What Is It?

Everyone from novice swimmers to international pros are welcome to participate in the race, which takes place in the clear, calm Geographe Bay. Swimmers can compete individually or in relay teams of two or four people, and those who are experienced swimmers are welcome to head around the jetty (though jellyfish and stingers are both seasonally common in this area). Kids as young as 8 years old can also suit up to compete in the race. The main event takes place on Sunday morning, but planned events for the Busselton Jetty Swim span the entire weekend.

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Where Is It?

Located 220 kilometres southwest of Perth, Geographe Bay is a broad curve of coastline extending from Cape Naturaliste to the city of Bunbury. Busselton, located along the bay, is home to the longest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere, stretching nearly 2 kilometres out to sea. More than 400,000 people travel from all over the world to visit the jetty each year. It’s near this iconic landmark that the swim event is based, drawing roughly 5,000 viewers to the town of 30,000 residents. The surrounding area also boasts an impressive array of vineyards specializing in premium wines that are open for tours and tastings.

What’s Happening?

At the Busselton Jetty Swim, the day before the main event includes a robust lineup of fun and sun. Athletes can sweat it out during a half marathon or 10-kilometre and 5-kilometre fun run, beach volleyball tournament, ocean water polo tournament, cycling race, and stand-up paddleboarding. Pint-sized athletes needn’t feel left out: They can sign up for the Children’s Duathlon (for ages five to 12), composed of a running, cycling, and running leg. Then, the whole family is welcome to relax and dig into a twilight carb-loading pasta dinner. Saturday concludes with a fireworks display over the bay.

Live performances are spread over the weekend. The 2015 lineup started with the winner of the Rio Tinto Battle of the Bands, Said the People. Other live performances included Darlow, Australian Army Band, Eskimo Joe, and Justice Crew. What does 2016 hold? Stay tuned to this page to find out.

Sunday starts bright and early with the 3.6-kilometre swimming race. But there’s plenty to enjoy on land as well. Family beach games include egg-and-spoon races, a sandcastle contest, treasure hunt, three-legged race, sack race, and tug of war. An afternoon concert rounds out Sunday’s programming. Event winners get the honor of meeting Busselton’s winner, who presents the awards each year.