Immerse yourself in nature with the best swimming spots in the Grampians
Words by Leah Phillips
Find out where to have fun in the Grampians as the temperatures rise.
With the temperature rising, there’s no better way to beat the heat than by immersing yourself in the natural wonders of Victoria’s Grampians.
Away from crowded beaches, this expansive course offers a refreshing oasis surrounded by stunning scenery. Indulge yourself in the best swimming spots, lakes and rivers the Grampians has to offer for an unforgettable summer experience.
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With its vast, sparkling waters and soft sandy beaches, Lake Vians is a year-round attraction and especially popular with families. Enjoy exclusive access with a stay at Lake Fyans Holiday Park, which offers private boat ramps, fishing spots and water sports rentals. Here, vacationers can book powered and unpowered campsites, as well as cabins or a house.
Just a short walk from Halls Gap, Venus Baths offer stunning pools set into sandstone rocks, creating the perfect summer retreat. After your swim, relax with a locally brewed beer at Paper Scissors Rock Brew Co. And stay at the newly built Grampians Under The Stars Hotel.
Surrounded by 25 hectares of parkland, Lake Hamilton is an ideal place for canoeing, windsurfing and canoeing. For those who want to stay on dry land, visitors can enjoy the tranquility of the bush and flowing water while walking around the perimeter of the lake and even spot some of the cute local wildlife.
After a day of exploring, visit Roxburgh Café for a refreshing drink and a bite to eat.
Hall’s Gap Lakeside Tourist Park
Indulge in Australia’s only wood-fired outdoor pool at Halls Gap Lakeside Tourism Park. With two swimming pools to cool off at the end of a day of exploring, the tourist park is an ideal holiday base.
Relax in a cabin or campsite, or choose to camp in a bell tent or safari tent for an extra special touch.
Mount William station
Experience a secluded luxury retreat at Mount William Station, which has a stunning outdoor pool and sauna. Surrounded by polo fields, rose gardens and historic charm, it’s the perfect combination of history and relaxation.
Lake Tollondo is a paradise for fishing enthusiasts, offering excellent fishing for trout, yabbies and flies. It is also a popular place for speed boating and water skiing, and offers a diverse water playground.
Visitors to the area can also enjoy the River Front Pop Up Summer Series held throughout the summer months along the river in Horsham. The event will include a series of family-friendly entertainment with live music and food trucks at the café’s riverfront location.
Closed river adventure
The Wimmera River is an ideal place for kayaking, canoeing and fishing. Enjoy a scenic 3.4km walk along the riverside, and don’t forget to stock up on local produce from Grampians Olive Co. and wines from Norton Estate and Mount Stapylton Wines.
The decline of idealism
With perfect beaches and easy access to the water, Lake Lonsdale is an ideal place for swimming, water skiing and picnicking. Stay at the pet-friendly Tiny Away Escape in Grampians Edge for a relaxing getaway with stunning bush views.
Before embarking on your water adventure, remember to check local conditions and weather forecasts. The Grampians promises a summer filled with nature’s best swimming spots.
For more information about the Grampians region, visit Visit the Grampians.