Dive in: 5 of the best ocean swims in Queensland

Swimming in a pool? Been there, done that. If you crave a different kind of challenge, it’s time to make a splash with an ocean swim.

Queensland punches well above its weight, with pristine beaches and 283 days of sunshine a year making it the perfect place to set a personal best.

Here are five of the best ocean swims in Queensland that will have you grabbing your goggles and diving in quicker than you can say on your marks, get set, go!

Noosa Summer Swim Festival

Noosa Surf Swim Festival | ocean swims in queensland

When: 1-2 February 2020
Where: Noosa Heads, Sunshine Coast

Look around this resort town on any given weekend and you’ll spot stand-up paddle boarders, kayakers, cyclists and surfers immersing themselves in what they love: the great outdoors. And, the Noosa Summer Swim is no exception.

Join World Series Swims Ambassador Michael Klim and special guests for a huge weekend, with a festival atmosphere that only Noosa Main Beach can deliver. We’re talking masterclass clinics, swims with VIPs and even outdoor cinema.

From novice to elite, sign up and jump in for one, two or three kilometre races – or push your limits with a 5K. There’s junior races too (300m or 1000m), plus a 1.5K social swim for those who want to work out without the pressure of competition.

Did we mention that the finish line is just a few strokes away from some pretty top-notch bars and restaurants to celebrate post-swim?

Cooly Classic Ocean Swim

Cooly Classic Ocean Swim

When: 26 April 2020
Where: Coolangatta, Gold Coast

Sun, surf, sand, swim.

Seasoned swimmers and aspiring triathletes will rush at the opportunity to conquer this 5-kilometre Cooly Classic Ocean Swim. It’s a great way to challenge yourself beyond the typical open water distances.

Why? Well, you’ll face the ultimate test of swimming at three of Australia’s most revered surf breaks – Snapper Rocks, Coolangatta and Kirra Beach.

Warm up for the big swim and join a free morning Stretch Yoga class. BYO beach towel.

Swim the Gold Coast Marathon Swim

When: 30 May 2020
Where: Gold Coast

Ready to take it to the next level? How about a 21.5km ocean swim?

SWIM THE GOLD COAST is Australia’s newest marathon swim for teams and individuals – the pinnacle for open water swimming.

And you will literally swim the length of the Gold Coast – from the beaches of Coolangatta, past Burleigh Headland and Broadbeach, finishing under the towering cityscape of Surfers Paradise.

Tackle it solo, or in teams of two or four. You’ll need a support boat and qualified skipper too.

Quicksilver Reef Swim

Quicksilver Reef Swim Green Island | ocean swims in queensland

When: 4 June 2020
Where: Green Island, Tropical North Queensland

Where else can you compete in an ocean swim over the world’s biggest coral reef?

Push yourself in paradise for the experience of a lifetime at the Quiksilver Reef Swim.

Dive into the sparkling water surrounding Green Island – there’ll be as much action beneath the surface as on it, with the chance to spot colourful fish, turtles and corals as you compete.

There’s a reason Quicksilver Reef Swim has attracted thousands of intrepid swimmers for both the 1.5 and 3-kilometre races since it began in 2006.

Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim

Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim | ocean swims in queensland

When: November 2020
Where: Hamilton Island, The Whitsundays

Make your way to one of the world’s most famous beaches, because here you can do more than just relax on the sand.

Gear up for the one of most picturesque ocean swims in Queensland – and the most brag-worthy race of your ocean swim career: the Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim.

Nestled in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, this annual 2km and 750m ocean swim meet, plus a fun 350m junior swim for children 13 years and under, is set to become as iconic as its location.

It’s part of the Hamilton Island Endurance Series – which includes the Hamilton Hilly Half Marathon, Great Whitehaven Beach Run, and Hamilton Island Triathlon.