The summer sizzle is on its way, and it’s got us thinking about our favourite swimming spots that are a little off the beaten track. Grab your sunscreen and swimmers and launch in to cool waters at one of these almost secret spots.
Water Works Albury
Just a five minute drive from Albury’s CBD, you’ll find a charming old wooden bridge crossing the Murray at Water Works bend. Roll out your towel under one of the shady river gums, or dangle your toes in the shallows whilst you relax on the bank. As you leave Albury on the Riverina Hwy, turn right on Waterworks Road and continue across the bridge.
Take a drive down to the end of Kremur Street Albury, and apart from the fabulous Yindyamarra Sculpture Trail, you’ll find a tucked away little swim spot on the Murray, just a short distance downstream from the boat ramp. Take care here, the access is only for the able bodied and the current can be fast. This little gem is for competent swimmers only.
Bay below Lake Hume Resort
Just below Lake Hume Resort on the shores of Lake Hume, you’ll find a delightful little protected bay. When the lake is high, there’s ample shade to lay out a picnic and enjoy the view from the sandy beach. Why not extend your day and pop up to the Boat Shed for a refreshing beverage or bite to eat.
Dip your dog
Don’t forget your fur babies in summer! There are loads of access spots to Lake Hume Hume where your best friend can chase a stick in to the water all day long. Try Kookaburra Point at Ebden where there’s lots of shady car parks and a handy little general store.
Slow your pace a little and discover the cool waters of the Kiewa River at the Parklands, Killara. An unmanaged river, the Kiewa provides the unique experience of swimming in a naturally meandering river in an easy to get to location. The nearby Killara Parklands are perfect for bird watching or enjoying a picnic under the shade of the magnificent river red gums.
OK, this one’s probably our worst kept secret – but with good reason – locals have been dipping and floating at this central cool haven for generations. The stately river gums provide welcome shade to manicured lawns with plenty of space to gather your tribe. There’s ample picnic tables, seating and barbeques for a bring your own riverside picnic, or drop in to the River Deck Cafe for some award winning riverside food with friendly service. For cool casuals, just roll up to the service window in your swimmers and pick up an ice cream treat or takeaway coffee.