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Punter surges through the break at One Mile Beach, Forster. Look at that water! Swimming in the country in autumn is good. For last weekend's reports... Click here

Easter weekend

... is jam-packed in NSW but lighter on elsewhere. It's a good weekend away darn sarth in the West at Albany and Denmark. And the 1st Inaugural Rip Race takes place across Port Phillip Heads in Victoria.

Easter Sat, April 4 - Nowra Culburra e, Terrigal e (NSW), Port Phillip Heads (Vic), Albany (WA)
Easter Sun, April 5 - Pacific Palms e, Queenscliff e (NSW), Denmark (WA)

We're taking online entries to all four NSW swims over the Easter weekend.

Nowra Culburra - Tilbury Classic

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The first time we did this swim, awgies were giving the briefing in the surf club, and as they directed punters attention to the course, all heads turned towards the clubhouse windows, and an enormous dolphin leapt out of the waves in the break in front of them. It couldn't have been scripted better. It's a beautiful swim around Tilbury Headland in good, interesting water. If seas get up, alternative course is in the lee of the headland in Tilbury Cove. It's a good guarantee. This beach is almost right at the spot where the east coast is closest to the edge of the continental shelf. A lovely course and a beautiful beach. It's where Max Dupain took his photograph of The Sunbather.

It's an easy drive from Sydney, too, made easier recently by further work on the Princes Highway around Gerringong.

The forecast
  • Weather - Cloudy, shower or two, 14-20C (Willy Weather)
  • Wind - 15 knots SE SW (Hurley Surf)
  • Swell - 2.6 ft, from SSE (Hurley Surf)
  • Tide - High 9:08am, 1.5m (Willy Weather)

Online entries to the Tilbury Classic close at 3pm on Good Fridee, April 3... Click here

Terrigal Swims

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One of the gems of the NSW coast - a North (Central) Coast, north-facing beach. This means that Terrigal is almost always protected from the worst conditions. It's a gentle break with generally smooth water in the mornings for this swim. Plenty to do there and an easy drive from Sydney.

The forecast
  • Weather - Cloudy 17-22C (Willy Weather)
  • Wind - 23 kn SE (Willy Weather)
  • Swell - 3 ft, SSE (Hurley Surf)
  • Tide - High 8:42am 1.6m (Willy Weather)

Online entries to the Terrigal swims close at noon on Good Fridee, March 27... Click here

Pacific Palms, Lower North Coast

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One of our fave days out of the year, at another North Coast, north-facing beach, phenomenally sheltered from the worst of the weather and swell. It's a noon start for the main swim, and this year they have a new, shorter, 600m swim on before the main event. Be aware, race-day entry cut-off time is earlier this year: 10am, awgies tell us, with 600m starting at 11am and 1.5km at noon.

The forecast
  • Weather - Showers, 18-24C (Willy Weather)
  • Wind - 14 knots SW (Hurley Surf)
  • Swell - 2.6ft, SSE (Hurley Surf)
  • Tide - High 8:42am 1.6m (Willy Weather)

Online entries to the Pacific Palms swims close at 3pm on Easter Saturday, April 4... Click here

Queenscliff - Swim for Saxon

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Two distances at Queenscliff, the only swim in Sydney over the Easter Weekend, run in memory of Saxon Bird, the lifesaver who lost his life at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships on the Gold Coast in 2010. It's a beautiful beach, at the northern end of Steyne Beach from Manly.

The forecast
  • Weather - Showers, 18-24C (Willy Weather)
  • Wind - 14 knots SSE (Hurley Surf)
  • Swell - 2ft, SSE (Hurley Surf)
  • Tide - High 8:44am, 1.6m (Willy Weather)

Online entries to Swim for Saxon close at 3pm on Easter Saturday, April 2... Click here 

More info

Go to for more info about all this weekend's events. Look at Featured Swims on the right of our home page, and under Swims/Calendars for the complete swim calendar.

Last weekend

Reports and results online now - Forster, Hamilton, North Steyne, link to Shark Island... Click here

What's your next adventure?

vanuatu olry 250We've just posted details of our 1st inaugural oceanswimsafari to San Sebastián in Spain, where we'll do the Isla Santa Clara swim, and gorge ourselves on pintxos, txakolí and cider. What are they? Come with us to find out...


June - Port Vila, then Espiritu Santo Swim Week - Two swims in Port Vila, then a week of ocean swimming and other escapades on Santo, Vanuatu's Adventure Island. Do either or both legs. Visiting as a tourist is one of the best ways to support Vanuatu, cleaning up after Tropical Cyclone Pam. Port Vila was hit pretty hard, but Santo was pretty much unscathed and life continues as usual. Air Vanuatu's schedules are a little restricted until June 25: they're flying from Sydney on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, and twice weekly from Brisbane between April 17 and June 25... Click here

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July-August - Swim with whales - A week of swimming and whale watching in this unknown Pacific paradise, with the opportunity of getting in and swimming with the whales... Click here

Greek Islands

August - In the wake of Jason and the Argonauts, and Mamma Mia - Sail around the Northern Sporades, where Jason sailed, and Meryl Streep tried to marry off her daughter, with some of the best food you'll ever eat, and swim in some of the best water you'll ever experience... Click here

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August-September - Pintxos, txakolí, cider, and swimming - The Basque country at the western end of the Pyrenees in northern Spain is a rich cultural mix. You'll get a taste of much of it on our inaugural oceanswimsafari here... Click here

Spain - Costa Brava

September - On the other side of Spain, the eastern end of the Pyrenees, we'll get more of the world's best water in the Mediterranean, and the world's best food, and more culchural mix, dipping our toe into the world -- and the home -- of Salvador Dalí... Click here

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October - Mana Fiji SwimFest and the Yasawas - One of our favourite Pacific island swim venues, a festival of swimming at Mana Island, and a week's oceanswimsafari to perhaps the most beautiful, remote swimming location on earth, the Yasawa islands. Do both or either... Click here for Mana... and here for the Yasawas

Heron Island

October 29-November 2 - Enormously popular over the last few years, Heron Island offers the most beautiful water, right on the Great Barrier Reef. It will be a cathartic experience for you, too. Have you ever swum with sharks?... More details coming soon

Vanuatu update

Wow. We've been telling you about the work in Vanuatu in cyclone recovery of ProMedical. At last check, just now, their online fundraising campaign is at $A165,632. Simply stunning support for a worthy organisation.

You still can support ProMedical Vanuatu... Click here

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Easter deal from Shop at budgysmuggler, use the code EXPRESS, and if you order by 5pm, you'll receive your delivery to capital city addresses by the next business day. Order by 5pm on Wednesday, you'll get your order before Easter. Then you can show off at the beach over the weekend.

Offer lasts for orders through midday on Good Friday.

Swims open to online entry on

Nowra-Culburra (Easter Sat, Apr 4)... Click here
Terrigal (Easter Sat, Apr 4)... Click here
Pacific Palms (Easter Sun, Apr 5)... Click here
Queenscliff (Easter Sun, Apr 5)... Click here
Copeton Waters (Inverell, Apr 11)... Click here
Mollymook (Sat, April 11)... Click here
Shellharbour (Sun, Apr 12)... Click here
Coogee (Sun, Apr 12)... Click here
Black Head (Sun, Apr 19)... Click here
South Curl Curl-Freshwater (Sun, Apr 26)... Click here
South Head (Sun, May 17)... Click here
Vanuatu (June 6 and 10)... Click here
Mona Vale (Sun, June 21)... Click here
Mana Fiji (Thu-Sat, Oct 15-17)... Click here
Evans Head (Sun, Nov 15)... Click here

Coming soon... Tweed River (Sun, Nov 29), Toowoon Bay (Sat, Nov 28)


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