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Fishing, canoeing, swimming and more in the Grampians

10 Feb 2022

The Grampians is home to some of Victoria’s greatest lakes, waterways and waterfalls meaning there’s a water activity for everyone. Whether you’re hiking to the base of a majestic waterfall, paddling across glistening waters in a canoe, or reeling in a catch – the Grampians is the perfect place for our fellow water-lovers.

With so much on offer, plan ahead, with our guide to must-do water activities in the Grampians.

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With lakes and waterways framed by majestic mountain ranges and stunning vast landscapes, our region is a prime location for fishing enthusiasts. Avid anglers, or beginners looking for a new experience, can throw in a line and expect to catch rainbow trout, Murray cod, golden perch, and more.

Escape to Rocklands Reservoir for a peaceful setting, or head to Taylors Lake with the family to unwind and reset. For more locations, see our list of the best locations in the Grampians to cast a line.

Before heading out remember to purchase a Recreational Fishing Licence (RFL).

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Swap the sand and pesky seagulls for a swim in our sparkling lakes and waterways in the Grampians. There’s no better way to cool off after a day of hiking, cycling or exploring than with a dip in a freshwater lake or secluded swimming hole.

Make sure you check out our list of the best swimming spots in the Grampians. Some of our favourites include the scenic Lake Fyans and Lake Bellfield, both surrounded by spectacular mountain ranges.

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If you prefer to be on the water, rather than in it – a Grampians canoeing adventure is a must-do. Absolute Outdoors organise half-day canoeing experiences suitable for all ages. Enjoy the scenic tour of the lakes, shorelines and native wildlife as you paddle across crystal waters. Experienced instructors will also share insider knowledge on the Grampians area and history.

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Stand Up Paddling

Immerse yourself in nature and awaken your sense of adventure with a Stand Up Paddling (SUP) experience.

Absolute Outdoors offer three-hour SUP adventures that will allow you to explore the waters and shoreline, all under the safe guidance from their experienced instructors.

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The Grampians waterfalls are simply spectacular and offer ample spots for picnics, barbecues and swimming. Home to one of Victoria’s largest waterfalls, MacKenzie Falls, and the breathtaking Fish Falls, nature lovers looking for tranquillity and peace won’t be disappointed. Make sure to add these iconic waterfalls to your itinerary.

The Grampians also offer explorers a chance to escape the crowds with a number of hidden waterfalls and lakes.