Melbourne's Top Two Swimming Spots
Freshwater Swimming Holes in Australia

 
Here are my top two 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. Lysterfield Lake in a Rubber Dinghy 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. Stepping stones across the Lerderderg River 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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