Four Secret Swimming Holes in and around Melbourne
Freshwater Swimming Holes in Australia

Want to know a secret spot for a swim in one of Melbourne's rivers and lakes? Here are some lesser known swimming spots in and around Melbourne, where you have a better chance of a bit of water to yourself.

Within the Melbourne metropolitan area, Laughing Waters is tucked away at the end of a few dirt roads on the Eltham side of the Yarra River. There are several deep pools available for swimming and a tiny beach, with a rock outcrop that juts out into the river. You can read more here about Laughing Waters for swimmers including how to access important water quality warnings for the Yarra River. The main pool in the Yarra River at Laughing Waters Above: The main pool in the Yarra River at Laughing Waters

Bring a pair of sturdy shoes and hike 3 km up the Lerderderg Gorge from the MacKenzie's Flat picnic area to take a swim in Grahams Dam. It's a relatively flat walk, rising only occasionally up the side of the gorge and away from the river.
If you weren't looking for it, you could easily walk past the dam wall, which is now only a collection of shin deep stones and logs. The water is much deeper on the outside of the bend immediately upstream of the dam wall. You can read more here about Grahams Dam for swimmers including how a video of the obstacles you have to cross to get there and how to best prepare for the walk. Narrow passageway on the way to Grahams Dam Above: Squeezing through a narrow passageway on the walk to Grahams Dam

If you want to take a day trip a bit further outside of Melbourne, head down the Monash Freeway to Lake Glenmaggie. The lake is well known for boating and fishing, and there is a designated swimming area at the south-eastern end of the lake, but that's not the best place to swim. If you want to find a perfectly tranquil, secluded spot in amongst the flooded river redgums, you can read more here about Lake Glenmaggie for swimmers, including the best spot to swim and the best time of year to visit. Follow me into the water at Lake Glenmaggie Above: Follow me into this shady, sandy, secret swimming spot at Lake Glenmaggie

Pykes Creek Reservoir has the elusive Swimmers Cove. It is marked on the recreational zone maps of the lake, which you can find on signs around the lake, however the cove itself is not signposted, so you can readily drive past it. The number of signs stating that "swimming is not advised" far outnumber the references to the cove, which is another reason why relatively few people know about this spot. You can read here about Pykes Creek Reservoir for swimmers including some of the pitfalls of this swimming area. The pebbled entry to swimmers cove Above: If there were signposts to swimmers cove, this is where they would point

If you want to discover more secret swimming holes, you can find out 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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