History

Harbord 1942

The Harbord Beach Hotel was built in 1928 and based on the design of a guest house from the island of Samoa.

The hotel is situated just 100 meters from the famous Freshwater Beach. The birthplace of surfing in Australia in the Summer of 1915 when Hawaiian legend Duke Kahanamoku gave an exhilarating exhibition of wave riding. Whilst staying at the Boomerang Camp at Freshwater, the Duke fashioned a traditional board from the local timbers, and it was with this board that he first introduced to Australia the ancient craft of Hawaiian kings – the art of surfboard riding.

The Duke

In 1978 John Thorpe & Trish King took over as owners and after this many years in the industry they know a thing or two about keeping customers happy.  Over 30 years later and the hotel has changed, with a modern refurbishment that has seen it adapt with the times but still retain the feel of a country pub. Its band of loyal locals certainly know where they feel at home.

Known locally as the Harbord Hilton, the wine food and service at Harbord Beach Hotel is certainly 5 star. These days people are demanding more from their local, including an extensive wine list with all regional varieties and high quality food with plenty of variety–all of which the award winning Freshies Garden Bar & Grill accomplishes with style. Plus with a Bottle Shop offering a great selection of your favourite wines, beers, spirits and rtds, all at the lowest prices and boasting the only drive through facilities in Freshwater. Why would you go anywhere else?

Open from 10am till midnight 7 days a week 364 days a year, the Harbord Beach Hotel is your friendly local!


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