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Best Suburban Waterholes in Melbourne

With another beautiful weekend of summer weather on the way, now is the time to enjoy one of Melbourne’s freshwater swimming spots.

There’s no more refreshing way to cool off with family or friends than to splash about and relax with a picnic or a drink. With the help of the Guide to Freshwater Swimming Holes in Victoria, here are a few prime spots we've found in suburban Melbourne. Parks Victoria is the custodial body that looks after these spaces, so if you see a ranger on your visit, thank them (and be sure to take your rubbish with you!)

1. Pound Bend, Warrandyte

Featuring a man-made tunnel built in the 19th century, Pound Bend on the Yarra River is a unique and fun place for a dip. It’s a great place for a natural workout, when all you need to do is swim against the fast-moving waters that gush through the tunnel. Of course, if it’s restful relaxation you’re chasing, there are several calmer, shallower pool to enjoy instead.

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Pound Bend, Warrandyte

2. Lysterfield Lake, Lysterfield South

According to City of Glen Eira resident and author of the Guide to Freshwater Swimming Holes in Victoria, Brad Neal, Lysterfield Lake is "arguably Melbourne's best outdoor swimming spot". Constructed in the 1930s, this man-made lake was originally designed to provide drinking water to the folk on the Mornington Peninsula. Much of the land and forest around the lake’s catchment is state-owned, meaning the quality of water in Lysterfield Lake is better than the other rivers and lakes in Melbourne’s metropolitan area. With nature trails, picnic and barbecue areas and plenty of room to spread out, a day at Lysterfield Lake is perfect for families. 

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Lysterfield Lake, Lysterfield South

3. Blue Lake, Plenty

Blue Lake, in Plenty Gorge Park is just half an hour’s drive from the CBD, yet the pristine, quiet nature of this beautiful place feels like a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Blue Lake used to be an old quarry, and is flanked by sheer rock on one side and trees on the other. At each end of the oval-shaped gorge there is space to lay down a picnic rug and relax with the sounds of nature ringing all around.  It’s all nature here. 

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Blue Lake, Plenty Gorge

All information is considered to be true and correct at the date of publication. 

Information in this article from the Guide to Freshwater Swimming Holes in Victoria has been adapted with permission from the author

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