Alcohol restrictions

Limits on alcohol consumption in parks, beaches, streets and on Australia Day

In Randwick City there are restrictions on taking alcohol into or consuming alcohol in some public places. The intention is to prevent anti-social behavior caused by the consumption of alcohol in public and to improve public safety. 

Alcohol and glass is prohibited on all Randwick City beaches, but you can drink alcohol in a number of beachside parks during daylight hours.

The easiest way to know your responsibilities is to read the signs in particular areas.

There are different types of restrictions.

  1. Permanent restrictions resolved by Council for parks, beaches and reserves controlled by Council. These restrictions are indicated on signage. You can also check our parks listing and beach listing for alcohol restrictions.
  2. Alcohol Free Zones prohibit the drinking of alcohol in public places that are public roads or car parks under the care and control of Council.  AFZs do not encompass parks and reserves.  
  3. Special alcohol restrictions apply in Coogee and Clovelly beachside parks each Australia Day from sunset on the 25 January to sunrise on the 27 January. This restriction overrides park signage. This is called an Alcohol Prohibited Zone (APZ). The NSW Police Force enforces this ban.
  4. Effective 29 December 2016, Coogee Beach and beachside parks have been declared alcohol-free until the end of summer 2017.

You can read more about each of the restrictions below:

Alcohol Free Zones (AFZs)

AFZs prohibit the drinking of alcohol in specific public roads or car parks under the care and control of Council. Randwick City Council established Alcohol Free Zone (AFZ) areas from October 2015 to October 2019.

These zones are identified by signs and have been established in the following areas

  • Maroubra Beach
  • Maroubra Junction
  • Coogee
  • South Coogee
  • Lexington Place, Maroubra
  • Little Bay
  • Randwick

AFZs are established and operate under Sections 642 - 649 of the NSW Local Government Act. 

Maroubra Beach Alcohol Free Zone (AFZ)

  • Road and footpath areas on both sides of Marine Parade from Bond Street to Fitzgerald Avenue
  • Road and footpath areas on both sides of McKeon Street from Marine Parade to Duncan Street
  • Carpark and footpath areas in the carpark behind the Maroubra Beach Pavilion
  • In and around Fenton Avenue from McKeon Street to Mons Avenue
  • Mons Avenue between Marine Parade and Fenton Avenue.

The zones exclude adjacent parks and reserves and areas licensed by Council as outdoor eating areas.

Maroubra Beach AFZ Map (PDF 1.8MB)

Maroubra Junction  Alcohol Free Zone (AFZ) 

  • Carpark and footpath areas in the Anzac Parade median from Boyce Road to Maroubra Road, and
  • Carpark and footpath areas in the Anzac Parade median from Maroubra Road to Fitzgerald Avenue
  • Both sides of Maroubra Road from Bunnerong Road to Garden Street

Maroubra Junction AFZ map (PDF 2.1MB)

Coogee Alcohol Free Zone (AFZ) 

Effective 29 December 2016, Coogee Beach and beachside parks have been declared alcohol-free until the end of summer 2017.

  • Road and footpath areas on both sides of Arden Street from Carr Street to Dolphin Street
  • Road and footpath areas on both sides of Coogee Bay Road from Arden Street to Brook Street
  • Carpark and footpath areas in the carpark on the eastern side of Coogee Oval
  • Road and footpath areas both sides of Brook Street between Dolphin Street and Coogee Bay Road
  • Road and footpath areas on both sides of Dolphin Street and Alfreda Streets between Brook and Arden Streets
  • Road, carpark and footpath areas on both sides of Dolphin Street between Arden and Beach Streets
  • Road and footpath areas on both sides of Beach Street from Dudley to Carr Streets
  • Road and footpath areas on both sides of Beach Street from the eastern extension of Dolphin to Baden Streets
  • Road and footpath areas on both sides of Carr Street from Arden to Beach Streets
  • Road and footpath areas on both sides of Kurrawa Avenue and Paul Lane
  • Road and footpath areas on both sides of Ormond Gardens from Brook Street to end
  • Road and footpath areas on both sides of Baden Street from Beach Street to end, and
  • Road and footpath areas on both sides of Bream Street from Mount Street to Brook Street.

The zone excludes adjacent parks and reserves and areas licensed by Council as outdoor eating areas. Coogee Beach AFZ map (PDF 8MB)

South Coogee Alcohol Free Zone (AFZ)

  • Road and footpath areas on both sides of Elphinstone Road from Moverly Road to Bundock Street.

South Coogee AFZ map (PDF 1.8MB)

Lexington Place, Maroubra Alcohol Free Zone (AFZ)

  • Road and footpath areas on the northern side of New Orleans Crescent from Morris Way to Neosho Way
  • Road and footpath areas on both sides of Lexington Place from New Orleans Crescent to Minneapolis Crescent, and
  • Road and footpath areas on the southern side of Minneapolis Crescent from Lexington Place to Neosho Way.

Lexington Place AFZ map (PDF 1.6MB)

Little Bay Alcohol Free Zone (AFZ)

  • Road and footpath areas on both sides of Anzac Parade from Little Bay Road to Jennifer Street.

Little Bay AFZ map (PDF 1.8MB)

Randwick Alcohol Free Zone (AFZ)

  • Both sides of Short Street from Belmore Road to Avoca Street, and
  • West side of Avoca Street from the intersection of Belmore Road to the pedestrian entrance to Randwick Village
  • Both sides of Belmore Road from Cook Street to Avoca Street

The zone excludes areas licensed by Council as outdoor eating areas.

Randwick AFZ map (PDF 1.6MB)

Australia Day Alcohol Prohibited Zone

Alcohol Prohibited Zones are established and operate under Section 632A of the NSW Local Government Act.

Council has established an Australia Day Alcohol Prohibited Zone at Coogee's beachside parks and reserves.

The Alcohol Prohibited Zones at Coogee are at:

Australia Day alcohol prohibited zone map (PDF 320KB)

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