The Newcastle Harbour Swim is one of the classic ocean swims to add to your list of Australia Day swims.
Located in the Hunter River, it is the perfect ocean swim event for ocean swimmers of all abilities from beginners to the seasoned ocean swimmer.
This ocean swim offers two different swim distances; a 700m ‘Single Crossing’ and a 1.4km ‘Double Crossing’.
The 700m ‘single crossing’ ocean swim starts at the Stockton Wharf and finishes across the harbour at Queens Wharf. This is the perfect ocean swim distance for kids and beginner ocean swimmers.
The 1.4km ‘double crossing’ ocean swim is there and back, this time starting at Queens Wharf and heading over to Stockton Wharf before turning a buoy and heading back.
The fastest three swimmers in each gender for the 1.4km ‘double crossing’ will receive cash prizes.
While You're There
For those not living in the Hunter region, the Newcastle Harbour swim is a brilliant opportunity to make a day trip or weekend away.
If you haven’t had enough of the beach after your ocean swim, there are eight different beaches within the city limits for you to check out, with Mereweather Beach and Bar Beach being two of the most popular.
If you’re after a spot of shopping head to Darby Street for a stroll and experience the unique shopping precinct. They also have incredible coffee and great food.
11am - Double Crossing from Newcastle side, Queens Wharf
$55 - Double Crossing (can add Single Crossing for free), ages 14-years and over
$35 - Single crossing, 14-years and over
$25 - Single Crossing, 12-13-years
12-years, 700m & 14-years, 1.4km
Other Event Info
Ferries pre-race - Ferries taking swimmers to the start of the 700m at Stockton will leave Newcastle side every 20 minutes from 8:30am.
Prizes - In the Double Crossing, 1st - $1,000 M/F, 2nd - $500, 3rd - 250. Quality, non-cash prizes for all the category podium finishers (including 12-13-year-olds on their Single Crossing). All entrants can get a Certificate on completion of the swim. All swimmers will get to keep their quality silicone event swim cap. Podium finishers must swim un-assisted (no flippers or other aids such as wet suits or pull buoys).
Categories - Kids: 12-13-years (Single Crossing only), Juniors: 14-15-years, Future Hot Shots: 16-19-years, Opens: 20-29-years, 4ever Young Hot Shots: 30-39-years, Junior Masters: 40-49-years, Masters: 50-59-years, Grand Masters: Cver 60-years.
Event t-shirt - Full-colour print T-shirt or loose style singlet available. $25 for swimmers or $35 for non-swimmers.