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Yamba Ocean Swims

  • Yamba NSW
  • 700m & 2km


The Yamba Ocean Swims is organised by

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  • Yamba Beach, Yamba NSW
  • 700m & 2km
  • Ocean Swim
  • Along The Beach
  • 700m - 10-years, 2km - 12-years


  • Yamba Beach
  • Yamba NSW, Australia


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The Yamba Ocean Swim is a fun open water event in the northern New South Wales town of Yamba. With a number of swims on offer, the event is the perfect holiday day out for the whole family to enjoy.

The stunningly beautiful coastal town is located a 2hr 15minute drive from the Gold Coast and 3-hours from Brisbane (just be mindful of the daylight saving when planning your trip), and 90 minutes from Coffs Harbour.

This ocean swim has three distances for competitors to choose from; 700m for 10 years and over, 2km for 12 years and over, and, to finish it off there’s a 150m Dash for Cash for swimmers who compete in either the 700m or 2km ocean swim earlier in the day.

One of the many benefits of this swim is that if conditions aren’t suitable at the open beach, the event can be relocated to Whiting Beach inside the river mouth.

Yamba is an open surf beach that offers variable breaks, sandbanks, gutters, rips, currents and constantly changing conditions with the rising tides. However, the southern headland does offer some protection from swells and southerly winds. 

The ocean swim is suitable for swimmers of all ocean swimming abilities, from the novice to the more competitive open water athlete. 

The 700m swim starts at Convent Beach and finishes at Yamba Main Beach, slightly north, and is a fun little adventure. 

The 2km ocean swim is a classic large rectangular course, with buoys marking the way away from, along, and back to, the main beach in front of the surf club, taking in the sights north and south of the bay. 

The Dash for Cash is open to participants from the 700m and 2km ocean swim who can put themselves on the line to win the $$$. The race will take place once the 700m and 2km event has been completed and the crowd will be cheering on loudly.

  • 8:00 am – Registration opens (late entries accepted with $20 late fee)
  • 9:00 am – Registration closes
  • 9:30 am – Numbering + swim cap & timing chip collection closes
  • 10:00 am – 700m swim start / Whiting Beach
  • 10:45 am – 2km swim start / Whiting Beach
  • 12:00 pm – Dash for Cash (if you’ve entered one of the previous swims) / Main Beach

The Yamba area is a beautiful place and is the perfect place take a few days off and the spend the weekend with the family. 

The Angourie walking track is a beautiful coastal trail with the most magnificent ocean views of sheltered bays and rocky shoals. 

If you need to cool off after your hike there is an array of gorgeous beaches, that you can take a dip, go surfing and just soak up the sun. Our top picks are Angourie Beach, Pippi Beach and Brooms Head Main Beach. 

While you’re there be sure to visit the Yamba Lighthouse, it has impressive views out to the ocean and of the surrounding beaches. It also makes a great spot for a picnic with the family where the parents can take in the views and the kids can run around the grassland.

Looking to wet your whistle? Venture up the hill to the north of the surf club to the pub with one of the most spectacular views on the coast, they’re also a sponsor of the swim so let them know you’re supporting them!

Small town swims = lots of on-street, free parking – but it is the holidays…

Start with a look in the carpark next to the Queen Street tennis court, then look along Clarence Street, Queen Street, Beach Street and Pilot Street. If you look here, you’ll find something, and you won’t have to walk far.


  • Prizes are awarded to overall male and female placegetters and to the winner of each age category
  • Prizes can be collected at the clubhouse at the conclusion of events

Food & refreshments

  • A BBQ will be operating throughout the day
  • The surf club bar will be open upstairs from midday

Wetsuits & swim aids

No wetsuits or swim aids are allowed.

Registration venue and social distancing

  • Registration will be located on the northern (lighthouse) side of the Yamba SLSC.

Back-up swim location

  • If the conditions at Main Beach are outside the event risk tolerance, the swims will be relocated to Whiting Beach (View on Google Map), just inside the river mouth
  • A decision will be made as early as possible and you will be notified by email and via the event listing, as well as Yamba SLSC social media
  • Registration and cap/timing chip distribution will still occur at Main Beach from 8am, however, you’ll need to factor in the time to get to Whiting Beach.


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