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Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim  

Sunday 22 November 2020

What better location for an ocean swim event than at one of Australia’s most pristine and iconic beaches, Whitehaven Beach. World famous for its pristine white sand stretching for seven empty kilometres and crystal-clear water, Whitehaven Beach is on neighbouring Whitsunday Island and is regularly voted one of the world’s top beaches. Nestled in the beautiful surrounds of the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s seven natural wonders, this annual 2km and 750m ocean swim meet, plus a fun 350m junior swim for children 13 years and under, is sure to become as iconic and famous as its location.

Event Guide

The 2020 event guide will be available closer to the event.

Events Details


Sunday 22 November 2020


Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim

Event Times

7.30am - 8.00am Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim Check-in, Port of Airlie
8.00am - 9.15am Ferry: Port of Airlie - Hamilton Island
9.15am - 10.15am Ferry: Hamilton Island - Whitehaven Beach
11.30am Race Briefing - Whitehaven Beach
11.45am Race Starts
1.30pm Presentations - Whitehaven Beach (following the completion of all races)
2.30pm - 3.15pm Ferry: Whitehaven Beach - Hamilton Island
3.30pm - 4.30pm Ferry: Hamilton Island - Port of Airlie

Please note that the above times are subject to change, all competitors will receive confirmation closer to the event date.


Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island

How to Enter    

Click here to enter online

Entries Close    

Online entries close Wednesday 18 November at 5.00pm AEST. Race entries will be capped for this event. Should the quota not be reached then entries will be accepted up to and including race day



$100.00 per competitor (incl. race entry, race kit, event shirt and return ferry transfers ex Port of Airlie or Hamilton Island on race day)
$60.00 per spectator (incl. return ferry transfers ex Port of Airlie or Hamilton Island). Spectator tickets are purchased at time of registration from the athlete.

Junior Swim registrations:

$65.00 per junior competitor (incl. race entry, race kit, event shirt and return transfers ex Port of Airlie or Hamilton Island on race day). 


11.45am 350m Junior Ocean Swim
12.00pm 750m Ocean Swim incl. anything goes
12.05pm 2km Ocean Swim

Minimum Ages    

Competitors in the 2km and 750m swim must be a minimum of 13 years old as at 22 November 2020.



Open place getters are not eligible for age group prize.

Age Group Men and Women:

Age as at 22 November 2020

  • 13-19
  • 20-29
  • 30-39
  • 40-49
  • 50-59
  • 60-69
  • 70+

Further age categories may be added closer to the event.  This will be dependent on numbers and ages of participants entered.

Event Maps

Whitehaven Swim course map

Pre Event Participation    

You must ensure that you have trained sufficiently and are physically capable of completing the event within your current level of health and fitness. You must also ensure at all times during the event that you are performing well within your level of skill and ability for each of the three disciplines. To not abide by these conditions can create potentially dangerous situation for your self and other competitors.

Registration and Race Kit Collection    

Saturday 21 November
1.00pm - 4.00pm: Beach Pavilion

Sunday 22 November
7.30am - 8.15am: Port of Airlie, Airlie Beach
11.00am - 11.30am: Whitehaven Beach - Private Boats only, please advise the Events Team via email,


  • You must show identification (Drivers License, Passport etc)

In your Race Kit you will receive race briefing notes (please read thoroughly), race numbers, sponsor product and your event shirt.  You will also receive your timing chip, ferry boarding pass (wrist band) and confirmation of your ferry departure time at Race Kit Collection. 

Race Briefing / Race Start    

You will receive a written race briefing at Race Kit Collection – Please read carefully. There will be a compulsory race briefing on Sunday 22 November on Whitehaven Beach, 11.30am. Any competitor not at the briefing will not be able to compete.

Cruise Whitsundays Transfers    

Registered competitors and spectators utilising the chartered ferry services ex Port of Airlie and Hamilton Island, Sunday 22 November, do not have to pay any additional costs.


Withdrawals prior to the event must be in writing – email If you withdraw on race day prior the race start, please advise an Official at Race Kit Collection or at the Officials Marquee located on Whitehaven Beach. The cancellation fee is 100% should you withdraw on race day. If you withdraw during the race, please report to the Officials Marquee and advise the closest Official that you have withdrawn.

The cancellation fee is 100% should you withdraw during the race.

Should you cancel your registration in writing prior to Wednesday 18 November you will receive a full refund, less any processing fees. NO REFUND will be applicable after Wednesday 18 November 2020, 5.00pm.


This is a non-sanctioned event. This is a NON-WETSUIT event, swim skins are permissible but any suit or device that aids buoyancy or propulsion will not be allowed. Should you be found wearing any of these you will be disqualified. Any athlete found taking a shortcut will be disqualified.

Changes to Entry    

Changes can be made to your race entry prior to Wednesday 18 November, 5.00pm via your event website login.

Medical Insurance    

This is a non sanctioned event. It is strongly advised that you take out personal medical insurance for the duration of your stay, especially for international competitors. Under the Australian Health Act, all non-Australians are not covered financially for personal injury. If you do have an accident you must pay for your own medical expenses. Therefore it is essential for you to obtain adequate personal medical insurance.


Race Results will be available via the website at the conclusion of the event.

Prize Money    

Prize money and great products to be won.
There must be a minimum of five (5) participants in the one category to qualify for prizes.  


Presentations will take place on Whitehaven Beach at the completion of all races.

Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim Sponsors