Green Lake is one of four lakes dotted along the Western Hwy east of Horsham in Western Victoria. The lake has a sandy beach several hundred metres
long and about 15 metres wide (depending on how full the lake is) that provides a soft, gradual entry into this shallow lake. The lake is most popular
with water skiers and sailboats, with an active local club for these activities.
Facilities at the lake were upgraded in 2013 and now include sheltered bbqs in the car park adjacent to the highway. If you are looking for a
break from your drive along the highway, this is a nice place to quickly stop and stretch your legs along the beach.
Like the name suggests, Green Lake is genuinely green in colour and has suffered from fairly regular blue-green algae outbreaks. This is largely because
it does not receive regular inflows, and the quality of water occasionally delivered into the lake from a nearby channel is often poor. For swimmers,
the lake also has mussels on the bed, so unless you know the local conditions well, you need to wear sandals in the water, particularly when the lake
levels are drawn down in dry years.
This swimming hole did not make it into my top 50 in Victoria. The main reason being the poor water quality, so if you are passing by, just
enjoy it for the walk along the beach and the view. Several swimming holes in the Horsham region did
make it into the top 50, so if you are looking for a swimming hole near Horsham in cleaner water, grab a copy of the guide to
Freshwater Swimming Holes in Victoria.
Essential Information Before You Go:
Western Hwy, 12 km south east of the Horsham town centre and 290 km (approx. 3 hr 20 mins) drive north west of the
From Melbourne head out along the Western Fwy. Green Lake is on the left hand side, right next to the highway,
shortly before you reach Horsham.
Sheltered picnic tables and barbecues, toilets, car park, boat ramp
Sand. Mussells can also be a problem, so you need to wear sandals if you are going in the water and are unfamiliar
with where the mussells are.
Maximum water depth:
Greater than 2 metres
Minimum swimming proficiency required:
Prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog:
No dogs, no camping.
Shade available out of the water
Horsham Rural City Council
Camping is not permitted at Green Lake. If you are planning to stay overnight in the area you can try
accommodation in nearby Horsham.
Grampians National Park
Before you head out, make sure to read the
swimming safety information.
The marker indicates the location of the beach next to the car park 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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