When Lake Glenmaggie is full, as it is in most years in spring and early summer, the western and northern shores of the lake provide
gently sloping, shallow entry beaches of coarse sand. I walked out around 20 metres and the water was still only knee high. The water
is sourced from a large, mostly natural catchment upstream, so the water is usually clear and fresh.
Above: A sandy beach on the western edge of Lake Glenmaggie
These beaches are mostly located on short, dirt access tracks a few metres from the main road around the lake. You can drive your car
up to the water's edge and unload all of the inflatables that you think you might need for the day. If you want to supervise your kids in the
water on a hot day, you can bring an old camping chair and plomp yourself down in the water, letting your feet cool off for the afternoon.
Depending on rainfall conditions, the lake is slowly drained from January through to April
and becomes less attractive for water play. If it has been a relatively wet year, chances are
that Lake Glenmaggie will be close to full right through summer. The catchment upstream of the
dam is enormous, so it does not take much rain to refill the lake.
Here is a video that I took when visiting the lake in early summer when the lake was still full
to illustrate how you can have a walk in the water under the shade of the gum trees. It was prepared for
my companion website on swimming holes for grown ups, but it gives you an idea of what to expect.
There is a designated swimming area at Sandy Point on the eastern side of the lake, where you can also find
some basic picnic and toilet facilities. However in my view, this area is not well suited to swimming, particulalry
for young kids, as it is fairly open and exposed to the wind, the water was quite choppy, with no shade over the water.
Essential Information Before You Go:
Location: Heyfield-Jamieson Rd or Tinamba-Glenmaggie Rd, Glenmaggie, 200 km (approx. 2.5 hrs drive)
east of the Melbourne CBD
Getting there: From the Princes Hwy at Rosedale, head to Heyfield via the Rosedale-
Heyfield Rd and then towards Glenmaggie via the Heyfield-Jamieson Rd.
General facilities: None on the western shore of the lake. Toilets, tables, lawns, parking, bbqs,
boat ramp at Sandy Point on the other side of the lake.
Baby change facilities: None
Sun shade: Shade available in and out of the water if the lake is full. No shade if the lake is drawn down.
Entrance fee: None
Opening times: Always open
Wheelchair access: None on the western shore of the lake. Toilet facilities for the disabled and accessible picnic area at Sandy Point
on the other side of the lake.
Prohibitions: No camping, no firearms, no horses at Sandy Point. Dogs must be on a leash.
Accommodation Options: Camping is not permitted around the lake, but there is a privately operated caravan park on
the western shore that you need to ring or email to book. Alternatively you can try
accommodation in and around Heyfield. Managing authority: Southern Rural Water
Nearby attractions: Wilderness areas north of the lake on the Great Alpine Road
Before you head out, make sure to read the water safety information. Specific to
this site, check the area for submerged tree stumps when you find a suitable spot for swimming, and avoid swimming near where the Macalister
River and Glenmaggie Creek enter the lake, as currents can be stronger here for inexperienced swimmers.
The marker indicates the location of the designated swimming area and picnic facilities at Sandy Point.
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I'm particularly interested in your experiences after visiting, and any changes in conditions, etc.
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