What are the best Ocean Swims to put in the diary for 2017? We asked iOceanSwim to let us know what they think are the 5 best Ocean Swims to complete in Australia and why!

iOceanSwim is an exciting new resource for Ocean Swimmers created by Ocean Swimmers. It showcases a comprehensive list of Ocean Swims that are on offer throughout Australia. The list includes both organised events and races alongisde informal, social swims that take place regularly.

As Ocean Swimmers who love to travel to different swims across the country, we often found it difficult to sift through all the swims that were available and we felt there was a need for a one stop website that could provide this. We also witnessed the difficulties that swimmers with disabilities have experienced with regards to beach access.

Our aim was to create a central hub of ocean swims across the whole of Australia that was enticing, informative and easy to navigate. We hoped to also increase awareness about beach accessibility.

We are so lucky to have so many ocean swimming events to choose from and spoilt to have such beautiful beaches to enjoy regular social swims.

Please check out the iOceanSwim website to find your next swim. If your event is not listed, please let us know and we will happily add it to our list.  You can also show your support for beach accessibility in Australia through the iOceanSwim website.

With so many amazing swims to choose from we found it near impossible to pick our favourites. After much consideration, deliberation and yes some arguments we finally put together the following list.



Where: Byron Bay, New South Wales

Distance: 2.2 km

When: 7th May 2017

Why: The chance to swim at the most Easterly point of Australia is hard to refuse. The point to point swim starts at Wategos Beach and follows the stunning coastline before finishing at Main Beach in the iconic Byron Bay. Organised by the Byron Bay Whales and raising funds for charity, the event has been running since 1988.




Where: Coolangatta, Queensland

Distance: 2 km

When: 8th April 2017

Why: A rare opportunity for swimmers to master three of Australia’s most admired surf breaks – Kirra, Coolangatta and Snapper Rocks. Another point to point swim that starts at Snapper Rocks surf break and then following the coast past Rainbow Bay, Greenmount and Coolangatta before exiting at Kirra Beach. The walk along he coast to the start is as much of an enjoyment as the swim itself. Organised by World Series Swims, this is a fantastic event to be part of.


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Where: Port Lincoln, South Australia

Distance: 1 km

When: January 28th 2017

Why: Port Lincoln is a hidden gem located on the spectacular Eyre Peninsula that should be explored by all. The Tunarama festival is the biggest weekend of the year in Port Lincoln and the swim is just one of the many sporting and social events on offer. Organised by the Port Lincoln Triathlon Club, the swim is perfect for beginners. It starts and ends at the famous jetty and is an all encompassing, fun, family friendly event that is in keeping with the general feel of the Festival. A great weekend to explore this naturally beautiful part of South Australia.



Where: Lorne, Victoria

Distance: 1.2 km

When: 7th January 2017

Why: With over 20 years of history steeped into this event, this is a swim that you just have to do. Some 4300 swimmers enter each year and as a result, it is known as the largest open water swim in the world. Exceptionally organised by Lorne SLSC, the point to point swim starts at the Pier and ends at the Pub it’s a simple as that.



Where: Rottnest Island, Western Australia

Distance: 19.7 km

When: 25th February 2017

Why: With its worldwide reputation and for being an iconic event in WA, the Rottnest channel swim is an event that many swimmers only dream about competing in. The gruelling 19.7km course from Cottesloe to Rottnest Island will tests swimmers physical capability and mental endurance to the max. Swimmers can compete as a solo, duo or in a team. All swimmers are required to have a paddler and a boat themselves. Organised by the Rottnest Channel Swim Organisation this is the marathon swim in Australia that everyone wants to complete.



Thanks to iOceanSwim for letting us know what Ocean Swim events to put in the diary for 2017! Here at Swim Ride Mum we believe in sport for everybody, and we love that iOceanSwim are helping to promote access for everybody! Please check out their site to show your support!

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