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1km Around the Island

Perfect for first-time ocean swimmers or for seasoned veterans.  A great course set around the island at Balmoral Beach.  The race is split between males and females and goes off in waves, Age groups are under: 

under 19yr  |  20-29yrs  |  30-39yrs  |  40-49yrs  |  50-59yrs  |  60-69yrs  |  70-79yrs  |  80 +

An elite category is available for swimmers who register online to nominate (Male and Female). The winners (Male and Female) of this Elite category will win the Anita Comelli Trophy.


Enter Online at Oceanswims - $35.00

Or on Race day  8.30am - 9.30am - $45.00

*Minimum age limit 10 years

Enter Now

  • Registration is between 8:30 am and 9:30 am near the Rotunda (near cnr The Esplanade & Mandalong Rd). Please get there early to avoid delays.
  • All swimmers entered online need to bring some form of ID to pick up their race packs near the Rotunda.
  • Your race packs include your timing tag and swim cap.
  • On the day entries close 30 minutes before each event starts.
  • Cash and credit card payments (no Amex).
Earn Free entry

Fundraise more than $200 by 8 pm on the Saturday before the race as an individual  and you can earn free entry to the 1km Balmoral Swim. See here for how to claim free entry.


Join the fight to help beat childhood cancer by getting people to sponsor you online. Go to the Fundraiser page now and set up your own personal fundraising page.

Raise more than $200 by 8 pm on Saturday before the race as an individual  and you can earn free entry to the 1km Balmoral Swim

On the Day


All competitors will need to check in at the 1km age group desk by 9:30 am to pick up caps and timing tags

Check-in: 8:30am - 9.30am

Start time: 10 am 

Bag drop
  • There will be a bag drop tent located on the grass next to the Rotunda open from 7:15am – 10:30am.
  • You will be required to fill out a bag sticker with your details (name and swim number) and attach it to your bag for minding.
  • Please note the event will take care of your belongings, but no responsibility will be taken for valuables or clothing that are lost or damaged.

Toilets are located at the north, south and centre of Balmoral Beach at Bathers Pavilion, Balmoral Baths and the Bus shed.

Event Village

This year you can look forward to fun and entertainment for the whole family. There is plenty to choose from entertainment, food, and warm down zones & more.
Balmoral Beach also has some great cafes and coffee shops and places to picnic so stay around after the event and enjoy  beautiful Balmoral.

Results and Presentations

All the results will be posted online later in the day.

The presentation of prizes to all 1km winners and place getters will also take place on the day of the event at 12 pm. Prizes will not be posted out if you are not there to claim your prize.

Social Media

On the day, don't forget to use the hashtag below and @ us throughout the day on Facebook and Instagram.

Getting There

Public Transport

To get to Balmoral you can catch a 257 bus from Chatswood or a 238 bus from Taronga zoo. For more information visit Sydney buses info.

There is also a free shuttle bus organized for the Balmoral swim which passes a number of bus stops and parking. For more information see the shuttle bus map.


Balmoral Beach provides metered parking on the Esplanade and 2 hr parking on Awaba, Waitovu and Hunter streets.


Age group winners: 1st, 2nd, 3rd for male & female

Under 19yr  |  20-29yrs  |  30-39yrs  |  40-49yrs  |  50-59yrs  |  60-69yrs  |  70-79yrs  |  80+  

*Participants wearing wetsuits or who are part of the Elite wave will not be eligible for age group prizes

Anita Comelli Trophy

You can nominate to swim in an Elite category when you register online. The winning Male and Female of the Elite category will win the Anita Comelli Trophy. Numbers in the Elite category are restricted, The Balmoral Swim organisers reserve the right to determine who will be part of the Elite wave. Any entrants that nominated for the Elite category but are not selected to be part of the Elite wave will be allocated to the relevant age group wave.  

Perenial Trophy for the highest fundraisers

The Alexander Patrick Hall trophy is awarded to both the individual swimmer and team who raise the most money for the Balmoral Swim each year. Judges will award the prize to the team and the individual who has raised the most money by 8 pm on the Saturday before the race. Set up your Fundraise page now and see how you are going in the Alexander Patrick Hall trophy.