A Water Baby’s Playground // Blue Pools (Vic)

Blue Pools is only a few hours from Melbourne and it’s perfect for a cheeky day trip or a full weekend. With rope swings, cliff jumping, day walks and creeks to explore, there’s no chance you’ll find yourself twiddling your thumbs. Now take a knee children, and let us tell you all about it…


Highlights 

  • Swimmin’, jumpin’ and swingin’ into the waterhole
  • A balmy water temp all year round
  • Walks galore for when you’re all watered out

The Lowdown

The Blue Pools is a waterhole and gorge near Briagolong, just half an hour north of Sale. It’s a well-known swimming spot by locals, but has somehow managed to stay off the radar until recently.

The pools stay nice and balmy all year round thanks to the way the sunlight hits the water, or something sciency like that… In fact, if we’re being honest with you, we have no idea why. All we know is that if you fancy a dip, Blue Pools is the spot.

The pools are just a few minutes walk from a carpark/campsite, but make sure you’ve got same sandals with you cause the path is hella rocky. Now, there ain’t a lot of shade down by the water, so make sure to slip, slop, slap.

The pools consist of a large waterhole that starts off shallow but quickly gets deep. Off to the left there is an epic rope swing that is just beggin’ for some gnarly flips. The gorge is at the far end of the waterhole, and cliff jumping spots range from a few meters to a sweet six-meter plunge. The water is nice and deep, but there are a few spots with rocks just under the surface so be sure to check it out before you take that leap.

If you’re all cliff-jumped and rope-swinged out, there are plenty of walks nearby and some exploring to be done.  The Bluff is a nice and steep five-minute climb with some groovy views over the Blue Pools. If you fancy a bit more of a stroll, there is the Peregrine Lookout Trail, which takes about an hour return. Between September to December you may even be lucky enough to see some of the Peregrine Falcons which nest there.

If you want to escape the crowds a bit more, head on down to the Froam Picnic Area. About 600m from the pools, it has a BBQ and you can even camp there if that’s what you’re vibin’. If you ask us however, the best option is just to swim to the end of the gorge, and then walk, rock-hop and explore your way up the creek.

Blue Pools isn’t too far from Melbourne for a day trip, but if you want to really make the most of your weekend and soak it all up, you’re in luck because the campsite is less than 500m from the pools. It’s pretty basic, with no running water and no creeks nearby that are safe to fill up from, so you’ll need to bring all your supplies yourself. There are drop toilets, but the toilet paper is inconsistently refilled so be sure to bring your own. The campsite is dusty and uneven, but luckily there are fire pits to make up for it. There are some 4×4 tracks nearby that you can collect some wood from if you need, however, it’s best to bring your own.  Just don’t forget the marshmallows!

Blue Pools a pretty incredible place and feels like it would fit in more with the waterholes and gorges of Kakadu than good ol’ Victoria. And you want to know the most exciting part of all about it to us? We’ve managed to go 22 years without ever knowing about the Blue Pools, so how many other epic spots must there be just waiting to be jumped off, walked through and explored!

What To Bring

  • A flotilla of donuts, lilos and other inflatables
  • Sandals or water shoes for walking to the pools and mucking around the rocks
  • Camera gear for that Kodak moment
  • Firewood
  • WATER (there is no water at the campground so you need to bring everything for the weekend/day)

How To Get There

The Blue Pools are only a two-minute walk from the campsite.

The campsite is about three hours from Melbourne. Head down the A1 past Sale until you get to Stratford, and then go north along the C494 (which continues straight to become Freestone Creek Rd) for about 20 minutes. The campsite will be on your left.

Activities

  • Cliff jumping
  • Rope swinging
  • Walks ranging from half an hour to three-day hikes
  • Campfire marshmallows
  • Midnight skinny-dipping 😉

Skill Level

Beginner

Distance Covered

  • 250 km by car to the campsite
  • 500 m to the pools

 

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