Nature provides plenty of spots to escape the heat in regional Victoria.
Larger than an Olympic swimming pool and surrounded with stunning rock formations, Turpins Falls is great for those who want something simple in their escape from the heat. There are no extra facilities around so do take care. But with a majestic waterfall and a spacious place to swim, you should have everything you need. The falls are about a 90-minute drive from Melbourne or Ballarat, an hour from Bendigo and about two hours from Shepparton.
155 Shillidays Rd, Langley. Parks Victoria. 13 19 63
Venturing to Blue Pool is going to be worth the trip. The pool is varied in depth, with a perfect rock face. Blue pool is in the Briagolong State Forest near Sale. It’s also a perfect spot to set up and camp for a few days with scenic walks and plenty of places to picnic.
Freestone Creek Rd, Briagolong. Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. 5139 7777
Buchan Caves Reserve
It might look like one, but the Caves Reserve is nothing like your local swimming pool. An underground stream from the caves fills the pool. Not being heated, escaping the sun in the Reserve will feel even more refreshing. During the day you can also take a guided tour of the network of caves around the site with plenty of other camping and park facilities to keep everyone entertained. Buchan is about 74km from Bairnsdale via the Bruthen-Buchan Rd.
Caves Road, Buchan. Phone 5162 1900
On Mount Buffalo, Lake Catani has clear water with a great view overlooking the alpine landscape. The lake is also a great place to canoe, and there are bike and walking tracks around it. Along with plenty of amenities at the site, it’s a great camping spot. But if you want to secure a place, you’ll need to book in advance. Open from November to April right for the peak of summer.
Lake Catani, Mount Buffalo. Parks Victoria: 13 19 63