Maroubra is the ideal place to be for those who want the best of both beach and city living, located just 10km from the Sydney CBD.
A beachside enclave where surfing culture reigns supreme, Maroubra has weathered a storm of controversy to become one of the most sought-after addresses in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. An alluring coastline and a well-catered shopping district keep the locals and visitors keen.
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.
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 BBQ 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..
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.
Maroubra has a diverse makeup of Asian, European and Middle Eastern cultures, and there is a strong sense of family prevalent throughout the community. Young 20- and 30-somethings are drawn to the more affordable coastal lifestyle.
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.
Regular bus services run from Maroubra Junction to the city including route numbers 394, 399, 396 and 397. The 394 and 399 originate from La Perouse and Little Bay (respectively) while 396 and 397 originate from Maroubra Beach and South Maroubra, respectively.
The 400 and 410 run from Maroubra Junction in two directions; Bondi Junction, Randwick and Waverley to the north and Eastgardens, the airport, Rockdale and Burwood to the south. Central Station and Railway Square can be accessed through the Railway Square buses (393 and 395) as well as the Metro10 bus service which goes through the inner-city, past Queen Victoria Building and continues along Broadway to provide services to the University of Sydney and Leichhardt. Other services run through Maroubra providing locals with routes into more suburban areas such as Coogee, South Coogee, and Randwick.