Swimming Holes in Gippsland

These swimming holes are all located in Gippsland (South East Victoria), including spots in the Latrobe Valley and East Gippsland. Feel free to browse the online version, which includes some (but not all) of my favourite spots. If you are looking for more, you can order the full guide for a curated list of my top 50 swimming holes in Victoria. For any local changes in conditions and this season's swimmer's forecast, you can subscribe to my newsletter.
Select Your Swimming Hole in Gippsland:
Click or tap on the title or photo of each swimming spot below to find your next swimming adventure in Gippsland, or alternative search by map. Swim safe, have fun and remember that no matter how cold the water is, it's alright once you're in! The best spot for a swim is at the western picnic area of Blue Rock Lake, which has a designated area for swimming with calm, clear water, mountain views (in one direction only) and an easy, gradual entry into the water. Relaxing during the quiet times, but also a lot of fun for noisier daytime picnics… The icy cold swimming pool in the Buchan Caves Reserve fills from a natural underground stream at the Dukes Cave outlet. Not for the faint hearted except on the hottest of days. Camp by night here and swim in the daytime… Filled to the brim every Spring, the water laps up against the sandy beaches amongst the flooded gum trees. You can still swim here in summer, but the lake can be drawn down considerably. Find out which side of the lake has the best swimming…
This large lake is filled with water heated by the nearby power station and stays warm all year round, even on cold winter and spring days like when I swam in it. It is the only outdoor recreation venue of its kind in Victoria… Lake Narracan on the Latrobe River has a designated swimming area directly in front of the caravan park on the southern side of the lake. The swimming area has a small sandy beach, a long curved jetty and a grassy hill under the gum trees… The Avon River meanders through wide pebbly beaches either side of the Princes Hwy at this Shakespearean inspired town. On your way between Melbourne and Bairnsdale, the riffles catch your eye from the bridge above as they glisten in the sunlight… Relax, swim, jump or snorkel in the deep pool or splash around in the fast moving, shallow water upstream. Definitely one of the best swimming holes in Gippsland and readily accessible from the Princes Hwy alternative at Bruthen… This roadside picnic area on the way to Metung in the Gippsland Lakes offers deep water swimming in a wide, open section of the Tambo River with expansive views upstream and downstream, and a couple of picnic tables nearby…
Historical (but now defunct) Swimming Holes:
I do not currently have any swimming holes in this category in Gippsland, but am leaving a placeholder for when the Hazelwood Power Station gets turned off.
Other Swimming Spots:
To find other swimming spots in and around Gippsland, order a copy of the Guide to Freshwater Swimming Holes in Victoria, which includes more of my favourite swimming holes plus additional information about some of the ones that I've shared online. Alternatively there are several swimming holes in and around Melbourne, north east Victoria and western Victoria that you can visit in an afternoon or day trip. If you know of a swimming hole in Gippsland that you think I should visit, suggest a site. My companion website Waterfall Seasons of Australia lists all of the waterfalls that I have visited during my search for swimming holes. You can swim at some of them, but most are just for viewing and admiring. Great for a day trip when it's too chilly to get into the water. My companion website Ankle Deep Water lists shallow water play areas that I have come across during my search for swimming holes. These are for splashing rather than swimming and most are suitable for inexperienced swimmers (under supervision), so they can be a great option if you have a young family.

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