Mooloolaba Ocean Swim

October 28, 2023
Mooloolaba, Queensland

The second swim in the Ocean Swim Series will be at Mooloolaba Beach, situated on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. The is a popular coastal destination that captivates visitors with its stunning beauty and vibrant atmosphere. Its long stretch of golden sand is perfect for sunbathing, sandcastle building, or leisurely strolls. Mooloolaba Beach is renowned for its year-round surf breaks, attracting surfers from near and far. The beach is also famous for its picturesque esplanade, which is lined with alfresco dining options, cafes, and boutique shops. With its relaxed coastal ambiance, Mooloolaba Beach provides an ideal setting for a memorable beach getaway.

Important Event Update

Due to the predicted large swells and high winds on Saturday 28 October, the decision has been made to move the Mooloolaba Ocean Swim to the Mooloolaba Spit (Beach Access 194). This location provides more protected waters for our swimmers and water safety.

The precinct area (registration, bag drop, recovery) will now be located at the Mooloolaba Spit Park. 

Mooloolaba Ocean Swim Updated Course Maps:

Swim Guide

In this guide, you will find everything you need to know about race day logistics, event schedule, course details, bag drop and more. We recommend that you thoroughly review the guide to familiarise yourself with all aspects of the race.

Download the Mooloolaba Ocean Swim Guide

Event Details

Event Date :
Saturday 28 October 2023

Distances & (Minimum) Age:

  • 3km – minimum age 14 years old as at event date
  • 1.5km - minimum age 12 years old as at event date
  • 750m minimum age 10 years old as at event date

Start Times:

  • 3km - 8am
  • 1.5km - 9am
  • 750m - 9:45am

Location: On the beach at Mooloolaba



  • 1st male and female overall - product prize
  • 2nd male and female overall - product prize
  • 3rd male and female overall - product prize


  • 1st male and female U18s - product prize
  • 2nd male and female U18s - product prize
  • 3rd male and female U18s - product prize


  • 1st male and female U16s - product prize
  • 2nd male and female U16s - product prize
  • 3rd male and female U16s - product prize

Ocean Swim Trifecta*

  • 1st male and female open - $500
  • 2nd male and female open - $300
  • 3rd male and female open - $200

*Due to the cancellation of the Alex Swim, these prizes will now be determined by the lowest combined times over the 1.5km swim at the Mooloolaba and Noosa events only.

Registration & Start Times

Online registration for the Mooloolaba Ocean Swim close Friday 27 October at 11:59pm.

Check-ins Open
Mooloolaba Beach - Event Precinct
*Check-in closes 30 minutes before each event starts
3km Start
Mooloolaba Beach - Start Line
3km Presentations
Mooloolaba Beach - Finish Line
1.5km Start
Mooloolaba Beach - Start Line
1.5km Presentations
Mooloolaba Beach - Finish Line
750m Start
Mooloolaba Beach - Start Line
750m Presentations
Mooloolaba Beach - Finish Line
Event Close
Mooloolaba Beach - Event Precinct

Course Map

The course starts on Mooloolaba Beach near the Mooloolaba Surf Club.  Total distances are 750m, 1.5km and 3km.

Entry Fees


Swim Safety

  • All swimmers must attend the event briefing held 10 minutes prior to each race start.
  • Swimmers should ensure they are physically prepared and have appropriate training, including open water swimming experience, and may need a medical check before participating.
  • Surf Life Saving Australia lifeguards will patrol the course throughout the event.
  • Medical staff will be present at all events with necessary resources.
  • If a swimmer is unable to complete the course satisfactorily, lifeguards will bring them to shore.
  • Swimmers must start the swim within the designated area and assigned start wave.
  • Swimmers must follow the prescribed course as instructed during the event briefing; failure to do so will lead to disqualification.
  • Each swimmer must wear the provided cap from the swim pack.
  • No devices aiding speed, endurance, or buoyancy (except wetsuits) are permitted. Goggles, event swim cap, nose clip, and earplugs are allowed in all events.
  • Swim paddles or flipper/fins are not permitted.
  • The Event Director, Event Manager, or lifeguards have the authority to remove a competitor from the swim if judged physically incapable of continuing without risk of serious injury or death.
  • Except for technical officials or Surf Life Saving Australia, no outside assistance is allowed.
  • Deliberately obstructing or impeding other swimmers is prohibited and will result in disqualification.
  • Swimmers are expected to display good sportsmanship. Acts of unsportsmanlike conduct will lead to disqualification, with the determination made at the discretion of the Event Director.
  • Swimmers must comply with the directions and instructions of all event officials and public authorities.
  • Swimmers needing assistance should raise one arm to signal water safety personnel. If unable to do so, they should roll onto their back and try to alert a lifeguard.
  • In case of witnessing an injury, accident, or medical incident during the swim, report it to a lifeguard promptly.
  • In case of withdrawal, inform a clearly marked event official and return the timing chips to indicate the withdrawal.
  • Swimmers should exercise caution when swimming around buoys and passing other swimmers.
  • Swimmers should utilise post-race hydration after the swim.

Training Guides

You can access our training guides to prepare for the 3km, 1.5km and 750m here.



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