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GMHBA Lorne Pier to Pub

Key information for the GMHBA Lorne Pier to Pub Events

  • 2019 Dates:
  • GMHBA Lorne Mountain to Surf Friday 11th Jan 2019

    GMHBA Lorne Pier to Pub and GMHBA Lorne 5000, Saturday 12th Jan 2019

Race results - 2018 Race results - prior years

The GMHBA Lorne Pier to Pub is in its 39th year and is the largest ocean water swim in the world. The swim is a 1.2km course starting at the Lorne Pier and finishing on the foreshore in front of the Lorne Surf Lifesaving Club house. It is organised and run by the volunteers of Lorne Surf Lifesaving Club.


Entries for the 2019 swim will open in early November.

Adult entry price - $70
Junior entry price - $70

Late entries from 15 December 2018 - $100

There will be no ballot this year – if you enter in the first two weeks you are likely to obtain a place.

This year sharkbait swimmers will enter at the same time as all other swimmers and will be guaranteed entries in that initial 2 week period.

The course

How early do I need to be there

Registration is open from 9am to 12pm on the day. Make sure you arrive early and consider coming the inland route via Deans Marsh as it is usually the fastest route on the day. Make sure you park legally – you can park in one of the public car parks ($25 entry fee to the Lorne Men’s Shed community association) or we offer free parking and a courtesy shuttle bus from the Golf Club car park, which is convenient if you are coming the inland route.

Wetsuit Hire, courtesy of 2XU

Ordering of wetsuits for hire online through our sponsor 2XU has now closed. A limited number of wetsuits will be available for hire from Thursday 10 January 2019 4pm to 6pm and from 8am on Friday 11 January 2019 at the Pop Up 2XU tent on the Lorne foreshore. They are allocated on a first come first served basis and we recommend that you get in early. You also have the opportunity to purchase it if you like it (which you will, and your hire fee will be fully refunded!)

*********There will be a range of heavily discounted wetsuits for sale at the Pop Up tent *********

Keeping hydrated on the day

We recommend everyone bring their own water bottles. We will have a Barwon Water row of fountains at the North side of the surf club for refilling.

Lorne is moving to become a plastic-free town and as part of that the GMHBA Lorne Pier to Pub is adopting a plastic minimisation policy. We will be phasing in our minimisation changes over the next two years, and as an example of this, water will be available for swimmers at the finish, but not plastic water bottles.

Changing and gear

There is a gear tent for swimmers to place their bags and also we can transport gear from the pier back to the beach in our gear truck. Do not place valuables in bags as we do not accept any responsibility for any losses.


You need to be at the pier 30 minutes before your race. It can be a 15-20 minute walk from the surf club.

The swim

If this is your first time swimming be aware of the following:
1. It is very busy at the start, so try starting back from the start line and wait 5 seconds after the gun to give yourself space and reduce the risk of an accidental kick or arm
2. Take your time during the race to get your bearings
3. If distressed put your arm up and someone will come to assist you

The finish

Cross the timing matts on the finish line and keep moving up the beach where you remove your timing band. There will be water near the clubhouse and you can collect your gear from the gear tent and change in the changing tent if you wish. Then please move from the finish area to make way for your fellow 5,000 swimmers!

Withdrawals and refunds

We accept withdrawals from the run up to the 15th of December 2018. We charge a 15 dollar fee for a withdraw. After the 15th of December 2018 we do not offer refunds.

Event Cancellation

If the swim is cancelled (e.g. due to adverse conditions), the event will be re-run on a pre-determined date (TBA each year). Swimmers unable to make the re-run date will not be eligible for a refund.

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Created: 15/Jun/2008 - 09:15 AM Last updated: 16/Jan/2018 - 09:44 PM

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