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See Results for the 2016 Event Here


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...

2016 event calendar

Strand Fitness Ocean Swim (1.25km, 2.5km, 5km) Sun 22nd May 2016
Magnetic Island to Townsville Swim (8km) Sun 31st July 2016
King & Queen of the River Swim (2.4km) 2016 - TBA
Best of Magnetic Ocean Classic Swim (Alma Bay) 2016 - Sun 18th September




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

The 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

2016 will be the 62nd year this event has been conducted. It will be the 8th 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. 

2016 race rules and information

2016 entry forms


Entries close 21 June 2016