The weir across Seven Creeks at Euroa formed the pre-Olympic swimming pool for the town. Pre-Olympic swimming pools in Victoria are those
that were replaced by standard 8-lane, chlorinated 50 metre Olympic swimming pools in the swimming pool funding spree leading up to
the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. The weir is located in Seven Creeks Park, south-east of the town centre. The concrete steps provide
easy entry to the water and give you a place to dry off cleanly after your swim. The water is quite murky here and the depth is
variable, so the local shire advises against diving.
Above: The former swimming pool in Seven Creeks at Euroa
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The popularity of this swimming spot declined rapidly after the Olympic pool was built around the corner in Bury St. Seven Creeks Park is still however
a great place by the water for a walk along the heritage trail or a picnic. A pedestrian bridge runs directly over the weir wall if you want
to cross the river to the lawns on the other side. The park also hosts the Australian National Show and Shine car
exhibition in October each year.
This swimming hole did not make it into my top 50 in Victoria. The main reason being the high sediment load in the water that gives it
a muddy brown colour and makes it impossible to see the bottom. One of my favourite swimming holes nearby (within 20 km of Euroa) did
make it into the top 50, so if you are looking for a swimming hole in this area in clearer water, grab a copy of the guide to
Freshwater Swimming Holes in Victoria.
Other Information Before You Go:
Kirkland Ave West, Euroa, 160 km (approx. 2 hr drive) north east of the Melbourne CBD
Take the Hume Freeway (M31) and exit onto the Euroa Main Rd (C312) at Euroa. Head
north-east along this road for 3 km and turn left into Kirkland Ave West just before you reach the Seven
Creeks bridge. The weir is about 50 metres downstream of the bridge.
Toilets, rubbish bins, sheltered electric bbqs, picnic tables, lawns
Maximum water depth:
Greater than 2 metres
Minimum swimming proficiency required:
Prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog:
No prohibitions stated on site
Shade available out of the water
There is no camping next to Seven Creeks at Euroa. If you are planning to stay overnight in the area you can try
accommodation near this swimming hole.
Historic buildings in Railway Avenue, and Gooram Falls
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 former swimming pool on Seven Creeks at Euroa.
Here are some personal accounts of swimming at the weir which show how fond people were of this swimming spot:
"I grew up in Euroa in the late 40s to early 50s. We simply lived in the Seven Creeks swimming hole once the council put the planks
in (under the footbridge). All of us local kids lived wonderful free lives especially through summer. There was a
duck pond section boarded up for beginners. Also a diving board as well as jumping and diving off the foot bridge. I got my swimming certificates
there and of course our school held their sports there. Great memories. Best place."
- Glenis Miller (nee Fox), Victoria, Australia 9/1/2017
"What great memories of a beautiful little country town, and a brilliant swimming pool made out of the Seven Creeks Stream.
Our church camp situated up at Mt Wombat made day trips to cool off on those hot summer days. 50 plus years ago, memories,
such a wonderful part of our lives."
- K.Jackson, New Zealand (formerly of Melbourne, Australia) 14/1/2015
"I swam here when I was a small boy, before they built the Olympic pool in town.
My family loved it, we all learnt to swim in this place. They used to hold the school swimming sports here with the other towns around as well.
Fond memories of the place."
- G.Jones, Queensland, Australia 3/1/2015
If you have swum here, either before or after the municipal pool was built, I would love to hear about it.
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