Bungies Hole was a popular swimming hole up to the 1950s, located in a bend of the Werribee River, just behind Chirnside Park. It is an elliptical pool around 75 metres
across and 130 metres long, and reportedly up to 30 metres (100 ft) deep. Swimming is no longer permitted at Bungies Hole.
Above: Werribee River at Bungies Hole
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According to various newspaper articles from first half of the 20th century, Bungies Hole included an Olympic Swimming Pool, a swimming club (formed in 1924),
a diving tower and changing rooms. The Werribee Shire Banner
reported hundreds of bathers in the water at Bungies Hole on weeknights over the holidays in 1928. A 1932 Weekly Times article
on the Werribee Swimming Club described Bungies Hole as a
"fine natural freshwater basin" that is "one of the best [swimming venues] in the State", having hosted the one mile State Championship for several years prior.
The Sydney Daily Telegraph
reported in January 1945 that NSW State
Swimming Champion Jack Campbell had been training in the Olympic pool at Bungies Hole whilst working as an air trainee at the nearby RAAF base.
The origin of the name Bungies Hole is a matter of some conjecture, with Bronwen Hickman's article
on Bungey's Hole (note the earlier different spelling) providing a good overview of the various theories about where the name came from.
Above: Werribee River at Bungies Hole, early 20th century
(Source: State Library of Victoria
Complaints about the suitability of Bungies Hole were evident as early as 1934, when the
Werribee Shire Banner
reported a public meeting unanimously concluding that Bungies Hole
was unsuitable for swimmers because of river floods. It was not until two decades later, after more floods and drownings, that an Olympic Pool was constructed in
Chirnside Park after much debate on the proposal
in the early 1950s.
Bungies Hole is now home to only the Werribee and District Anglers Club, which has a clubhouse overlooking the river. A sign outside the clubhouse makes it
clear to visitors that swimming is no longer permitted. The chlorinated Werribee Outdoor Pool that replaced Bungies Hole is only a few minutes walk away near the entrance to Chirnside Park for anyone
wanting to have a swim.
Above: Werribee River at Bungies Hole Inset: The no swimming sign
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Bungies Hole can be reached by a concrete path along the riverbank and is still a nice spot for a stroll or a bike ride, with several picnic tables and park benches dotted along the
trail. If you are visiting, take a look at the outlet of Bungies Hole, where you can see the water banking up behind a rock bar with a concrete top. According to the caption on a
by Ron Rixon, this area was a small swimming pool created for young children, commonly known as the Little Pool.
Above: Little Pool at Bungies Hole outlet
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Other Information Before You Go:
Chirnside Park at the western end of Watton Street, Werribee, 32 km south west of the Melbourne CBD
For locals, ride your bike along the Werribee River Trail until you reach Chirnside Park. Bungies Hole is in front of the Angling Club.
For those driving, there is car parking throughout Chirnside Park, including outside the Angling Club.
Angling Club clubhouse, picnic table, park bench, bike path, car park
Concrete, silt, mud
Maximum water depth:
Greater than 2 metres
Minimum swimming proficiency required:
Not applicable, no swimming allowed
Prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog:
No swimming. Dogs permitted.
Shade available along the river bank from river gums. No shade at some of the picnic tables along the bike path and at Bungies Hole.
Yes to the Angling Club with a view of Bungies Hole. There are steps down to the edge of the water. Priority parking for the disabled
is located outside the Angling Club.
There is no camping at Bungies Hole. If you are visiting Werribee and want to stay near this former swimming hole,
you can try the following options. All distances are by road, not as the crow flies.
Booking your accommodation via these links may result in a commission (at no additional cost to the price of the linked item) to swimmingholeheaven.com
that helps maintain and enhance this website.
Wyndham City Council
Nearby attractions: Riverwalk Splash Park
, 4 km by road 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 car park beside Bungies Hole. If the map is not zoomed in locally, as can occur with some browsers, simply click or tap on "View Larger Map" below.
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If you have any memories of swimming at Bungies Hole in the past, I would love to hear about it. Leave me a comment via the comment box below. I am also curious as to whether anyone could confirm if the
current day Werribee Anglers clubhouse is the former changing room for the pool, as it looks similar based on old photographs of the site. All fields are required if you would like
your comments published on this website.