Best places to cool off this summer — that aren’t the beach!
If you’re looking to avoid the beach crowds this summer, but still want to jump in a body of cool water, check out these great spots.
This summer is different. Many places in Victoria have been impacted by recent flood and storm events. Before you head off, research your destination. For more information, visit our Flood and Storm Affected Parks page.
Lower Glenelg National Park is on the South Australian border and feels like a long way from anywhere. Canoe down the Glenelg River and pull in to riverside campsites where you can cook over a campfire, have a swim and sleep under the stars with a chorus of wildlife.
French Island National Park, bang in the middle of Western Port Bay, is a secluded paradise accessible only by boat. You’ll find mangrove saltmarsh areas, open woodlands and a thriving population of koalas. Take your bike or walking shoes for half day walks leaving from Tankerton Foreshore Reserve.
Lake Eildon National Park is water sport heaven with spectacular scenery. Hire a house boat or book a campsite for a week or a weekend. Enjoy swimming, canoeing, waterskiing, sailing and fishing all with rolling hills and mountains as your backdrop. There are moderately challenging hikes to choose from, all with stunning views.
Lake Dartmouth in the Alpine National Park is popular for fishing, camping and four-wheel driving. Brown and Rainbow Trout are plentiful, while Victoria’s largest population of Macquarie Perch are found here. If you’re staying overnight experienced hikers and campers can enjoy some of Victoria’s most authentic and scenic dispersed camping. You’ll need to be fully self-sufficient with food, water and camping equipment. Firewood supplies are limited especially in the alpine and sub alpine areas, so the use of camping stoves is preferred.