The Event

We are incredibly proud to bring you The Sydney Skinny for a fourth year in 2016.Our modest ambition is to make the world a slightly nicer place one swim at a time.

There are no times or racing, just waves of swimmers being set off to run into the water with a flash of exhilaration and the sheer enjoyment of a lovely swim.

When - Sunday 28th February 2016

What is the distance - there are two distances you can chose from and don't forget it is and un-timed swim & therefore NOT a race!

The Sydney Skinny swim is a short 900m swim, around the diamond shaped course in the calm and sheltered waters of Middle Head.

nudie Novice swim is an even shorter 300m swim, to a point in the centre of the Sydney Skinny course and back.

Where - Cobblers Beach, Middle Head, Sydney Harbour National Park, Australia. This wonderfully calm and protected beach faces north-west, hence provides us with idyllic conditions for a lovely swim course.

Age restrictions - All participants must be over 18 years of age to swim Skinny

Start time - Event site opens at 8am and we’ll be finishing up at 3pm

Swim time - Swimmers will select the wave they want to swim in, with waves starting at 9am.

Privacy - This event is a private, fully ticketed event and we will not allow spectators on the beach. We want everyone to feel comfortable and the excitement of doing something that can't do at just any beach... swim in your skin! 

Where will we be clothes free? The only area where people will be clothes free is on the beach. The Festival area is not nude/clothes free - so you and other swimmers will only be bare running from the beach into the water! 

For more information about The Sydney Skinny go to our FAQs page 

Why Participate?

  1. Reconnect with your sense of adventure.
  2. Experience a truly joyous, fun and memorable day.
  3. Strike a blow against destructive body pressure & practice greater self acceptance.
  4. Be a part of one of the world's unique and iconic events in beautiful Sydney.
  5. As the shortest, flattest and easiest swim on the calendar it is the perfect 'starter swim' introduction to the world of ocean swimming.
  6. Raise money to assist in the rejuvenation and protection of Sydney Harbour National Park and other important National Parks & Wildlife projects.

Entry Information

The Sydney Skinny is a ticketed swim, however the festival area (clothed) is open to everyone. All people on the beach will be there to participate in swim and be a part of the excitement of the swim - there is strictly no spectators.

As with previous years, we will have restricted access, to the beach, for media and photographers to capture some of the fun and excitement of the swim. In 2016, waves 1 & 2 will be open to media and photographers ONLY. After the completion of the 2nd wave, ALL media and photographers will be escorted from the beach, with the help of our protective Abacus Security team. Meaning all swimmers from wave 3 onwards will be comfortable knowing that everyone down on the beach will be baring all too!

  1. The Sydney Skinny - $35 + booking fee & the media waves (1 & 2) are $40 + booking fee.
  2. Supporters - everyone is welcome into the Festival area for free, which has various different stalls, food and activities for Sydney Skinny supporters to enjoy.

*Supporters will not be permitted to access the beach, only the swimmers will be able to go to the beach. If a supporter changes their mind and wants to swim on the day the entry fee is $40 cash.

How to enter - go to the entries section of the website where you can register securely online for all swimmers and supporters. There is also a download hard copy form if you would prefer.

Donating - Through the well-known and trusted Everyday Hero fundraising portal, anyone can become a fund raiser and start asking their family or friends to donate funds for our cause, directly to Foundation of National Parks and Wildlife. In addition to building a fundraising page, or perhaps as a more simple option, you can simply add a donation amount while completing your entry into the event.


There is very limited parking within the National Park - this is managed by Harbour Trust (not NSW National Parks & Wildlife). Hence we encourage all participants to car pool, use public transport and utilise the free bus service we put on to assist all participants get to the event site. 

Please ensure you allow enough time to arrive prior to the marshaling time for your swim, 20mins prior to your selected wave start time.  

By car – we encourage everyone to use public transport to and from the event. There is all day parking along Middle Head Road, parking spaces at George’s Heights Oval and there is limited metered parking at Middle Head National Park. The buses will be picking up from the Sydney Buses stops along Middle Head Road.

Private Buses – The Sydney Skinny will be providing private mini buses from 8am to 2pm with a return service from Mosman Junction (from the corner of Middle Head Road and Muston St) to Middle Head Sydney Harbour National Park. The buses will be stopping at all bus stops along Middle Head Road and will have a Sydney Skinny sign and are free for everyone to use. Please note: the buses will not stop between Taronga Zoo Wharf and Mosman Junction.

By Ferry – The ferries commence from Circular Quay, platform 2 at 9am arriving at Taronga Zoo Wharf from 9:12am, Sydney Skinny buses will be on rotation between the Taronga Zoo Wharf, Mosman Junction and Middle Head till 2pm. This ferry route is known as the F2 route see Transport NSW for more information

Transport Website: Transport NSW for all public transport options

Transport App - Try ‘Trip View Sydney’ app for all public transport options.

Bus Options

By Bus - There a many bus routes that travel from Sydney CBD, North Sydney & Northern Beaches.

The only bus route which goes directly into the National Park is bus 244 City - Chowder Bay. The first service leaves Wynyard at 8:46am, getting to Middle Head Rd - near Chowder Bay Road at 9:08am. From that bus stop you walk approximately 120m to the end of Middle Head Road (further into the National Park) where you will see the event entry area.

  • Bus no.  247 from Wynyard to Mosman Junction from 6:30am
  • Bus no.  244 from Wynyard to Mosman Junction from 8:40am
  • Bus no. 190 from Wynyard to The Spit Junction from 5:30am
  • Bus no. 178 & 180 from Wynyard to The Spit Junction from 8:30am
  • Bus no. 143 & 144 from Chatswood to The Spit Junction from 8am
  • Bus no. 230 from Miller St (corner Berry St) to Military Road Mosman from 8am
  • Various buses from Palm Beach, Mona Vale, Dee Why or Brookvale to The Spit Junction from 6am

* These bus times and routes were accurate at the time of publishing, please check with Sydney Buses prior to event day to avoid disappointment

Swim Course Map

sydney skinny swim course

Are you ready to get your Skinny swim on?

“The dash from the shoreline into the waves will be the hardest bit but once I am in the water - what the hell!.”

“It will be great fun and very exhilarating to strip off and dive into the waves. Thank goodness it's going to be Summer!”

“'I'm quite shy and I have never swam naked before. But there is no embarrassment - it will be great fun.”

“I’m very proud to and excited to be joining in this unique event - it is something I will be able to tell my grandchildren...”

"… what better way than in a great community event like this - I like the idea that clothes, constraints and inhibitions are left on the sand".

“Wonderful idea. Love it.”

“We are born naked. who cares who sees your body – be naked with nature for a great cause. The more the merrier….”

“WOW. Can I just say, what an event this is! So interesting and different! Good on ya! :)”

“I heard about this morning, and booked flights from Perth to do it! Wahoooooooo”

“Coooool! Looking forward to it!”