By Kez's Kitchen

January 1, 2021

If you’re staying local these holidays, why not take advantage of the many places you can cool off close to home. We’ve compiled a list of spots for a quick dip less than an hour from the City.


Just 60 minutes from Melbourne, starting at Bacchus Marsh is the beautiful Lerderderg State Park. Head to MacKenzie's Flat Picnic Area for a lovely cool dip. Check the State park website for further details on other spots to swim and nearby facilities.


Escape the usual Sydney Harbour haunts and head to the gorgeous protected inlet at Parsley Bay (Parsley Road Vaucluse). After your dip take a short walk around the bushland circuit to the bay's waterfall. See the local council website for further details.


One hour East of Perth is the beautiful swimming hole at Lake Leschenaultia (off Rosedale Road Chidlow). Pack up the family for a mid-week picnic dinner or just head out for a swim with friends, either way, you'll love this blissful spot.


Our best pick for Adelaide folks is Henley Beach. Not only is it great for a refreshing dip, but you can also take a stroll down the pier at sunset and grab a bite to eat at the many cafes and restaurants.


Little known Gibraltar Creek and the nearby Falls are a bit of a hidden gem. Just 40 minutes from central Canberra you can take a dip in the creek when you arrive and then take a little hike to the cool water of the magnificent nearby waterfall. PS. Save your feet and pack your rubber water shoes to protect them from the rocky creek floor.


Only 12 km West of Brisbane you can find a little bushland oasis at Walkabout Creek, in the D'Aguilar National Park. Cool off, have a bite to eat and then plan your next visit to this little beauty.

Don't forget to check weather conditions before heading off.

Stay cool and enjoy!