welcome to randwick city - the sports coast
Randwick City offers a huge range of activities for visitors of all interests. These range from leisurely
strolls to team sports, with something special to guarantee a great visit.
One of Sydney's greatest assets and favourite walks is Randwick's Coastal Walkway. Follow the coast
from historic Waverley Cemetery through Gordon's Bay, Clovelly, Coogee and Maroubra all the way to
La Perouse. Magnificent panoramic views and coastal flora and fauna abound.
Botany Bay National Park is located at La Perouse, on the eastern side of Anzac Parade and covers 135 hectares from La Perouse to Cape Banks. It is a place steeped in history and blessed with stunning natural beauty. The area is also rich in aboriginal heritage and is of considerable significance to the contemporary aboriginal community.
There are 4 bush tracks in Botany Bay National Park that one can embark on:
- Henry Head Walking Track – This is a 5km walk that takes around 2 – 3 hours to complete and offers breathtaking views across Botany Bay. Entry to the track is located on Anzac Parade, next to Cann Park.
- Jennifer Street Boardwalk – This is an easy 350m stroll along the boardwalk with over 100 plant species on view. Entry to the boardwalk is located in Jennifer Street.
- Coast Hospital Cemetery – This cemetery was established within the former Prince Henry Hospital grounds. There are some 2000 burial sites with some dating back to the 1860's.
- Congwong Beach – This sheltered beach is easily accessible and is an ideal swimming spot. A path links onto the Henry Head Track where you can enjoy spectacular views of Botany Bay. Entry is located to the right of Cann Park.
Fred Hollows Reserve is a truly unique natural asset. Situated in Randwick with entrances in Alison Road and Bligh Place, it is only 430m long but the perfect place to fill your senses with nature’s beauty and intrigue.
Among the cycling options within Randwick City are two dedicated bicycle tracks where you will encounter green open spaces and relaxed surroundings while staying fit at the same time.
The first of these is through Centennial Park, one of Sydney’s finest and most used parks comprising 189 hectares featuring formal gardens, ponds, grand avenues, statues, historic buildings and a variety of sporting facilities. The bicycle track makes a full circuit of this grand park. Bikes can be hired from Centennial Park Cycles.
In the southern precincts of Randwick City another dedicated bicycle track winds through the 44 hectare open space that is Heffron Park, a comprehensive recreational facility. This track, of 4.2 kilometres weaves around the entire park riding you through open grasslands, manicured sporting fields and stands of mature trees, both exotic and native that provide shade, shelter and a fauna habitat. The park is located at Bunnerong Road, Matraville. BYO bikes as no bike hire is available.
Five outstanding courses can be found in the area including the oldest in the country - The Australian,
The Coast, New South Wales, St Michael's and Randwick.
Randwick City area offers two highly credentialed horse riding schools, Centennial Stables and Malabar Riding School, both set amongst scenery that can fairly be described as breathtaking.
Centennial Stables, located next to Centennial Park, welcomes all riders from beginners to the advanced and is open 7 days a week. (02) 9360 5650.
Malabar Riding School is situated on Malabar Headland; it caters to all levels of riding experience from toddlers to adults and is open 7 days a week. (02) 9311 4758.
Welcome sailing enthusiasts one and all! Whether you are young, of mature age, experienced or a novice there are places for you and friends at Yarra Bay 16ft.Skiff Sailing Club.
At Yarra Bay the opportunity to learn how to sail awaits those who are interested. The safe Botany Bay location is the perfect scenario for the novice to be taught this fabulous Aussie pastime. The club is located adjacent to a sandy beach at Yarra Road, Phillip Bay.
The Club is a hidden gem with safe swimming in calm water off the sandy shoreline. Easy parking is available and the location with its adjacent parklands is an altogether delightful site for family outings.
Scuba Diving / Snorkelling
Popular activities in Randwick, scuba diving and snorkelling allows you to get up close and personal with all manner of marine life.
The crystal clear waters are home to a cornucopia of beautiful and exotic fish, and a fascinating variety of other sea creatures.
Many people choose to follow the diving trail through the majestic underwater paradise of Gordons Bay.
The tranquility of Gordon's Bay provides an excellent milieu for a peaceful diving experience or a blissful day of swimming and relaxation.
Other popular locations include Clovelly Bay and the waters surrounding the historic fort at Bear Island in
With kilometres of breathtaking ocean coastline and boasting some of Sydney ’s best beaches, it’s no wonder that surfers make their way to The Sports Coast to surf the waves. Consistent waves at Maroubra Beach provide ideal conditions to host surf carnivals attracting large crowds and international competitors. Coogee Beach also hosts carnivals during the summer months.
Maroubra Beach – “Dunny Bowl” Consistent swells come from the North or South. Both left & right beach breaks, sets driven by an east or north-easterly swell.
Coogee Beach – Inconsistent, only works in large swells, best when winds are NW – SW.
Wedding Cake Island – “The Southie” In big swells waves are produced by the small reef at the southern end of the beach. The perimeter of the island itself can be ridden in medium to bigger swells.
Malabar – Works only in big storms and swells. Usually best when the other beaches are too big or closed out. Check out the "Pumphouse" around the cliffs heading back towards Maroubra
Situated at the intersection of Perouse Road and St Paul 's Street in Randwick, The Spot is a charming shopping precinct with a village feel that allows for a convenient relaxed outing that walks you past every shop in the compact centre. Be tempted into one of the 25 restaurants and cafes, some with al-fresco dining, serving many different cuisines or for some delicious . A choice of ice creams from Sugarplum will help keep the hunger pains at bay. A feature of The Spot and a major drawcard to the centre is the Ritz Cinema – a Randwick icon built in 1937 using art deco architecture and still in operation today with six screens showing latest release movies.
You will be well rewarded if you should choose to spend an hour or so exploring the lively locality at the intersection of Anzac Parade and Maroubra Road. Maroubra Junction is one of Randwick’s busy retail and commercial centres. The streets are wide and attractively landscaped and movement along the wide footpaths is easy and uncluttered.
Independent 'family style ' retail stores are in abundance offering excellent value on quality products and a range of services are available including post office and several banks. The Bowen Library, a major municipal facility is located on Anzac Parade at the north end of the 'Junction ' offering a wide range of services and activities for all ages.
The choice of food and beverage outlets scattered throughout Maroubra Junction is as good as anywhere in Sydney catering to every level of preference from fine dining to popular fast food. Enjoy!
- Anzac Rifle Range
- Mahon Pool
- Arthur Byrne Reserve
- Malabar & (Little Bay)
- Botany Bay National Park
- Malabar Riding School
- Maroubra Bay
- Clovelly Bay
- Maroubra Beach
- Coogee Bay
- Maroubra Junction
- Coogee Beach
- Dunningham Reserve
- Nursing & Medical Museum
- Gordons Bay
- Grant & Trenerry Reserves
- Royal Randwick Racecourse
- Jack Vanny Memorial Park & Mistral Point
- The Spot
- La Perouse
- Wedding Cake Island
- Long Bay (Malabar Beach)
- Wylies Baths
- Lurline Bay
- Yarra & Frenchmans Bays
For more information about any of these interesting, fun, free activities and other great things to see
and do in Randwick City contact the friendly team at the Randwick Visitor Information Centre.