The Avalon Beach Surf Swim is the third stage in the Pittwater Ocean Swim Series.
It's also another chance to explore what Sydney's Northern Beaches have to offer.
As of 2018, the event offers three swims, combining the 1.5km swim and 1km swim for kids and beginners, with the previously stand-alone 'Around The Bends - Newport to Avalon ocean swim' 2.5km journey swim event.
On top of the three swims, they have also been known to run a bodyboarding competition as part of the day, and a 500m Dash for Cash Flipper Race.
All in all, it's a great day out on the Northern Beaches.
Pittwater ocean swim series
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 1.5km swim and a 1km swim.
The timing of the two main swims means that swimmers can challenge themselves by doing both swims, or even just do the 1km swim with their child.
The 1.5km 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 new 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.
The Avalon Beach Surf Swim is a great chance to see an oft-forgotten gem of the Northern Beaches.
Dash for cash finn swim
Throw your swim fins on and kick start those motor-legs because this 500m sprint is all about power!
1km ocean swim
Designed for kids and beginners, the 1km swim is a scenic swim off the beach and around the buoys in front of the surf lifesaving clubhouse. The timing of the two swims means that swimmers can challenge themselves by doing both swims, or even just do the 1km swim with their child.
1.5km ocean swim
The 1.5km 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.
2.5km Newport to Avalon
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.
While you're there
If you're a foodie, and love the sounds of good coffee and an organic, delicious breakfast, the caf√å√Ñ√•¬© 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.
Travel and parking
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.