Clovelly Bowling Club Ranked as 2020’s #1 Bowls Club in NSW

Clovelly Bowling Club
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Clovelly Bowling Club ranked as the best bowls club in NSW and the third-best across the country in a recently concluded survey for the Wotif 2020 Uniquely Aussie Awards. The bowls club is one of only three from the NSW to make it on the list. 

Built around the 1940s, the Clovelly Bowling Club‘s biggest draw that’s hard to beat is its gorgeous and picturesque 180-degree view of the Pacific Ocean.  

“It’s an absolutely stunning world-class view,” Brian Bagshaw, the president of the bowlo said. 

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The drinks served at the bar are very competitive and comes with a selection of beers, wines, spirits and mixers. The bar is licensed to operate until 10:0 p.m. 

Members usually come around the bowlo for some games and drinks, whilst some fire up the self-service BBQ to grill meat to share among themselves.

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Here’s the complete ranking of the Top 10 Best Bowls Club in Australia:

  • WINNER: Merthyr Bowls Club, New Farm, QLD
  • 2 – Chermside Bowls Club, Chermside, QLD
  • 3 – Clovelly Bowling Club, Clovelly, NSW
  • 4 – Broadbeach Bowls Club, Broadbeach, QLD
  • 5 – Moama Bowling Club, Moama, NSW
  • 6 – The Greens North Sydney, North Sydney, NSW
  • 7 – Mooloolaba Bowls Club, Mooloolaba, QLD
  • 8 – Burleigh Heads Bowls Club, Burleigh Heads, QLD
  • 9 – Torquay Bowls Club, Torquay, VIC
  • 10 – Club Kawana, Wurtulla, QLD

According to Wotif Managing Director Daniel Finch, more locals are relearning to love their community bowls club amid the pandemic restrictions at bars and restaurants. These community hubs received thousands of votes in Wotiff’s yearly survey, proving that bowls clubs deserve to be in the spotlight. 

The travel website conducted a survey to encourage domestic travel across the country. Wotif learned that 70 percent of Australians are looking forward to taking a road trip to discover local gems whilst 90 percent believe that everyone should do their bit to save the tourism industry and small business. 



“An excellent bowling club. Excellent view. Located along the coastal walk between Bronte and Clovelly. Friendly staff. Very clean. Lawn bowls and barefoot bowls available here. Bar service here. No bistro – but they sell meat pies and some other food over the counter. COVID-safe policies have been implanted here. Extremely large air-conditioned ballroom – perfect to hire for any function – the ballroom has its own kitchen. #clovelly”

Brenden Wood, Google Reviews

“Lovely little bowlo with great views out over the ocean. Go there for a cheap beer or a bite to eat, and try to catch the monthly Starfish musical gigs.”

Simon Proudman, Google Reviews

“What a great place. Amazing views, great value for money and most of all the people working here provided us great service and even took the time to give us a quick bowling lesson.”

Jamie Haffey, Google Reviews