Maroubra Beach

1-11R Marine Parade , Maroubra NSW 2035

1-11R Marine Parade , Maroubra NSW 2035
  • Toilets
  • Showers
  • Changing facilities
  • Car park
  • Litter bin
  • Outdoor Gym

  • Patrolled all year
  • Lifeguard Office
  • Disabled toilets
  • Coastal Walkway
  • Park seat

  • Smoking is prohibited in this area
  • Dogs prohibited on beach
  • Horses prohibited
  • Camping prohibited
  • Fires prohibited
  • Glass prohibited
  • Removal of flora & fauna prohibited
  • Flying of double string kites prohibited

The beach

The word 'Maroubra' comes from an Aboriginal word meaning 'like thunder' - an apt description of the sound of the waves pounding on the shoreline. These waves have made Maroubra one of the most popular surfing locations in Sydney and Australia's second only National Surfing Reserve. The beach is serviced by two surf life saving clubs, and is patrolled all year by Randwick City lifeguards. Volunteer lifesavers patrol the beach on weekends and school holidays during daylight saving months.

Maroubra Beach is popular with visitors given its easy access and large kilometre-long expanse of sand.

Maroubra Beach is surrounded by open space. To the north of the beach are Jack Vanny Memorial Park, Mahon Pool and the rocky headland. Arthur Byrne Reserve and headland are to the south, and Broadarrow Reserve is to the west. Beyond these, the area is surrounded by the Maroubra Beach town centre and residential properties.

The beach is popular with surfers given the regular good swell and wave conditions. The beach can be very dangerous and swimmers are strongly advised to only swim between the flags, swim during patrol hours and to not swim alone. Weaker swimmers should consider visiting more sheltered beaches located nearby.

There's lots to do at the beach with a free outdoor gym, a skate park and a large kids playground. Free BBQs are located in the central part of the beach and towards the south of the beach near South Maroubra Surf Club. There are outdoor showers, a large changeroom and toilet and lighting.

There is also a cafe/kiosk area at the centre of the beach and more restaurants and cafes are located in Marine Parade directly opposite the beach.

There is free parking surrounding the beach, including a car park adjacent to the main beach, a car park north of the beach at Jack Vanny Reserve and a car park at South Maroubra Beach.

The beach is patrolled year round by Randwick City Council Lifeguards and is serviced by two surf life saving clubs during daylight saving months.

Patrols

Randwick City Council Lifeguard patrol times are as follows.

Time of yearPatrol time
Summer (daylight saving) 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Summer (non-daylight saving) 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
Winter Period (late April to late September) 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Beachwatch program advises as a general precaution to avoid swimming during and for 24-hours after heavy rain. Stormwater runoff from surrounding streets drain to the beach and nearby coast which may pollute the water. Dogs, alcohol and glass bottles are not permitted on the beach area.

Safety

Follow these simple rules to be safe at the beach:

  • Always swim between the red and yellow flags, never swim outside them.
  • Do not swim directly after a meal or if under the influence of alcohol.
  • Only swim when the red and yellow flags are flying. If there are no flags, the beach is closed or unpatrolled.
  • Do not panic if caught in a current or undertow. Raise one arm into the air to signal for lifeguard assistance. Float until help arrives.
  • Do not struggle if seized with a cramp. Raise your arm for help and float. Keep the part of your body that is cramping perfectly still.
  • Do not swim if unsure of surf conditions. Always seek the advice of a lifeguard or lifesaver.
  • Do not struggle against a rip or current. Swim diagonally across it.
  • Remember that taking alcohol onto or drinking alcohol is not allowed at any beach in Randwick City.

For more information, see the details at Surf Life Saving Australia.

Surfing NSW

Based in Maroubra Beach, Surfing NSW was established in 1963 and is the largest and longest running of the recognised state bodies for the sport of surfing in Australia. In conjunction with nine regional associations, Surfing NSW is responsible for managing events, programs and education across the state from grassroots level events through to international professional events such as the Vissla NSW Pro Surf Series (WSL QS1000 series), Port Stephens NSW Toyota Pro (women's QS6000 and men's QS1000) and the Vissla Sydney Surf Pro (men's and women's WSL QS6000).

See Surfing NSW for more information.

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