A place for all…

Australia espouses egalitarianism and likes to think of itself as inclusive. This idea is also pretty central to wild swimming – no matter who you are or where you come from, you can dive in and enjoy the natural wonders of this great land! 

In honour of this, two bits of news:

Mark it in your calendars, our favourite organised swim The Sydney Skinny is coming up! A time to brave up and strip off, embracing body positivity and raising money for good causes at the same time! The Sydney Skinny is the worlds biggest organised Skinny dip, where swimmers do a loop off charming Cobblers Beach. It is the only organised Australian swim we know of that’s emphasis is firmly placed on fun!

On the other end of the nudie spectrum, we’d like to give a shout out to the swim group the Burkini Babes who recently rocked the Australian designed swimwear while competing in a Maroubra ocean swim. The Burkini has been a total game changer for so many women around the world. We love that the Burkini Babes are getting out there and doing it on their terms! Hurrah!

Sydney gets new pop up beach!

You’ve probably already heard about Sydney’s latest ‘secret’ beach – a small patch of white sand fronting some seriously appealing Aqua water in the Eastern Suburbs. This pop up beach is here for a limited time only and will disappear as soon as the weather turns. Locals say it appears only about every seven to ten years, but the good news is that it’s expected to hang around until Subday at least! Take care as it is normally a body boarding spot so can be prone to rips and swell, but such a top spot that’s going, going, gone is surely the best invitation to get out there and kick of the wild swimming season!

Photo credit to Darren Collins on Instagram.

Ocean Swims

Wild Swimming Sydney fan Peter, let us know that the book has been reviewed by the good folk at Ocean Swims. It’s a good read, and while you’re there you can discover up and coming organised wild swims happening in some incredible, far flung spots!

Great Walks

Sally and Steve were thrilled to see Wild Swimming Sydney reviewed by Great Walks!  As Great Walks discovered, some of Sydney’s 250 best wild swimming spots are reached via spectacular bush walks, which makes them perfect for swimmers and walkers alike!

Injuries at Figure 8 Pool

With the wild swell Sydney has been experiencing it’s a good time to head inland and discover some of its amazing freshwater waterholes. As always it pays to check on conditions before you head out swimming, change your plans if need be, but stay safe.

Sally and Steve were shocked and saddened to hear about the injuries sustained at Figure 8 Pool yesterday. 
And 150 visitors!!? It seems the word is getting out about this wondrous spot. Some people worry that the more known a location is, the more likely it is to be spoilt. Well, Sally and Steve have always taken a different perspective and hope that instead, the more people that know and love a wild swimming spot, the more people there’ll be who are passionate to see its looked after.
9 News – Figure 8 Pool Rescues

Abbeys Books

Sally and Steve recently visited the cornucopic Abbey’s to sign some copies of Wild Swimming Sydney. Abbey’s is a Sydney institution and much loved independent bookseller, well worth a visit!


Wild Swimming Sydney on 702am

Wild Swimming Sydney author Sally Tertini was lucky enough to be invited on to 702Sydney’s Drive show with Richard Glover to discuss wild swimming! If you missed hearing the interview live, you can listen to the podcast here:
Drive with Richard Glover

Sally is introduced about ten minutes in and discusses wild swimming in Sydney including some tips for top places to visit.

Tell NSW Premier Mike Baird to reinstate marine sanctuaries

Less than 7% of the NSW coastline is fully protected in marine sanctuaries. Yet crucial sanctuaries in Byron Bay, the Coffs Coast, Port Stephens and the Batemans region could be erased.

Sydney wild swimmer, Premier Baird says he cares about protecting our oceans, but actions speak louder than words.

It couldn’t be easier to get involved – contact your state MP, and Premier Baird, and ask them to RE-INSTATE and ENLARGE our network of marine sanctuaries.

Here’s what Wild Swimming Sydney authors Steve Pollard and Sally Tertini told Mike:

The ocean and its marine life are part of our birthright as Australians – we are a lucky country for sure, but risk messing things up for future generations as our marine life cannot continue to thrive unsupported.

There is a wealth of established science which supports the value of marine sanctuaries. Our marine life is already under pressure from climate change, pollution, industry, and fishing, and marine sanctuaries provide invaluable respite and protection

It’s time to continue Australia‚Äôs bipartisan history of marine protection and save our national network of sanctuaries.

I urge you to reinstate our network of marine sanctuaries, and indeed push for more to be created.