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About the

"Wollongong Ocean Swims"

3 perfect swim experiences


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. Locations include a more sheltered harbour swim(s) to the signature 'ocean swim', all supported by professional services and experienced lifesavers.

HARBOUR: 400m and 800m

OCEAN SWIM: 2km "Basin2Beach"

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!

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Swim Experiences

Basin 2 Beach

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

10am: 2km Ocean Swim

The North Kiosk "Basin2Beach" 2k Ocean swim is Illawarra's premier ocean swim taking in a unique 'harbour start' to finish at North Wollongong Beach.

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.

Full safety & event services, timed event, age awards and a spectacular course and finish venue await

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Harbour 800m

The ideal open water swim without the waves!

Harbour 800m
  • Looking for an ocean swim without the waves and more protected? This one is for you, the perfect shorter ocean swim in protected Wollongong Harbour
  • Ages 12 ys+
  • Safer open water swim experience

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Harbour 400m

Fun, safe harbour swim, lifesavers and FINISHER MEDALS for kids!

400m ‘Harbour Splash’: 
  • Kids + 'novice' fun swim
  • Safe & fun held in Wollongong Harbour
  • Participation based swim for all levels.
  • Kids and adults, 7yrs+
  • Kids receive a finisher medal
  • Safe, lifesaver escorted swim
  • Parents can follow kids and swim if they wish

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on the day

What you need to know

  • Fees & Age Groups
    "Late" Event day entries WILL be accepted from 8am to 15minutes prior to each start at City Beach Surf Club (marine parade). $5 admin fee appl
    400m: Fee: $25.
    Participation only, non competitive. Children U12 and 12 years and over
  • 800m:     Fee: U18: $30, 18years+ : $35
    Ages :     U18, 18-39, 40+.
    Awards: 1st, 2nd and 3rd medals per gender
  • 2km:       Fees: U18: $35, 18years+ $40
    Ages:     U18, 18-29, 30-44, 45-55, 56-64, 65+
    Awards: 1st Medal and Award, 2nd, 3rd Medals

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_ SEE BELOW

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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).

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Entree fees

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How to guides

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