The Nobbys to Newcastle ocean swim is a 2km ocean swim between two of Newcastle's most beautiful beaches.
The ocean swim starts under Nobbys Lighthouse, a Novocastrian monument, and finishes on Newcastle Beach.
It is a 2km swim with categories in each age group, from 14-year-olds to 70+, and the open male and female categories.
For those not living in the Hunter, the Nobbys to Newcastle ocean swim is a brilliant chance to make a day trip out of it and experience what lies north of Sydney.
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.
Newcastle Beach itself has a reputation as one of the best surf beaches in the state.
Depending on conditions, Newcastle is susceptible to huge swell, but more often than not, it'll be great for swimming and bodysurfing.
While You're There
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.
Travel & Parking
There is parking along Shortland Esplanade and the adjoining streets, close to the surf club, and a car park in the Nobby's Beach Reserve.