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Freshwater ocean swim (The Barney Mullins swim classic)

Sun, 4 Mar 2018

Freshwater ocean swim (The Barney Mullins swim classic)

The Barney Mullins Freshwater ocean swim classic is named after Freshwater SLSC Life Member and Freshwater swim legend George ‘Barney’ Mullins.

The race up until 2007 was restricted to Freshwater SLSC members. Barney passed away in October 1995 and his son George travels from Queensland each year to attend race day.

Freshwater is one of Sydney’s most beautiful northern beaches and is generally protected from some of the larger swells by its north and south headland.

White sands and crystal clear water help to ensure an enjoyable swim to be had by all.

The Freshwater Ocean Swim has a single distance on offer, a very achievable 1.5km for this time of the season.

There is an elite category for male and female swimmers (2km under 28mins), and a mates wave for families and friends who want to enjoy the swim together.

Celebrate your morning’s work with a coffee at Duke’s cafe on the beach or catch up with friends over fish and chips and a beer at Harbords Beach Hotel.

Swim courses

Starting at the north end of the beach, the swim heads out to the northern point before a sharp turn south where the swim heads across the bay to the south point, before completing a circuit back north to the start/finish.

While you’re there

Freshwater is in the heart of the northern beaches, and the sky is the limit for how long you can spend here and what you can do.

Start with coffee at the Freshwater Cafe or Duke’s at the beach, or maybe try out the highly rated Pilu At Freshwater which opens for lunch and dinner. The Harbord Beach Hotel is a a block back from the beach with a laid back vibe, great for fish and chips and a beer to celebrate your achievement.

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Travel and parking

There’s a beach carpark and there tends to be plenty of parks in the streets within a short walk.

Event details

Sun, 4 Mar 2018
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Freshwater SLSC


Type of event
ocean swim
Course types
around the buoys
Swim lengths


Freshwater Beach
Freshwater NSW
Freshwater, New South Wales 2096 Australia
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Weather forecast

Mar 4

Clear throughout the day.
12am 22°C 3 m/s
1am 22°C 2 m/s
2am 22°C 2 m/s
3am 21°C 1 m/s
4am 21°C 2 m/s
5am 22°C 3 m/s
6am 21°C 2 m/s
7am 21°C 1 m/s
8am 22°C 6 m/s
9am 23°C 5 m/s
10am 24°C 6 m/s
11am 25°C 7 m/s
12pm 24°C 6 m/s
1pm 24°C 6 m/s
2pm 25°C 6 m/s
3pm 25°C 6 m/s
4pm 24°C 5 m/s
5pm 24°C 4 m/s
6pm 22°C 5 m/s
7pm 22°C 4 m/s
8pm 22°C 4 m/s
9pm 22°C 3 m/s
10pm 22°C 3 m/s
11pm 22°C 4 m/s


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