Here are my top two outdoor swimming spots in Melbourne - one for those in the eastern suburbs and one for those in the western
suburbs. Both are family friendly locations and great for kids wanting to have a swim.
For those on the eastern side of town, Lysterfield Lake
is in the outer suburb of Lysterfield,
between Wellington Road and the Monash Freeway.
It is a large water body with two constructed beaches on the eastern
side of the lake. The water here is clean and clear most of the time, and better than you will find in most other
swimming holes in the metropolitan area. The picnic areas beside the lake are extensive, with lots of sunny lawns,
shaded picnic tables and barbecue facilities. You can read more here about
Lysterfield Lake for swimmers
and why it is my favourite in Melbourne.
Above: A toy speedboat piercing through the water between two rubber dinghies on Lysterfield Lake
For those on the western side of town, Lerderderg Gorge
near Bacchus Marsh boasts
pristine waters at two locations. MacKenzie's Flat offers shallow water play in amongst the rushing waters of this pebbled
stream, whilst Grahams Dam further upstream has a deep hole for swimmers wanting to get in a few strokes. The Lerderderg
Gorge is not however suitable for swimming all year round. You can read more here about
Lerderderg Gorge for swimmers
, including the best times to visit.
Above: Stepping stones across the Lerderderg River on the way to Grahams Dam
You can find out more here about other swimming holes in Melbourne
and across Victoria.
Before you head out, make sure to read the swimming safety information.
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