All Roads Lead To Summer In Noosa
In February 2018, the Noosa Summer Swim Festival celebrates its fifth birthday. Queenslanders flock to this event in their thousands, but most wouldn’t class themselves as ‘swimmers’. There’s something about a dip in the big blue at Noosa in the heart of Summer that is proving irresistible.
The scenes on the start line tell the story – it isn’t lined with typical ‘athletes’. In the 1.0km short course event, there are often three generations swimming together – kids, parents and grandparents, that’s rare in any sport.
It’s also becoming a tradition for past Olympic stars like Libby Trickett or Michael Klim to line up themselves for a swim, then present a current batch of Olympians with the annual trophies, like Chelsea Gubecka, Jess Ashwood, or Jarrod Poort. That’s an honour that most ocean swim participants don’t get to experience.
The two-day program at Noosa Main Beach kicks off on Saturday February 3rd with junior events plus short and long courses (1km, 2km, 3km) – these ones are for the masses and all ages. On Sunday, seasoned swimmers get to push their limits in the 5km Noosa Grand Prix, a marathon distance swim which also attracts some international talent with an eye on the prizemoney.
If you need proof that this is one worth putting in the diary, just check out the photos from past events, or the amazing aerial footage from 2017 – it’s like a course preview!
So, whether it’s swimming or shopping, surfing and sightseeing, Noosa will cover all bases. Hastings Street is lined with great shopping and exquisite cuisine that will please even the fussiest of family members. Over the hill in Noosa Junction and Sunshine Beach, there are new eateries and bars popping up that wouldn’t sit out of place in Byron Bay or Bondi – this is the Noosa you might not expect, but need to experience.
The Noosa National Park is a renowned longboard hotspot with point breaks ideal for beginners – be sure to pack your board, you won’t be disappointed.
Getting to Noosa is also a breeze with Jetstar, Virgin and Qantas all flying into Sunshine Coast (Maroochydore) which is only a 20 minute drive from Noosa Main Beach.
So, pack your bags and join Michael Klim and a host of special guests on the Noosa start line for February 3 & 4!
More information and online entries available at: http://worldseriesswims.com.au/