It’s great to see Sydney’s Malabar Beach clean and used for swimming and recreation.
This lovely protected, non-surf beach was un-swimmable for around 50 years due to the storm water and sewerage systems nearby that contaminated the water. To make it all the worse, the sewerage going into the beach was from illegal systems. It was only a few years ago that Malabar Beach was labelled Sydney’s filthiest beach.
A reminder of what used to make the beach unusable
However, efforts were made, and rightly so to clean it up and make it what it deserves to be - a beach that can be safely enjoyed by Sydney-siders. The efforts reportedly cost $3 million.
The efforts were obviously worth every penny, because Malabar Beach recently received the official grading of ‘good’ among Sydney beaches by Beachwatch.
Worth the effort to clean it up
Malabar is an unusually shaped beach, set relatively deep inland with long headlands on each side. This protects it from surf and rips, so it’s a good beach for young children. However, caution needs to be exercised at every beach no matter how safe it seems.
Boat ramp and rock fishing
It’s about 150 metres wide, and there is a boat ramp and room for rock fishing.
The sand is a reddish colour, much like the sand on the northern peninsular, which suggests it may be imported, however in my research I have found nothing to support this.
The life guard tower doesn't appear to be used
Besides being a beach, Malabar is nice to visit for the outlook. There is a kids’ play area and a life guard lookout that seems purely ornamental. The beach is not patrolled.
Snakes at the beach
Along each side is a small bushy area with ominous signs to be wary of snakes.
Malabar Beach is the setting for the Malabar Magic swimming event in February that encourages people to have a swim. Distances are between 1km or 2.4km, and the event raises money for the Rainbow Club Australia which supports children with disabilities.
What a nice beach
Malabar Beach is about 12kms south east of the Sydney CBD. To get to Malabar Beach, you need to negotiate a few back streets of the area. Parking is available.
You can also get to Malabar by bus, and there are a few shops and restaurants nearby.
Where: Malabar in Sydney's South Eastern Suburbs
Why: A beach that is now clean
When: Never closes