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Swimming Hole Heaven in Victoria
Your guide to the best swimming holes

Not another inane swimming hole list scraped off the internet, this guide is the primary source of information for swimming holes in Victoria, Australia. Swimming Hole Heaven provides details of the best waterholes, lakes, rivers and waterfalls for swimming around the State, all personally vetted by getting into the water. 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 mouth, so if you support genuine, well researched, independent content on the web, don't forget to share it with your friends. Swimming Hole Heaven in Victoria

My tips for the colder months include The Dome and Peninsula Hot Springs, or head to the tropics (Qld, NT, Fiji), or a hot spring in New Zealand. For those in Melbourne, to find the warmest public pool near you, check out my list of water temperatures in Melbourne's public pools.
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. Swim safe, have fun and remember that no matter how cold the water is, it's alright once you're in!

In and around Melbourne

Swimming Holes in and around Melbourne 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…

North East Victoria

Swimming Holes in North East Victoria 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…

Gippsland (South East Victoria)

Swimming Holes in Gippsland (South East Victoria) There are swimming holes for all seasons in this part of Victoria, from the icy cold crystal clear waters of the high country in the summertime to the chillbusting warmth of a huge heated pond in the Latrobe Valley for winter…

Western Victoria

Swimming Holes in Western Victoria 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…

Too wet for a swim? Visit a waterfall

Waterfall Seasons of Victoria My companion website Waterfall Seasons of Victoria lists 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.

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