Where to find the Ballarat region's best swimming holes
The Ballarat region is full of beautiful swimming holes and stunning parkland to discover.
And with the long summer days now upon us, it’s the perfect time to explore all the natural wonders on offer.
Here are our top picks:
Lake Esmond (Ballarat)
Fancy a dip to shake off the summer heat? Ballarat's Lake Esmond (main picture) was originally a quarry for Eureka Tile Works until 1982. It officially opened as a lake in 1988. Named after Eureka Stockade leader James Esmond, it has developed into an invaluable source of passive recreation for nature lovers and bird observers, as well as a great location to enjoy a swim or a picnic.
Lake Burrumbeet (Burrumbeet)
Located 20 kilometres west of Ballarat, Lake Burrumbeet is a large freshwater lake. Renowned as a good carp fishing spot, the lake is also perfect for swimming, boating, kayaking and jet skiing.
Blue Waters (Creswick)
A waterhole that shines iridescent blue in the sunlight? Sign us up! A former open cut mine, Blue Waters is tucked away within the scenic Creswick Regional Park. Make sure you stop and enjoy the scenery from one of the impressive viewing points.
St Georges Lake (Creswick)
A popular spot for all ages, St Georges Lake was once a mining dam but today serves as a great summer base for water activities. If you’re not in the mood to make a splash, take a hike around the lake’s edge and surround yourself in nature’s embrace before having a serene picnic or BBQ.
Calembeen Park (Creswick)
Another Creswick swim spot, Calembeen Park (above) and its tranquil surrounds are a firm local favourite. With a picturesque walking track, this space provides the chance to take part in a whole range of summer recreational activities including fishing, swimming and bushwalking.
Rokewood Swimming Lagoon (Rokewood)
Located about half an hour outside of Ballarat, this swimming lagoon and surrounding parkland is tucked away in the little hamlet of Rokewood. There’s not a whole lot of people who know about this spot, so consider yourself one of the chosen few!
Happy Valley Crossing Streamside Reserve (Mannibadar)
A beautiful streamside reserve 35 minutes from Ballarat, this space is perfect for the whole family. Take the kids and enjoy a couple of days camping. Your doggies can even go along with you too – just make sure they’re on a lead.
Devils Kitchen Geological Reserve (Piggoreet)
This reserve has spectacular basalt columns, dramatic cliff lines and the resident peregrine falcon may even be sighted! It is only 30 minutes from Ballarat, along the Pitfield-Scarsdale Road.
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