Maroubra is a beachside suburb that lies 10 kilometres south-east of Sydney’s Central Business District. The word Maroubra is an Aboriginal word meaning “Thunder”.
Maroubra Beach may not share Bondi’s popularity, but it’s one of Australia’s best surfing beaches according to the National Surfing Reserves. The strip of white sand nicknamed “The Bra” in Sydney’s east is famous for consistent waves. During the annual whale migration season, you can spot humpback whales playfully breaching and jumping out the water.
The suburb has a population of around 32,000. Over 52% of the residents are Australian born and 55% only speak English at home. 29% of the population follow no religion and 28% profess to be Catholics.
Commuting in Maroubra
Maroubra is easily accessed by public transport from the south of Coogee. Buses from Central Station and Museum Station in the city centre will take you to Maroubra in about half an hour, via inner city Surry Hills, past the hub of Randwick and onto the beach at Maroubra.
Buses 394, 396, 397 and 399 ply from Maroubra Junction to the city regularly. 394 starts from La Perouse and 399 from Little Bay. 396 originates from Maroubra Beach and 397 from South Maroubra. Bus 400 also starts at Maroubra Junction and travels in two directions: Bondi Junction, Randwick and Waverley to the north and Eastgardens and Sydney Airport to the south. You can access Central Station and Railway Square with buses 393 and 395.
Then there is the South East Light Rail which connects the Central Business District, to Randwick and Kingsford.
St Spyridon College
Lycée Condorcet (The International French School of Sydney)
Maroubra Bay Public School
Maroubra Junction Public School
Mount Sinai College
South Sydney High School
St Aidan’s Primary School
St Mary St Joseph Primary School
Champagnat Catholic College Pagewood
Our Lady of the Annunciation Primary School
Wild Street Anglican Church
Holy Family Catholic Church – originally St Aidan’s Catholic Church
St. Mary & St. Joseph Catholic Church
Our Lady of the Annunciation Catholic Church
St Johns Anglican Church
St Edmund’s Anglican Church
Maroubra Baptist Church
Salvation Army Maroubra
Maroubra Presbyterian Church
Maroubra Junction Uniting Church
Maroubra Bay Uniting Church
C3 Church Maroubra
Maroubra Surfers Church
Kingsford Maroubra Hebrew Orthodox Congregation
Parks and Gardens
Maroubra has several parklands the most popular being Arthur Byrne Reserve which is along the waterfront at Maroubra Beach. The reserve has an enclosed children’s playground, barbecue facilities and picnic tables. The Reserve hosts the annual Oktoberfest Fun Run.
Heffron Park is another large park with an aquatic centre, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, sports fields, parklands and a bicycle track. Nagle Park is a popular off-lead dog park and is also equipped with sporting facilities. Snape Park has tennis facilities and sports fields. Central Park also has an excellent bicycle track with playground equipment for young children. Another park with playground equipment and sporting fields is Coral Sea Park.
You’ll also find a lovely beachside park for picnics and a free outdoor gym.
Maroubra Junction, the main shopping area houses the Pacific Square shopping centre. The Centre has an outdoor eating area, Coles and Aldi supermarkets, Glama bags, and an Australia Post outlet. Dudley’s Emporium the first shopping centre in Maroubra Junction built in 1912 has been recently redeveloped.
McKeon Street and Marine Parade have several cafes and restaurants, retail facilities, surf shops, yoga schools, a chemist and newsagent, as well as the Maroubra Seals Club and The Bay Hotel.
The Shopping Village next door to the Sands Hotel in South Maroubra has many well-known shops including a late-night pharmacy, Walsh’s Pharmacy, and a Woolworths supermarket. The annual Christmas Carols are held in the Village Green.
The closest hospital, the Prince of Wales Hospital is in nearby Randwick. Several clinics and out-patient services run by Prince of Wales Hospital like the Maroubra Centre are in Maroubra itself. You can find the NSW Ambulance station on Mons Avenue near Maroubra Beach. If you are into surfing and whale watching, then you can’t miss Maroubra. Store your worldly goods in a mobile storage unit for as little as $99 a month and take the plunge. Explore what this suburb has to offer or just take a summer vacation without the hassle of committing to a permanent residence with a mobile storage unit. SmartBox will take care of your personal effects until you are ready to claim them.