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The Newport To Avalon Swim (& Surf Swim) event hosts two previously separate swims in one awesome day of ocean swimming on Sydney's Northern Beaches.
There's a 1.2km 'family' swim around the buoys off Avalon Beach and the pinnacle event, the 'Around The Bends' Newport to Avalon Beach 2.5km point-to-point journey swim.
For the real keeners, there is a rare opportunity to swim both events for the same price! Organisers have scheduled it so that any parent in the 'Around The Bends' swim can be finished and ready to join their kids in the shorter swim - making it a family affair.
While you're in the area, check out the cafe scene.
Pittwater Ocean Swim Series
The entire series is a brilliant excuse to take in the beauty of five of Sydney’s Northern Beaches during the height of summer while supporting the local surf lifesaving clubs who organise the events.
There are two events as part of the Avalon Beach Surf Swim event; a 1.2km swim and the 2.5km 'Around The Bends' swim from Newport to Avalon Beach.
The timing of the two main swims means that swimmers can challenge themselves by doing both swims, and parents can join the 1.2km swim with their children.
Designed for the whole family, the 1.2km swim starts at the northern end of the beach, heading out through the break, before making a turn towards the southern headland, and then back north towards the surf lifesaving clubhouse on the beach.
The shore dump on the way out and back in can be a bit tricky at times, but once you're out past the break, Avalon offers one of the most scenic swims between the two headlands.
The 2.5km 'Around The Bends' journey swim starts at Newport Beach (which also hosts its own ocean swim), and after turning left around the first turning buoy, it heads north to pass the first of two headlands.
On the other side of the first headland you'll spot Bilgola Beach (there's an ocean swim here too), but don't start to head in toward the beach just yet as you'll need to head slightly east to get around the next headland.
Next is perhaps where the 'Around the Bends' name comes from because rounding Bilgola Head will seem endless because the sand of Avalon Beach doesn't start until 500 odd metres from the tip of the headland.
Follow the buoys north-west towards Avalon, ensuring you breathe to your left to take in the scenic cliffs the northern beaches are renown for.
If you're a foodie, and love the sounds of good coffee and an organic, delicious breakfast, the cafe Nourished Cafe and Lounge is a must-see spot.
It's located just a stone's throw from Avalon Beach, and is the brainchild of one of Australia's leading authorities on healthy cooking, Teresa Cutter. Cutter isn't involved in the venture any longer, but it still serves fantastic Campos coffee and an all-organic seasonal menu.
There's a small carpark behind the surf club and one south of the club on Surfside Ave, but good luck getting a park in them. Try the northern carpark on the corner of Marine Parade and Tasman Road, the streets behind the beach, or head north up Marine Parade.
Public transport to this part of the northern beaches would be painful.