Maroubra Beach is one of Australia’s best surfing beaches, recognised in the National Surfing Reserves as a place of intrinsic value. Nicknamed the Bra, the 1km curved strip of white sand in Sydney’s east is famous for consistent waves. You’ll also find a lovely beachside park for picnics.
Getting to Maroubra, south of Coogee, is easy by public transport. There are buses from Central Station and Museum Station in the city centre. You’ll find plenty of things to do and see, from sweeping ocean views to swimming, surfing, cycling and walking. There’ a free outdoor gym, too.
Near the southern end of the beach is the Malabar Headland National Park’s Western Escarpment walking track. The views from the trail of the rugged coastline and deep blue ocean are mesmerising. You can spot humpback whales breaching – jumping out the water – between May and November.
Barbecue facilities and picnic tables are in Arthur Byrne Reserve, adjacent to the beach. There’s a shaded kids playground and a skate park in the reserve. At the northern headland is Jack Vanny Reserve, where steps lead to delightful Mahon Pool, a popular rock pool in a spectacular setting.
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.
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. You can relish breathtaking ocean views and delectable choices at the Pavilion Beachfront, a waterfront restaurant on the beach promenade.
Stroll along Marine Parade and McKeon Street for a surf shop and more tasty options, such as North End Cafe and El Toro Tapas. Back from the beach, around the Maroubra Road and Anzac Parade junction, you’ll discover plenty other flavoursome places, including Sushi Train and Golden Unicorn.