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South Head Roughwater – Bondi To Watsons Bay ocean swim

Sun, 20 May 2018

South Head Roughwater – Bondi To Watsons Bay ocean swim

The South Head Roughwater from Bondi to Watson’s Bay is an epic 10km swim, and is not for the faint hearted.

Also known as the “Bondi to Watsons Bay ocean swim” – obviously because of the course the swim follows – the Roughwater provides the ultimate challenge for advanced ocean swimmers looking to take on the elements and themselves just as winter starts to set in.

If you’ve been training all summer, taking in many of the ocean swims on offer throughout the country, then this swim can be the icing on the cake.

Swim as a team

If taking on the Roughwater is a step too far this year, why don’t you get a team together and enjoy this magnificent swim with your friends.

You can put together teams of up to six swimmers.

More to it than your average swim

As you can imagine, this swim brings with it a lot more challenges than your average off the beach, around the buoys swim.

There are compulsory briefings, each swimmer/team must have a boat accompany them and a number of other responsibilities you will need to research before you register.

For this swim we recommend you take the time to learn about what’s involved, give yourself plenty of time to organise a boat and lead paddler, and ensure you’re completed the necessary training to ensure you’re in the best shape come event day.

The 2016 female team event in pictures

Swim courses

This is an epic swim – no two ways about it. You start on the beach at North Bondi, stare out to the end of Ben Buckler, and then take off and round the headland before swimming north along the cliffs to the entrance of Sydney Harbour. Entering the harbour, you pass Camp Cove, and hook a left until you weave you way into Watsons Bay, finishing at the slipway of the Vaucluse Yacht Club.

While you’re there

There’s only one thing left to do after this epic journey, and that’s celebrate with your support crew and/or team at the Watsons Bay hotel. Crack a bottle of champagne and it’s ‘cheers’ to everyone – enjoy the spoils!

Instagram highlights


Travel and parking

This is a complex event, and you’ll need to manage your own parking at both ends and that of your support staff.

South Head Roughwater – Bondi To Watsons Bay ocean swim results

2017 results

2016 results (Solos | Duos | Teams)

2015 results (Solos Duos | Teams)

2014 results (Solo Duos Teams)

2013 results

2011 results

2010 results (Solo | Duos | Teams)

2009 results

Event details

Sun, 20 May 2018
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Type of event
ocean swim
Course types
point to point
Swim lengths


Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach NSW
Bondi Beach, New South Wales 2026 Australia
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Weather forecast

May 21

Clear throughout the day.
12am 17°C 1 m/s
1am 16°C 2 m/s
2am 15°C 1 m/s
3am 14°C 1 m/s
4am 14°C 2 m/s
5am 13°C 1 m/s
6am 13°C 2 m/s
7am 14°C 3 m/s
8am 14°C 1 m/s
9am 16°C 2 m/s
10am 19°C 2 m/s
11am 19°C 2 m/s
12pm 20°C 1 m/s
1pm 21°C 3 m/s
2pm 21°C 2 m/s
3pm 21°C 3 m/s
4pm 19°C 3 m/s
5pm 18°C 3 m/s
6pm 17°C 2 m/s
7pm 17°C 2 m/s
8pm 15°C 1 m/s
9pm 15°C 1 m/s
10pm 16°C 2 m/s
11pm 14°C 1 m/s


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