The Mona Vale Ocean Swim, also known as the Don Jenkin Memorial Swim, is a two swim event on Sydney's Northern Beaches.
The first of the swims is the 1km 'Little Swim' at Mona Vale, a family-friendly swim for the whole family.
Following that, the longer of the two swims takes swimmers on a 2km journey along the beach.
Once you finish your ocean swim, spend the day in Mona Vale exploring the area, attractions and cafes and restaurants that suit everyone’s taste.
Pittwater Ocean Swim Series
There are five swims in the Pittwater Ocean Swim Series that are held across five different parts of Sydney’s Northern Beaches: Bilgola, Newport, Avalon, Palm Beach and this event at Mona Vale.
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.
While You're There
Once you finish your ocean swim, spend the day in Mona Vale exploring the Maritime Model Museum, take a walk through the beautiful Mona Vale headland reserve or relax on the beach and take in the spectacular views.
If you get hungry you’re spoilt for choice in the cafe department with plenty of different cafes and restaurants to suit everyone’s taste.
You can’t go past The Armchair Collective which is a cute little homewares shop and cafe. It has amazing french toast for breakfast, and fish tacos and burgers for lunch.
There are a couple of other hidden gems in Mona Vale. The Cinque Cucina Caffe has amazing Italian food, while the Bronze Cafe has amazing views and a traditional Aussie Menu. If you’re after a refreshing juice or smoothie, the Bare Wholefoods cafe is the place to try.
Travel & Parking
Much like all the northern beaches, there are beach carparks scattered along the beach and free on-street parking. The locals are beach people, and if you're not there early you'll be turning your swim into a walk swim walk.