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  • This event was last held on Sat, 30 Mar 2024

Tilbury Classic

  • Culburra NSW
  • 1.9km


The Tilbury Classic is organised by

Quick Overview

  • Culburra Beach, Culburra NSW
  • 1.9km
  • Ocean Swim
  • Point To Point
  • 13-15-years-old - Require Surf Rescue Certificate


  • Culburra Beach
  • Culburra NSW, Australia


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The Tilbury Classic ocean swim is an exciting open water swim held over the Easter weekend in Nowra.

Taking place at the beautiful Culburra Beach on the NSW south coast, the ocean swim is a fun event for open water swimmers.

The 1.9km swim takes swimmers around a stunning headland and through pristine ocean full of sea life and over reefs.

While in the area spend the weekend exploring the south coast town. There are plenty of beautiful picnic areas and walking tracks waiting to be explored. The Grotto Walk and Bomaderry Creek Walking Track are must-dos.

The Tilbury Classic ocean swim is an exciting event held at the beautiful Culburra Beach.

The 1.9km open water event starts at the scenic Tilbury Cove and makes its way around Penguin Head. The swim finishes at Warrain Beach in front of the Nowra-Culburra Surf Life Saving Club.

The course is incredibly stunning taking swimmers through a clear ocean filled with sea life and swells surging over reefs.

The Classic is open to swimmers as young as 13-15 who obtain a Surf Rescue Certificate and everyone else who have adequately trained for the event.

  • 8-9:15 am – Registration open @ Nowra-Culburra SLSC (Google Map)
  • 9:30 am – Mandatory pre-swim briefing
  • 10:00 am – 1.9km swim start @ Culburra Beach, north side of headland (Google Map)

While in town why not stay a couple of extra days to explore the Nowra area.

The south coast town is full of beautiful beaches, bush walks and scenic picnic spots.

Go and explore the Grotto Walk and Bomaderry Creek Walking Track or relax at the Bomaderry Creek picnic area.

Bring your surfboard and snorkels and enjoy the beach. Nowra is the perfect place to wind down, relax or explore.

These small towns, and small swims, rarely have parking issues. This swim is no different.

You can park at the start and walk back to your car, you can park at the finish (including the surf club beach car park) and walk to the start, or you can find somewhere slap-bang in the middle. Oh the options! (that walk we talk about is only 200m…)


All swimmers must report to the registration desk at the surf club to collect their swim cap and be allocated their competitor number prior to the compulsory briefing.

Compulsory briefing

All swimmers must attend the compulsory briefing at 9:30 am at the surf club.

Start location

The start of the swim is on the beach to the north of Penguin Head (the headland), behind the surf club. The walk is approx 500m and the start line is near the beach entry stairs on the corner of Haven Street and Allerton Avenue.

Swimmers will walk to the start from the surf club, following the briefing.

Final information on the course will be given at the briefing.

Bag drop

Bags can be left upstairs in the surf club which will be monitored by a club member.


There will be a presentation at the surf club following the completion of the swim by all swimmers.


Wetsuits may be worn, though competitors assisted by swim aids will be ineligible for age category prizes.

Entry requirements

  • Acceptance of an entry is at the discretion of the Swim Committee
  • Entries are restricted to persons who have adequately trained for the event
  • 13 to 15-year-old entrants must hold a Surf Rescue Certificate or have prior approval from the Swim Committee
  • All competitors must wear the provided swim caps, follow the designated course and obey all directions of the Water Safety Patrol during the event
  • A swimmer’s physical condition is their own responsibility. There will be Surf Lifesaving crafts patrolling the course
  • It is compulsory to have your name checked off at the completion of your event, even if you did not complete the course to assist with the accounting of all competitors
  • All decisions of the Swim Committee will be considered absolute and final including the right to cancel the event
    due to weather conditions or other safety considerations.

Age categories

13-15yrs, 16-19yrs, 20-29yrs, 30-39yrs, 40-49yrs, 50-59yrs, 60+yrs.


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