Nature & the Reef

Swim for the Reef: Early-bird registrations now open!

SAVE THE DATE: 20 January 2018!

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

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.

The challenge can be customised depending on where and how participants prefer to swim; in a small team or large.

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

Whether you swim 5 laps or 50 laps, your valuable participation will attract donations and help EDO Qld to undertake crucial legal work to protect the Reef. The overall tally of laps in 2018 will be added to the 2016 and 2017 totals, as we aim to swim the equivalent distance of the Reef (a massive 2,300km!).

There are 7 registered pool locations in 2018 and we are always happy to sign up more swimming pools. Our participating pools this year are currently:

  • Bellbowrie Pool, 47 Birkin Road, Bellbowrie
  • Ithaca Pool, 131 Caxton Street, Paddington
  • Mullumbimby – Petria Thomas Swimming Pool
  • Maroochydore – Cotton Tree Aquatic Centre, The Esplanade, Cotton Tree
  • Musgrave Park Pool, 100 Edmonstone Street, South Brisbane
  • Stanthorpe Pool, Talc Street , Stanthorpe  
  • Yeronga Pool, 81 School Road, Yeronga

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

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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!



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.