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Malabar Headland; A walk through history – Sydney


Malabar Headland is a spectacular coastal setting with views of dramatic sandstone cliffs, and beautiful coastal bushland. The headland is an area of national significance for its natural, cultural and heritage values. Renowned for viewing seabirds, whale watching and marine life the Headland is one of the few coastal areas in Sydney to retain its natural vegetation. This year we will be working very closely alongside the old historical wartime trainline that runs through the site.

As one of the largest remnants of endangered Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub, the Headland supports many endemic native plants and threatened species including the eastern bent-wing bat and orange-bellied parrot. Culturally significant to the La Perouse Aboriginal people, evidence of early occupation is found throughout the Headland including grinding grooves, art engravings and shell middens.  As a Heritage listed site, the Headland is a window to our recent past with World War II gun emplacements and railway cuttings.  Work carried out at the Headlands by our volunteers will protect and enhance the natural and heritage values of the site.

Please join Conservation Volunteers Australia’s Sydney-based team for a fun day of ecological restoration at this spectacular but sensitive Headland. We will be encouraging the return of native birds, reptiles and mammals to an area that has been damaged by human use over decades.

Useful Information

This is an ongoing project on selected days.  Please see website for future dates.

Please wear sturdy shoes/boots, long pants, and long sleeve shirts. Hats, sunscreen, and water are a must.

We offer a FREE pickup and drop-off from the following area:

8.00am – Outside Countrylink terminal entrance, Central Station near taxi rank.

Or meet us there:

9.00am – Cromwell Park (North), 245 Franklin Street, Malabar. Meeting point Franklin Street Carpark. Park along Franklin Street.


3.00pm at the project site. At 3:00pm you will depart from the site. Volunteers will be returned to Central Station by 4:00 pm.

If for any reason you cannot make it on the day or if you are going to be late or cannot find the meeting point, please contact the Volunteer Engagement Officer on 0409 188 435. If you need any more information please give the Sydney office a call on (02) 9331 1610.


  • Cost: Free
  • Booking required
  • Malabar Headland, NSW Cromwell Park (South) Playground, Dacre Street, Malabar NSW, Australia

  • Next Activity Tuesday, 26 May. 2020 8am pick-up / 9am on-site to 3pm on-site / 4pm drop-off This activity recurs every: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

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