The largest suburb of Randwick City Council both in area and population, Maroubra sits 10 kilometres south of the CBD on a 1 kilometre strip of Maroubra Bay. Maroubra is one of the best surfing beaches in Australia (second only to Bells Beach in Victoria), and comes from the aboriginal word which means “like thunder” - a fairly apt description of the big waves that pound and crash on the shoreline and attract surfers from all around the world. There are regular good swells and wave conditions but the beach can be very dangerous so swimmers are advised to swim between the flags. Two surf lifesaving clubs service the beach and the area is patrolled year round by Council lifeguards so it is also best to swim only at these times. Free parking surrounds the beach.
Maroubra Beach is popular with visitors given the easy proximity to the beach and surrounding open spaces. There is an outdoor gym, free bar-be-ques, Skate Park and large kid playground. On the north end of Maroubra beach down the steep steps from Marine parade is the Mahon rock pool. The exposed rock and cliffs about make it a spectacular venue for swimming and there is the added benefit of an amenities block overlooking the pool.
Lurline bay is considered to be one of the premium pockets of Maroubra and would like to become an official suburb like Queens Park is to Bondi Junction. Streets that are included in this prestigious area are Mermaid Avenue, Torrington Road and Lurline Street although some try and pop in for higher real estate value!
Maroubra Junction is the main retail shopping area for Maroubra. Pacific Square is conveniently located in the heart of this junction. Parking in the centre is free for the first 2 hours. Nearby is Westfield Eastgardens which has free parking. Other shopping districts dot Maroubra, south Maroubra (which known as The Village) and Maroubra Beach. Cafés, restaurants and other retail facilities including surf shops, yoga schools and the Maroubra Seal club are all close by.
Cafe culture is a lot smaller with some great local cafe's at Maroubra Beach including North End Cafe, The Grumpy Baker and The Bay Bakehouse. The area also has a strong French community so in Pacific Square you will find an amazing La Boulangerie and also Greek cake shops on Anzac Parade.
Households in this area are primarily couples with children making Maroubra a community minded and family oriented suburb. It has over 11 parks and sporting fields which cover nearly 15% of the total area and includes its very own village green. This grassed area opposite The Village shopping spot includes a fully fenced children’s playground with shade sails and the park hosts regular events such as an Art Show and annual Christmas Carol service. The median house price in Maroubra is $1,750,000 whilst the median unit price is around $800,000 with the top end having views over the water. Maroubra does have Government assisted housing in some areas.
With a population of over 30,000 residents, Maroubra is well catered for in terms of schools. There are a number of public junior schools including Maroubra Bay Public, Maroubra Junction Public, and Rainbow Street Public. For public high school there is South Sydney High School and Maroubra High School. There is also a choice of independent primary and high schools a few being St Mary-St Joseph Catholic Primary, St Aidan’s Catholic, Our Lady of the Annunciation Catholic, Mount Sinai College, Marist College and Lycee Condorcet.
Regular bus services run from Maroubra Junction to the city and to the airport, Rockdale and Burwood. There is no train line or light rail service to this area.
Maroubra is a well maintained and tidy coastal suburb. Whether you are visiting for the day or you live here – you will instantly feel like you are in holiday mode at the ‘bra.