The Wollongong Local: Rainy Day Dining Destinations

It’s another edition of The Wollongong Local where we look at some of the things that make our beautiful city the best place to live. If you missed the introduction to this series, The Wollongong Local: The Beginning, you can find it here.

It was a rainy day in Wollongong when I started thinking about how lucky we are to have such incredible weather. From watching a rainbow appear over the ocean to a rainstorm rolling in over the escarpment, the views we enjoy are easily taken for granted.

Today I wanted to look at a few places that are perfect for sitting back with friends and watching those rainy days pass you by.

Steamers Bar and Grill

Steamers Bar and Grill sits perched on the edge of Wollongong with ocean views of the beach and lighthouse. This rustic atmosphere is a great place to enjoy a late lunch with great food and a few cocktails. The Chilli Salted Calamari is enough to ruin you for all other calamari dishes to come. Don’t say I didn’t warn you, it is that good.

Credit: Steamers Website

The Scarborough Hotel

Part of the reason why I love this place is the family-friendly atmosphere thanks to no gambling on-site. This is just one of the reasons why the Scarborough Hotel is fantastic in wet weather. If you can nab yourself an indoor table, the view over the cliffs towards the ocean is mesmerising and a fabulous place to watch the weather roll in.

Credit: Scarborough Hotel Facebook

The Lagoon Deck Bar

Speaking of weather watching, the Deck Bar at Lagoon is another of my favourite go-to spots for a relaxing afternoon. You might usually associate The Lagoon with their fine dining and indoor seating, however, the Deck Bar has an entirely different and quite affordable menu. The outdoor seating is undercover but open-air so if you are visiting in the cooler months, be sure to rug up. Then, take a seat and watch the fog dance over the escarpment over a few beers.

Credit: Lagoon Deck Bar

The Robertson Hotel

If you fancy a bit of a drive, wind your way up Macquarie Pass to the picturesque Robertson Hotel. While the grounds are shimmering under the reflections of raindrops outside, take a seat by the fireplace for hot chocolates, high tea, or lunch in this stunning old-world manner.

Credit: Robertson Hotel Website

Headlands Hotel

Last on our list is the Headlands Hotel overlooking the beaches of Austinmer. There is an expansive undercover dining area outside with a large indoor dining area as well. This location offers both Brasserie & Bar as well as a Dumpling Bar & Cafe outside courtesy of the on-site Airstream food truck. A captivating view, causal dining and shelter from the rain, what more could you ask for?

Credit: Headlands Hotel Website

Given the current restrictions in place in NSW, we strongly recommend that you call ahead and book a table wherever possible. Many of our venues are facing occupancy limits beyond their control so be kind if you turn up and can’t be accommodated.


Zoë Wood is an international travel writer from the local Illawarra area. Contact her here: Facebook –  Instagram  –  Email

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