Cooly Classic Ocean Swim

Join swimmers from all over Australia for the Gold Coast’s premier ocean swim.

The Cooly Classic is a rare opportunity to swim a course with some of Australia’s most revered surf breaks as your backdrop – Snapper Rocks, Coolangatta and Kirra.

In 2019, the introduction of a new 5.0km marathon distance course was a hit, so if you’re a seasoned ocean swimmer, the Cooly 5.0 is a great opportunity to test yourself beyond the typical open water distances.

Cooly 5.0 (5.0km)

This is the big one, a 5.0km marathon distance swim.

This course will be an extension of the current 3.0km course, with swimmers making a turn near the North Kirra SLSC and returning to Kirra Beach.

The field will be limited to just 200 swimmers – get in quick when entries open!

Cooly 3.0 (3.0km)

If you’re a seasoned ocean swimmer, sometimes 2.0km just isn’t enough.   Push your limits in the 3.0km long course.

The new course will follow the 2.0km point to point format with an extra leg added beyond Kirra Point. View Course Map >

Cooly Classic 2.0

The Cooly Classic 2.0 is, without doubt, the main event and always attracts a big crowd.

Starting at the popular Snapper Rocks surf break, the course follows the coast north passing Rainbow Bay, Greenmount and Coolangatta enroute to the finish at legendary Kirra Beach. View Course Map >

Cooly 1000

The Cooly 1000 is a 1.0km short course option from Coolangatta to Kirra Beach. This is a perfect introduction for less experienced ocean swimmers and retains the popular point-to-point format. View Course Map >

Junior Giants (1000m)

The Junior Giants event is a great opportunity for kids aged 10 years to 16 years to compete with other swimmers their own age.

Organisers also encourage family and friends to share the experience and swim the course alongside the kids.

The 1000m event will use the same course format as the 1000m Short Course event starting at Coolangatta Beach.

Cooly Classic Ocean Swim is proudly supported by Major Events Gold Coast.

Event Details


18 April, 2021


Coolangatta, QLD 4225

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