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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 course 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 at Oceanswims - $85.00 (Limited to 360 swimmers)

No on the day entry available.

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

Competitors under 16years are only admitted if they have completed at least one of the SNSW Summer Swim Leaderboard series in under 2 hours and must be 14years or older on race day.

Your entry allows you to also swim the 1km. Register for 1km swim on the day.

Enter Now

  • Registration is from 6:30am near the Rotunda (near cnr The Esplanade & Mandalong Rd). Please get there early to avoid delays.
  • All swimmers 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.
Earn Free entry

Fundraise more than $500 on the Balmoral Swim Fundraising platform by 8pm on the Saturday before the race as an individual and you can earn free entry to the 5km Balmoral Swim. See hereon how to claim free entry

Swimming NSW Summer Swim Leader Board

This year we are part of the Swimming NSW Swim Leader Board joining forces with some of Sydney’s most iconic open water events. We are the last 5km swim even in the Summer Swim Leader Board.
Swimmers can earn points by competing in one or all of the included 5km swims. The more you enter, the more points you get! You do not need to be a member of Swimming NSW to enter any of the swims and inclusion in the Summer Swim Leader Board is completely free!


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 $500 on the Balmoral Swim Fundraising platform by 8pm of Saturday before the race as an individual and you can earn free entry to the 5km Balmoral Swim

On the Day


Check in: 6:30 am

Start time:7 am

*Cut off time 120mins

Any 5km competitor that also wants to swim the 1km will need to register for the 1km after completing the 5km, we will waive your 1km entry fee if you do decide to swim the 1km.

Bag drop
  • There will be a bag drop tent located on the grass next to the Rotunda open from 6:30 am.
  • 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 center 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 5km winners and place getters will also take place on the day of the event after the 5km swim finish . 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


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

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 have raised the most money by 8pm on the Saturday before the race. Set up your Fundraise page now and see how you are going in the Alexander Patrick Hall trophy .