Shop 6, 271-273 Lawrence Hargrave Drive Thirroul
Like your coffee with a kick? Then the Palms Cafe is the one for you. This Stanwell Park favourite, run by Ian and Jo Draper, turns 13 this year, making it the district’s longest serving cafe! The South Coaster asked Jo to tell us more. What’s your background in the industry? I studied Hospitality Management in Sydney and Ian became a Chef in the UK, working in London and throughout England. Before buying The Palms we were in the Napa Valley in California for two years managing the food and beverage side of a vineyard, this opportunity gave us the experience of working together which lead us to having our own business. How long have you been running the Palms Cafe? We bought the cafe in 2003, so 12 and a half years. What’s the secret to the cafe’s longevity? Consistency. We have set a high standard for ourselves from Day One to ensure our customers will come back! Delicious food, great coffee and good service in a clean, friendly cafe are a top priority every day. We have a great local following, people who have supported our business for many years and we look forward to seeing them on […]
111 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Stanwell Park
Raf A. Khan runs the ever-popular Stanwell Park corner store. The South Coaster had a chat with Raf during a rare quiet moment. How’s everything going? It’s good. I enjoy working here, I love the people – they are very friendly, very welcoming – and just having fun. I’m enjoying it. I love the view; on quiet days I love to sit outside and just enjoy the view, it’s beautiful. I love it. Have you ever run a shop like this before? This is probably a first for me – a food business – although I ran a few pizzerias … but that was in America though. Plans for the shop? We’ll leave it as is, at the moment, but eventually we want to introduce some Indian dishes, maybe add some more grocery items, just to make it easier for the community, so they don’t have to go all the way to Helensburgh or wherever. We want to make this a one-stop shop.
91 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Stanwell Park
You can see why Scarborough Wombarra Bowling Club, aka ‘The Bowlo’, is beloved of locals. The views of the ocean and escarpment are amazing and the club itself has been largely untouched, adding to the relaxed and authentic charm of the place. Refreshing in a very renovated world. President Marton Fox reckons the Black Duck restaurant is the “best Oz and Thai bistro on the coast”. We can only agree based on our very tasty meals. Sundays mean barefoot bowls and it’s a very family-friendly environment. An activity like bowling really kick-starts the fun and pulls a gathering together, which makes The Bowlo ideal for functions. Catch it while you can. Reviewed by Cath Hill
578 Lawrence Hargrave Dr, Wombarra
Eating out with young children can be difficult but Tradies makes it easy for families. Two helpful inclusions are the gated outside playground and ‘Max’s World’ , a supervised indoor play area where members can drop off their children (aged 3-12) for $5 on Thursday through to Sunday nights. Chances of completing a sentence are increased and the kids will be happy too. The Flame Tree Grill is a great casual dining restaurant. The club fare is done well and you can also choose from Asian favourites. Tradies also do $10 lunch specials and the Blue Gum cafe is worth a look too, with expansive views over sports field to beautiful bushland. Tradies also has live music on weekends. Reviewed by Cath Hill.
24 Boomerang St, Helensburgh
61 Church St, Wollongong
Samuels is a restaurant in Thirroul that delivers a “huge dose of whimsy” thanks to executive chef Joanne Ward. Samuels’ most popular and signature dish is a vintage box of chocolate cigars, served in a white ashtray with pear puree and hazelnut ash.
382-382 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Thirroul
Glenbernie Orchard is a beautiful, fourth-generation fruit farm in Darkes Forest. It’s famous for its apples – you can visit the orchard and pick your own! (From about late January to May – keep an eye on its Facebook page for picking tours.) T he Illawarra’s home-grown Darkes Cider is made from Glenbernie’s apples – you can try some at the Apple Shack, Glenbernie’s farm store, which is open daily. The Apple Shack also sells fresh fruit in season, apple juice, dried apples, apple cider vinegar, bush honey, jams, relishes and more!
259 Darkes Forest Road, Darkes Forest