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5km Around the Bay


With a limited number of swimmers this is the perfect event to challenge yourself in a safe environment with little chance of waves and currents. This swim takes you from the sandy shores of Balmoral towards Chinamans beach and back. The race is split between Elite, Male and Female. 

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 gender wave.


Enter Online only - $80.00 (earlybird till end Feb). Standard $85

Competitors need to be able to complete the distance in 2 hours as after this they will be asked to stop

Competitors under 16 years are only admitted if they can show they can complete the distance in under 2 hours and must be 14 years or older on race day.

Under 18 yrs

18yrs and over

  • Check in is from 6:15am near the Rotunda (near cnr The Esplanade & Mandolong Rd). Please be mindful of social distancing requirements.
  • All swimmers need to bring some form of ID to pick up their race packs.
  • Your race packs include your timing tag and swim cap.
  • Cut off time for the swim is 120mins


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

Alexander Patrick Hall trophy

Raise more than $500 on the Balmoral Swim Fundraising platform by 8pm of Saturday before the race as an individual and you will be eligible to be part of the Alexander Patrick Hall trophy.

On the Day

Please be mindful of social distancing requirements.


All competitors will need to check in at the 5km age group desk to pick up caps and timing tags.

Check in is near the Rotunda (near cnr The Esplanade & Mandolong Rd).  

Check-in: 6:15am - 6.45am

Start time: 7:00 am 

Bag drop
  • There will be a bag drop tent located on the grass open from 6:15am
  • You will be required to provide details (name and mobile number) so we can 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.

Swimmers with a disability

The Balmoral Swim welcomes swimmers with a disability. For more information see this link


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

Event Village

This year you can enjoy the event with the whole family in the outdoors. There will be entertainment, food, 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.

COVID safe

We will continue to monitor Health advice for  changes to the swim to ensure participant and community safety. This year only online entry is available and we will be capping participant numbers. 

We ask that all swimmers follow any instructions from any COVID safety marshals on the day and that you do not come to the event if :

  • you are feeling unwell or have someone at home who is unwell
  • have been in close contact with someone who is unwell or has visited a COVID-19 hotspot, or
  • you have visited a COVID-19 hotspot and have not completed the required quarantine period

For more information see Balmoral Swim COVID-19 Information

Cancellation Policy

In the case where the 5km Event has to be cancelled, entry fees for those swimmers who entered this year will credited to next years event. Any registrations carried over from previous years cancellations will not be credited to the next years event. 

If the Events swimmer participation numbers need to be restricted due to changing COVID restrictions the competitor will be chosen on a first come first served basis. Entry fees will be credited to next years event  for those who do not make the cut of swimmers participating. 

Refunds or credits will not be made for any additional items purchased, such as event merchandise and charitable donations

Results and Presentations

All the results will be posted online later in the day.
The presentation will occur immediately after the race. 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 114 bus from Royal North Shore hospital or a 238 bus from Taronga zoo. For more information visit Sydney buses info.


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


Winners: 1st, 2nd, 3rd for male & female
Participants wearing wetsuits will not be eligible for prizes

Perennial 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 have raised the most money by 8pm on the Saturday before the race. Set up your Fundraise page when you enter or do it later and see how you are going in the Alexander Patrick Hall trophy .