Port Melbourne to Williamstown


Below are some of the frequently asked questions about the Big Bay Swim. If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Where does the Big Bay Swim take place?

The Race takes place in Hobsons Bay, Melbourne, Victoria. The start is at Sandridge Beach in Port Melbourne and the finish is in Williamstown alongside the main tourist pier. Click on the course map link for an aerial view.


Is it safe? How fit do I have to be?

The length of the swim is 3.2km in open water, so you do need to be reasonably fit and confident. There are life savers at all points along the swim and they pick up anyone in distress. All shipping, boats and yachts are kept well clear. We do recommend you wear a wetsuit.


What if the swim from Sandridge Beach in Port Melbourne is deemed too dangerous on the day?

An alternative departure point has been arranged in calmer water to allow the event to proceed.


Can I enter on the day of the event?

Yes, but we encourage you to pre-register to avoid delays before your swim. You will also receive a special BBS t-shirt and cap in your goodies bag if you pre-register. Online Registrations will close on Friday 22rd of February, Registrations after this date will have to be processed on the morning in person between 7am and 8am.


Is there transport back to the start at Sandridge Beach?

Yes, there is a free bus provided and we also have a luggage van which can take your bags over to the finish in Williamstown.


Where does my fee go?

Your entry fee, along with support from our various sponsors, goes towards specific charity programs run by the Rotary Club of Point Gellibrand, Williamstown.


What time does the swim start?

The 2019 Big Bay Swim will begin at 9:00am with registrations open from 7:00am and closing at 8:00am.