Newcastle's iconic Australia Day harbor swim will return next year after the management team gained approval to run the event. There were fears the trans-harbor swim would never return after our club was forced to cancel it in January last year due to safety concerns and increased marine activity.
Club president Callan Nickerson said the swim had been running for 24 years and had only been canceled twice.Its a really uniquely Newcastle event and we wanted to ensure it had a future, he said.
The swim is a great way to kick off your Australia Day and not something that we wanted to lose. You dont get to swim across the worlds biggest coal port every day.Up to 400 swimmers from across NSW and Queensland are expected to compete in the ocean swim on January 26.