These swimming holes are all located in Gippsland (South East Victoria), including spots in the Latrobe Valley and
East Gippsland. 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
for a curated list of my top 50 swimming holes in Victoria.
Select Your Swimming Hole in Gippsland:
Click or tap on the title or photo of each swimming spot below to find your next swimming adventure in Gippsland, or
alternative search by map
. Swim safe, have fun and remember that no matter how
cold the water is, it's alright once you're in!
The best spot for a swim is at the western picnic area of Blue Rock Lake, which has a designated area for swimming
with calm, clear water, mountain views (in one direction only) and an easy, gradual entry into the water. Relaxing
during the quiet times, but also a lot of fun for noisier daytime picnics…
The icy cold swimming pool in the Buchan Caves Reserve fills from
a natural underground stream at the Dukes Cave outlet. Not for the faint
hearted except on the hottest of days. Camp by night here and swim in the daytime…
Filled to the brim every Spring, the water laps up against the sandy beaches amongst the
flooded gum trees. You can still swim here in summer, but the lake can be drawn down considerably.
Find out which side of the lake has the best swimming…
Lake Narracan on the Latrobe River has a designated swimming area directly in front of the
caravan park on the southern side of the lake. The swimming area has a small sandy beach, a
long curved jetty and a grassy hill under the gum trees…
Camp for free within a stone's throw of this waterfall pool in one of the more remote, but still readily accessible,
parts of South Gippsland. Best for afternoon swimming on hot days in summer and autumn, when chilling out in the water does not
involve getting frozen stiff…
The Avon River meanders through wide pebbly beaches either side of the Princes Hwy at this Shakespearean inspired
town. On your way between Melbourne and Bairnsdale, the riffles catch your eye from the bridge above as they glisten
in the sunlight…
Relax, swim, jump or snorkel in the deep pool or splash around in the fast moving, shallow water
upstream. Definitely one of the best swimming holes in Gippsland and readily accessible from
the Princes Hwy alternative at Bruthen…
This roadside picnic area on the way to Metung in the Gippsland Lakes offers deep water swimming in a wide,
open section of the Tambo River with expansive views upstream and downstream, and a couple of picnic tables
The Tarago River meanders past this grassy knoll with a shallow, sandy beach, where you dangle your feet in the water from the streamside logs,
or wade into the water for a splash around. You will also find a playground and barbecue facilities…
This former water supply reservoir north of Orbost offers long lap swimming in the middle of the bush, after a 2 km hike from the nearby picnic area. Pick
a spot free of fallen timber and head out into the open water at this seldom visited swimming spot…
Historical (but now defunct) Swimming Holes:
Click or tap on the title or photo of each swimming spot to explore some recent history
of outdoor swimming in Gippsland.
I previously swam in this lake in mid-winter when it was heated by Hazelwood Power Station to a cosy
22 degrees year round. It was truly unique in Victoria as a swimming venue, and held regular long-distance
swimming events until its final closure in April 2019…
Free Splash Parks, Splash Pads and Water Features for Kids:
Click or tap on the title or photo of each free public splash park if you want to have some family fun in the water, but the kids are not
quite proficient enough to venture into a swimming hole.
Patterson Park incorporates a large splash pad that is flanked by two artificial meandering streams, all
bordered by a long, curved dry wooden deck on one side, and a non-slip path and lawn area on the other. This little park packs a lot in and integrates
seamlessly into the surrounding laid back village atmosphere…
Other Swimming Spots:
To find other swimming spots in and around Gippsland,
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
north east Victoria
and over the border on the NSW south coast
that you can visit in an
afternoon or day trip. If you know of a swimming hole in Gippsland that you think I should visit,
suggest a site
My companion website Waterfall Seasons of Victoria
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.
Before you head out, make sure to read the
swimming safety information
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