Shellharbour is our favourite little corner of the world. It is our very own sanctuary away from the chaos, that we at Central Hotel are proud to call home. We are passionate about giving our home a vibrant pub destination.

Located in Shellharbour’s city centre, Central Hotel overlooks beautiful Lake Illawarra. Built in 2012, we are a young pub with a spring in our step! We are all about creating excuses for people to escape the everyday and come together to celebrate the good things in life and the moments that matter. We offer a little something for everyone over our two expansive floors of entertainment.

Whatever brings you through our doors; a thirst for a great beer, a relaxed dinner with your loved ones, watching footy with the boys, your favourite live act, a milestone celebration or a serendipitous drop in, we want you to feel welcome, to relax and have fun in good company!

Central Hotel Shellharbour invites you to The Bistro, click on the image below for more information and the menu.


There are a number of dining areas at Central Hotel Shellharbour to ensure there is plenty of room for everyone.

Bookings are recommended to avoid disappointment, you can get in touch by completing the form below or by calling the Pub on (02) 4296 6619. 

Bookings will be held for 15 mins after reservation time, at which point your table will be released.

Please allow 24 hours for confirmation on all bookings made through the website.



Get acquainted with the perfect space for your next big event and choose a space that suits you.

Central Hotel’s new state of the art Events Centre 'Extension' is the largest private function space in the venue.

Available for groups as small as 25 guests, The Central Hotel Shellharbour has a space to suit every occasion.

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Central Hotel Shellharbour Functions, Events, Corporate Parties, Weddings, Engagement, Christening


Central Hotel’s new state of the art Events Centre- Extension is the largest and most private function space in the venue. Extension provides a seamless and personal internal service from your first enquiry, throughout the planning process up to the day itself.


Central Hotel Shellharbour Functions, Events, Corporate Parties, Weddings, Engagement, Christening


The Garden is located off our downstairs bar and between our children’s playground and beer garden. The garden is the perfect space for a less formal cocktail function. The garden offers high tables and chairs for you and your guests to stand and mingle or put your feet up.


Central Hotel Shellharbour Functions, Events, Corporate Parties, Weddings, Engagement, Christening


The Nook is located in the back corner of the bistro and is a great space with a private feel to sit and enjoy a meal with your guests, Saturday night bookings will get to enjoy our free live music that plays in the bistro.


Central Hotel Shellharbour Functions, Events, Corporate Parties, Weddings, Engagement, Christening


The deck is located upstairs off our bistro and is the perfect space for any event, the deck is completely weather proof and heated in the cold months and fresh blankets are also provided to add that little bit of extra warmth. Take in the stunning views and let us take care of you and your guests.


Central Hotel Shellharbour Functions, Events, Corporate Parties, Weddings, Engagement, Christening


The whole Bistro (including deck) is available to book exclusively upon request. The bistro is perfect for large groups wanting a space where guests can sit and enjoy a 2 course meal or buffet, mingle at our cocktail tables or relax on our lounge chairs.

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Disney Trivia

Disney Classics trivia is sure to make you believe and dream!
Bring out your inner child with us on august 18th at 7pm

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Bistro Specials


Happy Hour

Join us at Central Hotel every weekday for Happy Hour beers! Monday to Friday Publinc members can enjoy $5.50 schooners from 4pm - 6pm!



The Central Hotel Shellharbour is proud to give back by supporting a range of initiatives that enrich community life, including local community groups, sporting clubs, charity organisations, schools & events.

Are you a Publinc member and want to affiliate with a Sponsored Team?


Seeking Support?

Please send your sponsorship request directly to:  enquiries@centralhotelshellharbour.com.au

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Our Impact

Publinc Communities gives our customers a chance to let their good times do great things. Our members earn community points every time they visit their local, which they can then pledge to awesome local causes. We turn these points into real funds to be donated back to local causes. See central hotel shellharbour current Publinc Communities Peers contributions to date

i98 Illawarra Convoy $13,586.10
The Man Walk $6,633.24
Illawarra Cancer Carers $5,159.74
Oak Flats Falcons $2,924.39
Warilla Gorillas $2,015.91
Warilla Wanderers Football Club $1,787.46
Women Illawarra $279.63
Total $32,386.47

Click on any of our local causes to see the awesome things they do for our local community!

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Can you see yourself working at Shellharbour's best hospitality venue? If the answer is yes, we can see it too!

We are always searching for superstars to join our team.

If you are interested in a career in this exciting industry, contact us today.

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Contact Us

For general enquiries: enquiries@centralhotelshellharbour.com.au
For function enquiries: functions@centralhotelshellharbour.com.au
To make a booking for the bistro, click here

Central Hotel Shellharbour
3 Memorial Drive
Shellharbour NSW 2529

P: (02) 4296 6619
Opening Hours
Monday - Saturday 10:00 am 1:00 am
Sunday 10:00 am 12:00 am