This guide is the primary source of information for swimming holes in Victoria, Australia. Every swim has been tested by getting into the water.
Swimming Hole Heaven includes directions, photographs and videos of the best waterholes, lakes, rivers and waterfalls for swimming
around the State, based on more than 15 years of research. Feel free to
browse the online version, or order the full Guide to Freshwater Swimming Holes in Victoria
, first published
in 2004, to access a curated book of my top 50 swimming experiences in Victoria. This site mostly survives by word of
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My tips include, for a swim close to Melbourne, Lerderderg Gorge
you are heading west for a day trip or overnighter, try St George's Lake
in Creswick, and if you are heading east, Buchan Caves Reserve
is one of my favourites. If you are looking for a swim within the Melbourne metropolitan area, Lysterfield Lake
is the pick of the bunch.
Select Your Region of Victoria:
Click or tap on the title or photo of each region of Victoria below to find your next swimming day trip or holiday destination, or alternatively
search by map
or via my list of lists
. Swim safe, have fun and remember that no
matter how cold the water is, it's alright once you're in!
These swimming holes are all within around an hour's drive from the city centre, including several
spots along the Yarra River. I've also included a few iconic swimming pools and bathing options
for the colder months of the year…
The north east of Victoria has some invigorating swims, particularly in the many national
parks in the area. North of the Great Dividing Range, the swimming season here is slightly longer
than in Melbourne due to the warmer weather and more reliable water sources…
One of the more pristine areas of the State, expect clean and clear water, especially in the high country and far East
Gippsland, including spots along Victoria's longest undammed river. Swim in a cave pool, or enjoy a crowd free picnic
by the water's edge…
Some of Victoria's best waterfalls to swim under are located in western Victoria. My selection
includes some spots in the Grampians and the Otways, as well as several waterfall-fed billabongs
that are bounded by tall basalt columns…
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.
If you are thinking about relying on one of the
swimming hole lists for Melbourne or Victoria that have been floating around the internet,
my review of those swimming hole lists
might make you think twice about it. For more reliable
information that gives you quick access to some of my favourite swims, you can check out my own swimming hole lists
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