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Top swimming spots in the Victorian Goldfields

Posted 08/01/2019 in Things to do
There are heaps of great swimming spots throughout the Victorian Goldfields! We have plenty of creeks, rivers and reservoirs which are great for swimming, fishing, picnics and more. Check out some of Goldfields Guide's top picks for swimming in the area...

1. The Cascades, Metcalfe VIC

This extraordinary hidden gem is tucked away in the quiet town of Metcalfe, Victoria, just 25 minutes from Castlemaine and 40 minutes from both Bendigo and Daylesford. 

A series of cascades sweep over layers of bedrock as the water whirls down through rock pools, crevices and little caverns. Relax in a rock pool, take a dip in one of the larger swimming holes, or make your way across the stunning bedrock and boulders to wander along and appreciate the scenic beauty of the Coliban River. 

2. Calembeen Park, Creswick VIC

With its gorgeous twin lakes, sweeping displays of waterlilies, abundant bird life and plenty of fish, Creswick's Calembeen Park is a beautiful haven for relaxation and recreation. 

A multi-level diving tower is a dominant feature along the water's edge. The swimming lake at Calembeen Park has a depth ranging from 1 - 30 metres with a sudden, steep drop - exercise caution when swimming and always supervise children. There is a safer, shallow section of the lake off to the side which is great for children. 

3. Three Bridges, Eddington VIC

Three Bridges is a picturesque crossing of the Loddon River in Eddington, Victoria, named because the gravel road winds its way over the water across three bridges. An arrangement of the rocks beside the main bridge forms a stunning multi-level pool and spa, turning this crossing into a gorgeous, tranquil retreat along the Loddon. A second, smaller rock pool has been created alongside the neighboring bridge. 

4. Turpins Falls, Langley VIC

The lake at the bottom of Turpins Falls is a fantastic swimming spot surrounded by a spectacular wall of rock. The waterfalls have just dried up for the year, but this swimming hole is still a favourite!

5. Lake Eppalock, Eppalock VIC

Lake Eppalock is located just 25 minutes from Bendigo and is a popular destination for boating, water sport, fishing, swimming, bushwalking, barbecues and picnics. There are lots of fantastic visitor facilities at various locations around Lake Eppalock including multiple picnic areas with electric barbecues, public boat ramps, several public toilet blocks, and a kiosk. Camping facilities are provided in multiple caravan parks around Lake Eppalock.

Goldfields Guide lists heaps of great spots around Lake Eppalock for swimming, boating, fishing and barbecues - click here to discover them all

6. Expedition Pass, Golden Point VIC

Expedition Pass is a scenic reservoir in Golden Point, just a few kilometres from Chewton and Castlemaine. This reservoir is fantastic for swimming, fishing, bushwalking, canoeing and birdwatching. There are no facilities on site, so bring along a picnic blanket and enjoy a swim and a peaceful picnic lunch by the water. 

7. Vaughan Springs, Vaughan VIC

The spectacular park features a beautiful creek for swimming, several free electric barbecues, picnic tables, a gazebo, a giant hillside slide, mineral spring taps, a miniature railway, a few great trees for climbing, scenic walks, toilets and plenty of educational signs.

Click to discover more about Vaughan Springs in Vaughan VIC

8. Bealiba Reservoir, Bealiba VIC

The Bealiba Reservoir Recreation area is a fantastic spot for camping, picnics, fishing, swimming, bushwalking and birdwatching. There are three picnic sites around the small reservoir, two of which are well equipped with tables, chairs and fire pits - the third is simply a firepit. 

9. Cairn Curran, Baringhup VIC

The Cairn Curran Reservoir is an enormous water catchment managed by Goulburn-Murray Water, located between Baringhup, Joyces Creek and Welshmans Reef. This is a fantastic spot for swimming, fishing, boating, picnics and barbecues.

10. Laanecoorie Reservoir, Laanecoorie VIC

Laanecoorie is a beautiful little town within the Loddon Shire, well known for the gorgeous Laanecoorie Reservoir and the fantastic picnic, camping and recreation facilities which surround it. Laanecoorie and the Loddon River are fantastic for swimming, boating and fishing!

11. Jubilee Lake, Daylesford VIC

Jubilee Lake in Daylesford, Victoria is a popular spot for swimming, fishing, birdwatching, bushwalking, and picnicking. The lake features excellent barbecue facilities, a playground, picnic tables, walking track, mineral spring tap, kiosk, cafe and toilets. Canoes and paddleboats are available to hire from the kiosk. 

Jubilee Lake is stocked regularly with rainbow trout, making this an excellent family-friendly fishing spot. You can also enjoy a scenic 30 minute circuit walk around the lake, and be sure to stop and sample the water at the mineral spring tap.

12. Mount Cameron Gorge, Mt Cameron VIC

Mt Cameron-Cotswold Road, in Mount Cameron, drops unexpectedly into a deep gorge before crossing Tullaroop Creek. This beautiful little patch along the creek is a great spot for swimming and fishing. This area is great to bring kids swimming as the creek floor is covered with smooth stones and there's a fair stretch of shallow water before it starts to get deeper.

13. Bridgewater Swimming Hole, Bridgewater VIC

The scenic Bridgewater Swimming Hole has been a local favourite for generations, now featuring a beautiful picnic and barbecue area which overlooks the water, and easy riverside walking tracks complete with viewing platforms. 

What's your favourite swimming spot in the Victorian Goldfields? Let us know in the comments below!




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