Lake Glenmaggie is located on the Macalister River. The lake is an irrigation storage for the
Macalister Irrigation District and is typically filled to capacity in Spring. There is a designated
swimming area at Sandy Point, which is in the south-east corner of the lake on Sandy Point Rd,
which has a range of facilities including toilets, bbqs and picnic tables. However the water
can get quite choppy here and the water's edge feels somewhat barren. For a much more relaxing,
picturesque swim, head to the shallower and more gently sloping southern and western sides of the lake, where you can
swim peacefully pretty much anywhere.
Above: The Sandy Point Picnic Area
The best time to visit the lake is in December, when lake levels are often still high. The gum
trees on the edge of the lake are flooded so that you can take a picnic chair and sit under
the shade of the gums, ankle deep in water.
It is a very relaxing way to spend an afternoon,
reading a book or casting a fishing line in the water.
Depending on rainfall conditions, the lake is slowly drained from January through to April
and becomes less attractive for swimming. If it has been a relatively wet year, chances are
that Lake Glenmaggie will be close to full right through summer. The largely natural
catchment upstream of the dam is enormous, so it does not take much rain to refill the lake.
Here is a video that I took when visiting the lake in early summer when the lake was still full
to illustrate how you can have a swim in the shade of the gum trees.
Essential Information Before You Go:
Heyfield-Jamieson Rd or Tinamba-Glenmaggie Rd, Glenmaggie, 200 km (approx. 2.5 hrs drive)
east of the Melbourne CBD
From the Princes Hwy at Rosedale, head to Heyfield via the Rosedale-
Heyfield Rd and then towards Glenmaggie via the Heyfield-Jamieson Rd.
Toilets, tables, lawns, parking, bbqs, boat ramp at Sandy Point
Shade available out of the water
Water clarity, conditions under foot in the water, maximum water depth, minimum swimming proficiency required,
and prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog: Order the full guide
Toilet facilities for the disabled and accessible picnic area at Sandy Point
Camping is not permitted around the lake, but there is a privately operated caravan park on
the western shore that you need to ring or email to book. Alternatively you can try
accommodation in and around Heyfield.
Southern Rural Water
Wilderness areas north of the lake on the Great Alpine Road
Before you head out, make sure to read the
swimming safety information.
The marker indicates the location of the Sandy Point picnic area at the lake.
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 spot and have any further updates on any change of conditions, let me know via the comment form below.
If you would like to leave a comment about this swimming hole, please fill in the comment box below. I'm particularly interested in your
experiences after visiting, and any changes in swimming conditions.
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