Rocky Valley Reservoir is the swimming pool on the roof of the world. For long distance
swimmers and triathletes, high altitude training at this reservoir, located 1800 m
above sea level, will give you a competitive edge. The theory is that the thin air
conditions your lungs to work harder, so that when you return to the lowlands, your
blood will be supercharged with oxygen for a short time, giving you an extra burst of
energy for competition.
Above: Rock hopping to deeper water at Rocky Valley Reservoir
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Rocky Valley Reservoir is still a wonderful place for the casual swimmer. Lying on your
back and floating in the water, the sky is so close that sometimes you can almost touch
Best entry to the lake is via the northern shore, where you can rock hop to deeper
water and avoid the mud. The water can be very cold and a wetsuit
or vaseline are
In early spring this lake was the site of the
first verified ice mile swim
in Australia (congrats Wyatt Song for that honour), with water temperatures dropping to just below the 5 degree threshold for
qualifying for the ice mile, once any ice on the lake surface has melted.
In summer, when most ordinary mortals like myself have swum here, blow flies and March flies are in abundance. Jumping into the
water is a good way to escape them. The flies are attracted to navy blue, so a pair of thick
black navy blue socks is a handy way to distract them from the rest of your body.
Camping sites are available all around the lake. Boating and fishing are also permitted.
Other Information Before You Go:
Alpine National Park, Bogong High Plains Rd, 390 km (approx. 5 hr drive) north
east of the Melbourne CBD
Take the Kiewa Valley Hwy all the way to Falls Creek, where it is renamed
the Bogong High Plains Rd. The lake is a few kilometres beyond Falls Creek village.
Facilities: Order the guide
Under foot: Order the guide
Maximum water depth: Order the guide
Minimum swimming proficiency required: Order the guide
Prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog: Order the guide
Limited to no shade available
Hiking trails around Falls Creek
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 where I swam on the northern shore of the lake. 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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