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Byron Bay Ocean Swim Classic

  • Byron Bay NSW
  • 800m & 2.2km


Byron Bay Ocean Swim Classic is organised by
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  • Main Beach, Byron Bay NSW
  • 800m & 2.2km
  • Ocean Swim
  • Around The Buoys, Point To Point
  • 800m - 9-years-old, 2.2km - 12-years-old


  • Main Beach
  • Byron Bay NSW, Australia


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The Byron Bay ocean swim is one of the classics.

A favourite of the traditional ocean swimmers, the classic is held on the first Sunday in May each year – kicking off the winter swimming season.

The swim itself attracts a broad range of swimmers from throughout Australia – and it has been won by some of the biggest names in open water swimming in Australia, including past Olympians.

The 800m ‘Byron Bay Chocolate Co Dash’ is for those swimmers who will find the 2.2km a little bit out of their depth. This swim is like the point to point classic ocean swim, making its way from Clarkes Beach to Main Beach. 

The 2.2km ‘Byron Bay Property Sales Ocean Swim Classic’ start is a short bus ride from the surf club at Wategos Beach. From here the swimmers will go around The Pass and across the bay to Main Beach.

The event is more than just the officially organised swim. Each morning swimmers gather to swim together, make new friends and enjoy the company of other like-minded individuals. Meet at the surf club at 8 am – you’ll see everyone gathering in their cossies. Following the morning swims everyone enjoys a coffee just across the road.

This is one of those events you just want to soak up as much ocean swimming and ocean swimming culture as possible. If you’re in doubt about what’s on offer, simply ask a local swimmer – they’ll be the bronzed ones in their cossies with their cap and goggles tucked in.

If the one swim is enough, then one of the best things about Byron Bay is the ability to explore all it has to offer at your own pace. The area has a laid back vibe that matches well with a relaxed visit.

There’s beach parking available, but it’ll be tight. You can head south down Lawson Street for on-street parking.

If you’re flying to the event, you’ll be arriving at Ballina Airport, so rent a car, take a shuttle or hail a taxi.

Shuttle Bus

Buses leave the Surf Club for the start line at Wategos Beach between 9:15 am and 10:00 am.

Those who wish to wear clothing to the start for weather protection are reminded there are no facilities for these to be returned to the Surf Club. There will, however, be a clothing bin available for those that wish to donate clothing items to local church groups.

Baggage Storage

A secure baggage storage area is provided round to the right on the road side of the hall.




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