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Crusoe Reservoir

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Crusoe Road, Big Hill VIC 3555

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Crusoe Reservoir is a local favourite for swimming, fishing, kayaking, bushwalking and photography. Surrounded by bushland views and scenic walking tracks, this is a beautiful spot for recreation and relaxation.

Swimming at Crusoe Reservoir

Crusoe Reservoir is the best swimming spot in Bendigo, with a wooden platform on the shoreline and an island pontoon further out in the water. The pontoon features a large platform and two ladders, providing plenty of space for a group of people and creating a great opportunity for diving.

Visitors must note that swimming is not permitted along the dam wall due to a dangerous undercurrent and submerged rock. The section where swimming is not allowed is marked with a sign.

Fishing at Crusoe Reservoir

Crusoe Reservoir is a great place for fishing and contains tench, redfin, yellowbelly and murray cod. There's plenty of space along the dam wall and around the shore to set up a camp chair and settle in for an afternoon of fishing. 

Boating at Crusoe Reservoir

Non-powered boats such as sailboats, canoes and kayaks are permitted here.

Bushwalking at Crusoe Reservoir

Visitors can take a 3.3 km scenic circuit walk around Crusoe Reservoir, enjoying a mixture of bushland and water views. This gravel track is wide and well formed, accessible by walkers, cyclists, prams and wheelchairs. 

You can also walk across to the nearby No 7 Reservoir via a 1.7 km walking track which connects the two areas. 

Visitor facilities at Crusoe Reservoir

  • Toilet block
  • Rubbish and recycle bins
  • Information board
  • Bench seating along the walking track

Conditions of entry

  • No prospecting
  • No camping
  • No R.C. boating
  • No power boating
  • No fires
  • No motorcycles
  • No littering
  • No dogs



  • Bushwalking is an excellent way to get outdoors and exploring nature.
  • There are heaps of fantastic swimming spots throughout the Victorian Goldfields, including the Loddon River, Cairn Curran Reservoir, Laanecoorie, Turpins Falls, and many more!


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Where to ride
Hi, are horses permitted at the reservoir for water walking exercise? Or does anyone know where they are permitted? Thanks.