Nature & the Reef

Register now for Swim for the Reef

Swim for the Reef is an annual world-wide event that brings people together to swim and raise funds to support EDO Qld's work for the Great Barrier Reef. 

Set yourself your own personal 'swim challenge' and start raising funds via sponsorships from family and friends. You can swim as an individual, family or team and swim any style you prefer.

Whether you swim 4 laps or 40 laps, your valuable participation will attract donations and help EDO Qld to undertake crucial legal work to protect the Reef.

While the main event is on 20 January 2018, the challenge can be customised depending on when, where and how you prefer to swim.

It’s all about having fun and contributing to the Reef’s protection! 

The overall tally of laps from all participants will be added together, as we aim to swim the equivalent distance of the Reef (a massive 2,300km!). 

Floatation devices and swimming aids are permitted (other than motorised) and amusing costumes and team names are welcomed (-nay, encouraged!).

#SwimfortheReef works like this:

  • REGISTER your team (OR, if you don’t have a team, register anyway and we’ll find one for you). When you register you will receive a link to your own unique fundraising page;​
  • COLLECT DONATIONS for EDO Qld by getting your friends and family to make donations via your fundraising page;
  • SWIM as many laps as you can on 20th January 2018 (or at a date convenient to you), keep us updated via social media (#swimforthereef) and don't forget to let us know your lap tally.

As you know, our precious Great Barrier Reef needs legal representation in the face of the life-threatening impacts suffered from climate change, decreased water quality and coastal development.

Funds from the swim-a-thon will go towards law reform, challenges and awareness work including a Great Barrier Reef Protection Policy that includes a state and federal commitment to no new or expanded fossil fuel mines.

Since our inaugural event in 2016, more than 450 participants have enthusiastically swum laps and obtained donations – filling the day with colour, activity and a determination to support legal protection for our beautiful, World Heritage-listed Reef.

We have put the money raised in 2016 and 2017 to great use. The donations raised by our enthusiastic swimmers have enabled EDO Qld to make a real difference.

In 2017 alone we have: 

  • Hosted the highly successful Paris Climate Agreement: Implications for Australian Lawyers in March 2017 for an audience of over 200;
  • Contributed to the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan report commissioned by The World Heritage Committee to demonstrate the ‘effective and sustained protection of the property’s Outstanding Universal Value and effective performance in meeting targets’;
  • Helped community group WRAD challenge our government’s decision to approve Adani’s controversial Abbot Point coal terminal expansion. While the decision stands, WRAD has vowed to carry on the fight and we will be there to support them with legal advice
  • Reviewed Great Barrier Reef Water quality impacts regulations, namely from agricultural activities but also urban development and other intensive land uses in Queensland; and
  • Created submissions on behalf of communities for: Reef draft water quality regulations, 21 April 2017; Review of national climate change policy, 5 May 2017; and draft Minister’s Guidelines and Rules (MGR) for making local planning schemes, 9 May 2017.

We would love to say that the Great Barrier Reef is saved, but  - with threats coming from so many directions - we are needed more than ever to keep using the law as a tool to protect it.

Can we count on your support for Swim for the Reef 2018?

Any questions? Take a look at our FAQ’s on the event website or get in touch with our Swim for the Reef team by phoning (07) 3211 4466 or email us at We look forward to hearing from you!



Our participating pools this year are currently:

  • Bellbowrie Pool, 47 Birkin Road, Bellbowrie
  • Burpengary Aquatic Centre, 20 Fountain Rd, Burpengary
  • Castlemaine Fitness Centre, 23A Lyttleton St, Castlemaine Victoria
  • Dolphins Pool, Klingner Rd, Redcliffe
  • Ithaca Pool, 131 Caxton Street, Paddington
  • Jindalee Pool, 11 Yallambee Rd, Jindalee
  • Mullumbimby – Petria Thomas Swimming Pool, Jubilee Ave, Mullumbimby
  • Maroochydore – Cotton Tree Aquatic Centre, The Esplanade, Cotton Tree
  • Musgrave Park Pool, 100 Edmonstone Street, South Brisbane
  • Noosa Aquatic Centre, 6 Girraween Ct, Sunshine Beach
  • Palm Beach Aquatic Centre, 1 Thrower Dr, Palm Beach
  • Stanthorpe Pool, Talc Street, Stanthorpe  
  • Victoria Point YMCA, 128 Link Rd, Victoria Point
  • Yeronga Pool, 81 School Road, Yeronga