It’s easy, when rushing by on the motorway (M1) between Sydney and Wollongong, to bypass the less obvious spectacular lookout locations along the Bulli Tops escarpment. Such is the nature of motorway travel. But if you have the time, tucked away down the quiet road near the more prominent Panorama House, is Hopetoun Park. Hopetoun Park is a pretty recreational park that has a walking path passing through it leading to Sublime Point further north along the escarpment and down to the beachside suburb of Austinmer. It also has The Cliffhanger Cafe perched cliff side to take advantage of the expansive views of Wollongong’s northern beaches. I visit early on a Saturday morning during a winter cold snap, so virtually have the place to myself. It’s large and bright with floor to ceiling glass to take advantage of the views, and outdoor seating in warmer weather. When my Devonshire Tea arrives I do a double take at the huge portions of jam and cream – they are massive and disproportionate to the size of the scones. Don’t get me wrong, I commend the kitchen staff for this as far too many cafes don’t serve enough jam and cream. I do however feel guilty leaving so much jam and cream, and although the jam is average and low quality, the cream is thick and freshly whipped. The scones are fresh and have a lovely texture but won’t win any awards. Check with the café staff as the menu says that scones are only served until 11.30am even though they are listed on the extensive dessert blackboard menu.
Tea: A small selection of Twining tea bags. The tea bag is served alongside a small pot of hot water.
Overall: A visitor hotspot so expect it to be busy in good weather.
Reviewed July, 2015