Malabar Beach (Long Bay)

Malabar Beach - Australia
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Malabar Beach is one of the less well-known beaches in the south of Sydney, not far from the airport. The name comes from one of two shipwrecks that lie in the bay: the MV Malabar, with the other being the the Goolwa.

Facing southeast, Malabar Beach is enclosed by rocky headlands at either end with cliffs providing shelter from offshore winds. Generally it’s ideal for all types of watersports as the waters are calm and safe. Swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking and paddleboarding can all be enjoyed here, so bring your kit! It’s also good for rock fishing.

The surf tends to pick up in the late summer and autumn when the wind is light and from the southwest. However, those prime swells can get pretty crowded and you need to keep your eyes peeled for occasional rips, rocks and sea urchins as well as other surfers. At other times, the lower waves are suitable for novice surfers.

For non-surfers, Malabar Beach has some fun features including a saltwater rock pool big enough for swimming. Cromwell Park backs onto the beach and has an excellent playground for youngsters, hence its popularity. Coir matting provides easy access to the beach for wheelchairs and strollers.

Although there is a lifeguard tower, the beach is currently not patrolled. Facilities include toilets, showers, changing rooms and there’s a handy boat ramp which is used by the Offshore Rescue Boat. As if all that is not enough, Malabar Beach has dramatic scenery and views over Long Bay and Randwick Rifle Range.

Nearest town/city


Also known as:

Long Bay


  • Good fishing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Surfing


  • Boat launch

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