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Seven Creeks Park, Euroa
Freshwater Swimming Holes in Victoria


 
The weir across Seven Creeks at Euroa formed the pre-Olympic swimming pool for the town. Pre-Olympic swimming pools in Victoria are those that were replaced by standard 8-lane, chlorinated 50 metre Olympic swimming pools in the swimming pool funding spree leading up to the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. The weir is located in Seven Creeks Park, south-east of the town centre. The concrete steps provide easy entry to the water and give you a place to dry off cleanly after your swim. The water is quite murky here and the depth is variable, so the local shire advises against diving. Swimming in Seven Creeks Park at Euroa The popularity of this swimming spot declined rapidly after the Olympic pool was built around the corner in Bury St. Seven Creeks Park is still however a great place by the water for a walk along the heritage trail or a picnic. A pedestrian bridge runs directly over the weir wall if you want to cross the river to the lawns on the other side. The park also hosts the Australian National Show and Shine car exhibition in October each year.

This swimming hole did not make it into my top 50 in Victoria. The main reason being the high sediment load in the water that gives it a muddy brown colour and makes it impossible to see the bottom. One of my favourite swimming holes nearby (within 20 km of Euroa) did make it into the top 50, so if you are looking for a swimming hole in this area in clearer water, grab a copy of the guide to Freshwater Swimming Holes in Victoria.
Essential Information Before You Go:
Location: Kirkland Ave West, Euroa, 160 km (approx. 2 hr drive) north east of the Melbourne CBD
Latitude:-36.752718 Longitude:145.574114
Getting there: Take the Hume Freeway (M31) and exit onto the Euroa Main Rd (C312) at Euroa. Head north-east along this road for 3 km and turn left into Kirkland Ave West just before you reach the Seven Creeks bridge. The weir is about 50 metres downstream of the bridge.
Facilities: Toilets, rubbish bins, sheltered electric bbqs, picnic tables, lawns
Entrance fee: None
Water temperature: Mild
Water clarity: Murky
Under foot: Concrete, silt
Maximum water depth: Greater than 2 metres
Minimum swimming proficiency required: Experienced
Prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog: No prohibitions stated on site
Sun shade: Shade available out of the water
Opening times: Always open
Wheelchair access: Yes
Managing authority: Strathbogie Shire
Accommodation Options: There is no camping next to Seven Creeks at Euroa. If you are planning to stay overnight in the area you can try accommodation in Euroa.
Nearby attractions:Historic buildings in Railway Avenue
Before you head out, make sure to read the swimming safety information.
Locality Map:
The marker indicates the approximate location of the former swimming pool on Seven Creeks at Euroa.
Change of Conditions:
I am not currently aware of any change of conditions reported at this site by the managing authority, or by swimmers on this website. If you are visiting this former swimming spot and have any further updates on any change of conditions, let me know via the comment form below.
Comments:
Here are some personal accounts of swimming at the weir which show how fond people were of this swimming spot:

"I grew up in Euroa in the late 40s to early 50s. We simply lived in the Seven Creeks swimming hole once the council put the planks in (under the footbridge). All of us local kids lived wonderful free lives especially through summer. There was a duck pond section boarded up for beginners. Also a diving board as well as jumping and diving off the foot bridge. I got my swimming certificates there and of course our school held their sports there. Great memories. Best place." - Glenis Miller (nee Fox), Victoria, Australia 9/1/2017

"What great memories of a beautiful little country town, and a brilliant swimming pool made out of the Seven Creeks Stream. Our church camp situated up at Mt Wombat made day trips to cool off on those hot summer days. 50 plus years ago, memories, such a wonderful part of our lives." - K.Jackson, New Zealand (formerly of Melbourne, Australia) 14/1/2015

"I swam here when I was a small boy, before they built the Olympic pool in town. My family loved it, we all learnt to swim in this place. They used to hold the school swimming sports here with the other towns around as well. Fond memories of the place." - G.Jones, Queensland, Australia 3/1/2015

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