- Date28 Jan 2023
Nobbys to Newcastle is one of the prettiest courses you will ever do, particularly if you can breathe to the right.
It runs from the beach beneath Nobbys headland - near where the Pasha Bulker was grounded - around the rock shelf, past Newcastle Ocean Baths - one of the great ocean pools on the coast - and into Newcastle beach.
It passes the majestic residential district of Newcastle East, the famed surf spot, Cowrie Hole and into one of the only beaches that sit in a city's CBD.
If you're a speedster, you'll be excited to know that there is prize money of $500 on offer to the first Open Age Category Male and Female.
Swimmers will start the Nobbys to Newcastle ocean swim at the base of Nobbys Lighthouse on Nobbys Beach.
They'll then swim out between the two reef breaks and turn right behind the reefs, before swimming south along a line of buoys.
The buoys go past Shotland Esplanade, the Cowrie Hole, and the Newcastle Ocean Baths.
Once Past the Newcastle Ocean Baths, the 2km course turns right and swims towards the beach. But the exact entry line will be subject to rips on the day.
If you're looking to make the trip up from Sydney for the Nobbys to Newcastle Ocean Swim, the city is located just two hours up the F3, making it within shooting distance of Sydney for a day trip.
If it's your first time in Newcastle, there are more than a few attractions you should be checking out on your time up north.
If you haven't had enough of the beach, there are eight different beaches within the city limits for you to check out, with Mereweather and Bar Beach also worth a look in particular.
The city itself is growing in culture and is battling off its stereotypes as a steel town from the 80s.
Make sure you take a stroll down Darby Street, the unique shopping precinct in the CBD. It's located within the suburb of Cooks Hill, which itself is a microcosm of Sydney's inner west, only without the pretence. Check it out for incredible coffee, great food, and amazing shopping.
Parking is available at Nobbys Beach but can be tricky at Newcastle Beach.
There is plenty of parking in the harbour which is a short walk to both beaches. Or, park down at the interchange and take the tram to Newcastle Beach.
Open, then age groups from 14-19-years, then 10-year categories to 70+.
Prize money of $500 is on offer to the first Open Age Category Male and Female. Other age category prizes will also be offered for 1st place.
If conditions prove too difficult on swim day, this event may be moved to its regular backup course off Stockton Beach.
Swimmers are asked to bring their own brightly coloured swim cap. If you arrive without a cap, there will be spares available.
The organiser of this event, Nobbys SLSC, is a registered charity. This event is a major fundraiser for the club, and all proceeds go towards providing its volunteer lifesaving services to the community.
Cancelling your entry
Should you wish to cancel your entry, for any reason, at any time, the following applies:
Should the event be cancelled due to poor and/or dangerous ocean conditions, or Government-mandated health restrictions, the following will apply:
The organiser thanks you for your understanding and support.
Note: There are no on-the-day entries.
Note: There are no on-the-day entries.
Transfers: You can transfer yourself to a different distance or transfer your entry to another person via your Race Roster dashboard. Fees apply.
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paul nichols30 Jan 2022 at 12:53pm
Andrew L30 Jan 2022 at 2:17pm
Always a GREAT swim!
Mark Wilson30 Jan 2022 at 2:39pm
Great event and well organized.
Wayne Bower30 Jan 2022 at 3:36pm
This was my first (not last) ocean swim after recently doing my bronze medallion. What an experience! Really well run event by the local surf club and all their volunteers, heaps of safety support and fast efficient process at sign up online and on the day. Thanks heaps to all those who made it so great.
Bevan McGregor31 Jan 2022 at 9:49am
Perfect day. Beautiful undersea views over the reef. Very enjoyable swim well organised. Thanks for a good day.
Bevan McGregor31 Jan 2022 at 9:51am
Perfect day. Beautiful underwater scenery over the reef. Lovely swim well organised. Thanks for a nice day out.
Adrian dernee1 Feb 2022 at 7:28am
Georgie28 Jan 2023 at 3:39pm
Really great point to point swim. Well organised, great water safety, excellent atmosphere, easy to walk from one beach to the other. And absolutely perfect ocean swimming conditions today. My favourite swim every year!
Anabelle28 Jan 2023 at 3:44pm
Lots of buoys out, made it easy to see. Great having 2 waves on entry.
Paul28 Jan 2023 at 4:13pm
Fantastic event. Well organised and beautiful swim
John Graham28 Jan 2023 at 4:37pm
Well organised swim, year after year no hitches. As for the experience – epic journey out into the ocean between two beaches separated by a one km flat walk, with plenty of coffee and food onsite at each and in the city centre just behind.
Ricky28 Jan 2023 at 4:54pm
Without doubt the BEST ocean swim I have ever done. Perfect day, perfect conditions. Well run. Congratulations to all involved in the organization of this event. 🤙🏽
Stuart Pigott28 Jan 2023 at 5:42pm
Always a great swim. Top 1,2,3 For women is even better. Only gripe would be cost ( extra $ for tee, no swim cap included) is $$$$$. Overall, a great day that was gifted perfect conditions. Look forward to next years event.
Graeme Healy28 Jan 2023 at 8:43pm
My fourth N2N – best so far thanks in no small measure to the favourable conditions. This helps a lot for those of us in our late 60s.
Congratulations to the organizers. A small suggestion – please ask the safety support to avoid wearing vests the same colour as the cans. I found it a bit disorientating at times.
Gab S29 Jan 2023 at 5:23am
The most wonderfully iconic swim. Well run, friendly and fun.
Bevan McGregor29 Jan 2023 at 11:35am
Beautiful swim over the reef at the start with bright green Caulerpa seagrass. Perfect conditions. Go the girls; as the race director said at the briefing “they are the best”. Good to see them at the front for a change. Just the right blend of management by the surf club; organised but relaxed. Put a $1 levy on next year for a new PA at the start. Thanks for a lovely day. Didn’t stay for the presentation & the bacon & egg roll; just too hot even after the swim. Lovely conversations with other swimmers.
John Lawson29 Jan 2023 at 5:03pm
Great event and fantastically organised by Newy Surf Club.
Perfect day all-round
Craig MacClure30 Jan 2023 at 4:04pm
Always a great day, Lee and the team do a great job.
Kate B30 Jan 2023 at 5:04pm
Fantastic swim and very well organised – felt very safe.
Carolin K31 Jan 2023 at 12:09pm
great swim that was really well organised. very supportive and professional water safety. Being rather shortsighted, I do require a lot of directional guidance when swimming and felt very safe and extremely well supported by the water safety team! Thanks a lot!