La Perouse to Maroubra

Discovering Sydney’s Coastal Beauty: La Perouse to Maroubra Walk (2024)

Are you a fan of coastal strolls? Imagine indulging in a leisurely walk, where the endless ocean unfolds before you in all its spectacular blue glory. If this sounds like your ideal adventure, the La Perouse to Maroubra awaits. A renowned coastal walk in Sydney, just 14 kilometers from the city, promises an immersive experience along the coast.

Marvel at breathtaking cliffside views, and if you visit during whale watching season (May to October), you’re in for an extra treat. Its appeal to ocean and bush enthusiasts sets this walk apart, with some sections winding through lush bushes and rugged trees.

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About La Perouse to Maroubra Walk

The La Perouse to Maroubra walking track comprises two main sections:

  1. Henry’s Head and Cape Banks Walk.
  2. As you progress, the journey seamlessly transitions from Cape Banks to the final stretch leading to Maroubra Beach.
Henry's Head and Cape Banks

Section 1: Henry’s Head and Cape Banks Walk

Explore the breathtaking coastal beauty of La Perouse in Sydney through the enchanting Henry’s Head and Cape Banks Walks. Serving as an extension to Henry’s Head, the Cape Banks walk offers a leisurely and scenic stroll with panoramic ocean views.

While it’s a prime spot for whale watching, my personal experiences have yet to reveal a glimpse of these majestic creatures. Along the way, discover historical remnants such as World War II bunkers and a fort at Henry Head, adding a touch of intrigue to this picturesque coastal adventure.

Henry's Head and Cape Banks

I have completed this walk several times, including incorporating it into my training for The Bloody Long Walk.

A heads up: expect encounters with numerous reptiles and wildlife along the route. Be sure to embrace the fascinating natural diversity during your journey.

La Perouse to Maroubra Walk
Source: Google Maps


  • Starting Point: Anzac Parade Terminus.
  • Public Transport: Bus services operate between Circular Quay, Central, Wynyard, Martin Place, and Anzac Parade. Refer to the Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) website for the latest information.
  • Timings:
    • 7 AM – 8.30 PM (November to March).
    • 7 AM – 7.30 PM (April to October).
  • National Park fee: FREE.

Henry’s Head

  • Type of Walk: You have to return, or you can choose to proceed to Cape Banks.
  • Distance: 2.9 kilometres one way.
  • Time Taken: 30 minutes.
  • Grade: Easy.

Cape Banks

  • Type of walk: You have to return, or you can choose to proceed to Maroubra Beach.
  • Distance: 1.2 kilometres one way from Henry’s Head.
  • Time taken: 30 minutes one way.
  • Grade: Easy.

Section 2: Cape Banks to Maroubra Walking Track

The trail extends from Henry’s Head and Cape Banks walks to Maroubra Beach (one of Sydney’s best beaches). The Cape Banks to Maroubra walking track provides a lengthy and delightful coastal stroll, offering splendid coastline views. Perfect for a leisurely walk on a warm weekend, it’s an easygoing experience with the potential to spot whales. However, golf courses are interspersed along the route, and it’s advisable to steer clear of walking on them for an uninterrupted and enjoyable journey.


This walk is a continuation of Henry’s Head and Cape Banks.

  • Starting Point: Anzac Parade Terminus (La Perouse).
  • Finishing point: Maroubra.
  • Type of walk: One way.
  • Total distance: 13 kilometres.
  • Distance: approx. 4 hours.
  • Cost: FREE.


  • Exercise caution, as there are three golf courses along the route, and golfers may be actively playing while you walk. It’s advisable to steer clear of these areas. Some track sections, particularly near the golf courses, may be unmarked.
  • Keep an eye out for Aboriginal art during your journey.
  • While passing through, consider stopping at cafes like Malabar Beach Cafe, where toilets are accessible with a purchase. Be mindful that toilet facilities are scarce, making strategic stops essential.

Whale Watching

The La Perouse to Maroubra walk is excellent for spotting some whales during the whale migration season. Humpback and Southern Right whales are often spotted on the eastern coast of Australia between May and October. They migrate from Antarctica to upnorth Queensland and then return every year. As they pass through the coastal line of New South Wales, every hiker takes an opportunity to walk on these paths to look out for these beautiful, gentle giants.

Do watch out for the whales.

How to Get to La Perouse?

There are two ways to get to La Perouse (Anzac Parade Terminus):

  • By Road: La Perouse is around 14 kilometers from Sydney City. The best and quickest way to get to La Perouse is to drive. However, one needs to park at the Anzac Parade Terminus and, after the walk, take a bus or an Uber back to the Anzac Parade Terminus from the Maroubra beach.
  • By Public Transport: The cheapest way to get to the Anzac Parade is by taking public transport. There is no train station at La Perouse, but there are frequent buses between Sydney Circular Quay, Martin Place or Sydney Central stations, and Anzac Parade Terminus. There are also frequent buses between Maroubra Beach, Sydney Central Station, and Martin Place. More up-to-date information can be found on the Transport NSW website.

Is La Perouse to Maroubra Walk Safe for Solo Female Hikers?

Sydney is incredibly safe for solo female travelers; this walk is no exception. The path is well-traveled, with numerous fellow hikers and walkers, ensuring a secure environment. However, exercise additional caution around cliffs, edges, and golf courses, particularly during windy conditions or when golfers are active.

It’s important to note that, based on advice from my taxi driver, a bit more vigilance is suggested in the Malabar and Maroubra suburbs. Be aware of your surroundings, especially at night, and be cautious of any suspicious activities in these areas.

Henry's Head and Cape Banks

Closing Notes

I highly recommend including this coastal walk in your hiking bucket list. It’s a stunning weekend journey that offers breathtaking views of the ocean. This walk is perfect for a relaxed half-day trip with substantial exercise. If the weather is warm and sunny, the 14-kilometer stroll along the coast is indeed worth it, providing a delightful experience and a fantastic addition to your outdoor adventure pursuits.

Henry's Head and Cape Banks

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