The Malabar Headland Circuit Walking Track

Last updated: October 22, 2021

The Malabar Headland circuit walk is a fascinating and enjoyable track exploring the Malabar Headland National Park just south of Maroubra Beach.

This hiking adventure consists of two smaller trails; the Boora Point walking track following the beautiful coastline, and the Western Escarpment walking track through bushland.

Malabar Headland Circuit Walk
Distance: 7 km (circuit)
Time: 2 hours
Grade: Easy / moderate
Dogs: Not allowed
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How to Get There

Since this is a circuit walk, you can start and finish at various spots. However, most people start the hike from the car park at Arthur Byrne Reserve at the southern end of Maroubra Beach (map location).

To get there from the city, turn into Fitzgerald Avenue towards Maroubra Beach from Anzac Parade. At the roundabout, take the third exit into Arthur Byrne Reserve via Bernie Kelly Drive.

Please note that this car park isn’t very big and fills up quickly during weekends. In that case you can try to find a parking spot closer to the beach or in the suburban streets nearby.

Alternatively, Pioneers Park on the southwestern side of the Malabar Headland also has a car park, and is a good spot to start and finish the circuit walk (map location).

Both of these parking areas (Arthur Byrne Reserve and Pioneers Park) are marked on the following map:

Map and route of the Malabar Headland walk

Malabar Headland Circuit Walk Track Notes

As mentioned, the Malabar Headland Circuit Walk consists of the Western Escarpment walking track in the west and the Boora Point walking track in the east.

The circuit walk navigates around the ANZAC Rifle Range located in the middle of the Malabar Headland. As a consequence, the Boora Point walking track is not accessible during rifle range operations.

When shooting practice is scheduled, the park entry gates are closed and red flags are flying above the range. You can find more details around opening times on the NSW National Parks website.

1. Western Escarpment Walking Track

The first part of the Malabar Headland circuit walk starts at the big signpost at the Arthur Byrne Reserve car park, which is hard to miss.

It’s good to have a read through all the information provided on that signpost, to learn more about the Malabar Headland, the local flora and fauna, the walking tracks, and the traditional owners of the land.

Start of the Western Escarpment walking track
Start of the Western Escarpment walking track

The Western Escarpment walking track provides a connection between Maroubra Beach and Malabar, navigating through unspoiled bushland with fantastic panoramic views.

There are various natural as well as man-made vantage points along the way, in addition to benches from where you can soak in the beautiful surroundings.

Malabar Headland
Malabar Headland

Once you reach the end of the Western Escarpment walking track at Pioneers Park, follow the trail towards Malabar Beach.

From there, you can continue on to the second part of the circuit walk, the Boora Point coastal walking track.

2. Boora Point Walking Track

From Malabar Beach, follow the trail past the boat ramp car park, continuing on to Boora Point. This is where the Boora Point walking track officially starts.

Malabar Beach
Malabar Beach

Opened in April 2017, the Boora Point walking track is a 3.7 km long coastal adventure that connects the southern end of the Malabar Headland with the beach at South Maroubra.

Not only does this walking track offer superb views of the unique Sydney coastline, it is also home to various old heritage structures from the Second World War.

Views from Boora Point
Views from Boora Point

The Malabar Battery was built in 1943 as a coastal defence battery, along with other batteries in the Botany Bay area.

The Battery consisted of gun emplacements, an underground facility, and even a tramway that was used to transport weaponry. It’s worth exploring the area, with lots of remnants that are still accessible.

Boora Point walking track
Boora Point walking track

The stunning coastline at Malabar Headland is characterised by high cliffs and impressive sandstone escarpments, with numerous lookouts and rest areas to enjoy along the way.

The views on a clear day are breathtaking, with Bondi and the city skyline in the north, and La Perouse and Kamay Botany Bay National Park in the south.

The Malabar Headland coastline
The Malabar Headland coastline

One of the highlights along the Boora Point walking track is Magic Point, a small peninsula with rock platforms that provide fantastic views out to the ocean.

Maroubra Beach views from Malabar Headland
Maroubra Beach views from Malabar Headland

From Magic Point, it’s only a short hike back to either Maroubra Beach or to Arthur Byrne Reserve.

There are lots of places to eat and drink at the beach, so if you’re feeling hungry after completing the Malabar Headland circuit walk, you will have plenty of choice!

We liked the Malabar Headland walk so much that we have it included in our list of best hikes in Sydney. Have a look at that list for more great hiking ideas.

Malabar Headland walk

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