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Murray Rose Malabar Magic ocean swim

Sun, 17 Feb 2019

The Murray Rose Malabar Magic ocean swim might not be the most notable event on the calendar, but it’s one not to be missed.

Malabar Beach, located on the south side of Sydney’s eastern suburbs, was often overlooked for more famous beaches like Coogee, Clovelly, Bronte, and Bondi, but it’s one you should know about.

Once upon a time, Malabar was one of Sydney’s dirtiest beaches. Today, it rates every bit as clean as Dee Why, according to the annual Beachworth report.

Malabar isn’t as photogenic as its close relatives, but it’s as every bit as special in its own way, and so is the Murray Rose Malabar Magic ocean swim.

It’s an event named after the great Australian Olympian Murray Rose, and all money raised goes towards the Rainbow Club Australia, which provides individualised swimming lessons for disabled children.

The Murray Rose Malabar Magic is one of the later events on the calendar and one to test yourself before autumn kicks in.

Swim courses

The Murray Rose Malabar Magic ocean swim offers two different courses: a 1km course and a 2.4km course.

With the structure of the day, it’s possible to take on both swims and really test yourself over the combined length.

Both the 1km and 2.4km courses follow similar paths.

The 1km course heads out past the break, before turning right at marker buoys, and coming back in to shore.

The 2.4km course is similar: it again heads out past the break, but it takes you all the way out past the headlands before bringing you back in to shore.

Depending on conditions, it can be a rough swim and a bit of a challenge.

1km ocean swim

The 1km course heads out past the tiny break, before turning right at marker buoys, and coming back in to shore.

2.4km ocean swim

The 2.4km course is similar to the 1km: it again heads out past the break, but it takes you all the way out past the headlands before bringing you back in to shore.

While you’re there

Unless you’re knowledgeable on the Botany area, you might not even have known about the suburb, let alone the Murray Rose Malabar Magic ocean swim.

The tiny beach at Malabar is a secluded cove fringe with none of the amenities you’d expect from an eastern suburbs beach like Bondi.

There’s no hotels, no boardwalks, no beachside restaurants, but there’s a cafe in a converted corner store not far from the beach which is worth checking out.

If you’re a golfer, the Randwick Golf Club isn’t far from the beach either, with some holes almost overlooking it.

Take a look, and if the area tickles your fancy, you can spend your next weekend with a swim at Malabar before squeezing 18 holes into your Sunday.

Travel and parking

A parking lot is available off Fishermans Road on the north side of Malabar Beach and street parking is available.

We recommend catch the bus, one of these routes will get you there: 393 394 L94 X94 399 X99.

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Event Date

Date:
Sun, 17 Feb 2019
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Type of event
ocean swim
Course types
around the buoys
Swim lengths
1km & 2.4km

Location

Malabar Beach
Malabar NSW
Malabar,New South Wales2036Australia
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Weather forecast

Feb 17

Breezy starting in the afternoon.
12am 24°C 7 m/s
1am 23°C 5 m/s
2am 22°C 3 m/s
3am 22°C 3 m/s
4am 21°C 2 m/s
5am 21°C 2 m/s
6am 21°C 2 m/s
6:32    
7am 21°C 2 m/s
8am 23°C 4 m/s
9am 25°C 4 m/s
10am 27°C 4 m/s
11am 29°C 5 m/s
12pm 29°C 6 m/s
1pm 30°C 8 m/s
2pm 30°C 8 m/s
3pm 30°C 8 m/s
4pm 29°C 10 m/s
5pm 30°C 10 m/s
6pm 28°C 8 m/s
7pm 27°C 10 m/s
7:47    
8pm 26°C 10 m/s
9pm 25°C 9 m/s
10pm 25°C 8 m/s
11pm 24°C 6 m/s

Disclaimer

We’ve done our best to provide up-to-date information on all the swims we list on our calendar. However, we ask that you please consult the official event website or registration location for final information, schedule, costs and terms & conditions before registering. Spotted an error? Please let us know.

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