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Mona Vale Winter Solstice ocean swim

Sun, 24 Jun 2018

Don’t let the time of year deter you from taking part in the Mona Vale Winter Solstice Ocean Swim. The average water temperature at this time of the year is a beautiful 20-22 degrees.

Organisers run the event like the ocean swims of old, more like an excuse to enjoy the ocean rather than a race to win prizes.

There are only four divisions and it is followed by the legendary free soup kitchen – just the right motivation to get wet and get to the end.

The swim starts at Bongin Bongin Bay north of the pool and finish at Mona Vale Beach.

The highlights are the free parking available (bonus!), soup kitchen and cheap entry fee (only $25), with the only thing to be mindful of is that you can’t enter on the day – so get to it.

Swim courses

1.2km Bongin Bongin Bay to Mona Vale

The 1.2km swim starts not at Mona Vale, but north in the usually sheltered Bongin Bongin Bay, making its way south around the headland into Mona Vale. With a swell running the finish can throw up a decent beach break to make you feel like you’ve been challenged.

While you’re there

You’re spoilt for choice in the cafe department in the ‘vale, and at this time of the year you’ll be looking for the warm welcoming cafes with the heat cranked up.

You can’t go past the cute little Armchair Collective, Italian inspired Cinque Cucina Caffe or for something traditionally Aussie and with superb views, the Bronze Cafe.

Travel and parking

Much like all the northern beaches, there are beach carparks scattered along the beach and free on-street parking. The locals are beach people, and if you’re not there early you’ll be turning your swim into a walk swim walk.


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Event Date

Sun, 24 Jun 2018
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Mona Vale SLSC


Type of event
ocean swim
Course types
point to point & point to point
Swim lengths


Mona Vale Beach
Mona Vale NSW
Mona Vale, New South Wales 2103 Australia
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Weather forecast

Jun 24

Partly cloudy throughout the day.
12am 12°C 2 m/s
1am 11°C 2 m/s
2am 10°C 2 m/s
3am 10°C 2 m/s
4am 9°C 2 m/s
5am 9°C 3 m/s
6am 10°C 3 m/s
7am 10°C 3 m/s
8am 11°C 3 m/s
9am 13°C 3 m/s
10am 14°C 4 m/s
11am 15°C 4 m/s
12pm 16°C 5 m/s
1pm 16°C 5 m/s
2pm 16°C 5 m/s
3pm 16°C 5 m/s
4pm 16°C 5 m/s
5pm 15°C 4 m/s
6pm 15°C 4 m/s
7pm 14°C 3 m/s
8pm 13°C 3 m/s
9pm 13°C 3 m/s
10pm 13°C 3 m/s
11pm 12°C 2 m/s


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