There is only one thing better than heading to the Whitsundays for a holiday and that is going there for an event. Hamilton Islands Endurance Series Beach Swim at Whitehaven Beach. Dive in!!
The Annual Whitehaven Beach Swim has ocean swimmers from all over the country lining up for a Hamilton Island Holiday every November. Part of the Hamilton Islands Endurance series of events, the swim consists of a Junior Race, a 750m or 2km Swim…depending on your level of keenness.
Given the environment in which this swim is being conducted, I would be nominated for the race that keeps me in the water for as long as possible. Just take a look at that. Whitehaven, as I’m sure you know by now, has been voted one of the top ten beaches in the world for its pristine condition. Azure blue water and fine white sand, some might even say it’s nicer than Summer Bay!
One bloke who would have the answer to that is Ryan ‘Whippet’ who played Sam Marshall on TV Soapie ‘Home and Away’ for years and is one of a contingent of Bondi Rescue lifeguards. He’s made the pilgrimage from Sydney to attend. He’s not the only superstar here today, there are Olympians swimming superstars triathletes and other superheroes. Look at these 70 somethings are milking the very best from their healthy lifestyles.
The course heads north with the current, which is a trick for young players as unlike swimming in a pool you have that same current to deal with on the way back to the finish line. Madam Butterfly herself, Olympic Champion Susie O’Neill is contesting the swim today and continuing her long-running battle with husband Cliff over just who is quicker in the surf! It’s been a magic day in a really special place.
Whitehaven is part of a World Heritage-listed Area, It’s a pristine national park that is strictly managed. It’s a massive effort for the Hamilton Island Team to set up the infrastructure here and then take it all down leaving nothing but footprints till the tide comes back in. Hamilton Island CEO Glenn Bourke who incidentally also won his division says it’s totally worth all the effort to get here and put the event on. And I would have to say I would agree!
If you want to try something truly unique on your next Whitsunday holiday then register for the 2020 Whitehaven Beach Swim. All the Hamilton Island info on where to stay and what to do can also be found at the Hamilton website. Have a look at another huge event at Hamilton Island called Race Week, check out Campr’s 2019 Race Week episode.