Just a short drive from Sydney you'll find one of the South Coast's most fun and varied ocean swim events - all part of the multi-event Splash Wollongong.
The festival includes Illawarra’s premier Ocean Swims, and Aquathons based around Wollongong harbour basin and North Wollongong Beach. New this year is the inclusion of the 2 person adventure race, SwimRunX.
For swimmers, a mix of events and distances on offer. The main swim is the point to point 2km 'Basin2Beach', plus an 800m and 400m swim in the sheltered water of the harbour.
An ideal end-of-summer day trip from Sydney, the Splash Wollongong presents an opportunity to try something different, enjoy the relaxed nature of Wollongong's city beaches and lap up the regional hospitality.
It's also an event for the whole family, there is literally something for everyone, from the 400m kids and 800m beginner sheltered harbour swims to the signature 2km Basin to Beach swim, you'll love sharing the moment with your mates, brothers, sisters, aunties, mum, dad...
One of the beauty's of this event is that it's run both in the harbour and at the beach, so it's pretty much always going to be on. Travelling from afar? Not to worry, the 2km swim can be run safety inside the basin if the swell gets too big - so don't worry, register early, pack a picnic and make a day of it!
A fun single lap of the more sheltered harbour, ideal for kids to adults.
A two-lap course all within the harbour, for a more sheltered open water swim.
The 2km is the 'signature swim' of the day and starts in the water alongside the jetty inside the basin. Heading off towards the boats, you wind your way through the moorings before exiting the harbour and heading to zigzag your way to the finish in North Wollongong Beach.
Wollongong Harbour's Breakwater lighthouse has been inactive since 1974 (a decorative light is displayed on special occasions), but it's still up there with the most visited places in the 'gong for tourists.
For a post-swim feed, stay around the harbour and try one of Diggies or the North Kiosk.
There's plenty of parking in the streets, but there also plenty of people looking for them. Try Flagstaff Hill, or circle the blocks for free parking.