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Artillery track

Malabar Headland National Park

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Artillery track is in Malabar Headland National Park along Boora Point walking track. Experience Sydney’s historic heritage and see the gun emplacements and rail tracks that formed part of the Malabar Battery.

Starting at South Maroubra and the Arthur Byrne Reserve carpark, follow Boora Point walking track for 2km and then turn right onto Artillery track.

Artillery track extends for almost 600m through one of the largest surviving areas of endangered eastern suburbs banksia scrub, protected within this park.

The trail features historic heritage with Word War II gun emplacements built in 1941 and 1942 to defend Sydney. This command post was manned by members of the Australian Women’s Army Service for a time.

In addition to gun emplacements, the battery includes a 4-level observation post tower and other structures. The 2-gun emplacement posts were connected to the observation post by a sandstone trench. Today you can see the clear tracks of the railway that once carried arsenal as you walk through it.

The Malabar Battery became redundant after WWII and the historic structures contain shafts and other hazards, so please stay on the walking track and supervise children on your visit. The structures also serve as important habitat for eastern bent-wing bats, a protected species which should not be disturbed.

When you reach the end of the trail, retrace your steps the way you came, or re-join Boora Point walking track and continue south to Malabar Beach or north to Maroubra Beach.

If you a prefer a longer walk, continue around to Western Escarpment walking track to make your way back to Arthur Byrne Reserve carpark.


Artillery track has several steps and uneven surfaces so it is difficult to access for people who use wheelchairs.


  • Aerial of walkers on the Boora Point walking  track platform. Photo: John Spencer © DPE

    Boora Point walking track

    Explore spectacular coastline views in Malabar Headland National Park on Boora Point walking track. Only 30 minutes from Sydney city, you’ll find epic sandstone cliffs, whale watching opportunities and swimming spots.

These maps give a basic overview of park attractions and facilities, and may not be detailed enough for some activities. We recommend that you buy a topographic map before you go exploring.

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