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Watch competitors swim around Busselton Jetty
You could now combine a south-west holiday with the Busselton Jetty Swim 2019, which will be held on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th February 2019. This is the premier ocean swim around the iconic Busselton Jetty and since 1996, the Busselton Jetty Swim has grown from a local event to an internationally recognised event. In 2019, it is expected that the event will attract 2700 competitors!
The course will be on in the morning and is a swim of 3.6 km around the Busselton Jetty. There will be solos and relay teams of two and four and you can be a part of the atmosphere and enter the best jetty swim in the world!
For the first time in 2019, there will be the inaugural One Mile - Swim to Shore. This is unique as you will not find many other swim events that you could start at 1 mile out to sea and then swim back to the beach! This is literally called "jumping in at the deep end!" Swimmers will enter the water at the end of the Busselton Jetty on the western side and swim back to shore. This is a distance of 1.6km or 1 mile.
NOTE: Swimmers must be able to walk the 1.6km to the start and be able to jump or climb into the water from the ramp (about 1 metre).
There are 300 solo places available for this event and if you want to enter you will need to put down your name now as most of these events are already on wait list.
Junior swimmers can also participate in the SunSmart Busselton Jetty Kids Swim. This will be a 222-metre swim for 8 to 12-year-olds around the outside of the swimming jetty. This will be held at 11:30 am on Sunday 10 February and after the main swim. You can find out more about this kids swim at this link.
Event Tee Shirts and Merchandise There are tee shirts and merchandise available for this swim - event tee shirts will cost $25, hoodies will be $50 and trucker's caps will be $10.
You can read more about these products at this link.
ENTERTAINMENT There will be family-friendly activities which will start on Saturday afternoon and continue throughout the weekend. These will include local artists performing, skate exhibition through to giant games on the foreshore and beach games and sandcastle competitions on Sunday.
There will be activities suitable for all ages and some of the entertainment for the weekend includes:
SOGGY BONES SKATE CLINIC
This is presented by Tailtap Skate Clinics on Saturday 9th at the Skate Park from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm. This will develop skateboarding technique and skills.
The team of professional skaters will be putting on displays of their tricks and tips and also have equipment for those wishing to skate.
This is the 55th Festival of Busselton Float Parade presented by the Festival of Busselton on Saturday 19th January.
It will leave from Signal Park and go through the centre of Busselton's CBD, from 4.00 pm. The parade will then travel down Queen Street, Prince Street, Stanley Street, Albert Street, before returning up Queen Street to Signal Park.
There will be prizes including best float, best business float, best children's decorated bicycle and best float with children.
This is presented by the Busselton Runners Club on Saturday 9th and will feature Ambassador Melinda Gainsford-Taylor.
The half marathon, 10km run and 5km fun run is held annually on the 2nd weekend in February. Competitors commence and finish at the Busselton Foreshore.
The SunSmart Busselton Half Marathon raises funds for various community groups. Over the past few years, it has raised money for Busselton Volunteer Marine Rescue, WA Disabled Sports Association and Friends of the Cape to Cape Track.
These are presented by SunSmart Busselton Jetty Swim on Sunday 10th at the Busselton beachfront.
The games start at 9.00 am with the Family Treasure Hunt followed by the classic beach games. Then there is the sandcastle competition, egg and spoon relays, 3 legged races, sack races, tug of war and more!
BUSSELTON is one of our more attractive south-west towns with a lot to see and do in the surrounding areas. Being quite close to Margaret River, Busselton is an excellent place to use as a hub for your next south-west holiday.
Busselton Jetty is 152 years old and is one of the major drawcards in Busselton as it is a 1.7-kilometre jetty, which even has a jetty train! Travel on this and you can relax while you journey on the calm, clear waters of Geographe Bay. The train has 90 seats and trips leave every hour. The Stocker Preston Express electric jetty train was built in 2017 and is the perfect way to experience the Busselton Jetty. It is the first of its kind in Australia and takes about 45 minutes to complete the journey.