Scarborough Beach (NSW 356) begins amongst the rocks at the northern end and trends south-southwest for 560 m to the 100 m of rocks at the southern end, that separate it from Wombarra Beach (Fig. 4.280). Two creeks drain across the beach north and south of the Scarborough-Wombarra SLSC (founded... Read more
Scarborough Beach (NSW 356) begins amongst the rocks at the northern end and trends south-southwest for 560 m to the 100 m of rocks at the southern end, that separate it from Wombarra Beach (Fig. 4.280). Two creeks drain across the beach north and south of the Scarborough-Wombarra SLSC (founded 1914). It receives waves averaging 1.4 m and usually has 3-4 well developed rips, one at each end near the rocks and a 1-2 shifting beach rips, together with waves that surge up the steep beach face. The beach is backed by slopes rising to an oval behind the northern end, and houses to the south, with the Wombarra shops and community parallelling the main road.
Only Scarborough Beach is suitable for swimming when patrolled. All three are rip and in places rock-dominated, so use care, or use the Wombarra pool.
Scarborough has a mix of sand and reef breaks, with the northern and southern rocks providing good breaks under the right conditions.
Usually good gutters along all three beaches, with extensive flat rock platforms at each end.
The Lawrence Hargraves Drive winds 2.5 km south of Coalcliff, along the Sea Cliff Bridge, past the small community of Clifton to the equally small Scarborough, located high on the slopes in lee of Cape Horn. Extending 1.5 km southwest of the cape to Wombarra Reef, are three slight embayments in the backing slopes, containing three exposed beaches (NSW 335-337), all backed by the larger settlement of Wombarra (Fig. 4.279).Read less
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Scarborough Wombarra SLSC
Wollongong City Council Lifeguard Service
SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.
General Hazard Rating: 6/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw356