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In the Field – Part 4

Despite the fun I had at the museum, my favourite locations in the field are inevitably scenic ones. This time it’s a seascape.

Malabar Headland has recently been made into a national park. It makes the walk between South Maroubra and Malabar accessible whenever the rifle range on the same location isn’t in use.

Sketching at Malabar Headland

My friends and I visited on a very sunny and still day – though the seas were still a bit rough due to Cyclone Gita all the way in New Zealand.

Sketching at Malabar Headland

The sandstone cliffs are similar to what you might find in Royal National Park, but more accessible, especially if you live in or are visiting the Eastern Suburbs. I made the most of the intricate folds and honeycomb erosion by sketching in ink.

Sketching at Malabar Headland

Maroubra Beach – Part 3

I also did a reconnaissance of the northern end of the Maroubra Beach. There is a rock pool, Mahon Pool, that may have been a good bet if the swell was off-shore, but certainly not on the day of my visit.

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It certainly gave you a good view of the sandstone cliffs.

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And a spectacular view of the coastline beyond.

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But with the big surf, it drew crowds wanting to get up close and personal with the ocean – without getting too wet.

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I preferred to keep my distance from the edge and take my photos from relative safety. I think the ocean was mesmerising wherever you stood that day.

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Maroubra Beach – Part 2

Those waves were really impressive, but not for those up for a swim.

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The main beach had been closed for swimming a few days that week, so for those wanting a dip it was time to head to the southern end.

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At this end was a more sheltered spot for a quiet dip. Surrounded by the green hill of the Malabar peninsula and the sand dunes, you could be mistaken you’re in a little coastal hamlet.

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The water was clear, and although not deep, was enough to be refreshing.

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And safe enough to introduce the little ones to the water too.

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Maroubra Beach – Part 1

It’s amazing that even after living in Sydney for much of my life, I can still find plenty of places that I have never visited. Maroubra Beach is one of them. I must say that I like it a lot.

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It’s a longer beach than either Coogee or Bondi, and far less developed. Not a large-scale developments on the beach front in sight, which is a relief.

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On a weekday, it’s only me, a few swimmers, and the surfers, who were busy tackling the big swell.

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In fact, the waves were so good that the surfers bear couldn’t take their eye off the action.

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