It’s officially Summer Ballarat! And with the forecast reading windy, wet conditions with a top of 18 (at the time of writing) you’re probably thinking it’s time for a dip!
If you’re new to town or you’re looking for somewhere new to cool off this summer, then checkout our top picks for Ballarat swimming holes in and around Ballarat.
Number 1: St George’s Lake Creswick
It’s big, open and has a relatively gradual drop-off for those who don’t like to jump straight in the deep end.
Number 2: Lake Burrumbeet
Surrounded by picturesque spots for camping, picnics and fishing, Lake Burrumbeet is even big enough for water sports when water levels are high enough.
Number 3: Lake Esmond
Situated in a convenient spot reasonably close to the CBD, Lake Esmond is perfect for those who are just after a quick dip.
Number 4: Lake Calembeen
If the thought of squelching through slippery mud as you wade out into the water fills you with nightmares, then Lake Calembeen is the lake for you. The built-up cement border means you need never touch the bottom, and the recently refurbished jumping platform adds something for thrill seekers.
Number 5: Blue Waters, Creswick
Neighbouring St George’s Lake in Creswick, Blue Waters is a little less known than its larger neighbour across Melbourne Road, but its clear water and gorgeous surrounds make it worth the stop.
Number 6: Lake Wendouree
This one makes the list not because it’s a particularly good spot for a dip, in fact it’s surrounded by signs warning you NOT to do that, but because you can’t exactly have a list of Ballarat lakes without it. While not ideal for a cooling dip, its 6km circumference boasts an abundance of shady trees and lush green lawns perfect for walks and picnic dinners.
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