These swimming holes are all located in North East Victoria, including spots in the Mount Buffalo National
Park, the Alpine National Park and along the River Murray. This area generally has the cleanest (and often pristine)
waters in the State, and you are more likely to find water in this region during a drought. Many swimming spots in
the area are the legacy of past gold mining activities. 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
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Select Your Swimming Hole in North East Victoria:
Click or tap on the title or photo of each swimming spot below to find your next swimming adventure in North East Victoria, or
alternatively search by map
. Swim safe, have fun and remember that no matter how cold the
water is, it's alright once you're in!
A large, north-facing irrigation storage in north-east Victoria with oodles of fresh,
clean water to swim in from the surrounding national park. Lake Buffalo looks at its best in
late Spring and early summer when it is usually close to full. Like most irrigation storages,
it can be drawn down considerably in late summer and autumn, depending on the climate…
This flat, shallow, north-facing lake at relatively low elevation heats up earlier in the year
and is a bit warmer for swimming than most other large reservoirs in Victoria.
Perfect in the springtime, it can also be an option in relatively wet summers when it is not
drawn down as heavily for irrigators…
On the mountain plain near Falls Creek resort, this is swimming with nothing over your head except the roof of the world.
Granted, it's cold, in fact very cold, but it's the closest we have to high altitude swimming training to gain a competitive edge
in your chosen sport when you return to the flatlands…
Lake Sambell is an ornamental lake on the outskirts of Beechworth in north-east Victoria.
It has two designated beaches for swimming, but conditions have deteriorated with the lake being
drawn down whilst the dam wall is being repaired…
This picturesque lake and former mining dredge hole is hidden in the forest behind the town of Harrietville. The lake has its
own quirkily named jetty and a swimming pontoon, however algal blooms have been an ongoing problem in this otherwise ideal
Historical (but now defunct) Swimming Holes:
Click or tap on the title or photo of each swimming spot to explore some of the oft-forgotten history
of outdoor swimming in North East Victoria. These are from a time before Olympic swimming pools came into vogue and
the rise of the nanny state took over.
I visited this swimming spot on Pinniger Rd with a group of friends in the late 1980s
and again in the early 2000s, but now it seems they paved paradise and put up a parking lot so
that boats have somewhere to park while waiting to access the boat ramp…
The weir across Seven Creeks at Euroa formed the pre-Olympic swimming pool for the town and
was home to picnics and school swimming carnivals. It's murky and mysterious, but a window
into country town swimming before the Olympic spirit gripped the nation…
Other Swimming Spots:
To find other swimming spots in and around north east Victoria,
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
across the border in NSW
that you can visit in an
afternoon or day trip. If you know of a swimming hole in north east Victoria that you think I should visit,
suggest a site
My companion website Waterfall Seasons of Australia
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. They are mostly too shallow to swim in, but suitable for water play.
These include splash parks, splash pads, shallow entry lakes and shallow entry beaches. They can be a great option if you have a young family.
Before you head out, make sure to read the
swimming safety information.
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