Swimming holes in southern inland New South Wales (west of the Great Dividing Range)
include several spots along the River Murray and a warm spring south of Canberra. Some of these swimming spots are in
wilderness areas. The best time of year for swimming in the outdoors in this region is roughly from September to April,
when the weather is at its warmest and days above 30 degrees are possible across most of the region. Peak swimming
conditions occur in summer and early Autumn from December to March, however in drought years swimming holes in some
of the smaller streams and lakes can dry up in late summer and autumn in this area.
Select Your Swim:
Click on the heading of each location to find your next swimming day trip or holiday destination or
alternatively search by map
Swim safe, have fun and remember that no matter how cold the water is, it's alright once you're in!
This is the main swimming beach on the NSW/Victoria border in Echuca-Moama along the
mighty River Murray. Watch out for the passing paddlesteamers and stay close to the shore in
the strong current here…
Similar in concept to sea baths but on a lake, the Mulwala Lake Pool lets you swim in the mighty River Murray
without all the hassles of strong currents and submerged branches and stumps. It's fifty metres with a hand
rail all around…
You could easily spend a week or two exploring the dozens of sandy beaches along this
stretch of the River Murray - here are my experiences at one of the most popular for swimming, located
a stone's throw from the main street…
This man-made pool in a natural bush setting south of Canberra, in the Yarrangobilly Caves area of
the Kosciuszko National Park, is situated over a natural spring that heats the water year round for a warmer
outdoor swim, even in cold weather…
There are several more swimming holes within the Australian Capital Territory, which is enclosed within
southern New South Wales. You can select these swims, including several along the Murrumbidgee River,
on the Canberra and the ACT home page
Each swimming spot includes a link to swimming safety information
. Please make sure you
read that information before you head out.
I'm always interested in hearing about and visiting new swimming holes, so feel free to share them
with me and suggest a swim
After more than a decade of research, here are
my top 50 swimming holes in Victoria
. Make the most of your holiday when you head south of the border, including
some swims that are within easy reach of southern NSW.
My companion website Waterfall Seasons - The Waterfall Guide
all of the waterfalls that I have visited during my search for swimming holes. You can swim at some of them, but most are
just for viewing and admiring. Great for a day trip when it's too chilly to get into the water.
My companion website Ankle Deep Water
lists shallow water recreation areas
that I have come across during my search for swimming holes. These are for splashing about and relaxing rather
than swimming and most are suitable for inexperienced swimmers, so they can be a great option if you have a young family.
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