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South Head Roughwater – Bondi To Watsons Bay ocean swim

Sun, 19 May 2019

The South Head Roughwater from Bondi to Watson’s Bay is an epic 10km swim, and is not for the faint hearted.

Also known as the “Bondi to Watsons Bay ocean swim” – obviously because of the course the swim follows – the Roughwater provides the ultimate challenge for advanced ocean swimmers looking to take on the elements and themselves just as winter starts to set in.

If you’ve been training all summer, taking in many of the ocean swims on offer throughout the country, then this swim can be the icing on the cake.

VIDEO: 2014 South Head Roughwater Ocean Swim

If taking on the Roughwater is a step too far this year, why don’t you get a team together and enjoy this magnificent swim with your friends.

You can put together teams of up to six swimmers.

More to it than your average swim

As you can imagine, this swim brings with it a lot more challenges than your average off the beach, around the buoys swim.

There are compulsory briefings, each swimmer/team must have a boat accompany them and a number of other responsibilities you will need to research before you register.

For this swim we recommend you take the time to learn about what’s involved, give yourself plenty of time to organise a boat and lead paddler, and ensure you’re completed the necessary training to ensure you’re in the best shape come event day.

The 2016 female team event in pictures

Swim courses

Bondi to Watsons Bay

This is an epic swim – no two ways about it. You start on the beach at North Bondi, stare out to the end of Ben Buckler, and then take off and round the headland before swimming north along the cliffs to the entrance of Sydney Harbour. Entering the harbour, you pass Camp Cove, and hook a left until you weave you way into Watsons Bay, finishing at the slipway of the Vaucluse Yacht Club.

While you’re there

There’s only one thing left to do after this epic journey, and that’s celebrate with your support crew and/or team at the Watsons Bay hotel. Crack a bottle of champagne and it’s ‘cheers’ to everyone – enjoy the spoils!

Travel and parking

This is a complex event, and you’ll need to manage your own parking at both ends and that of your support staff.


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Event Date

Sun, 19 May 2019
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Type of event
ocean swim
Course types
point to point
Swim lengths


Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach NSW
Bondi Beach,New South Wales2026Australia
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