Far from just a pretty seaside suburb, Scarborough played a leading role in Perth’s rock’n’roll history as the home of Scarborough Snake Pit, a famous 1950s party hangout. Named after an English beach resort in Yorkshire, on the east coast of Great Britain, Scarborough offers a history that you can delve into with the help of a Hidden History Walking Tour. All you need is the map and a smartphone or tablet to reap the rewards of this community project.
On the beach, both locals and visitors compete with each other for the waves. Body-boarding, surfing, kite surfing and wind surfing are everyday activities on the foreshore. Many high-profile events also unfold on these Scarborough sands. The Indian Ocean Classic in December draws thousands to witness the sheer strength and determination put on display. For those who prefer to take part and aren’t quite ironman material, check out what’s on at the outdoor amphitheatre. All kinds of events, from beach cricket to music festivals and comedy shows, keep the crowds entertained. Weekend markets also make for wonderful and colourful browsing.
If you should run out of sunblock or lose your towel, don’t fret. Every possible beach item you could need is readily available in the shops nearby, including some high-fashion finds. Capitalising on the same prime location you’ll find a mixture of restaurants and cafes overlooking the ocean, making for great brunch spots. If an icy cold milkshake still isn’t enough, you can find a stiffer drink in one of the many bars, pubs and clubs that have built up Scarborough’s reputation as the place to be seen at night.
Getting around Scarborough is best on foot, though you can also hire bikes locally. To get away from the busy beach area, it’s just a 20 minute drive to Perth’s CBD or a quick trip on one of the regular buses travelling there. With a AU$30 million upgrade planned for Scarborough, the local attractions can only get bigger and better. Do you see now why everyone else is choosing to stay in this part of town? Don’t miss out – book your Scarborough accommodation to guarantee you’ll get sand between your toes on your next holiday.
Hotels in Scarborough start at AU$139 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.