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 the event consists of:
Balmoral Team Challenge - 4 swimmers each swim 200m (more info).
Schools Challenge Relay -3 divisions, Senior, Intermediate and Junior. Four swimmers each swim 200m (more info).
5km, 2.5km and 1km Ocean Swims -numbers capped across the three distances (more info).
Junior 200m -open to children 12 years and under, the course is split between girls and boys (more info)
Make a difference
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:
The 1km swim is perfect for first-time ocean swimmers or for seasoned veterans with a great course set around the island at Balmoral Beach. For full information about this swim visit the 1km swim page on the official website.
If you'd like a bit more of a challenge from the 1km but you're not ready to take on the 5km then this 2.5km is the perfect swim for you. With a limited number of swimmers, this swim takes you from the sandy shores of Balmoral towards Chinamans beach and back. For full information about this swim visit the 2.5km swim page on the official website.
With a limited number of swimmers, this is the perfect event to challenge yourself in a safe environment with little chance of waves and currents. This 5km swim takes you from the sandy shores of Balmoral towards Chinamans beach and back and includes two loops in front of the Beach Club. For full information about this swim visit the 5km swim page on the official website.
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.