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Burleigh Heads Ocean Swim

Sun, 15 Oct 2017

Burleigh Heads ocean swim

The Burleigh Heads ocean swim is one of the more lucrative events on the swimming calendar, with thousands of dollars up for grabs across the four events.

There are four events in total, a 2km event, a 1km event, a 400m event for the juniors, and the dash for cash at the end of the event.

The event itself is held towards the end of October on Burleigh Heads beach, around a 20 minute drive away from the heart of Surfers’ Paradise.

The Burleigh Heads ocean swim is a great excuse for tourists to get up to the Gold Coast during one of the most perfect times of the year, and a great reason for locals to get out and make the most of their city.

Prize money

There are eight age categories for each event in the Burleigh Heads ocean swim, but only competitors registered the open elite levels are eligible for prize money.

The first placed male and female competitors will receive $500 each, while second and third place get $250 and $100 respectively.

Male and female winners of the dash for cash will also receive $500 each.

Note: Prize money may change year to year, check the official website for actual amounts.

Swim courses

Each of the three main events at the Burleigh Heads ocean swim follow a similar pattern, swimming out from a starting point, before making a turn towards the south at a buoy, and then all coming back to shore at the same point towards the south end of the beach.

The main 2km event starts at the northern end of the beach, while the 1km event starting point is a few hundred meters closer to the surf club.

The final dash for cash leg starts at the final leg of the swim, after the turn towards the surf club.

Safety craft will be in attendance and monitoring the course.

Each entrant into the 2km and 1km courses will receive an event t-shirt, a swim cap and timing for their events.

A quick sprint back to the beach from a water start at the final turning buoy in the course. $500 up for grabs for the first male and female back to the beach!

A fun little ocean swim for the kids around a 400m circuit.

A start a little south of the north end of the beach, wrapping itself around a set of buoys and to the finish.

Starting at the northern end of the beach, the 2km swim heads south, around a turning buoy and to the finish.

While you’re there

As a dining destination, Burleigh is a coffee connoisseur and food lovers delight. It boasts beachfront cafes and renowned restaurants, yet it maintains a relaxed, unique seaside village vibe.

Start straight off the beach at the Burleigh Heads surf club, Burleigh Heads Hotel or the locally famous Oskars. Hot tip: If you’re after great coffee, look for the Nook espresso under Oskars.

Explore heritage listed Burleigh Head’s National Park. This rainforest reserve is abundant with bird life along winding trails that offer ocean views. Walk around the headland and you’ll reach sheltered swimming, snorkelling and kayaking at Tallebudgera Creek.

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Travel and parking

There’s beach carparks left and right of the surf club, and it’s hit and miss back from the beach in a busy town precinct.

The buses run up and down the Gold Coast Highway.

Burleigh Heads ocean swim results


Type of event
ocean swim
Course types
around the buoys & dash for cash
Swim lengths
400m, 1km & 2km


Burleigh Beach
Burleigh Heads QLD
Burleigh Heads, Queensland 4220 Australia
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Weather forecast

Oct 15

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
12am 19°C 3 m/s


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