Swimming Holes in Victoria

book thumbnail 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 spring include Lerderderg Gorge, where the river will be running well this year, and Lake Nillahcootie, which is a shallow, north facing lake in northern Victoria that tends to warm up earlier in the year than other lakes. On cooler spring days you can still enjoy some lazy bathing at Peninsula Hot Springs.

What's new? A new swim in the Yarra at Bend of Islands.
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 Australia lists 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 play areas that I have come across during my search for both swimming holes and kids holiday activities. I have road tested these spots with my own children. They are suitable for all ages, but will especially appeal to younger kids, with most of them also suitable for toddlers or pre-schoolers (under supervision). They can be a great option if you have a young family.

Before you head out, make sure to read the swimming safety information.

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