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Western Escarpment walking track

Malabar Headland National Park

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All the practical information you need to know about Western Escarpment walking track.

Track grading

Grade 3

Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
  • Distance

    1km one-way

  • Time

    20 - 30min

  • Quality of markings

    Clearly sign posted

  • Experience required

    Some bushwalking experience recommended

  • Gradient

    Short steep hills

  • Steps

    Occasional steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track

Getting there and parking

Western Escarpment walking track is in the western section of Malabar Headland National Park.

To get to Arthur Byrne Reserve carpark from Sydney city:

  • Drive south along Anzac Parade
  • Turn left onto Fitzgerald Avenue towards Maroubra Beach
  • At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Bernie Kelly Drive
  • The carpark is at the end of Bernie Kelly Drive

To get to Pioneers Park carpark from Sydney city:

  • Drive south along Anzac Parade, passing through Maroubra
  • Pioneers Park is on your left, before you reach Malabar
  • Follow the Pioneers walking track around 350m to the north of the carpark to reach the national park and track head


  • Free parking is available at the south end of Maroubra Beach at Arthur Byrne Reserve carpark. The track head is 50m from the carpark.
  • You can also park at Pioneers Park in Malabar. The track head is 350m from the carpark.


There are no facilities in Malabar Headland National Park. Toilets, picnic tables and barbecues are available at Arthur Byrne Reserve and Pioneers Park. Please take all waste out of the park and use rubbish bins at Pioneers Park or Arthur Byrne Reserve.

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Bushwalking safety

If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

This walking track passes close by unstable cliff edges. Always supervise children and stick to the marked route.


Disability access level - no wheelchair access

Not wheelchair-accessible.


Camp fires and solid fuel burners



Bicycles and trail bikes are not permitted on Western Escarpment walking track.


Flying recreational drones is not permitted. Please contact the park office for consent if you wish to fly a drone for commercial filming or photography purposes. For more information, see the Drones in parks policy.


Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

There are off-leash dog areas at Pioneers Park and on-leash areas at Arthur Byrne Reserve. See the Randwick City Council website for more information.


NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Maps of Western Escarpment walking track. Image: OEH

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