Byron Bay Ocean Swim Classic
The Byron Bay Ocean Swim Classic is now in its 25th year, celebrating a milestone in its history.
Since 1988 an ocean swim from Wategos Beach to Main Beach has been held annually to raise money for selected charities and local organisations. Covering a distance of 2 kilometres, this Classic Swim is open to all competitors aged 12 years and above.
About The Big Swim
The Big Swim charity swimming race attracts a broad range of swimmers from throughout Australia. The event has been won by past Olympians including Grant Hackett, Ky Hurst and Melissa Gorman but many, including veterans, gain a huge sense of achievement from completing the course. Starting out with a very small number of ocean swimmers, “swimming for charity”, the Winter Whales Ocean Swim attracts around 1,200 participants with numbers continuing to rise every year.
The Ocean Swim Classic is 2.2 km swim from Wategos Beach to Main Beach, Byron Bay. The swimmers swim around the headland, past The Pass, and up to Main Beach. Local swimmers compete alongside national and international ocean swimmers.
The Ocean Swim Classic holds two other races on the day: the ‘Dash for Cash’ and the inaugural Mini Classic. The ‘Dash for Cash’ is an amateur, fun event designed for entertainment and a chance to win some money. Participants sprint to a buoy and back for cash prize money.
The introduction of the new event, the Mini Classic, is designed for those swimmers who competent to swim approximately 800m from Clark’s Beach to Main Beach. It is to encourage participants to put a toe in the water (so to speak) and draw in more swimmers who may not be as experienced or as confident as 2.2 km swimmers.
As a charity event, all proceeds go to local swimming organisations, designated charities associated with water, water sports and water activities.
The Ocean Swim Classic is held on the first Sunday in May each year, with a start time for Ocean Swim Classic at 10:00 am. The Mini Classic starts at 9:00 am and the ‘Dash for Cash’ is at the completion of both swims (before presentations).
With over $5000 in prizes and all the proceeds going to charity, Enter Now!
Byron Bay Ocean Swim Classic Accommodation
Byron Bay Accom has a wide range of accommodation options close to the beach so that you can enjoy participating or cheering for friends while staying close to the shore. Very popular and close to the beach and town are Belongil Beach, Wategos Beach, Byron Bay centre and Suffolk Park. There are some lovely towns very close by with some stylish budget options, including Ballina, Lennox Head, Bangalow and other surrounding areas.
Budget Accommodation for Byron Bay Ocean Swim Classic
For budget conscious travellers coming to Byron Bay to enjoy the sun, sand and the shore, we have valuable budget options - budget hotels, guest houses that provide simple, clean and affordable accommodation close to the beach and best hotspots in town. Your accommodation will be just a hop, skip and jump to the beach. Budget accommodation ranges from $80 per night up to $200.
Mid-Range Accommodation for Byron Bay Ocean Swim Classic
Mid-range accommodation options allow you to enjoy the best of both the worlds – indoor modern comforts and outdoor activities. Hotels and resorts in Byron Bay are not only close to the beach and top attractions, but also provide modern amenities like a swimming pool to completely enjoy a relaxing holiday in Byron Bay. Mid-range accommodation options are available from $200 onwards.
Luxury Accommodation for Byron Bay Ocean Swim Classic
You can enjoy the best of Byron Bay with a fully self-contained holiday house that features a well equipped kitchen, spacious living and dining room and extensive ocean views or gorgeous outdoor surroundings. Beach houses and private villas in Byron Bay have stunning views of the ocean or lush greenery, perfect for an extended holiday after the Triathlon. We also have a range of boutique resorts that offer stylish accommodation along with contemporary luxuries. Luxury accommodation options in Byron Bay range from $350 up to $600.