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Ausbil Palm to Shelly 26km swim

  • Palm Beach NSW
  • 10km & 26km Solo (+ Teams)


The Ausbil Palm to Shelly 26km swim is organised by

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  • Palm Beach, Palm Beach NSW
  • 10km & 26km Solo (+ Teams)
  • Ocean Swim
  • Point To Point
  • None. Depends on the ability of the swimmer. In some instances, a U18 swimmer may have to swim with an adult.


  • Palm Beach
  • Palm Beach NSW, Australia


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The Ausbil Palm Beach to Shelly Beach 26km ocean swim – also known as the ‘Palm to Shelly’ – is Australia’s longest ocean swim, organised by one of Australia’s top marathon swimmers, Tim Garrett.

The not-for-profit swim is internationally recognised and is one of Australia’s Triple Crown swims. The swim was initially established as a preparation swim for the English Channel and has gone on to become a great opportunity for marathon swimmers to gain experience right here in Australia. Solo swimmers get to test their ‘mettle’ by swimming distance, practice feeding strategies and experience the mental aspects of endurance swimming.

The swim is also perfect for swimmers who want to step up from the 5km and 10km ocean swims and potentially swim more by competing as a team and having a prearranged swim roster between them, where they might each swim 6 or 7km each in a team of four. Teams of two would swim a total of 13km each. Teams set their own changeovers by either time or kms.

In addition to the full 26km distance, there is also an Olympic marathon swim distance of 10km where swimmers set off from Narrabeen, finishing at Shelly Beach.

Palm Beach to Shelly Beach is a traverse of Sydney’s Northern Beaches coastline heading south.

Course trajectory is determined by the swimmer’s support boat which will look to track the best water and least amount of resistance. Nature determines the conditions, swimmers can be 500m off the coast and up to 2km out to sea.

View Google Map of the course

  • 6:00am – Swim start
  • 4:00pm – Prizegiving (Venue TBC)

For the swimmers and boat support crew, it is an iconic view of the Northern Beaches.

For supporters waiting for swimmer arrival, there is the relaxed atmosphere of Manly.

For comprehensive event information, please visit the official event website.



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