Just when you think you've conquered pretty much every coastal trail in Sydney, a brand new adventure opens up in the southeast. Last month saw the official launch of the Western Escarpment Walking Track in the Malabar Headland National Park, a 1.15-kilometre walkway that connects Pioneers Park in Malabar, with Arthur Byrne Reserve in South Maroubra.
The track cuts through bushland and, at its highest point, affords some stunning views across the beach, the headland and Botany Bay. It runs along the western edge of the Malabar Headland Rifle Range — but outside it, rather than within it. So, you don't have to worry about shooting days spoiling your fun, and you can go sauntering seven days a week, 365 days a year.
It's possible to complete the trail on its own or turn it into a much longer escapade. In fact, it forms part of Sydney's Great Coastal Walk, a seven-day hike starting at Palm Beach and finishing at Cronulla (or vice versa). If that sounds a bit overwhelming, another, far easier option is to add the adjacent, three-kilometre-long Boora Point Walking Track, thereby creating a loop, which allows you to circumnavigate Malabar Headland. Do note, however, that the Boora Point walk is on rifle range territory, so, when the guns are out, it's closed.