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INSIDE: Roam the Gnome’s Guide to Malabar Beach Rock Pool. 

The Malabar Beach Ocean Pool is the ROCK POOL of your dreams. 

24 minutes from Sydney CBD, but Malabar Beach might as well be in outer space for all the notice it gets from Sydney locals.

Malabar Beach is definitely Sydney’s best kept secret beach and rock pool, unless perhaps you have a golfer in the family with insider knowledge of the location of Randwick Golf Club on the Malabar headland.

The gorgeous landscape surrounding the rock pool makes this one of Sydney’s best kept secrets.

Read all the details and how to get there below.

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Guide to Malabar Rock Pool Sydney

The shining gem of FREE Sydney Rock Pools is Malabar Beach Ocean Pool.

Shhhh… don’t tell everyone but the Malabar Rock Pool is now our Number One Ocean Pool to visit when we head to Sydney.

Malabar pool has spectacular views over Long Bay and onto the Randwick Rifle Range.

The beach is popular with families due to the normally calm and quiet conditions.

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Four Awesome Reasons to love Malabar Pool

It’s easy to park, it’s quiet, the Malabar headland landscape is breathtaking, and it’s super kid friendly, with NOT A WAVE in sight.

We LOVE it here (and visit regularly), and are so grateful that our cousin Brooke and her husband and kids have made this town their new home.

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Fun Sydney Day Out

It’s a delight to visit this gorgeous unassuming destination when we are out and about with kids on our family travels.

Hot tip: Bring a picnic of healthy snacks and food, and enjoy them in the sun. 

(Read our guide to picnic food for new ideas) 

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Malabar Ocean Pool 

Want to know where to swim in Sydney?

Add Malabar Beach Pool to your Sydney Ocean Pool bucket list.

We love a good Ocean Pool and will travel quite a distance to find one and try it out, as our boys love a good pool much better than the waves.

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Sydney Ocean Pools Guide

If your family is a bit the same, check out the  Ocean Pools NSW blog

They list over 100 tidal baths, rock pools or ocean baths found in NSW.

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More of Best Sydney Beaches for Families

You can also visit the family-friendly Little Bay Beach just around the corner from Malabar Beach, another protected swimming spot in the area.

(See below for details of how to get to Little Bay Beach)

You can also try:

  • Coogee Rock Pool
  • Maroubra rock pool

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History of Malabar Beach Sydney 

Malabar is named after a ship that shipwrecked off the point of Long Bay. 

Malabar itself remains a somewhat sleepy, laid-back beachside suburb that retains the charm of pre-boom Sydney when regular families could afford to live by the sea.

Malabar Beach Playground (Cromwell Park Playground)

Cromwell Park is located directly behind the beach where there is a children’s playground and public toilets, showers and change rooms.

It’s fenced, with multiple forts, swings, toddler play equipment, and soft fall. 

Shade sails keep the kids out of the way of the sun. 

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THE INSIDE SCOOP: Malabar Beach and Malabar Pool

Correct at time of publication on Roam the Gnome. Please check with venue for updates. We apologise in advance if there have been any changes we are unaware of. All prices in AUD dollars, unless otherwise stated

Address: Malabar Beach location is 3r/1 Fishermans Rd, Malabar.

The Malabar Beach Rock Pool is located on the southern foreshore below Randwick Golf Club, at the end of Bay Parade.
Telephone: 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles. Or call Randwick council. 

Malabar Beach Pool Warning

  • The beach or rockpool area is not patrolled by Lifeguards or lifesavers.
  • Do not swim directly after heavy rain or flood, as the water may be polluted from run-off, or filled with seaweed.

Malabar Rock Pool hours

  • 7am to 7pm
  • Open 7 days (except during wild weather)

Malabar Pool entry fees

  • FREE! 

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How to get to Malabar Beach Pool 

By Bus

  • From Central Station, catch bus 393 to Malabar Beach
  • Disembark at Malabar shops on Anzac Parade
  • Walk 12 minutes along Prince Edward street towards Randwick Golf Club
  • Turn left at Howe Street. The entrance to the Malabar ocean pool is at the end of the street, beyond the car park

By Car: Click here for google map directions

Malabar Beach parking

  • There is a small carpark in front of Randwick Golf Club for beach goers. 

Map of Malabar Beach Sydney

Facilities at Malabar Beach Pool

Accessibility: The pool has an access ramp to the pool deck.

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THE INSIDE SCOOP: Little Bay Beach

Location of Little Bay Beach is 4R Coast Hospital Road, Little Bay NSW 2036

Access to the secluded beach is via a steep timber staircase.

Take Pine Avenue off Anzac Parade and there is parking on the street.

A café is located in the Prince Henry Centre towards the top of the beach near the chapel.

Public toilets and change rooms are located on the timber staircase about halfway down to the beach.

The beach is not patrolled by Randwick City Lifeguards or Surf Lifesavers.

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