Noosa + summer + swim - with the heat being felt in many places across Australia this week, these three words instantly seem to cool things down, so this weekend's (11-12 February 2017) Noosa Summer Swim event with short and long courses seems perfectly timed to bring some relief.
The Noosa Summer Swim, presented by World Series Swims and Milk & Co, is Queensland's largest ocean swimming festival and now goes over two days, with ocean swims and beach events for all ages. There are short swims for beginners and I've been promising myself for 2 years that I'll enter the shortest (1km) but any attempts to 'train' in the ocean are pretty short-lived as catching waves or just floating in Noosa's beautiful waters always seem to win out.
Next year ....
Saturday's program has the 1km, 2km and 3km ocean swims along with junior events (300m dash and 1km). On Sunday, seasoned swimmers push their limits alongside Australia’s elite in the new 5.0km Noosa Grand Prix, and there's a 1.5km Social Swim.
This is the 4th annual Noosa Summer Swim and Noosa's mix of gorgeous beaches hugged by the Noosa National Park on one side and Hastings Street's restaurants, bars, coffee shops and amazing choice of ice cream shops on the other attracts plenty of "weekend warrior" swimmers, those dipping their toes into competition swimming for the first time, and elite athletes such as Olympians Jarrod Poorter, World Series Swim ambassador Michael Klim (pictured above) and former Wallaby Owen Finegan.
The action isn't just all in the water this weekend - there's plenty of fun on the beach with Red Bull DJs, beach yoga, prizes, giveaways, kids' activities and plenty of opportunities for mass selfies - maybe with an Olympian or 2!
It's not too late to enter events for the Noosa Summer Swim - online registrations close at 4pm Friday 10 February and entries will be available at the event site both days.
For a taste of the action, see the Noosa Summer Swim 2016 video.
Images by Matt Roberts Photographer