We're well and truly out of the main ocean swimming season in Sydney, but all too often the weather at this time of the year for the South Curl Curl ocean swim takes the cake.
If the air temp is variable, the water almost always isn't, with autumn temperatures still hovering around the 20-23 degrees - superb for swimming!
Not far up the northern beaches (a hop skip and a jump north of Manly), South Curl Curl plays host to a 2km journey ocean swim. This distance and course are the most popular with ocean swimmers for the challenge and adventure, yet there aren't that many on the calendar.
Don't miss out on this fantastic ocean swim supporting South Curl Curl SLSC, and don't forget to head back to the club (at the start) after the swim to take in the club's famous hospitality (this year there are whispers of a band on the roof!).
Starting in front of the South Curl Curl surf club, this 2km swim will not return to this beach, instead you'll head through the breakers, then south around the headland before a sharp right hand turn takes you to the middle of Freshwater Beach.
While you're there
In 2016 the club had The Fukers playing on the surf club roof - entertainment is always on the cards (if the club can pull it off).
If you're heading back to South Curl Curl then head straight up into the surf club to dine and get your caffeine hit from Gusto on the Beach - the cafe is tucked right inside the club with unparalleled views of the beach.
If you're sticking around Freshwater, you'll need to head a couple of blocks back to Cruise Espresso, Carlos Coffee and The Kitchen Nook.
Travel and parking
Freshwater and South Curl Curl beaches are close together, so it doesn't really matter whether you park at either of the beaches. If you park at Freshwater, you'll need to walk to the start at South Curl Curl, if you park at South Curl Curl you'll need to walk back to the car after your swim.
Maybe the go is to park in the streets somewhere in the middle.