The second Australian beach to be named a National Surfing Reserve, Maroubra has been officially recognised as a place of intrinsic environmental, heritage, sporting and cultural value.
Facing east-southeast, Maroubra Beach, also known by its nickname The-Bra, is a 1km-curved strip of sand with Malabar Headland National Park to the south and Jack Vanney Memorial Parl, Mahon Pool and a rocky headland to the north. There's also a pub nearby, clubs, surf shops and a short strip with some restaurant and cafés. The beach is popular with families who are drawn to the beach's picnic areas, shaded playgrounds and safe rock pools.
This is the best surfing beach in the eastern suburbs, popular with experienced surfers who enjoy the consistent reef and beach breaks. A decent swell brings three or four beach breaks to life, and on a happening day, board-riders are spread along the length of the beach. The reef at the south end creates Maroubra's premium wave, which on a south swell and with a southwest breeze, breaks as a classic barrelling right-hander.
This beach is one of Sydney's most hazardous so swimmers should stay between the flags, preferably at the southern end.
Maroubra Beach is also home to an outdoor gym that's free to use. A range of strength and cardio equipment accompanied by instructions includes an upright cycle, chest press, step-ups, stepping stones, balance beam and stretch station. It also has inspiring views over the beach to keep you motivated.
The beach and parklands are also used for picnics, playing, fishing, walking and jogging while the Maroubra Skate Park and innovative playground for kids are nearby.