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About the

Mckeon's Swim School presents the
"Wollongong Ocean Swims"

3 perfect swim experiences

- All levels -

With three swim experiences the Mckeon's Swim School Wollongong Ocean Swims are the Illawarra's premier ocean swims.  Whether you are a recreational or competitive swimmer, there is an safe and fun swim event. 

Three distances ensure all levels are catered for - stay in the harbour for the 400m or 800m swims or take on the signature point to point Basin 2 Beach 2km experience that finishes on the sand of North Wollongong Beach

Swimmers will be ensured a professional swim supported by experienced lifesavers, and key services as electronic timing, baggage transport, refreshments, prizes, and activities. Kids also receive a finisher medal!

Jump in and Give it go!

Swim Experiences

Basin 2 Beach

The Illawarra's favourite
2km "point to point' swim

North Kiosk Basin2Beach

Offers the ocean swimmer and recreational swimmer a well organised  2km ocean swim experience.

For all ages 14years and up.

A deep water start off the harbour jetty, than a spectacular course that takes in Wollongong Harbour around the boats for the first 600m, than into the ocean and around to north Wollongong beach finish. ( If hazardous surf a 2 lap 1600-1800m harbour swim will proceed).

Timed event, age awards and a spectacular course and finish venue await


Harbour 800m

The ideal open water swim without the waves!

Harbour 800m
  • 12 ys+
  • Open water ‘harbour protected’
  • Safer open water swim experience

Harbour 400m

Fun, safe harbour swim, lifesavers and FINISHER MEDALS!

400m ‘Harbour Splash’
  • Safe & fun
  • Participation based swim for all levels.
  • Kids and adults, 7yrs+
  • Special spot prizes for kids
  • Kids receive a finisher medal
  • Safe, lifesaver escorted swim in Wollongong Habour
  • Parents can follow and swim if they wish
on the day

What you need to know

Read on and join the fun!

Start times

Harbour 800m             9:30 am

Harbour 400m:            9:45 am

Basin2Beach              10:00am


Wollongong Harbour. Cliff Road Wollongong & North Beach Wollongong




8:30 am -10:00 am (City Beach SLSC). Marine Parade. Collect swim cap, time chip, entry pack.


Loads of  onsite Parking available.

Finish Location(s)
400m + 800m: Harbour
2km: North Beach (900m walk for supporters). Baggage service is provided for swimmers. Please arrange own transport/walk back to start.
Location and Conditions

Wollongong boat harbour is central to Wollongong city and lies between North Beach (900m north of harbour) and City Beach to the south.

Protected from most conditions, the harbour provides a perfect location, mostly sheltered. The harbour is typically very clean and idyllic with the historic lighthouse backdrop and fishing boats. 

The 800m and 400m start and finish in the harbour, so should offer no difficult conditions in terms of swell or break under normal circumstances. 

The 2km is  a beach finish with some swell depending on conditions although it is a relatively protected break. Beach break at North Beach will be affected by tide.

If deemed unsafe, a 'harbour' swim will substitute for the 2km swim. 2 laps of 700-900m condition dependant.

Course Map

Download your course map

Entry Inclusions

+ Professional organised swim with approvals and key safety measures , amazing lifesavers and first aid

+ Custom swim cap

+ Time Chip, results and prizes

+ Refreshments, amenities, activities

+ Kids finisher medals, spot prizes

Baggage Service

2km Swimmers: baggage drop at harbour for collection at finish (north Wollongong beach).

View Entry Terms & Conditions

Entree fees

Go To Swims Register Page

How to guides

Go To Preparation Page