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 1000 swimmers take part in either a 1km or 2.5km swim and this year we are introducing our new 5km swim (2 laps of the 2.5km). 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 will have the opportunity to join the Magic Rainbows team to swim at the main event. We look forward to seeing you for the new COVID safe swim in 2022.

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.

2022 Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim
Sunday 20 February 2022
Malabar Beach, Sydney

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Swim the Magic

Registrations are now open, all swimmers register online via the Malabar Magic website. Each swimmer can raise funds for Rainbow Club as an individual or as part of a team.


Malabar Magic news

Magic Carpet Continues

Magic Carpet Continues

For the 6th year in a row, 13cabs is proud to be the Official Travel Partner of the 2020 Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim, providing transport to children with disabilities and their families to and from the event.

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Malabar Magic Cancellation

Malabar Magic Cancellation

After 11 wonderful years of staging the Malabar Magic, Mother Nature intervened last weekend and forced us to cancel. Please consider making a donation equal to the entrance fee ($50) so that Rainbow Club can continue to share the joy of swimming by helping children with a disability learn to swim.

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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, 20 February 2022.

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 2022 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

Malabar Magic 2020 has unfortunately been cancelled. We look forward to seeing you next year. Save the date of Sunday 21 February 2021 for the 2021 Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim. For more information or to register visit the Malabar Magic website.



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