Maroubra Beach may not have the kudos of Bondi, but it’s one of Australia’s best surfing beaches according to the National Surfing Reserves. The 1km curved strip of white sand in Sydney’s east is nicknamed The Bra and is famous for consistent waves. You’ll also find a lovely beachside park for picnics and a free outdoor gym.
Things to do
A decent swell brings several beach breaks to life, with boardriders carving up the waves from dawn. The reef at the southern end creates a premium wave. You can learn to surf with Let’s Go Surfing Maroubra. As with all Sydney beaches, the best place to swim is between the red and yellow flags.
Malabar Headland National Park’s Western Escarpment walking track is towards the southern end of the beach. The trail boasts views of rugged coastline and deep blue ocean. During the annual whale migration, between May and November, you can spot humpback whales playfully breaching – jumping out the water.
Arthur Byrne Reserve, adjacent to the beach, has barbecue facilities and picnic tables. The park also has a shaded kids playground and a skate park. Jack Vanny Reserve is on the northern headland, follow the steps down to delightful Mahon Pool, a popular rock pool in a spectacular setting.
Eat and drink
The beautifully restored Bay Hotel and Diner is opposite the beach. Built in the 1920s, the pub offers a delicious selection of food and a children’s menu. The Pavilion Beachfront is a breezy, waterside breakfast and lunch spot on the beach promenade that also serves up breathtaking ocean views.
Stroll along Marine Parade and McKeon Street for casual options, such as North End Cafe and El Toro Tapas. Back from the beach, around the Maroubra Road and Anzac Parade junction, head to Golden Unicorn for some of the best yum cha outside of Chinatown and Kokoroya for modern Japanese fare.
Getting to Maroubra, south of Coogee, is easy by public transport. There are buses from Central Station and Museum Station in the city centre that will get you there in about half an hour, taking you through inner city Surry Hills, past the hub of Randwick and onto the beach at Maroubra.