Following the tragic incident at Little Bay on Wednesday 16th February, the organising committee for the Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim advised that the event had been cancelled for 2022. Read the official media release
The Murray Rose Malabar Magic ocean swim is held in the sheltered, wave-less, waters off Malabar Beach in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs, only a 20-minutes drive from Sydney’s CBD.
Named after the great Australian Olympian Murray Rose, it is perhaps the most family and charitable-friendly of all the ocean swims on the calendar.
Swimmers will not only enjoy a beautiful swim but will be supporting children with a disability learning to swim across 25 Rainbow Clubs located in NSW.
This event offers three different swim distances: a 1km ocean swim for 10 years and over, a 2.5km ocean swim for 13 years and over, and a 5km ocean swim for 13 years and over.
Malabar Beach is a relatively protected beach with fairly calm waters, protected by rock shelves on either side.
The 1km ocean swim course is a classic 4-buoy rectangular course. Swimmers head straight out from the shore, keeping the buoys to their right as they make their way around clockwise before heading back to shore for the finish.
The 2.5km and 5km ocean swim courses are an out and back, long pentagon-shaped course. Swimmers head straight out from the beach keeping the buoys to their right as they make their way around an apex, before heading back to shore. Swimmers participating in the 2.5km swim will complete one lap whereas 5km swimmers complete two laps of the course.
All swimmers participating in the 5km ocean swim are required to finish within the allocated 150 minutes cut off time. If swimmers have not completed the first 2.5km within 75 minutes, they will be asked to leave the water for their own safety and will not be allowed to complete the second lap.
Once you complete your swim, take a walk around the Malabar Headland National Park and take in the breathtaking views out to sea over the cliff face.
You’ll be ready for a bit to eat and a drink after completing your swim and the headland walk. Try the Heritage Kitchen for an amazing brekky burrito or BLT. You can’t forget to try their Whitehorse Coffee to wash it all down.
Malabar Beach Cafe is also a favourite among locals for its unique location overlooking Malabar Beach, it makes it the perfect place to unwind after your day of swimming and walking. They have something for everyone salads, burgers, steak, pasta, pizza and even a chicken parmi.
There are five allocated parking sections around Malabar Beach in which participants can park: Dacre Street on the east side, Fisherman’s Road on the south side, Malabar Boat Ramp Car Park, Bay Parade on the east side and Malabar Ocean Pool Car Park.
1km, 2km & 5km
Earlybird and on-the-day entries are available. See the official website for more details.
1km - 10-years-old, 2.5km - 13-years-old, 5km - 13-years-old
Malabar NSW, Australia
Please visit the official website for all the details about this swim, including swimming with a disability, group entries and FAQ's.
Learn how to kick off your fundraising here.
5km cut off time
All swimmers must be able to complete the 5km swim within the cut off time of 150mins. If swimmers have not completed the first 2.5km within 75 mins, for their safety, the Race Director reserves the right to not allow them to complete the second lap.