Sydney Escape: Malabar National Park

Enjoy incredible ocean views on the Malabar to Maroubra track, one of Sydney’s best coastal walks.

Everyone who has ever visited or lived in Sydney has heard of the Coogee to Bondi Walk. It’s sort of like the Serena van der Woodsen of Sydney walks: it’s popular, it’s pretty, and it gets a lot of attention.

Either that’s a perfect metaphor or I’ve just confessed to re-watching the entire series of Gossip Girl last month. It rained a lot. Don’t judge me.

Either way, I was always more of a Blair fan, and I think it’s time to acknowledge that there’s a new Coastal Walk in town.


Introducing Malabar National Park

I say “new” because Malabar Headland was only established as a National Park last year. The 3.7 km coastal walking track from Malabar to Maroubra beach opened earlier this year, which was the first time in 100 years that this part of Sydney has been open to the public.

It’s been a bit of a controversial road for the headland, with the neighbouring Rifle Range causing the park to close its gates when the range is in operation. It’s important to check the NPS website to make sure the park is open when you plan to visit.

Still, on the days that the gates are open you’ll be greeted with incredible ocean panoramas and patches of uninterrupted coastal vegetation that could trick you into thinking you had left the city. Here are some of the reasons why this is my new favourite Sydney walk.

The View

From the Malabar Boat Ramp, you walk along a gravel road for about a kilometre. You’re thinking, sure this is nice for a Sunday, but nothing special yet.

And then BAM. Malabar National Park hits you with this:

Along the way you’ll fine this incredible view of the different headlands to the North, allowing you to spy on Maroubra, Clovelly, Tamarama and Bondi all at the same time. It’s magical, and the point is appropriately named Magic Point.


The Vegetation

I love that on parts of the walk, you wouldn’t even know you’re in Sydney. The path weaves in and out of dense shrubbery, opening up on stunning sandstone cliffs and uninterrupted views of the ocean. It’s a blissful escape from urban noise, and it’s so easy because you really don’t have to go very far. It’s only a 20 minute drive from the centre of Sydney. In Economics we call that Benefit >> Cost (and they said I wouldn’t use that economics degree!).


The Whales

May to August is prime whale watching season in Sydney, and Malabar Headland provides one of the best front row seats. The last time I did the walk there was a whole pod of whales, breaking the surface to say hello every couple of minutes. Below is my very amateur proof – see that white dot in the middle? No, not the boat. To the right. That’s a whale!

Look, I promise it’s there, OK? Would I lie to you?


The Rewards

The final curve of the walk opens up to a glorious view of Maroubra Beach. After all that walking you definitely deserve a tasty treat for your efforts. Maroubra is a great spot to order a takeaway ice cream or burger and eat it on the edge of the sand. What a perfect way to finish an amazing walk.


There are loads of great walks in and around Sydney, and eventually I’d like to try them all. What’s your favourite Sydney walk?

2 Replies to “Sydney Escape: Malabar National Park”

  1. Can’t wait to try this walk. Unfortunately it was closed when we last visited. Maybe next time. Love how it is in the middle of Sydney. Beautiful photos and wonderful descriptions. Love ❤️

  2. […] while ago I wrote about the Malabar to Maroubra walk, and why it has become one of my favourite coastal walks in Sydney (when it’s open to the […]

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