Austinmer’s Headlands Hotel is sold at last

Wollongong realtor Colliers International has confirmed Central Coast developer Stevens Group had signed a contract of sale for the Austinmer’s iconic Headlands Hotel site on Headland Ave.

Colliers managing director Simon Kersten said Stevens Group intend to demolish the rundown hotel, closed since 2011, and build a tavern and beer garden in its place, along with resort-style accommodation nearby.

Stevens Group partner Graeme Charles said his company had already had a meeting with Wollongong City Council to begin planning the proposed new development, which included hotel-type suites on the northern side of the site and two to three bedroom apartments along the southern side.

A large, single-storey tavern with extensive outdoor dining areas is proposed to be built in the middle of the site.

Mr Charles said he hoped to have concept plans ready to display within four to six weeks and a full development application lodged with the council shortly after that.

The hotel’s most recent owner, Thirroul Property Holdings, was placed into administration in 2011 with debts of more than $16 million.

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