The Guide to Freshwater Swimming Holes in Victoria
provides details of the best waterholes, lakes, rivers and waterfalls for swimming
around the State of Victoria, Australia. It's a handy guide for swimming enthusiasts, outdoor lovers,
day trippers and tourists alike. Feel free to
browse the online version, which includes some (but not all) of my favourite spots, or
order the full guide
to get access to all of my top 50 swimming experiences in Victoria.
My tips for summer include, for a swim close to Melbourne, Lerderderg Gorge
, where the river will be running well this year. If
you are heading west for a day trip or overnighter, try St George's Lake
in Creswick, and if you are heading east, Buchan Caves Reserve
is one of my favourites. If you are looking for a swim within the Melbourne metropolitan area, Lysterfield Lake
is the pick of the bunch.
What's new? Start planning your swimming
getaway for the Australia Day long weekend.
Select Your Region of Victoria:
Click or tap on the title or photo of each region of Victoria below to find your next swimming day trip or holiday destination, or alternatively
search by map
. Swim safe, have fun and remember that no matter how cold the water is, it's alright once you're in!
These swimming holes are all within around an hour's drive from the city centre, including several
spots along the Yarra River. I've also included a few iconic swimming pools and bathing options
for the colder months of the year…
The north east of Victoria has some invigorating swims, particularly in the many national
parks in the area. North of the Great Dividing Range, the swimming season here is slightly longer
than in Melbourne due to the warmer weather and more reliable water sources…
There are swimming holes for all seasons in this part of Victoria, from the icy cold crystal clear
waters of the high country in the summertime to the chillbusting warmth of a huge heated
pond in the Latrobe Valley for winter…
Some of Victoria's best waterfalls to swim under are located in western Victoria. My selection
includes some spots in the Grampians and the Otways, as well as several waterfall-fed billabongs
that are bounded by tall basalt columns…
My companion website Waterfall Seasons of Victoria
all of the waterfalls that I have visited during my search for swimming holes. You can swim at some of them, but most are
just for viewing and admiring. Great for a day trip when it's too chilly to get into the water.
My companion website Ankle Deep Water
lists natural and constructed shallow water
recreation areas that I have come across during my search for both swimming holes and holiday activities. They are suitable for
a leisurely stroll in the water to cool off your feet, or for younger and less experienced swimmers. I have road tested
these spots with my own children.
Before you head out, make sure to read the
swimming safety information.
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