Only a 10-minute drive from Halls Gap is Lake Bellfield. To find the best spot to swim, continue past the dam wall for around one kilometre to the Lake Bellfield Picnic Area, where there is a small designated swimming spot with a gently sloping beach and a lawn area behind it. The water can be cold, but you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding mountain ranges and enchanting bushlands.
Venus Baths are stunning swimming holes that have formed in the sandstone rock. Take an easy stroll starting in the centre of Halls Gap to find an oasis on a hot day in the Grampians. It can get busy here, so if you are up for a walk there is another swimming hole further up the trail toward Splitters Falls, perfect for toe dipping on warm days. Be sure to take plenty of water and snacks and enjoy the peace and quiet.
Located in Ararat, Green Hill Lake is a popular swimming destination for visitors, campers, and locals. You can swim and splash about with the kids on a warm day, get everyone together for a waterside picnic, or just enjoy a bush walk around the water's edge. With green lawn picnic areas, BBQs, playgrounds, pontoons and picturesque mountain ranges as a backdrop, Green Hill Lake is a perfect place to relax and unwind.
With sandy man-made beaches and BBQ and picnic facilities, Lake Hamilton makes a delightful place to visit with family or friends. The calm waters are picture-perfect. Take part in a number of water activities including canoeing or rowing, or simply enjoy a swim after a long walk or cycle around the track.
Known as the ‘home of aquatic sports’ Lake Bolac has it all; swimming, skiing, sailing, fishing and camping. If you’re up for some water sports and swimming, you can really settle in and set yourself up here for a day or two. While fishing and camping are popular along the 20 kilometre shoreline, there are plenty of picnic areas, BBQs, shelters and designated swimming beaches for an enjoyable day on the water.