Freshwater swimming

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.

Freshwater swimming spots

A young woman walks on rocks across the water in front of Triplet Falls.

Triplet Falls

Triplet Falls is one of the iconic visitor sites in the Great Otway National Park. Nestled amongst the ancient forests of Mountain Ash and Myrtle Beech, you will discover three distinct and impressive cascades flowing through shady rainforests and glades of mossy tree ferns.
Three friends standing at the Erskine Falls lookout admiring the waterfall.

Erskine Falls

Erskine Falls are at the end of Erskine Falls Road 10km north west of Lorne. There is a viewing point above the falls and a walking track, steep in places, leads to the base of the falls. The falls cascade over one of the highest drops in the Otways.
A campground host at Lake Catani talks to two visitors about the campsite.

Lake Catani Campground

Discover magnificent waterfalls and remote alpine landscapes while camping within beautiful Snow Gum woodlands beside Lake Catani in Mount Buffalo National Park.
Mother and young daughter look at the rock formations in the Fairy Cave at Buchan Caves Reserve.

Buchan Caves Reserve

Near the township of Buchan, lies a honeycomb of caves full of spectacular limestone formations. The caves were formed by underground rivers cutting through limestone rock

More nature escapes

Two women follow the path through scrub up Mt Bogong with mountain views in the distance.


Whether you’re after a gentle stroll or something long-distance, there are walking trails to suit all levels of fitness and ability.
A mother and daughter kicks a football in front of dad and two younger children in front of tents at Buchan Caves Reserve.


Victoria’s parks have some great places to camp and there is something to suit all tastes. Choose from fully serviced sites with luxury tents to remote locations with nothing but bush.
A husband and wife stop to take a photo of Masons Falls from the lookout.

Day trips

Pack the car and round up your family and friends. Whether you're seeking relaxation or adventure, parks offer a variety of day trips close to Melbourne.
A couple stop on the side of the Great Ocean Road to take a picture.

Long drives

Venture out on a regional road trip with some of Australia's most scenic drives taking you to its most spectacular natural attractions.
A couple watch the sunset at a picnic table on the edge of Lake Catani at Mount Buffalo National Park.

Sunrises and sunsets

Spectacular sunsets from the summits and to west, and picturesque sunrises in the east , top-and-tail your day the perfect way.
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