The Newport Pool To Peak Ocean Swim is the first Sydney ocean swim of the new year and one to kick off your ocean swimming new year’s resolution in style!
The swim takes place at Newport Beach on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, located a 35-minute drive from Sydney’s CBD.
This ocean swim offers three different swim distances; 400m for 10 years and over, 800m for 13 years and over and 2km for 13 years and over.
If you’re after a good coffee and late breakfast or lunch after your ocean swim, head to the popular cluster of cafes on Barrenjoey Road.
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, Avalon, Mona Vale, Palm Beach and this event at Newport.
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.
On offer at this event is a swim distance for everyone from those new to ocean swimming all the way to the seasoned ocean swimming veterans.
Newport Beach is an open beach, with shifting breaks, gutters, and rips meaning it can pose a challenge at times, but for the most part, you'll find it completely manageable. Its intensity really depends on the tides, winds, and swell, with a reef off the southern end of the beach offering protection from some swells from the South East.
The 400m ocean swim is a kids-sized circuit out around the buoys and back into the beach.
The 800m ocean swim course is a simple circuit out and around the buoys and back. This course is great for beginners or as a warm-up for the 2km ocean swim if you are wanting to do the double on the day.
The 2km ocean swim course takes you out away from the beach, before turning north, and following a rectangular route around the beach - from pool to peak - eventually bringing you back to shore near the beginning.
While You're There
While in Newport you'll be in the heart of Sydney’s Northern Beaches, so there is plenty to do up and down the coast.
While Newport Beach itself doesn’t have much on offer apart from the beach, you can check out the beaches on either side - Bilgola to the North (which also hosts an ocean swim) or Bungan Beach to the south.
If you’re after a good coffee and late breakfast or lunch after your ocean swim, head to the popular cluster of cafes on Barrenjoey Road. Here you will find Background Coffee (the coffee is to die for), ShotLab Espresso, Zubi Bar and Little Box Coffee Co. All have amazing food and drinks on offer to complete your day at Newport.
Travel & Parking
There’s a decent beach car park alongside the Newport Surf Club, the organisers and volunteers will be there early to nab most of them so don’t hold your breath.
The back streets have free parking, so do the laps and look for a gap.
If you are looking to catch public transport, you can catch a bus to Newport Beach with the B1/199 from the city to Newport via Mona Vale, the L90 from the city, or the 199 from Manly Wharf to Newport (you can get the ferry to Manly).