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Black Duck Hole, Anglers Rest
Swimming Hole Heaven in Victoria


 
Black Duck Hole is a swimming hole on a sweeping elbow bend of the Mitta Mitta River between Omeo and Anglers Rest. The river winds its way around a rock peninsula upstream of a set of rapids, creating a calm backwater for swimming. Swimming at Black Duck Hole, Anglers Rest Above: Black Duck Hole (Order this image)

When the river is high, the pool is around 60 metres long, and because the pool gets deep quickly away from the shore, it is possible to swim the length of the pool without heading out into the main current. Fortunately there are some submerged boulders that allow you to wade out into the water without getting your toes stuck in the mud close to the shore. The views of the surrounding bushland from both the shore and within the water are panoramic, with the constant gush of water at the downstream end as water escapes from the pool through the rapids. Swimming at Black Duck Hole, Anglers Rest Above: The upstream entrance to Black Duck Hole (Order this image)

Apart from a spot to park your car, there are no facilities at this swim, with a steep 700 metre walk on a former 4WD track from the car park down to the river. Make sure you have good grip on your shoes to keep your footing on the loose gravel track. At the swimming hole, space on the shore is limited, with just enough room to lay out some towels in a couple of spots along the southern and eastern shores. Given how remote this swim is, and how steep the walk down is, it is unlikely you will be there at the same time as anyone else.

Here is a video of my swim at Black Duck Hole on a spring afternoon when the river was reasonably high.

Other Information Before You Go:
Location: Omeo Hwy, 10 km east of Anglers Rest or 19 km north of Omeo. 420 km (approx. 5 hr drive) north-east of the Melbourne CBD
Latitude:-37.000026 Longitude:147.535635
Getting there: From the Princes Hwy (M1) at Bairnsdale head north to Bruthen and then follow the Great Alpine Road (B500) to Omeo. From Omeo head north along the Omeo Hwy (C543) for 19 km until you see the roadside parking for Black Duck Hole. From the car park it is a steep 700 metre walk down to Black Duck Hole.
Facilities: Car park
Entrance fee: None
Water temperature: Cool to Mild
Water clarity: Clear
Under foot: Mud, rocks

Maximum water depth: Greater than 2 metres
Minimum swimming proficiency required: Experienced
Prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog: No vehicles on the walking track. Dogs permitted.
Sun shade: No shade available in the water, limited shade out of the water, particularly in the middle of the day.
Opening times: Always open
Wheelchair access: None
Accommodation Options: Whilst there was a fire pit beside the river, I think you would be hard pressed to comfortably fit a tent at this swimming hole. The nearest campsites are the CRB Campground and Anglers Rest Campground, which are dispersed camping areas in the Alpine National Park (no dogs permitted) at Anglers Rest. If you want to stay overnight in the area near this swim, you can try the following options. All distances below are by road, not as the crow flies.
Nearby accommodation:Distance from swim:
Homeo Alpine Cottage 18 km
Omeo Motel 19 km
Colonial Motel 19 km
Managing authority: Shire of East Gippsland
Nearby attractions: The gold mining history at nearby Omeo
Before you head out, make sure to read the swimming safety information and check with the managing authority for any current change of conditions.
Locality Map:
The marker indicates the approximate location of the roadside car park at the start of the walk to this swim.
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