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
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
. 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.
Above: Squeezing through a narrow passageway on the walk to Grahams Dam
An unofficial skinny dipping location can be found in the
Yarra River at Bourchiers Road
in Kangaroo Ground. It's not on the State's list of gazetted
nude bathing areas, so you still run the risk of arrest from the authorities, but at least you are likely to find like
minded swimmers. You can read more here about Bourchiers Road for swimmers
more details about the potential legal risks involved.
Above: The high sediment load reducing visibility in the water at Bourchiers Road
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.
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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