The Tweed River swim is your archetypical country Australia swim event.
It embodies the great Aussie spirit of going out and testing yourself against the elements in the morning, and then spending the afternoon relaxing in the beautiful sunshine of the far north coast.
The event itself has three swims available: the 400m event, a 1.2km event and a 2.5km event.
The day is run by the Murwillumbah Brass Monkeys swimming club and the Fingal Rovers SLSC.
Each of these takes place in the beautiful Tweed River, against the backdrop of the historic Murwillumbah Bridge.[/vc_column_text][vc_toggle title="The spoils" el_id="1467789507166-93b60193-afd0"]All official finishers of any of the events will receive a Cole Classic medal.
The Tweed River swim offers three different events: a 400m, a 1.2km, and a 2.5km event, each in the river itself.
The 400m event runs first, and rather than the winner being the first past the post, it is actually a 'guess your time' event.
The other two are the simple first past the post events.
Due to the timing of the events, unfortunately it's not possible to do all three.
But it is possible to take on the 400m swim first, and then either the 1.2km or the 2.km event.
There's something very unique about this swim; the winner is not first past the post, but the one who finishes closest to his/her nominated time. You can do this swim in addition to the 1.2km or 2.5km swim, as a warm up or for something a bit more fun!
The middle distance swim distance of the event gives middle of the road swimmers the perfect morning river cruise.
The longest of the swims on the day, the 2.5km course winds its way around buoys down and back up the river.
As soon as the Tweed River swim is done and dusted, the festivities begin.
Official events take place on the riverside lawns in front of the Murwillumbah Rowing Club.
After the formalities are over with, the day moves across the river to the Riverview Hotel.
The hotel has recently vamped up its offerings and now has a deck that offers some of the most incredible vistas of the Tweed River.
Similarly, the bistro offers some fantastic meals cooked using local ingredients, serving both lunch and dinner.
If the event is anything like years prior, it'll accommodate its ocean swimmers with a band, a party, an experience to share, and a story to talk about for years to come.
You'll need a car to get there, but you won't have parking troubles.