• 27


  • 16


  • 5


  • 11


  • Recommended
  • Sat, 23 Mar 2024

Barney Mullins Swim Classic (Freshwater)

  • Freshwater NSW
  • 1.5km


The Barney Mullins Swim Classic (Freshwater) is organised by
Online entries are open, closing 22 Mar, 3:00 pm
Event Support is provided by oceanswims.com

Quick Overview

  • Sat, 23 Mar 2024
  • Freshwater Beach, Freshwater NSW
  • 1.5km
  • Ocean Swim
  • Around The Buoys
  • 13-years-old


  • Freshwater Beach
  • Freshwater NSW, Australia

Event Support

  • This is an oceanswims.com managed event

Manage your entry

Transfers: You can transfer yourself to a different distance or transfer your entry to another person via your Race Roster dashboard up until 24 hours before entries close. Visit your dashboard

Ask a question

Pre-event: Use the event support contact form for all event queries.

Event day: For support on the day of the event, talk to an event official. Urgent event updates will be communicated via SMS. If you don’t hear from us, the event is on as and where scheduled.


Previous results

Sign in to leave a review



The Barney Mullins Swim Classic is named after Freshwater SLSC Life Member and Freshwater swim legend George ‘Barney’ Mullins.

The race up until 2007 was restricted to Freshwater SLSC members. Barney passed away in October 1995 and his son George travels from Queensland each year to attend race day.

Freshwater is one of Sydney’s most beautiful northern beaches and is generally protected from some of the larger swells by its north and south headland.

White sands and crystal clear water help to ensure an enjoyable swim to be had by all.

The event has a single distance on offer, a very achievable 1.5km for this time of the season.

There are plenty of age categories for male and female swimmers and a mates wave for families and friends who want to enjoy the swim together.

Celebrate your morning’s work with a coffee at The Pocket cafe on the beach or catch up with friends over fish and chips and a beer at Harbord Hotel.

Starting at the north end of the beach, the 1.5km swim heads out to the northern point before a sharp turn south where the swim heads across the bay to the south point, before completing a circuit back north to the start/finish.

  • 8:30-9:30 am – Registration (Park behind the clubhouse)
  • 10:00 am – 1.5km swim start

Freshwater is in the heart of the northern beaches and the sky is the limit for how long you can spend here and what you can do.

Start with coffee at the Freshwater Cafe or The Pocket Cafe at the beach, or maybe try out the highly rated Pilu At Freshwater which opens for lunch and dinner. The Harbord Hotel is a block back from the beach with a laid-back vibe, great for fish and chips and a beer to celebrate your achievement.

There’s a beach carpark and there tends to be plenty of parks in the streets within a short walk.

Regular buses (route 139) run hourly from Manly Wharf.


  • 13-17-years, 18-29years, 30+ years, 40+ year, 50+ years, 60+ years
  • Male and female
  • “Mates”

Mates wave

For families and groups of friends who wish to swim together, irrespective of their ages. If you wish to be included in this wave, please select the appropriate entry option in the online entry portal.


There are prizes for all age category winners.

Water bottles

Freshwater will not be giving away water bottles this season, in the interest of environmental sensitivity, so please bring your own water bottles.

Registration on the day

All entrants must register in the park behind the clubhouse from 8:30-9:30am to receive their colour-coded swim cap and timing anklet. Caps are provided courtesy of the Community Bank at Freshwater.


Related Articles

Sign in to leave a review


Events near Freshwater NSW

  • Recommended
  • Harbour Swim

The Sydney Skinny

  • Sun, 17 Mar 2024
  • Mosman NSW
  • Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Harbour Swim

Balmoral Swim For Cancer

  • Sun, 24 Mar 2024
  • Balmoral NSW
  • Recommended
  • Ocean Swim

North Steyne Ocean Swim

  • Sun, 7 Apr 2024
  • Manly NSW
  • Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Ocean Swim

South Curl Curl Ocean Swim

  • Sun, 28 Apr 2024
  • Curl Curl NSW

New South Wales
Northern Territory
Western Australia
New Zealand
South Australia
Pacific Islands

Add swim groups & swim buddies

Create and manage your own listing


The guardian of open water swimming: Passionately supporting the swimming community since 1999

Copyright © 1999-2024 oceanswims.com. All rights reserved.
‘OCEANFIT is a registered trademark of OceanFit Pty Ltd.