We have tested the water at some of Melbourne’s best swimming spots, from a beautiful outdoor heater pool to the saltwater of the Bay and through to some fresh water swimming holes, Melbourne has some amazing areas for having a paddle. But don’t just head out for the water, some of these places have great restaurants, awesome walking tracks and opportunities to see amazing wildlife. Test some out for yourself!
The Queens Park Swimming Pool [The Strand, Moonee Ponds] is located just a step off the 59 tram, in the park. The pool offers a range of facilities including a 50m outdoor solar heated pool, 20m junior pool, shaded toddlers pool with frog slide for children under ten and a fully equipped kiosk. Take a walk around the picturesque park, or kick a ball around with friends before jumping in the pool to cool off!
Situated on the Golden Mile, the Middle Brighton Baths [251 The Esplanade, Brighton] allow swimmers to have a paddle without the worry of swimming in the open ocean. It’s a perfect place to enjoy the saltwater with the children while you can relax and sunbathe on the hot wooden walkway around the water. If you are a little more adventurous walk next door and jump off the Middle Brighton Pier, beware of stray fishing lines though! After a dip head across the road and grab some fish ‘n’ chips to enjoy in the Baths or sit down for an amazing meal at the prestigious restaurant located at the foot of the Baths. The restaurant situated on the second level offers an extensive menu including a 500 gram rib eye steak for you to enjoy while taking in some of the best restaurant views in the state.
It’s little known that there is a gorge in Melbourne, right in your backyard! Arrive at the Werribee Gorge [Myers Road, Ingliston] with the day to spare as there is so much more to do than just swim, begin by talking a walk around Werribee Gorge State Park (there is a ten kilometre walking track for those keen) and discover great scenery as well as some wild animals. The park is a breeding site for both Wedge-tailed Eagles and Peregrine Falcons so keep your eyes peeled and you might catch a look at these majestic animals. Pack a picnic and have a bite to eat at the Quarry picnic area, this spot is fully equipped with toilets, picnic tables, fireplaces, and information boards about some of the walks around the park. Finish the day with a calming dip in the cool water underneath the rock face and dry off on the sandy bank.
Another spot where a full day could be spent, Pound Bend [Pound Bend Road, Warrandyte State Park] offers great walking paths as well as something for those who are a little more daring. Take the family on a wander back in time with the short Wurundjeri Stories Trail, this fascinating walk has signage posted throughout to explore the Wurundjeri history, culture and traditional life. There are interactive talking posts for the children to enjoy and learn about the traditional owners of the land. There are several great picnic areas spotted along the river which are shaded by tress and a great place to enjoy a snack. The river has several shallow pool rings for a relaxing swim, though those looking for a bit of excitement can swim through the Pound Bend Tunnel which was constructed in the late nineteenth centre to change the course of the river, it is 4m high and 150m longs and is sure to give those keen a thrill.