Yowie Bay Hotel, Port Hacking

Yowie Bay Hotel Port Hacking

The Yowie Bay Hotel, Port Hacking


SYDNEY, Sunday— A remarkable case was reported to the Kogarah police yesterday afternoon. Walter Sidney Smith, licensee of the Yowie Bay Hotel, Port Hacking (NSW), was found in one of the rooms with a gash in his throat and a blood-stained razor by his side. His condition is not regarded as serious. About an hour before Smith was found with his throat cut, his wife died. The cause of death, in the opinion of the doctor who had attended her, was cancer, accelerated by some contusions. An inquest will be held to-morrow.

-The Bendigo Independent (Vic.)Tuesday 26 September 1905.

The inquest on Elizabeth Mary Smith, wife of Walter Smith, proprietor of Yowie Bay Hotel, found that she died from hemorrhage in her stomach, caused by the treatment she recieved from her husband. The publican’s wife was aparently suffering from cancer, and the coroner found that the “ill treatment” from her husband contributed to her death. Smith was committed for trial on a charge of manslaughter. However, he was either exonerated or found not guilty of the charge, as he was back behind the bar of the Yowie Bay Hotel by January 1906.

THE Yowie Bay Hotel traded from 1903 to 1916 and was located on three acres of land off Attunga-road. A certificate of confirmation of a conditional license was granted by the courts to Ernest Sydney Blackwood of Yowie Bay for the hotel in January 1903. The hotel closed for business in 1916 as a result of NSW Government Local Option Polls, which allowed residents to decide on the number of hotels in electorates.  The hotel was described in the Sydney Morning Herald on Christmas Day 1920 when the owner of the pub was forced to place it on the market:





Together with all HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE and EFFECTS Hierein.

One of the best-situated PROPERTIES In this beautiful DEEPWATER BAY, with DEEPWATER FRONT-AGE, and adjoining the ESPLIN-SHORT ESTATE.

THIS WELL-KNOWN PROPERTY is admirably suit-able for an ACCOMMODATION HOUSE (which is badly needed in Yowie Bay), or for a PRIVATE RESIDENCE.

Main Building built of stone, with Iron roof, and comprising 6 rooms and bar-room, verandahs at side and front. Adjoining Building, built of brick, with iron roof, contains 3 rooms, kitchen, and all outhouses, etc.

The Land has an absolute water frontage of about 138 feet, with a depth of about 830 feet, and with a frontage of about 137 feet 6 inches to Attunga-road.

The Property has an easterly aspect, and tile MOTOR BUS from Cronulla Tram at Miranda to Yowie Bay passes the property.

The above Property will be submitted to PUBLIC AUCTION, on the Ground, on NEW YEAR’S DAY, 1st January, 1921, at 3.30 p.m. TITLE, Holt Sutherland Leasehold.

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The former Yowie Bay Hotel, was located behind the bottle shop on Wonga Road. Photo: Google Streeview.

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The former Yowie Bay Hotel was located behind the ‘bottle shop’ on Wonga Road, just up from the boat ramp The tiled roof of the former pub can be seen behind. Photo: Google Streetview.


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5 replies

  1. The only Hotel I know of in Yowie Bay was on the corner of Wonga and Forest roads, It was Called Cliff Haven. It became a convent early in the 20th century the nuns taught at Miranda Infants & Primary school at the site of Miranda Catholic church. The church sold of this site in the 1980’s it has since been subdivided and sold off for homes.
    On Wonga Rd. the coach house can still be seen, it has now been converted to a home. The old hotel building is now in a home on the high side of Cliff Haven Pl. and the old swimming pool in stone is in the front yard of of a home on the lower side of Cliff Haven Pl.

  2. Thanks Howard. Going by the sale of the advertsiement for the sale of the property in 1920 (see advert I added to the posting), the Yowie Bay Hotel property had “an absolute water frontage of about 138 feet, with a depth of about 830 feet, and with a frontage of about 137 feet 6 inches to Attunga-road”.

    • The old hotel buildings are still there & are the 4th & 5th homes from the Wonga Rd boat ramp towards Miranda. The buildings became an isolation hospital during the influenza epidemic of the First World War, & following that the property was subdivided for residential use.

      • Hullo Fay. I have added an image of what I believe is the former Yowie Bay Hotel. Is this the building you are describing?

      • Hello Mick
        No, this is the bottle shop in Wonga Rd. Your original photo of the two buildings was correct. You can just see the top of the roof of the hotel building behind the bottle shop building in your second photo. The old iron roof was replaced with tile many years ago. The buildings can easily be seen from the bottom of Burraneer bay Rd on the opposite side of the bay. I am sorry, I don,t want to make public our address as it is a battle axe block & can’t be seen from the street. Fay

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