So Malabar Beach is one of Randwick City’s lesser-known beaches – and the locals like it this way.
When most people think of Malabar, they vaguely recall something about the Malabar Sewerage Treatment Works located on the northern side of the beach.
Don’t let that stop you because you’ll be in for a pleasant surprise. I’m not sure all the locals would be happy if everybody rocked up, they like to keep places like this to themselves.
There are so many things going for Malabar it gets my tick.
Malabar Beach is a curving 200 m long beach found in Long Bay, nestled between Boota Point and Tupia Head.
On the southern foreshore just below Randwick Golf Club is a rockpool. And on the northern side of the bay is a boat ramp and the home base for the Randwick District Offshore Rescue Boat http://www.surfrescue30.com.au/.
Malabar Beach located just south of Maroubra Beach, it’s protected from Northerly swells that produce big surf on other Sydney beaches. If it gets a Southerly swell, then it can create a surf break off the north side rocks.
On most days you’ll find small calm waves, just be aware it has deep water just offshore.
If you’re into Stand up paddle boarding, walking, jogging, sunbathing, rock fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving and kayaking are all popular activities, then this is the beach for you.
Cromwell Park is located directly behind Malabar beach, which has toilets, showers and changerooms. You find friendly paved footpath for wheelchair access, & covered park seating.
Relax while the kids play in the fenced playground, or throw some snags on the electric BBQ’s. With a quick walk, they can build sand castles on the beach.
Need a coffee or cold drinks you’re within a 2 minute drive, to Café Shops.
The beach is oldy friendly with car parking & buses not too far away to the toilets or the park, for those are little bit more mature & wiser and maybe can’t walk so far.
So if you’re not quite the beach type, drop the rest of the family at the beach. Then you can have a round of golf at the Randwick Golf Course on Tupia Head.
Malabar got its named after the ship MV Malabar, a passenger and cargo steamer owned by the company Burns Philp was shipwrecked in thick fog on rocks at Miranda Point on the northern headland of Long Bay 2 April 1931. It used to be called Long Bay or as the Aboriginal people referred to it as ‘Boora.’
There have been five shipwrecks on the headland at Malabar – the St Albans in 1882, the MV Malabar in 1931, Try One in 1947 and SS Goolgwai in 1955 (and an unnamed barge in 1955).
Historian Obed West claimed in 1882 that the local Indigenous community chose Long Bay as their principal camping/healing place. The rock overhang on the south side of Long Bay provided shelter for Aboriginals suffering from a smallpox epidemic in the late 1700s.
Malabar Headland is the site of quite a few Aboriginal engravings.
The beach is not patrolled by Lifeguards or lifesavers.
Watch the waves on the beach lapping Malabar Beach – Malabar
Watch the gentle waves lapping Malabar Beach.
Listen to beach sounds at Malabar Beach Malabar
Ambient Sounds of Malabar Beach sea waves.
White noise from Waves at Malabar beach.