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Shellharbour ocean swim

Sun, 7 Apr 2019

The Shellharbour ocean swim is one of the nicest and most picturesque set of ocean swims in NSW.

Taking place at the stunning Shellharbour main beach, the event offers competitors two swims.

The main event – a 1.2km race – is for those more competitive swimmers and who are aged 13 years and older. For younger swimmers aged 8-12 years, a 400m junior swim is offered. There is also a fun Dash for Cash event, which is open to any swimmer who takes part in either of the two open water swims.

Shellharbour is a beautiful area and is famous for its beaches. Explore Killalea State Park and go surfing at a national surfing reserve. Take a guided Segway tour in the park and discover the wonder of the rainforest.

Swim courses

The Shellharbour Ocean Swim is a fun and beautiful event for new, old and young open water competitors.

The main event, a 1.2km swim, is open to swimmers as young as 13. The course takes competitors from a small boat harbor, around Cowries headland, and along a stunning reef into Shellharbour Beach.

The swim is relatively protected from wild weather conditions and big swell, but swimmers need to ensure they stay away from the rocks.

The event also caters for younger swimmers with a 400m race on offer. The smaller course runs out and back through the break at Shellharbour main beach.

While you’re there

With so many different activities and beautiful sites to see, spend a couple of days exploring Shellharbour.

Killalea State Park (home of OceanFit’s wild swimming and training camp) is an incredible coastal reserve with picturesque beaches and stunning trails through rainforest. If you don’t feel like walking, Segway tours are offered in the park. Killalea Beach is the best spot for surfing and swimming and is also located in the reserve.

Lake Illawarra is another scenic spot for a picnic, walk or cycle. The lake offers a range of activities like fishing, sailing, water skiing, and rowing.

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Event Date

Sun, 7 Apr 2019
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Type of event
ocean swim
Course types
point to point & around the buoys
Swim lengths
400m & 1.2km


Main Beach
Shellharbour NSW
Shellharbour,New South Wales2529Australia
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