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History

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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, which is considered by many Sydneysiders, the best beach on the Northern Beaches. Wedged between Queenscliff and Freshwater Headland, Freshwater Beach is one of Sydney’s most picturesque beaches.

The Duke

Freshwater Beach is also the birthplace of surfing in Australia. In the Summer of 1915 Hawaiian legend Duke Kahanamoku gave Australia its first ever 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. Surf culture has been deeply engrained in Freshwater ever since.

Harbord Beach Hotel is the beating heart of Freshwater and is considered, by Freshwater and Northern Beaches locals, the number choice for a traditional Australian Beach Culture experience.

The hotel has successfully closed the generational gap and is frequented by local families 3 generations deep. Whether they are seeking an excellent food experience, fine wine, live music, an excellent sports atmosphere, a bustling Saturday night or perhaps a Sunday session on our sun-soaked terrace, Harbord Beach Hotel caters for it all.

Over the many years of operations, the hotel has become renown for hosting special events. Keep an eye on our “What’s On” link to catch all our upcoming activities which has included comedy nights, well known musicians, popular DJ’s, trivia and much more.

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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