The Island Charity Swim at Mudjimba on the Sunshine Coast is a true test of endurance for long-distance ocean swimmers.
At 11km, it's the second longest open water swim in Australia (after the Rotto swim), with the course taking you from Mudjimba Beach, around Mudjimba Island (affectionately known as Old Woman Island by locals) to Mooloolaba Beach - quite the journey!
The event, which can be completed in teams of up to six swimmers, is a major fundraiser for the children at the Nambour and Currimundi Special schools, located nearby.
Entry is free, but there's a catch... you will need to raise a certain level of sponsorship dollars to gain entry, $1,000 for an individual, $1,500 for a team of two, $2,500 (four), $3,000 (six).
While you're there, make the most of the beautiful Sunshine Coast beaches and chilled coast life by making a weekend of it.
this is a complicated swim to organise, you'll need a boat and paddler in support, and there are other entry requirements. Please view the official event website for more information, including their extensive FAQ's.
The 11km course starts at Mudjimba Beach and heads directly out to Mudjimba Island, where you'll circumnavigate the island in an anti-clockwise direction, before making a beeline for Mooloolaba Beach (which is south of where you started).
Soak up the Mooloolaba scene when you shop and dine along the glamorous beachfront esplanade full of outdoor cafes, juice bars, alfresco restaurants, and fashion boutiques.
Check out UnderWater World, take more advantage of the warm water with a surf lesson or rent a bike and go cruising.
To eat like the locals, head to Ric's Deli on The Esplanade for lovely staff, a chilled environment and a delicious breakfast.
In an event like this there are lots of people to organise, including ground and water crew, so it can be quite the effort to string it all together. We suggest getting your team together a few week's out from the event and planning out what will happen on the day, including what you'll need and where you'll need to be, and when you'll need to be there.
"Competition is brushed aside at the annual Island Charity Swim. Instead, community spirit reigns." - Organisers :)