Malabar Magic

The Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim 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 1500 swimmers take part in either a 1km, 2.5km or 5k swim. The swim is suitable for beginners, but swimmers must have adequately trained for this event. Swimmers may swim as an individual or form a team of four to compete in the team challenge.

The Malabar Magic Ocean Swim is inclusive of all ages and abilities, and swimmers with a disability are welcome.  Rainbow Club members, families and teachers have the opportunity to join the Magic Rainbows team to swim at the main event.

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.

2023 Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim
Sunday 19 February 2023
Malabar Beach, Sydney

More event details

Splash & Dash

  • 10.00am: Splash – Edge of Water Fun Play. Fun games with Nicola Davies-Cooke – (parents to accompany)
  • 10.00am: 1km Swim – for members in Main Swim Event (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 code contact
  • 10.30am: Dash – 250m Assisted Swim. Swim out to the surfboard and back through the finish arch! (companion swimmer required – teacher or family member)

Swim the Magic

Registrations for 2023 Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim will open in October


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, 19 February 2023.

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 2023 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 20 February 2022 for the 2022 Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim. For more information or to register visit the Malabar Magic website.



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