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Hamilton Island Ocean Swim Race Details

Hamilton Island Ocean Swim  

Sunday 20 November, 2022

Due to social distancing requirements and as the safety of participants is our priority, we have made the decision to host the traditional Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim on Catseye Beach.

What better location for an ocean swim event than in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef? Push yourself in paradise with a 2km or 750m ocean swim meet, plus a fun 350m junior swim for children 13 years and under. Whether you’re striving for a personal best, or to simply enjoy the view, the Ocean Swim is perfect for all fitness levels and abilities.

If you’re up for the challenge, why not register for the Hamilton Island Triathlon also on Saturday 19 November? Take on the 750m swim in beautiful Catseye Bay, followed by a 20km cycle, and a 5km run through the island’s Marina Village in the individual sprint distance or team relay events. There’s also races for the kids!

This year we also have another exciting event during the Ocean Swim weekend.

Hamilton Island Icons Trail - Take part in a free hike around the Hamilton Island walking trails to find our four iconic landmarks; a 3m tall chair, a giant swing, a hammock and a breathtaking panoramic viewing platform. Discover secluded beaches, sandy coves and natural wildlife. All with spectacular views, this trail can be completed in two hours or two days at a more leisurely pace. Check in at all four icons and receive an achievement medallion.

Event Details


Sunday 20 November 2022

Event Guide

2021 Event Guide


Hamilton Island Ocean Swim

Event Times

7.05am Ferry from Shute Harbour Arrives and swimmers transferred to registration
7.40am Race Briefing
7.45am Race Starts
10.00am Presentations
5.00pm Last Ferry to Mainland (TBC)

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


Catseye Beach, Hamilton Island

How to Enter    


Entries Close    

Online entries close Friday 11 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


$80.00 per competitor (includes race entry, race kit and event shirt).

Junior Swim registrations:
$30.00 per junior competitor (includes race entry, race kit and event shirt).

Our generous sponsors Cruise Whitsundays provide savings for transfers to and from Hamilton Island for up to 2 family and friends. Codes will be supplied leading in to the event for bookings.

Minimum Ages    

Competitors in the 2km and 750m swim must be a minimum of 13 years old as at 20 November 2022.



Open place getters are not eligible for age group prize.

Age Group Men and Women:

Age as at 20 November 2022

  • 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 Map

Ocean 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    

Friday 18 November afternoon - Beach Pavilion
Sunday 20 November morning - Beach Pavilion


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

In your Race Kit you will receive race briefing notes (please read thoroughly), race numbers, timing chip, sponsor product and your event shirt.

Cruise Whitsundays Transfers    

Registered competitors travelling from Port of Airlie to Hamilton Island over the Triathlon and Ocean Swim weekend do not have to pay return ferry transfers. Please use the special code provided when you register.

If you are participating in the Ocean Swim or the Triathlon, a 50% discount on ferry transfers will be extended for up to 1 adult and 2 children when travelling to Hamilton Island with you for the event.


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. 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.
Friday 11 November 5.00pm you will receive a full refund, less any processing fees. NO REFUND will be applicable after Friday 11 November 2022, 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 Friday 11 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 at the Beach Pavilion at conclusion of racing.

Hamilton Island Ocean Swim Sponsors