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Salt 66
Magnetic Island to
Townsville Swim

20 July 2024

Now in its 70th year and the 16th year as a cageless swim, the iconic Magnetic Island to Townsville Swim is the showcase event of the TOWSA Open Water Race Series. 

Enjoy North Queensland's tropical winter weather and participate in one of the most iconic open water swims in Australia.

The Magnetic Island to Townsville Swim starts from Picnic Bay on Magnetic Island and finishes on Townsville's shoreline, directly in front of Strand Park.  Guided by a paddler, solo swimmers will swim a total distance of 8km.  Entries are also available for teams of two and teams of four.


Registrations close 22 June 2024

Please read all the information above before completing your entry form (you'll need a credit card for payment)

Your entry fee includes:

  • Silicone swim cap

  • Quality merchandise pack

  • Finisher's towel

  • Inflatable Swim Tow - if required

  • Paddler's safety pack

  • Digital timing with online results

  • Donation to paddlers club and water safety

  • Qualified Water Safety

  • Qualified First Aid Officers

  • Overall and age prizes

  • Bus transfer from Sealink terminal to Picnic Bay 

  • Transport from Townsville to Magnetic Island is provided by Sealink

  • One ticket to the Presentation and dinner at the Drill Hall Gallery


Solo swimmers        $225

2 person team          $400

4 person team          $700


Additional tickets to the presentation $25 per adult and $12.50 per child.

A cash bar will be available.


Solo swimmers and teams must complete the race in under 3 hrs 15 mins


As an indication swimmers can achieve this time, swimmers must complete a swim within 6 months of race date:

  • Solo swimmers must complete a 4km swim in a time less than 1 hour 35 min

  • Team swimmers must complete a 2km swim in a time less than 47.5 mins 


Solo swimmers must be a minimum of 14 years old at 22 July 2023

Team swimmers must be a minimum of 12 years old at 22 July 2023 


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