Maroubra

Paddle out for dawn patrol and stay out until the sun sets on your session in this rugged eastern suburb.

Unlike its coastal counterparts' warm and friendly wave culture, Maroubra takes surfing extremely seriously. Epic sets hit Maroubra's shore in Sydney's eastern suburbs and the neighborhood's local break is vehemently protected as one of Australia's two natural surfing reserves. Maroubra may not share Coogee or Bondi Beach's cosmopolitan attitudes, but it possesses its own kind of charm. The simplicity of Maroubra's lifestyle—good waves, straightforward shops, and an unyielding passion for the water—earn the neighborhood its respected reputation.

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On the Map

Maroubra is bordered by Deceyville, Hillsdale/Eastgardens, South Coogee, Pagewood, Kingsford, Matraville, Malabar, and Randwick

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Easy

International Airport: 15 minutes by car without traffic
Central Station: 15 minutes by car or 35 minutes by bus
Opera House / Circular Quay: 17 minutes by car or 40 minutes by bus
Bondi Beach: 17 minutes by car or 55 minutes by bus

Maroubra: A Surf Community In Search of Swell

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Miles southeast of Sydney's CBD, Maroubra's business consists of serious breaks and epic barrels.

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Its sole focus is surfing.

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Maroubra is one of Australia's two surfing reserves and the community fiercely protects its local break.

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Unlike some of the party wave breaks in Bondi Beach or Manly, Maroubra takes its surf seriously.

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Its attitude isn't as much sweet and trendy as it is rugged and passionate. The locals are keen to point out if you practice bad surf etiquette and they'll definitely let you know if you snake their wave.

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You might spot tattoos that read 'Bra Boys,' 'My Brother's Keeper,' or '2035,' Maroubra's post code.

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Maroubra respects the ocean.

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Surf schools teach the ways of the water and lifeguard towers take notice of the rip.

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Nearby is the beautiful Maroubra Beach as well as many restaurants, a shopping center, and numerous cafes."

Business by the Beach: Marine Parade

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Coffee shacks, surf shops, and grocers congregate a boulevard away from the beach.

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The swell remains Maroubra's main focus.

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Business off the Beach: Maroubra's Commercial Center

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Off the sandy embankments, Maroubra Junction fills with supermarkets, retail outlets, and doctor's offices that serve the neighborhood and its fellow suburbs.

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Buses frequent Maroubra Junction and make it easy to access amenities away from the beach.

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Although not very central, the local buses were easy and frequent enough that getting out and about was not a problem"

Melanie and Asa

Visited in 2013

Active Lifestyles Out of the Barrel

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Exercisers embrace Maroubra's beachside location whether or not they're in the water.

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Runners, dog walkers, skaters, and scooters take advantage of its active culture.

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Swimmers and divers seek diversion at Mahon Pool.

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Secret gardens peek into the southern end of Maroubra Beach.

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They peek at the sea.

Maroubra Homes: On the Ocean and By the Beach

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Whether in the hills overlooking Maroubra's sandy stretches or perched on their apartments' balconies, Maroubra residents revel in their proximity to the sea.

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It's downhill all the way to the water.

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It's perfect for a leisurely skate.

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Cheers to a good sesh.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Tobias Rowles is a Sydney based photographer working in both the art and commercial worlds. He specialises in people and lifestyle photography that celebrates the ‘everyday’ and shoots for a wide range of local and international advertising clients. Tobias also maintains a constant focus on personal projects, many of which have received considerable critical acclaim.

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