Australia has some of the most stunning beaches and coastlines in the world. Whether you are just getting into swimming, looking for an event for your kids or you are a seasoned veteran looking for your next challenge, find your next ocean swim in Australia on My Next Challenge.


49 Swim events
Barge2Beach
image descriptionHervey Bay QLD

The Barge2Beach ocean swim is a 2km swim from a barge to the shore. The swim is run alongside the Hervey Bay 100 triathlon.

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Coogee Island Swim Cold Water Challenge
image descriptionCoogee NSW

For over 16 years the Coogee Island Challenge has launched the ocean swimming season in Sydney. The event incudes the 2. 4km Island Challenge which circumnavigates Wedding Cake Island, a 1km Splash and Dash inside Coogee Bay and an 800m Junior Dash.

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Swimming WA Open Water Swimming Series Round 3 Rockingham
image descriptionRockingham WA

Round 3 of the Swimming WA Open Water Swimming Series will take place in Rockingham on 24th Nov 2019. Distances open to the public include 500m, 1. 25km, 2. 5km, 5km & 10km.

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IMB Bank Cook Community Classic Ocean Swim
image descriptionCronulla Beach NSW

The IMB Bank Cook Community Classic Ocean Swim will take place on the 1st of December 2019. The event is a 1km and 2km ocean swim taking place at North Cronulla Beach and is an annual fundraiser for smaller charities in Sutherland Shire.

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Sri Chinmoy National Capital Swim
image descriptionLake Burley Griffin ACT

The Sri Chinmoy National Capital Swim will take place on 1st December 2019. Swim the full 9km length of Canberra's Lake Burley Griffin solo or in a relay team of 4.

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3 Points Challenge and Ocean Swim
image descriptionNorth Curl Curl Surf Club NSW

The 3 Points Challenge & Ocean Swim is a must do challenge event on the summer sports calendar - always held on the first Saturday in December.

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Swimming WA Open Water Swimming Series Round 4 Mandurah
image descriptionMandurah WA

The Swimming WA Open Water Swimming Series heads to Mandurah for Round 4. The event will host a Spash and Dash event with a number of distances to choose from: 500m, 1. 25km, 2. 5km & 5km as well as a 3 x 1. 25km relay.

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WOW Challenge 2019
image descriptionWilliamstown Beach VIC

Challenge Yourself this summer to get fit and healthy by participating in the WOW Challenge on the 14th of December 2019 at beautiful Williamstown Beach on Port Phillip Bay.

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Chieftain Challenge - Run Swim Run 2019
image descriptionMona Vale basin, Sydney NSW

The Chieftain Challenge course is just over 3. 2km, with 1. 5km of run legs on sand, interspersed with swim legs. It can be completed by individuals or broken up into legs for up to four competitors. A great way to spend a Sunday morning.

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Christmas 10K Open Water Swim
image descriptionCoogee Beach WA

Unique to WA, Perth's only fully paddler-accompanied 10km swim. Large uncongested 3. 3km circuit course. Qualify for Rottnest Channel Swim or Port to Pub Swim or simply have fun and take up a challenge. 2-Lap and 1-Lap distance options create a Christmas event that will appeal to ALL swimmers.

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Burson Rock2Ramp Swim
image descriptionAngelsea Surf Life Saving Club VIC

The Burson Rock2Ramp Swim is an ocean swim organised by the Angelsea Surf Life Saving Club in Victoria. The event will be held on the 28th of December 2019 and raises funds for Australian Prostate Cancer Research. Three distances are on offer: 600m, 1. 2km and 2.

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Swimming WA Open Water Swimming Series Round 5 Mullaloo
image descriptionMullaloo WA

The Swimming WA Open Water Swimming Series heads to Mullaloo for Round 5. The event has distances for all abilities from 500m through to 5km & 10km.

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Rock2Ramp Ocean Swim
image descriptionAngelsea VIC

Rock2Ramp is an ocean swim organised by the Angelsea Surf Life Saving Club in Victoria. The event will take place on the 28th of December and includes a 2. 5km, 1. 2km and 600m swim as well as kids distances.

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Danger Ocean Swim
image descriptionTorquay Front Beach VIC

Celebrating its 22st year, the 2020 Danger Ocean Swim Series will be held on Saturday 4th January 2020. The Danger Ocean Swim Series at Pt Danger (Torquay Front Beach) is one of the biggest and most popular open water swims in Victoria.

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Newport Pool to Peak Ocean Swim
image descriptionNewport Beach NSW

The popular Newport Pool to Peak Ocean swim will be held again on Sunday 5th January 2020 featuring swim courses over 400m, 800m and the traditional 2kms swim. The event is part of the Pittwater Surf Life Saving Clubs Ocean Swim Series.

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Captain Christie Classic Ocean Swim
image descriptionGerringong NSW

The Captain Christie ocean swim is based on the legend of Captain Christie who is said to have taken up his sailor's challenge to swim from the harbour around the rocky headland to Werri Beach, in exchange for a bottle of the finest whisky.

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Robina Open Water Swim, Queensland Tri Series Jan 2020
image descriptionRobina QLD

The Robina Open Water Swim on the 11th of January 2020 is the warm up event for the Queensland Triathlon Series Round 5.  The event has three distances on offer: 500m, 1000m and 1500m.

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Lorne Pier to Pub
image descriptionLorne Surf Lifesaving Club VIC

Celebrating its 40th year in 2020, the Lorne Pier to Pub will take place on the 11th January 2020. The swim is a 1. 2km ocean swim from Lorne Pier and finishing on the foreshore in front of the Lorne Surf Lifesaving Club house.

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Portsea Swim Classic
image descriptionPortsea VIC

The Portsea Swim Classic will be held on 18 January 2020. Just 90km from Melbourne, the Portsea Swim Classic is one of Victoria's largest ocean swims. The event offers the 1. 5km Classic course as well as the 2.

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2020 Swim Thru Perth
image descriptionMatilda Bay, Swan River, Perth WA

Australia's oldest open water swim is celebrating its 101st swim on Sunday the 19th of January 2020. Held in the beautiful Swan River, the Swim Thru Perth offers race distances for all swimming abilities including swimmers with disabilities.

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2020 Macquarie Big Swim
image descriptionPalm beach NSW

The fourth event in the Pittwater Swim Series, THE BIG SWIM presented by the Whale Beach Surf Lifesaving Club in association with Macquarie, is a journey swim from Palm Beach to Whale Beach around the headland through the Tasman Sea.

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Great Australia Day Swim
image descriptionMiddle Brighton Pier VIC

The Great Australia Day Swim in Brighton, Victoria, will be held on Saturday, January 26 2020. The event includes a 2. 5km open water swim as well as a 1. 4km swim and 650m 'Intermediate Swim' for junior swimmers.

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Sydney Harbour Splash 2020
image descriptionRose Bay NSW

Celebrate Australia Day 2020 at the Sydney Harbour Splash! Entering its fourth year, the event includes 1km swim, 2. 5km swim and 5km swim in Sydney Harbour.

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Mandurah Australia Day Swim
image descriptionMandurah WA

An ocean swim in the safe waters of Doddi's Beach at Halls Head, Mandurah to celebrate Australia Day. Three distances are on offer - one kilometre, two kilometres or the four kilometre major event.

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Australia Day Aquathon
image descriptionWollongong NSW

Welcome to the 2020 MMJ Australia Day Aquathon and Warrigal Fun Run-Walk. The Australia Day Aquathon is Australia's premier 'swim-run', held annually on 26th January. Located only 1 hour south from Sydney the picture-perfect Wollongong Harbour. Fun, safe and professional - the perfect Australia Day experience!

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Noosa Summer Swim Festival 2020
image descriptionNoosa Heads, Sunshine Coast QLD

The Noosa Summer Swim is a bucket list event for any keen ocean swimmer. Held at stunning Noosa Heads on the Sunshine Coast, the festival program offers distances for every ability, from junior events to a new 5. 0km marathon distance.

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Brighton Jetty Classic 2020
image descriptionBindara Reserve, Brighton SA

The 7 Brighton Jetty Classic is a family-friendly open water swim event held at Bindarra Reserve, Brighton. The Jetty Classic is South Australia's largest open water swim and is held on the first Sunday of February. Choose from 400m or 1500m distances.  

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Cole Classic 2020
image descriptionManly, Sydney NSW

After much anticipation the extremely popular annual Sun Run Cole Classic which takes place in Sydney's Northern Beaches has been confirmed to take place on the weekend of 1-2 February 2020.

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Swimming WA Open Water Swimming Series Round 8 Shorehaven
image descriptionShorehaven WA

Round 8 of the Swimming WA Open Water Swimming Series takes place in Shorehaven on the 2nd of February 2020. The event will be a Splash & Dash event with the following distances on offer: 500m, 1. 25km, 2. 5km & 5km.

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Swimming WA Open Water Swimming Series Round 9 Cottesloe
image descriptionCottesloe WA

The Swimming WA Open Water Swimming Series heads to Cottesloe for Round 9. The event includes the following distance swims: 500m, 1. 25km, 2. 5km and 5km.

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Rottnest Channel Swim
image descriptionRottnest Island WA

Set the date in your diary for one of Western Australia’s iconic events, the Rottnest Channel Swim. This 19. 7km open water swim from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island will take place in 2020 on the 22nd of February.

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Cotto Swim
image descriptionCottesloe Beach WA

The Rottnest Channel Swim Association is excited to introduce the inaugural Cotto Swim. The new event will see swimmers take off from the Cottesloe Beach start enclosure, swimming 1.

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Mooloolaba Swim Festival
image descriptionMooloolaba QLD

The Mooloolaba Swim Festival is a weekend long swimming festival in beautiful Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast. The event offers 2. 5km and 1 mile ocean swims as well as shorter courses. In addition over the weekend will be community events that the whole family can enjoy.  

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Swimming WA Open Water Swimming Series Round 10 Scarborough
image descriptionScarborough WA

The Swimming WA Open Water Swimming Series heads to Scarborough for Round 10. The event offers the following distance open water swims: 500m, 1. 25km, 2. 5km & 5km.

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Broulee Bay to Breakers Annual Swim
image descriptionBroulee NSW

The Broulee Bay to Breakers Annual Swim will take place on the 8th of March 2020 and is a 1. 4km ocean swim from Broulee Island out to the ocean and around the headland to the Broulee Surf Beach. The event also offers a 500m junior swim.  

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Coogee Jetty to Jetty Swim
image descriptionCoogee Beach WA

A unique opportunity for experienced open water swimmers, social swimmers, families and even beginners to take to the safe waters of Coogee Beach in WA's premier community open water swim.

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Hotel Rottnest Port to Pub
image descriptionLeighton Beach and Rottnest WA

The event is open to solo swimmers and teams of two, four and six swimmers. The event also includes a 25km ultra-marathon solo swim, which is the longest open water swim on offer in Australia.

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Avalon Beach Surf Swims
image descriptionAvalon Beach NSW

The Avalon Beach Surf Swim is part of the Pittwater Ocean Swim Series and will be held on the 29th of March 2020. Three swims are on offer with a 1. 5 km event and a 1 km “kids and beginners” swim as well as the 2.

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SWA Foundation Diamond Mile
image descriptionBathers Beach WA

The SWA Foundation Diamond Mile is scheduled to take place on the 29th of March 2019. Part of the Swimming WA Open Water Swimming Series, the event offers an 800m & 1,600m ocean swim.

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Coffs Ocean Swims
image descriptionCoffs Harbour NSW

The Coffs Ocean Swims will return on the 5th of April 2020 in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales.

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Coogee Island Cool Water Challenge
image descriptionCoogee NSW

The Coogee Island Cool Water Challenge will take place on the 5th of April 2020. The event is another opportunity to swim the 2. 4km Island Challenge in slightly warmer conditions than the November Cold Water Challenge event.

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Balmoral Swim
image descriptionBalmoral Beach, Sydney NSW

The Balmoral Swim takes place within Sydney Harbour and includes a 1K and 5km swim, schools challenge and corporate relays and a juniors event. The 5km course starts at Balmoral beach and heads towards Chinamans beach and back. The 1km swim is set around the island at Balmoral Beach.

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Tilbury Classic Ocean Swim
image descriptionCulburra Beach NSW

The annual Tilbury Classic Ocean Swim is a community ocean swim event across the unspoilt and stunning headlands of Culburra Beach on the NSW South Coast. Held on Easter Saturday each year, the 1.

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The Aussie Ocean Swim
image descriptionBurleigh Beach QLD

The Aussie Ocean Swim is an event that is open to both Surf Life Saving members and the public. It is a 2km ocean swim race that embodies the essence of fun and participation.

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The Cooly Classic Ocean Swim
image descriptionCoolangatta, Gold Coast QLD

The Cooly Classic is scheduled for the 26 April 2020 on the Gold Coast in Queensland. The event offers a 5km, 3km, 2km, 1km and a Junior Giants 1km swim.

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First National Kimberley Lake Argyle Swim 2020
image descriptionKununurra WA

Long since recognised as one of the most spectacular places to visit in Australia, the Lake Argyle Swim provides experienced swimmers with the opportunity to swim in Australia's second largest freshwater man-made reservoir.

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Island Charity Swim 2020
image descriptionMudjimba Beach, Sunshine Coast QLD

Welcome to the annual Island Charity Swim, held on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland. The swim is 11km from Mudjimba Beach around Mudjimba Island (Old Woman Island) to Mooloolaba Beach.

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South Head Roughwater Swim
image descriptionBondi, Sydney NSW

The South Head Roughwater Swim is a 10km swim challenge from Bondi Beach to Watsons Bay in Sydney, NSW. The event can be completed solo or in teams of 2 to 6 swimmers and all swimmers must be accompanied by a boat.

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Hervey Bay Pier2Pub
image descriptionHervey Bay QLD

HERVEY Bay's biggest ocean swim event, the Hervey Bay Pier2Pub will take place on the 22nd of August 2020. The race attracts hundreds of ocean swimmers each year and includes three races with distances of 500m, 1km and 3km.

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