Words by Leah Philips
Discover where to make a splash in the Grampians as the temperatures rise.
As the mercury climbs, there’s no better way to beat the heat than by immersing yourself in the natural wonders of Victoria’s Grampians.
Away from the crowded beaches, this vast playground offers a refreshing oasis surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Dive into the best swimming holes, lakes, and rivers the Grampians has to offer for an unforgettable summer experience.
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With vast sparkling waters and soft sandy beaches, Lake Fyans is a year-round hotspot that’s particularly popular with families. Enjoy exclusive access with a stay at Lake Fyans Holiday Park, offering private boat ramps, fishing spots, and water sports hire. Here, holidaymakers can book powered and non-powered campsites as well as cabins or a house.
A short stroll from Halls Gap, Venus Baths offers stunning pools in sandstone rocks, creating a perfect summer retreat. After a dip, unwind with a locally brewed beer at Paper Scissors Rock Brew Co. and stay at the newly built Grampians Under The Stars.
Encircled by 25 hectares of parkland, Lake Hamilton is ideal for rowing, windsurfing, and canoeing. For those wanting to stay on dry ground, visitors can soak in the serenity of the bushland and the lapping water while walking the lake’s circumference and even spot some cute local wildlife.
After a day of exploration, visit the Roxburgh Café for a refreshing drink and bite to eat.
Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park
Indulge in the only outdoor wood-fire-heated swimming pool in Australia at Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park. With two swimming pools to unwind in at the end of a day exploring, the tourist park is the perfect holiday base.
Uwind in a cabin or campsite, or opt for glamping in a bell or safari tent for that extra special touch.
Mount William Station
Experience a secluded luxury getaway at Mount William Station, featuring a spectacular outdoor pool and sauna. Surrounded by polo fields, rose gardens, and historic charm, it’s the perfect blend of history and relaxation.
A paradise for fishing enthusiasts, Lake Toolondo offers excellent trout, yabby, and fly fishing. It’s also a popular spot for powerboating and jet skiing, providing a diverse aquatic playground.
Visitors to the region can also enjoy the River Front Pop Up Summer Series which takes place throughout the summer months along the river in Horsham. The event will feature a series of family-friendly entertainment with live music and food trucks at the riverfront pop up café site.
Land-Locked River Adventure
The Wimmera River is perfect for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing. Enjoy a scenic 3.4-kilometre trail along the riverbanks, and don’t forget to stock up on local produce from Grampians Olive Co. and wines from Norton Estate and Mount Stapylton Wines.
With perfect beaches and easy water access, Lake Lonsdale is an ideal spot for swimming, water skiing, and picnicking. Stay at the pet-friendly Tiny Away Escape at Grampians Edge for a cozy retreat with stunning bushland views.
Before embarking on your aquatic adventure, remember to check local conditions and weather forecasts. The Grampians promise a summer filled with nature’s finest swimming spots.
For more information on the Grampians region, visit Visit Grampians.