The Mona Vale ocean swims, proudly sponsored and supported by The Pittwater, is a two-swim event on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and one of five events in the Pittwater Ocean Swim Series.
The first of the swims is the 1km Janice Mason Family Fun Swim at Mona Vale, a relaxed and enjoyable swim for the whole family that starts and finishes at Mona Vale Beach.
Following that, the longer of the two swims, the Don Jenkins Memorial Swim, takes swimmers on a 2.26km journey from Warriewood Beach to the Mona Vale Basin.
The Warriewood to Mona Vale swim was first held during the 1977-78 season with 20 swimmers, and it is now named after the founder of the swim, Mona Vale life member Don ‘Doc’ Jenkins. It is recognised as one of the first organised swims in Australia.
Once you finish your ocean swim head up to the club’s members’ lounge, the Cook Terrace, for live music and a drink from 11 am, visit the Bright Side Café or The Basin Dining for lunch or spend the day in Mona Vale exploring the area, attractions, and cafes, we have something to suit everyone’s taste.
The 1km Janice Mason Family Fun Swim is a great ocean swim for the whole family. This swim starts in front of the clubhouse at Mona Vale Beach and heads east before rounding the rock shelf and into Bongin Bongin Bay (the Basin).
The 2.26km Don Jenkins Memorial Swim starts on Warriewood Beach to the south, and after heading out through the break, it rounds the small headland and follows a course outside the breakers, past the surf club, and into Bongin Bongin Bay.
Once you finish your ocean swim there is plenty to do right under your nose.
First and foremost, everyone is welcome upstairs in the surf club’s members’ lounge, the Cook Terrace, for live music and a drink from 11 am.
You can also take a walk through the beautiful Mona Vale headland or relax on the beach and take in the spectacular views. Check out the Brightside Cafe or lunch with a view at The Basin Dining, all new establishments in our new Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club.
Further on Darley Street are more cafes to choose from The Armchair and Ruby Lane and in Mona Vale, there are plenty of different cafes, restaurants and shops to explore.
There are a couple of other hidden gems in Mona Vale. If you’re after a refreshing juice or smoothie, the Bare Wholefoods cafe is the place to try.
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.
For those entered in the Don Jenkins Memorial from Warriewood, you can catch the event bus that will depart from Mona Vale between 8.30-10 am. Please don’t wait until the last bus at 10am as capacity is limited due to COVID restrictions.
Gear drop & transport
There will be a bus running between Mona Vale and Warriewood from 8.00 – 9:30 am for swimmers only in the Don Jenkins Memorial Warriewood to Mona Vale swim.
Organisers will transport your gear back to Mona Vale while you’re swimming. Secure gear storage is also available at Mona Vale SLSC.
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