The Balmoral Swim for Cancer, as it is officially known, is one of Sydney's open water swimming gems.
Not one to puff its chest out, the Balmoral Swim has been quietly giving swimmers a delightful swim at one of, if not the, most beautiful harbour beaches in Sydney since 1990. If it wasn't for the great job they do of raising money for many cancer-related charities, locals would probably rather you didn't get to know about this pristine flat water location!
But, be it as it is, you now know about the swim and we implore you to get along and support this wholly volunteer and charity-run event.
This year's event will be run over three weekends.
14th March ‚Äì Balmoral Team Challenge, 4 swimmers each swim 200m (more info).
21st March ‚Äì Schools Challenge Relay, 3 divisions, Senior, Intermediate and Junior. Four swimmers each swim 200m (more info).
28th March ‚Äì 5km, 2km and 1km Ocean Swims, with only 450 swimmers across the three distances (more info).
In 1914 a group of young Mosman men who called themselves 'The Smugglers', met at the site of the old Euroka Camp to swim in the harbour. They decided to form a social and swimming club and the Balmoral Beach Club was established.
Situated on the northernmost point of Balmoral Beach, the BBC is a family club that holds swim races every Saturday and Sunday where no one is refused entry because of a lack of swimming ability. All races are handicapped and the mingling of swimmers of varying ability before and after the races has built up a strong camaraderie amongst members.
Membership is 2,000 strong with a long waitlist to join this exclusive club.
The Balmoral Swim aims to help raise over $100,000 for The Children's Cancer Institute. Take your swim to the next level by supporting research to eliminate children's cancer. Setting yourself a personal challenge is a great way to help those who need it.
You can support Children's Cancer institute by following these three steps:
Parking at Balmoral is tough and expensive. Unless you're getting there early, or willing to walk a considerable distance from a free street-side park, public transport is the way to go.
To get to Balmoral you can catch a 257 bus from Chatswood or a 238 bus from Taronga zoo.
Besides its beautiful beaches, Balmoral is home to delicious restaurants and cafes.
Replenish your energy with a delectable meal at the Boathouse Balmoral. Using only the best local produce, the Boathouse prides itself on great coffee. Or enjoy a beer or wine overlooking the stunning Sydney harbour foreshore.
If you want more exercise after the gruelling race, the Spit Bridge to Manly Scenic Walkway is a must. Catch breathtaking views and scenery as you walk a series of short tracks.