Nestled on the edge of Sydney’s south coast, Coal Cliff, Clifton, Scarborough, and Wombarra are peaceful coastal villages a few kilometres north of Wollongong and part of the northern Illawarra coastal strip.
Wombarra is the first stop when travelling north of Wollongong, followed by Scarborough, Clifton, and Coal Cliff. Characterised by rugged sea cliffs, sweeping beaches, and breathtaking views of the South Pacific Ocean, these towns may be small but are abundant in natural beauty and share a history that dates back over 200 years. Coal Cliff was discovered in 1797 when survivors of the Sydney Cove shipwreck discovered coal among the cliffs and thus founded and named the area Coal Cliff. Likewise, Clifton, Scarborough, and Wombarra were used for coal mining purposes during the early 1800s. Today, the ex-mining hamlets are quaint stopovers along the famed Grand Pacific Drive road trip from Sydney.
Along with secluded beaches, national parks, and a year-round holiday aura, Coal Cliff and neighbouring suburbs attract thousands of visitors every year who come to ogle at the world-famous Sea Cliff Bridge. Snaking around the cliffs like a majestic serpent, Sea Cliff Bridge connects Coal Cliff and Clifton and is roughly 665 metres long. The popular tourist attraction can be crossed by car or on foot.
The beaches at Scarborough and Coal Cliff are suitable for swimming and are patrolled during the school holidays, while the beach strips at neighbouring Wombarra and Clifton are better suited for walking and sightseeing. For beachside entertainment, head to Bombie Bar at Coal Cliff Surf Life Saving Club for live music during the summertime.
Scarborough Public School
St Michael’s Catholic Primary School
Coledale Public School
Bulli High School
63km from Sydney
25km from Wollongong
Premier Illawarra operate daily bus services
Sydney Trains operate daily train services from Coal Cliff Railway Station
Sea Cliff Bridge
Coal Cliff Rockpool
Coal Cliff Surf Life Saving Club
Wombarra Sculpture Garden
Boomerang Golf Course
Scarborough-Wombarra Bowling Club
The Scarborough Hotel
Helensburgh Glow-worm Tunnel
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