For an uplifting, cool dip into freshwater, turn to nature’s refreshing pools for kids and families, committed hikers, walkers and cyclists. Many swimming holes are found in stunning greenery, or graceful waterfalls or rivers. Take the plunge and feel reinvigorated. Cool off in A. E. Lind swimming pool at Buchan Caves Reserve. The pool been carved into limestone bedrock and is fed by an underground stream offering one of the more varied swimming experiences in Victoria.
Alternatively, rainforests provide cool relief in summer with Erskine Falls, Triplet Falls, Beauchamp Falls and Hopetoun Falls all located within Great Otway National Park. Turpins Falls near Kyneton is one of the most popular freshwater swimming spots in central Victoria. The water is extremely cold, but the natural beauty of the surrounding rock formations will quickly take your mind off it. Lesser known Gooram Falls within the Seven Creeks Wildlife Reserve features a beautiful series of tumbling cascades plus a picnic spot to take in the picturesque view of the waters and surrounding bushland after your swim.
Witness one of the most photographed waterholes across the state. Lake Catani, an artificial lake in Mount Buffalo National Park is a firm favourite throughout summer, offering alpine breeze providing relief from the heat. The trek up the mountain is worth it for a rewarding day visit.
Pound Bend Tunnel at Warrandyte is a popular freshwater swimming nook and a naturally occurring spa. The rushing waters formed through the Yarra’s diversion tunnel provide relief for sore muscles. For those swimmers who prefer calmer waters, there are shallower pools nearby for a calmer swimming experience.