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Barney Mullins Swim Classic (Freshwater)

  • Freshwater NSW
  • 1.5km


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  • Sun, 9 Feb 2025
  • Freshwater Beach, Freshwater NSW
  • 1.5km
  • Ocean Swim
  • Around The Buoys
  • 13-years-old


  • Freshwater Beach
  • Freshwater NSW, Australia


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

This ocean swim, which consisted of two laps of the beach, was started for club members in 1987. It was traditionally held on the weekend before the Australian Championships as a fun event at the end of a long competition season. The race was restricted to Freshwater SLSC members until 2007.

Freshwater is one of Sydney’s most beautiful northern beaches. Its north and south headland generally protects it from some of the larger swells.

White sands and crystal clear water help to ensure an enjoyable swim for all.

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

There are plenty of age categories for male and female swimmers, and 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.


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