Best spots to cool off in summer (that aren't the beach)
Beat the heat and crowded beaches this summer with these 12 top Victorian spots to cool off.
If you’re looking to avoid the beach crowds this summer, there are plenty of beautiful places around the state to cool off, from rainforests to rivers, waterfalls and lakes.
Just be mindful that unlike popular beaches, these spots aren’t patrolled, so if you’re planning on swimming always observe signage and take note of prevailing conditions. The Royal Life Saving Society reports that more drownings occur in Australian rivers, creeks and streams than at beaches.
So as well as the usual swimming safety precautions of following signage, avoiding swimming alone and keeping children within arm’s reach, it’s also important to check water depths and temperature before taking the plunge in inland waterways. Even in summer, alpine lakes can be breathtakingly cold and present the risk of hypothermia. Seemingly tranquil waters may also conceal a strong current or undertow, may be deeper or shallower than you think or can conceal objects below the surface.
And before you head into bushland areas, be sure to check prevailing conditions, including current fire or flood warnings.
Also be aware that water levels can vary depending on rainfall and seasonal conditions.