2011 - 104 swimmers were accompanied by escort kayakers, outriggers and surf ski paddlers, support boats.  Supporters and onlookers perched on the best vantage points of the historic jetty and the granite rock headlands surrounding and it's reef fringed shallows.

                                            Picture postcard perfect! 

                                             PHOTOS FROM THE 2011 SWIM...

2014 event calendar

Strand Fitness Ocean Swim (1.25km, 2.5km, 5km) Sun 25th May 2014

Magnetic Island to Townsville Swim (8km) Sun 15th June 2014

King & Queen of the River Swim (2.4km) 2014 - TBA

Best of Magnetic Ocean Classic Swim 2014 - TBA



Note: This website will be undergoing updates in the coming weeks

Enjoy north Queensland's tropical winter weather and participate in the longest open water swim in Queensland and northern Australia!

The Subway Magnetic Island to Townsville Swim starts at waters edge, in front of the Picnic Bay SLSC, Magnetic Island and finishes at water's edge, in front of the SLSC  Clubhouse on the Strand Beach adjacent to the Strand Park jetty in Townsville. A total distance of   8 km.

It is run by a very small dedicated team of volunteers as the Management Committee and another 20-30 volunteers on the day of the event. 2008 was the inaugural 'cage-less' swim. Prior to 2008, swimmers swam in shark cages.

About the Swim

2014 will be the 60th year this event has been conducted. It will be the 7th year the event has been  'cage-less'. The swim is run by the Townsville Open Water Swimming Assoc. Inc. (TOWSA)

The race briefing allows visiting swimmers and locals to head over and enjoy what Magnetic Island has to offer, before the big race starting late Sunday morning. 

2014 race rules and information

2014 entry forms


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