On the Day

Paddle Across the Bay is Australia’s largest stand-up paddle event, traveling from Brighton Beach to Port Melbourne – a 10km, 1.5 to 2-hour journey across beautiful Port Phillip Bay.


Start Point - 6am Registration at Green Point, Brighton Beach

Finish Line - 930am/10am at Port Melbourne Yacht Club, Beach Road, Port Melbourne Beach

*Course is subject to flip in reverse as an alternating route depending on wind and weather conditions. Paddlers will be contacted 72 hours before the event if this change should occur.

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Be at the finish line (Port Melbourne) to welcome 300 paddlers back to shore. A free beach yoga class and Cold and Conscious Ice Baths will be held at 9:00am for family and friends. There will also be entertainment, prizes, and a healthy beach breakfast between 9:00am and 12pm.


Be at the start line (Brighton beach) to check in between 6 am - 6.45 am. Your ticket will be sent to you by email. Check-in closes at 6.45 am.

At 6.30 am, your safety briefing and the warm-up session will begin so that we are all ready to enter the water and start the 10km journey to Port Melbourne.

Once paddlers arrive at the Port Melbourne finish line and check out, they can begin to enjoy the stalls and activities.

*We recommend you arrange to have someone drop you off in the morning as public parking is limited. Please ensure you abide by parking restrictions as paddle across the bay is not responsible for any fines received.

What to bring (Paddlers):

  • Paddleboard (No kayaks or other vessels)
  • Paddle
  • Leg rope (Mandatory)
  • Water (Hydration backpack is recommended)
  • Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher, broad-spectrum and water-resistant)
  • Broad-brimmed hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Mobile phone (use a waterproof pouch or two zip lock bags to keep it dry)
  • Your QR ticket, either on your phone or printed

Safety on the day is critical:

  • All participants must have a leg rope.
  • As the course will not exceed 400m from the shoreline, participants are not required to use a personal flotation device (PFD)
  • The event will depart as a single large group.
  • Our experienced Paddle marshals and professional boat support will always support you.
  • Any participants that need assistance should sit on their board and raise their arms for attention.
  • Participants unable to finish and who do not need medical attention will be collected and taken to the nearest pier. Therefore, ALL participants must carry their phone and/or money in the event they need to arrange transport.
  • This event is for stand-up paddle (SUP) boards only. NO kayaks or other vessels can be used.