The Avalon Beach Surf Swim is a part of the Pittwater Ocean Swim Series and another chance to explore what Sydney's Northern Beaches have to offer.
The event offers two swims; a 1.2km 'family' swim off Avalon Beach and the previously stand-alone 'Around The Bends - Newport to Avalon ocean swim' 2.5km journey swim event.
For the real keeners, there is a rare opportunity to swim both events for the same price! Organisers have scheduled it so that any parent in the 'Around The Bends' swim can be finished and ready to join their kids in the shorter swim - making it a family affair.
All in all, it's a great day out on the Northern Beaches.
The Avalon Beach Surf Swim is the third part of the Pittwater Ocean Swim Series.
If you manage to complete three of these five, you go into a random draw for a chance to win a weekend in Byron Bay.
But that shouldn't be the only thing to entice you to tackle the Avalon Beach Surf Swim and the rest of the Pittwater Ocean Swim Series.
The entire series is a brilliant excuse to take in the beauty of five of Sydney's Northern Beaches.
There are two events as part of the Avalon Beach Surf Swim; a 1.2km swim and the 2.5km Around The Bends swim from Newport to Avalon Beach.
The timing of the two main swims means that swimmers can challenge themselves by doing both swims, or even just do the 1.2km swim with their child.
Designed for the whole family, the 1.2km swim starts at the northern end of the beach, heading out through the break, before making a turn towards the southern headland, and then back north towards the surf lifesaving clubhouse on the beach. The shore dump on the way out and back in can be a bit tricky at times, but once you're out past the break, Avalon offers one of the most scenic swims between the two headlands.
This journey swim starts at Newport Beach (also hosts its own ocean swim), and after turning left around the first turning buoy, it heads north to pass the first of two headlands.
On the other side of the first headland you'll spot Bilgola Beach (there's an ocean swim here too), but don't start to head in toward the beach as you'll need to head slightly east to get around the next headland.
Next is perhaps where the 'around the bends' name comes from, because rounding Bilgola Head will seem endless because the sand of Avalon Beach doesn't start until 500 odd metres from the tip of the headland.
Follow the buoys north-west towards Avalon, ensuring you breathe to your left to take in the scenic cliffs the northern beaches are renown for.
If you're a foodie, and love the sounds of good coffee and an organic, delicious breakfast, the cafe Nourished: The Healthy Food Co. is a must-see spot.
It's located just a stone's throw from Avalon Beach, and is the brainchild of one of Australia's leading authorities on healthy cooking, Teresa Cutter.
Cutter isn't involved in the venture any longer, but it still serves fantastic Campos coffee and an all-organic seasonal menu.
If you're looking for a feed after taking on the Avalon Beach Surf Swim, and want a relatively healthy option, take a look at Nourished.
There's a small carpark behind the surf club and one south of the club on Surfside Ave, but good luck getting a park in them. Try the northern carpark on the corner of Marine Parade and Tasman Road, the streets behind the beach, or head north up Marine Parade.
Public transport to this part of the northern beaches would be painful.