Western Escarpment walking track Trail Hiking Australia
  • Length: 1km

  • Duration: 30mins

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: One Way

  • Start: 4 Ford Rd, Maroubra

  • End: 4 Ford Rd, Maroubra

  • Location: Malabar Headland National Park

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  • Distance from CBD: 16.6 km

  • State: NSW

  • Latitude: -33.95445641

  • Longitude: 151.2519403

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Western Escarpment walking track is a 1km, grade 3 one way hike, located in the Malabar Headland National Park, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 30mins to complete.

Hike Summary

Western Escarpment walking track winds through an island of unspoiled bushland in Sydney's eastern suburbs. Purpose-built by Randwick City Council and NSW National Parks, the track connects South Maroubra Beach with Malabar and is a vital new link in the iconic Eastern Beaches coastal walkway.
Starting from Arthur Byrne Reserve or Pioneers Park you'll climb the exposed sandstone escarpment. There are seats along the way to stop and soak in the natural beauty. At its highest point, the walk treats you to 3600 views over Malabar Headland, Maroubra Beach, and Botany Bay from a natural sandstone platform.
This protected area teems with bird and animal life. Keep an eye out for red wattlebirds, new holland honeyeaters and blue fairy wrens in the heath. You might spot kestrels and sea eagles searching for prey above, as you walk through the endangered eastern suburbs banksia scrub.
Why not combine your nature walk with a day at Maroubra or Malabar Beach, or picnic at the nearby public parks? For a longer walk, connect with Boora Point walking track in the eastern section of the park (when it's open) for a 5km loop, or continue along the Eastern Beaches coastal walkway.

About the region

Malabar Headland National Park 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.

Getting there

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 ParadeTurn left onto Fitzgerald Avenue towards Maroubra BeachAt the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Bernie Kelly DriveThe carpark is at the end of Bernie Kelly DriveTo get to Pioneers Park carpark from Sydney city:Drive south along Anzac Parade, passing through MaroubraPioneers Park is on your left, before you reach MalabarFollow the Pioneers walking track around 350m to the north of the carpark to reach the national park and track head Parking 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.


Please stay on the marked track to protect the sensitive vegetation and avoid hazards.
Bring your binoculars during June and July to spot migrating humpback whales or frolicking seals off the coast.
This walk offers a year-round alternative to Boora Point walking track, which closes when the ANZAC Rifle Range is in use.

Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.

The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.

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