Welcome to the Annual Corowa Swim-In & Military Vehicle Gathering
This website is the permanent home of the famous Corowa Swim-In & Military Vehicle Gathering, held annually since 1980 on the banks of the Murray River in the wonderful country town of Corowa, NSW, Australia. For the 2019 event we had 225 vehicles in attendance, the themes being the Year of the Amphibian and Year of the Prototype. There were 14 amphibious vehicles in attendance.
Corowa has become the largest military vehicle rally in Australia and under the Southern Cross and is attended by guests and participants alike from all over the world.
Our next event, in March 2020, is already in the planning stages and will be magnificent in every respect! Every year sees a new theme and for our 41st consecutive event in 2020, it will be Year of the Military Motorcycle. Corowa has come a long way since the first ad-hoc swim-in of amphibious vehicles in 1980 and having the theme as Amphibians takes us back to the origin of the event! 2020 will also be the 40th Anniversary of the first event in 1980.
In increasing numbers every year now, those who own and restore ex-military vehicles from all eras and all nations gather together at Corowa to trade vehicles, parts and stories. These include those not only from Australia and New Zealand, but more and more, from as far away as North America and Europe.
Corowa has come into its own within that unique international community of vehicle restoration enthusiasts and not just for the vehicles themselves; never mind that Australia offers a climate conducive to the survival of 70 year-old vehicles, the camaraderie amongst those who invest much time and money in their endeavours to preserve history is unmatched anywhere!
As we prepare for the 41st consecutive annual Swim-In, please follow along with us here as we present to you a unique look at Corowa past, present and future.
On this site we will continue to chronicle the evolution of this remarkable hobby and it’s even more remarkable participants. We have our own designated area in the forum of our host, MAPLE LEAF UP, a quick link button provided below. We also have a dedicated page on Facebook now, see the link button at the bottom of the Home page.
Please visit us often for updates, and check out our area on MLU to see what is going on!