Of the two designated swimming areas at Blue Rock Lake, the one at the boat ramp and picnic area west of Willow Grove is
by far superior. Here you can walk across lawn right up to the water's edge, then step down onto the bed of reasonably smooth
gravel and continue wading carefree out into the water. Take in the mountain views to the north or catch the early morning
mist on the water for your swim.
Above: The designated swimming area at Blue Rock Lake
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The designated swimming area is about 50 metres wide, with no fishing or boating in this area. The hills to the south are bare
and barren, so if you are doing laps up and down, do your breastroke heading north to take in the views, and keep your head down
when heading south. In front of this swimming area is a large lawn with picnic tables, barbecue facilities and toilets, as well as a car park within
sight of the water.
If you are coming with a boat as well, the ramp is a couple of hundred metres to the north of the swimming area. You
can also combine your swim with a walk around part of the lake via the Blue Rock Lake walking track that heads all the way back to Willow Grove along
Above: The lawn and picnic facilities at the designated swimming area
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The other picnic area near the dam wall, east of Willow Grove, is still ok for swimming, but the bank in this area is a bit
eroded and there are large bluestones scattered in the water that you have to negotiate when wading out to deeper water. The facilities
are similar, but you have to park further away from the water, often at the top of a steep hill, so lugging your picnic and swimming gear is
a bit harder. Head here only if the western picnic area is full.
Here is a video of my swim at Blue Rock Lake on a wonderfully calm morning, with beautiful sunshine piercing through
a light mist on the water.
Other Information Before You Go:
Old Tanjil Rd, Blue Rock Lake Recreation Area, Willow Grove, 140 km (approx. 90 min drive) east of the Melbourne CBD
From the Princes Hwy (M1) at Trafalgar head north along the Willow Grove Road (C463) to Willow Grove. At Willow
Grove, turn left along the C465 (also called Willow Grove Road) for 700 metres then right into Old Tanjil Road. After 400 metres,
veer right into the car park in front of the swimming area.
Public toilets with change rooms, car parking, drinking fountain, lawn, sheltered barbecues, picnic
tables, rotunda, walking trail
Maximum water depth:
Greater than 2 metres
Minimum swimming proficiency required:
Prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog:
No camping, no horses, no fires, dogs must be on a leash, take your rubbish
home with you as there are no bins, no fishing in the swimming area. No cars or trail bikes allowed on the Blue Rock Lake walking track.
Limited shade available on the foreshore. No shade available in the water or along the walking track.
Designated as 8am to 8pm on the managing authority's website, but there were no signs or gates restricting opening
times on site when I visited
None. The lawn area could be wheelchair accessible as the slope is not overly steep, but there are no designated
wheelchair accessible paths or toilets. The managing authority states on its website that the picnic area is wheelchair accessible, but
on site it didn't look obvious to me.
Camping is not permitted around the lake. If you are staying overnight in the area, you can try
accommodation in Willow Grove
near the lake, or accommodation in Moe
20 km to the south.
Southern Rural Water
Nearby attractions: Lake Narracan
, just over 20 km to the south-west.
Before you head out, make sure to read the
swimming safety information
and check with the managing authority for any current change of conditions.
The marker indicates the approximate location of the pool.
Here is one comment from a Gippsland resident:
"Hiya, have just been swimming out at Blue Rock, your description was pretty good - thanks."
- Lu from Churchill, Victoria, 1/1/2019.
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