Great Ocean Pool Crawl 2024

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The Great Ocean Pool Crawl is locked in for Sunday 3rd March 2024 for the 19th year! We want your support and involvement to make this day a bigger and better success than our last event!

The fun day begins at the Towradgi Beach Hotel for an 8:00am check in. If you have already registered online, you still need to confirm your attendance and receive your shirt and reserved ticket for the bus. After checking in we'll jump on the free courtesy buses that will take us from pool to pool (Approx 9:00am). If you wish to drive to each pool yourself, you can follow us (but it's much more fun on the buses) and meet us at the first pool (Coalcliff) for a 9:30am start. We'll enjoy 2 laps in each rock pool before heading onto the next.

On completion of the 5th pool (Towradgi) we will make our way back to Towradgi Beach Hotel for entertainment (Approx. 1pm), prizes, raffle, an auction, and some yummy lunch!

Funds raised will go towards Cancer Council’s programs and services such as supporting cancer patients and their families in the Illawarra region. It is through events like The Great Ocean Pool Crawl that the Cancer Council can continue to provide the community with practical cancer support services including Transport to Treatment, Cancer Prevention Programs, local Advocacy, and our 13 11 20 Information & Support Line.

Schedule for the Day

  • 8am: Arrive at Towradgi Beach Hotel
  • 9am: Board the free courtesy buses
  • 9:30am: Coalcliff Ocean Pool
  • 10:10am: Wombarra Ocean Pool
  • 10:50am: Austinmer Ocean Pool
  • 11:30am: Bulli Ocean Pool
  • 12:10pm Towradgi Ocean Pool (incl. time at amenities block if required)
  • 12:45pm: Lunch, prizes, raffle, auction, and entertainment at the Towradgi Beach Hotel

We look forward to seeing you on the day!

How it Works


Register for the Great Ocean Pool Crawl. Your registration of $50 (Adult), $30 (Child, 8yrs to 17yrs) and $140 (Family) will go towards to Cancer Council NSW to support local cancer prevention & support programs as well as world class research. Register online before February 26th to purchase early bird tickets and SAVE $10 per Adult, $5 per Child & $30 per Family.


Start fundraising – let your family and friends know that you are taking on the challenge and share your fundraising page. Be sure to check out the fundraising incentives and get yourself onto the leaderboard.


On the day get dressed up in your best swimming outfit and complete 2 laps of the 5 ocean pools. There will be an after function at the Towradgi Beach Hotel where we can enjoy a lunch, prizes, an auction, raffle, and entertainment. There will be prizes to be given out to the person with the best outfit, the highest fundraisers and one swimmer will receive a lucky door prize.

Every dollar we raise will help make an incredible difference to the thousands of Australians and their families that are affected by cancer every single day.

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The more you raise for Cancer Council NSW, the more you will get rewarded! As a way of thanking our supporters we are giving Woolworths's gift cards to those individuals who reach the below the fundraising targets on their page before Sunday 3rd March 2024*:

  • $300+ raised = $30 gift card
  • $500+ raised = $50 gift card
  • $1000+ raised = $100 gift card

*The total funds raised on individual supporter page as of 02/03/2024 at 11.59pm AEST will determine the gift card value received. Gift cards will be supplied to those eligible individuals on the day of the event or at a later date via alternative arrangements depending on the gift card value. $300+ raised = $30 gift card, $500+ raised = $50 gift card, $1000+ raised = $100 gift card.

Don't forget that there will be prizes for best dressed, highest fundraiser and highest fundraising team!

PLUS if raise over $300 before the event date, you will go into the draw to win a prize (prize to be confirmed!).

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What is included in my registration?

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Registration includes entry to the event, a shirt, and a seat on the bus that takes participants from Pool to Pool. There is only 150 tickets to the event this year, and once this is exhausted you will not be able to register so be sure to register as soon as you can.

What should I bring on the day?

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Bring your favourite Sunday swimmers/bathers/boardies/budgie smugglers, sun protection (including sunscreen/zinc, t-shirt/rash and vest/steamer and hat), towel(s) and any extra swimming accessories you can think of (goggles, swim caps, floaties, kick-boards, flippers) - be creative with your attire, you could win Best Outfit!

What happens if there are no more seats on the buses? Can I still participate?

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You can still participate in the Great Ocean Pool Crawl. Register as you normally would through the Great Ocean Pool Crawl website, be sure to check in at the registration desk before you drive up to meet everyone at Coalcliff. Once we finish each pool, follow the buses to each pool.

What happens if it rains on the day?

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Rain, hail, or shine – we go ahead! If it is looking like we are expecting some rain on the day, be sure to pack extra towels.

Is lunch included in the registration fee?

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Lunch is not included in the registration fee. Be sure to bring snacks and food with you on the day if you wish. We will be heading back to Towradgi Beach Hotel for the after function where you can buy your own lunch.

Will I be swimming in the ocean?

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You will be swimming in the 5 ocean pools – Coalcliff, Wombarra, Austinmer, Bulli & Towradgi.

What happens after we finish at the last pool?

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We will return to the Towradgi Beach Hotel for lunch, prizes, an auction, raffle, and entertainment. Attendance is optional and this is a nice way to get together to celebrate the completion of the Great Ocean Pool Crawl 2024.

How do I collect donations?

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You can share your fundraising page and your friends and family will be able to donate to your page by clicking the ‘donate’ button. For any cash donations, you can bring the money on the day and hand it in at the registration desk.

About Cancer Council

We believe in a cancer free future. There are things that we can all do every day to help make this happen. Together with our volunteers, supporters, stakeholders and staff, we are committed to reducing the impact of cancer on individuals and the community, and to lessening the burden for people affected by cancer.

Every year in NSW alone, more than 48,000 new cases of cancer are expected to be diagnosed, and the impact on families, carers and communities is significant. Cancer Council is the only charity to work across every area of every cancer, from research to prevention and support. We help people from the point of diagnosis through to treatment and survivorship.