Malabar Headland National Park
All the practical information you need to know about Malabar Headland National Park.
Getting there and parking
The main entry points to Malabar Headland National Park are accessed from Anzac Parade, Malabar Road and Fishermans Road.
From Sydney CBD to the western section of the park:
- Follow Anzac Parade, passing through Maroubra until you reach Pioneers Park carpark, on your left
- Follow Pioneers walking track to the north of the carpark until you reach the national park entry (approximately 350 metres)
- You can also access the park from the south eastern corner of the Arthur Byrne carpark
From Sydney CBD to the eastern section of the park:
- Take Anzac Parade, or the M1 and Wentworth Avenue, to Maroubra
- Take Fitzgerald Avenue toward Maroubra Beach
- At the end of Fitzgerald Avenue, turn right at the roundabout into Bernie Kelly Drive in Arthur Byrne Reserve
- The national park can be accessed from the south eastern corner of the Arthur Byrne carpark
Parking is available at:
- Western section: South Maroubra Beach carpark, Arthur Byrne Reserve and Pioneers Park carpark.
- Eastern section: South Maroubra Beach carpark, Arthur Byrne Reserve and Fishermans Road carpark
Please note parking is limited in this park and on busy days there may be no place to park.
Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.
By public transport
Malabar Headland National Park is accessible by bus from Sydney City and Eastgardens.
- From the city to Maroubra Beach, take bus 396
- From Kensington or Little Bay to Pioneers Park, take bus 399
- From the city to Pioneers Park in the afternoon, take bus 394X
- From Bondi Junction or La Perouse to Pioneers Park, take bus 390X
- From Eastgardens or Randwick to Maroubra Beach, take bus 375
- From domestic airport or Bondi Junction, take bus 350
For more information about public transport options and timetables, visit the Transport NSW Info website.
Best times to visit
The critically endangered eastern suburbs banksia scrub is in flower along with other plant species that attract birds such as New Holland Honeyeaters. If you missed the winter whales heading north, there’s still a chance to spot them as they return to the food-rich Antarctic waters.
Bring your swimsuit to enjoy popular Maroubra Beach and Malabar Beach at the beginning or end of your walk in the park. If you’re planning a picnic with the family, the western section of the park offers more shade than the eastern section.
Keep an eye out for humpback whales on their annual migration, as you walk along Boora Point or Western Escarpment walking tracks. If you’re very lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the rarer southern right whale, which cruise close by the headland on their way up to tropical waters.
There are no facilities within the national park. Toilets, bins, carparks and dog walking areas are located nearby at the council-managed Pioneers Park and Arthur Byrne Reserve.
Maps and downloads
A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.
While fishing is permitted at Malabar Headland, it can be very dangerous. Life jackets are compulsory when rock fishing. Please see our fishing safety page for more.
Recreational fishing off Magic Point is permitted. However, line fishing is prohibited more than 50m offshore because Magic Point is a critical habitat area for the endangered grey nurse shark. Check this map showing the critical habitat area
Bicycles and trail bikes are not permitted on walking tracks in Malabar Headland National Park.
Flying recreational drones is not permitted in this park because it is located within 5.5km of an airfield or helicopter landing site. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) states that drones should not be flown within 30m of vehicles, boats, buildings or people, or within 5.5km of an airfield. Drones can also impact on public enjoyment and privacy, interfere with park operations, and may pose a threat to wildlife in some areas. 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.
Line fishing is prohibited more than 50m offshore because Magic Point is a critical habitat area for the endangered grey nurse shark. Check this map showing the critical habitat area.
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.
- in the Sydney and surrounds region
Eastern section: Often closed because of the ANZAC rifle range operation. Closed every Saturday and every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. Check local alerts and safety messages before visiting.
Western section: Open all year but may close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
Nielsen Park office
02 9337 5511
Contact hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
- Greycliffe House, Nielsen Park, 6 Steele Point Road, Vaucluse NSW 2030
- Nielsen Park office
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