There's nothing like taking a dip in the quiet bend of a mountain river to wash the world's worries away. Mount Beauty is surrounded by hidden swimming spots, tucked away on the east and west branches of the Kiewa River, and downstream where the two branches join north of The Pondage. The larger lakes are also great places to thrash out some laps or just float about and enjoy the mountain views.
Pebble Beach, Mount Beauty
A lovely swimming spot found along the Kiewa River Trail in Mount Beauty. The 5.5km-return shared path, which is great for a bike ride, starts on Embankment Drive and follows the Kiewa River West Branch.
Mermaid Beach & Rockpool
It's a short 250m walk to Mount Beauty's Mermaid Beach – a shallow spot for children to swim on the Kiewa River East Branch. About 400m further along is the deeper Rockpool. This section of the river is accessed via Rock Pool Road. Park before crossing the river and follow the trail west.
Ryders Bridge, Tawonga
The Ryders Bridge swimming spot on the Kiewa River has picnic tables and is located at the bridge on Mountain Creek Road, Tawonga, near the caravan park. The short Fisherman's Walk trail also leaves from here and, as the name suggests, it's a nice spot to go fishing.
Briggs Bridge, Tawonga
The Briggs Bridge swimming spot on the Kiewa River is located 4km north of Tawonga. From the Kiewa Valley Highway, turn east onto Redbank Mongans Road then left over the bridge where you will find the swimming hole.
Lake Guy, Bogong Village
Lake Guy in Bogong Village is a blissfully quiet and very scenic place for a swim. The village has picnic tables and toilet facilities and there is a walking trail along the lake's edge. You'll find Lake Guy 15km south-east of Mount Beauty on the Bogong High Plains Road.
The Pondage, Mount Beauty
The 3km Pondage Trail off Embankment Drive circles the lake and provides many places along the water's edge to jump in for a swim. The Pondage is large enough for kayaking and paddle boarding.
MOUNT BEAUTY SWIMMING POOL
The Mount Beauty Swimming Pool, located on the corner of Lakeside Avenue and Pool Road, has three solar-heated outdoor pools: a toddler pool, an intermediate pool and a 33m pool with early morning lap lanes on weekdays. The facility has a shady lawn area, a kiosk, showers and changerooms. Open from November to April each year, it's a great family-friendly place to cool off in the warmer months.
TOP 10 THINGS TO DO
From horseback adventures to scenic flights, swimming spots and bike trails, here's our cheat's list of the best things to do in Mount Beauty.