Malabar Magic

The Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim is in its 16th year and is held at Sydney’s sheltered Malabar Beach in February each year. Hosted by Rainbow Club and known as ‘the friendly ocean swim’ named after the great Olympian Murray Rose, the annual Malabar Magic is a featured event on the Ocean Swims calendar and Rainbow Club’s social calendar.

Around 2000 swimmers take part in either a 1km, 2.5km or 5k swim. The swim is suitable for beginners, but swimmers must be adequately trained for this event. Swimmers may swim as an individual or form a club, family, or social group.

The Malabar Magic Ocean Swim is known as the most inclusive swim on the circuit, open to all abilities, and swimmers with a disability are welcome.  You must be 10 years and over to swim in the 1km swim.

Rainbow Club members, families, and teachers have the opportunity to join the Magic Rainbows team to swim at the main event. Entry is free for Magic Rainbows and we have a new streamlined process for entry. Check the Magic Rainbows page for more details.

We encourage you to keep up your training and start fundraising as we work hard to continue to deliver the great event the Murray Rose Malabar Magic has become.

A special thank you to the volunteer organisers and coordinators who help make the Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim such a wonderful day out for Rainbow Club, all the ocean swimmers, event sponsors, and participants.

2024 Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim
Sunday 18 February 2024
Malabar Beach, Sydney

More event details

Splash & Dash

The Splash and Dash events are only open to Rainbow Club members and will require a special code for entry.

  • 10.00am: Splash – Edge of Water Fun Play. Fun games with a Rainbow Club Teacher – (parents to accompany)
  • 10.15am: Dash – 250m Assisted Swim. Swim out to the surfboard and back through the finish arch! (companion swimmer required – teacher or family member)
  • 9.20am: 1km Swim – for members in the Magic Rainbows team only (companion swimmer required – teacher, family or volunteer). Entries are available free to members, family, and teachers of Rainbow Club. Get your club team together or join the Magic Rainbows now.
  • For free entry code contact

All Rainbow Club swimmers will join the Magic Rainbows team when they enter, by clicking register now below you will gain entry with your access code. A fundraising page will be created for you and you will help raise funds for your local club as a part of the larger Magic Rainbows Team.


The Murray Rose Perpetual Trophy is awarded by the Event Organising Committee annually to a person who has contributed to the event and conducted themselves in a way that would have made Murray proud.

The Swimmer with a Disability Award is judged by Louise Sauvage and Neil McLennan and awarded to swimmers with a disability who have conducted themselves in a way that makes the Malabar Magic the inclusive Ocean Swim.

Winners of the various events from Malabar Magics since 2015 are recorded on our Roll of Honour.


Malabar Magic news

Magic Rainbows: The Magic Rainbows are a team of swimmers that represent Rainbow Clubs at the Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim every year and raise funds for their local club. Each club is asked to nominate at least one swimmer who can swim 1k in the beautiful waters off Malabar Beach on Sunday morning, 18 February 2024.

The Club representative can be a past or present Rainbow Club member with a disability , a family member or a Rainbow Club Teacher. Rainbow Club members may wish to have a companion swimmer with them and we will facilitate them as though they are part of the Magic Rainbows Team.

The 2024 event will be live on Malabar Beach and all COVID safe practices as directed by the NSW Dept of Health will be implemented in every detail.

Save the date

Save the date of Sunday 18 February 2024 for the 2024 Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim. For more information or to register visit the Malabar Magic website.



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