Australia Day Harbour Swim

Newcastle's most iconic event returns for its 25th Anniversary.

Registrations are pouring in for the 2022 Australia Day Harbour Swim, which returns to the magnificent Newcastle Harbour on the 26th of January.

Building on the success of previous years, and now entering the 25th Anniversary, the Australia Day Newcastle Harbour Swim continues to enjoy incredible year-on-year growth in competitor numbers and creating a fun, inclusive day for all. The event boasts as the only activity to stop Newcastle’s busy working harbour to make way for the swimmers crossing. All profits go to support Stockton Surf Life Saving Club.

The 2022 event, which was cancelled in 2021 due to Covid-19, is being delivered in partnership with the City of Newcastle and Port Waratah Coal Services as the major sponsors.

Stockton Surf Life Saving President, Paul Bernard said he was thrilled to stage the swim’s return and celebrate this significant milestone for the community event.

“We’ve been delighted and encouraged by the positive response from all those who have participated in the event over the past years, and we welcome all of our past swimmers back, alongside those taking on the challenge for the first time this year. With both competitive swimmers in the 1400m and fun categories of entry in the 700m swim, we encourage anyone considering giving it a go to jump in and register,” Mr Bernard said.

The 2022 edition will feature the single crossing of the harbour which is 700 metres kicking off at 10am and the double crossing of 1400 metres starting at 11am. The double crossing boasts a cash prize of $3,500 split across male and female podium finishers.

The 2022 Australia Day Newcastle Harbour Swim would not be possible without the support of the City of Newcastle and Port Waratah Coal Services.

"It means we can deliver a high-quality event and importantly raise vital funds for our surf patrols and lifesaving operations at Stockton Beach," Mr Bernard said.

 “The great prize money on offer makes the Australia Day Newcastle Harbour Swim the richest open water swim in Australia.”  Mr Bernard said.

Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said long-standing competitions such as the Newcastle Harbour Swim enhance the city's reputation as the ideal destination for staging major events.

"Events and festivals provide a welcome economic boost for businesses still recovering from the impacts of COVID-19, while also creating an invaluable opportunity to increase tourism and showcase our city’s broader attractions to visitors," Cr Nelmes said.

"City of Newcastle is proud to support the Australia Day Newcastle Harbour swim, a long-standing feature of our events calendar that offers a fun, active day out, supporting a great cause in Stockton Surf Life Saving Club, while also showcasing and celebrating one of the most iconic Newcastle locations, our working harbour."

CEO of Port Waratah Coal Services, Hennie du Plooy, said the local organisation is proud to support such a worthy, long-standing community event.

“We are passionate about supporting our portside community and enjoy watching this event grow year after year and congratulate the organisers on their 25th Anniversary.”

Welcoming the serious swimmers to the inclusion of flippers and floaties, the event is sure to be another success as it celebrates 25 years.

Registrations for the 2022 Australia Day Newcastle Harbour Swim are now open at