Date28 May 2022
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CANCELLED: 26 May 2022 - This event has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. For the official notice from the organisers, click here.
The 21.5km Swim the Gold Coast course spans the length of the Gold Coast, from the stunning beaches of the Southern Gold Coast to the towering cityscape of Surfers Paradise.
The course follows the famous Gold Coast coastline from start to finish, so there are plenty of landmarks to track your progress as you swim.
You can swim solo, pair up with a friend for a duo, or get a group of up to six swimmers together.
In 2022 there are some new additions, including easier qualifying rules for Solo swimmers and new Team categories for 3, 4, 5 or 6 swimmers.
From Coolangatta, you’ll follow a Start Lane offshore for approx 400m. At the end of this lane, the ‘Pairing Zone’ begins where you will meet your Support Boats and paddlers before continuing North past Kirra Beach.
Beyond Kirra, the distinctive Elephant Rock and Currumbin Alley are your next landmarks – this is Checkpoint #1 (7km).
Burleigh Headland is your next major landmark and Checkpoint #2, this is the 11km mark and just over halfway. Here the course takes a slight dog-leg turn and stays parallel with the coastline on to Broadbeach (Checkpoint #3) – this is where the backdrop changes, dramatically. The rolling coastline starts to climb up to the sky and this is the view with every breath until the finish at Surfers Paradise.
The Finish Lane is a straight line onto shore (approx 400m long) and starts just beyond the unmistakable Q1 building. This start of the Finish Lane is where your Support Boats depart the course and Surf Life Saving teams will patrol.
We encourage all team swimmers to swim the final 400m leg and cross the line together.
It's going to be a big day, but when it's all done and dusted on the water, join your fellow swimmers at the afterparty at Surfers Paradise surf club from 6pm.
Skippers + Support Crew
A bus service will run between the Southport Spit Boat Ramp and the finish at Surfers Paradise Beach (Hanlan St).
This free service is designed to transport Skippers and / or team members who exit at Southport, to meet their swimmers at the finish line as soon as possible.
Buses will run continuously from 12:00pm – 5:00pm. No bookings are required.
A free bus is available for swimmers from Surfers Paradise to Coolangatta Beach before the event, departing Surfers Paradise Surf Club at 5:00am and arrive at Coolangatta Beach at approx 5:45am.
This service is designed for Solo swimmers and the first swimmer in teams. All other team members must be onboard their Support Boats, assembled in the Offshore Waiting Zone before the event start.
For all the transport and timings for the day, visit the event website.
View pricing on the event website.
There is no pre-sale period for 2022 entries, so all entry categories will remain on sale until they are sold out.
For the full schedule, visit the event website.
Surfers Paradise QLD, Australia
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