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Malabar Beach - 12kms south south east of Sydney and within 1km is Cromwell Park.
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Malabar Beach located as part of Long Bay is within the Eastern Sydney Suburb of Malabar and is a medium size beach with slightly course sand that is easily accessible by public transport and also has available parking. Whilst not as well-known as Bondi or Bronte it does offer a good place to fish, scuba or snorkel as well as their being barbeques to cook your catch.

During the period 1949 to 2000 this beach was off limits to swimmers as a result of the Malabar sewer outfall. Between the years of 1924 to 1949 the beach had a surf club to protect and watch over the swimmers, this has now been replaced by a lifeguard tower and is patrolled by lifeguards and a beach inspector.

The suburb of Malabar was named after “MV Malabar” – a passenger and cargo steamer that was shipwrecked in April, 1931 at Long Bay and prior to this time the area was known as Brand or Long Bay. Malabar became official in 1933. Apart from the shipwreck of the “MV Malabar”, there have been 5 other shipwrecks on the Malabar Headland – 1882 – “St Albans”, 1947 – “Try One”, 1955 – “SS Goolgwai” and again in 1955 an unnamed barge.

Malabar Beach has long been known as Sydney’s dirtiest beach due to stormwater pipes that deposit the streets runoff onto the northern end of this beach, which has at time resulted in warnings being placed at the beach that swimming is not recommended. There has now been put in place a joint project involving Sydney Water, Randwick Council, the Office of Environment and Heritage and the NSW Environmental Trust's urban sustainability program to divert the stormwater pipes to connect with the Malabar ocean outfall pipe.

Things to do:-

  • Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming

Things to be aware of:-

Things offered:-

  • Disabled Toilets
  • Drinking Water
  • Park
  • Parking
  • Shops
  • Showers
External Resources:-
  • Beach Safe

  • State Beaches Home Page

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