20 April 2019). "New beach pool smashes expectations". The West Australian. Archived from the original on 26 April 2019. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  9. ^ "パース日本人学校ホームページ." (Archive) The Japanese School in Perth. 14 July 2003. Retrieved on 4 January 2014. "157 Deanmore Rd. Scarborough W.A.6019"

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