We Can❜t Get Enough of the Malabar Headland Walk

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If you can't get enough of seeing Sydney's stunning coastline by foot and have already done the Bondi to Bronte walk too many times, it's time to discover the Malabar Headland Walk.

How Long is the Malabar Headland Walk?

Malabar Headland Walk
It's been 100 years since the public could access Malabar Headland!

The 1.15-kilometre track provides public access to Malabar Headland, which re-opened to the public in February 2018 for the first time in 100 years, and creates a circular loop by linking with the coastal National Parks Wildlife Service Boora Point Walking Track.

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Malabar Headland Walk
There are three walking trail options along the Malabar Headland Walk.

One of the most exciting elements of this opening is that the Western Walking Track will be open seven days a week and is located in an area of the headland that will not be impacted by the ANZAC Rifle Range shooting days (although the unmistakable sounds of gunfire are ever-present). Fantastic!

The Malabar Headland Walk opens up the western section of Malabar Headland National Park and is a joint initiative between Randwick City Council and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).

The collaboration means people now have the option to complete a 3-kilometre coastal walk along the Boora Point Walking Track, 1.15km inland walk along the Western Walking Track or do both for a 4-kilometre loop around Malabar Headland. The walk forms part of Sydney’s famous Coastal Walkway and links South Maroubra Beach with Malabar Beach. Council has plans to build a continuous path along the entire coastline between Clovelly in the north and La Perouse in the south. Can't wait to see that unfold!

Spectacular Malabar Headland National Park

Malabar Headland National Park
Views for days are on offer at Malabar Headland National Park.


Malabar Headland National Park protects significant cultural, historical and natural heritage. You can enter the walk either via Pioneer Park in Malabar or from the South Maroubra Surf Lifesaving club. It's important to stay on the path to preserve the native vegetation. Some sections do involve a small amount of walking on the dirt or rocks and during these sections, the path is well marked with arrows.

During the migration months, this will be a wonderful place to do a spot of whale watching and if you’re lucky, you may even see a New Zealand Fur Seal sunning itself on the coast rocks along the eastern escarpment walk track.

Tips for Visiting Parents

The Malabar Headland Walk is a wonderful addition for the area but unfortunately for us parents, it's not pram (or disabled friendly). The Malabar Headland Walk is made from a gritty, hard steel/plastic substance that is easy to walk on, so little ones will have no problem navigating their way along. There are a couple of seats to rest on along the path and handrails on the pathway.

Dogs and bikes/scooters are NOT allowed and to be honest, there are so many stairs that you wouldn’t want to have to carry them constantly anyway!

Malabar Headland Walk
Consult the Malabar Headland Map before planning your walk.

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Claire Bettington

Feb 20 2018

Fabulous view of the Western Section bush, with the track going through it. A huge thank you from all of us at Friends of Malabar Headland to Randwick City Council for this long-awaited "missing link" section of the iconic Eastern Beaches Coastal Walk.