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Ankle Deep Water, Victoria
Splash Parks, Shallow Beaches, Lakes and Streams

Ankle Deep Water is my collection of shallow water recreation areas that are for splashing or lazing about in the water without fully committing to a swim. Ideal for inexperienced swimmers (under supervision). I collated this guide for Victoria incidentally while compiling Swimming Hole Heaven for proficient swimmers. I have visited and enjoyed all of these sites. New splash parks are being built all the time at the moment, so feel free to suggest a location elsewhere in Victoria for me to visit.

Select Your Shallow Water Recreation Area:
Click or tap on the title of each shallow water recreation area below to find out how to get there and what to expect, or alternatively search by map. These areas have been divided into free splash parks and shallow entry lakes and beaches.
Shallow Entry Beaches
Ankle Deep Water at Point Roadknight, Anglesea The sandstone headland has created a sheltered beach with oodles of flat sand, gentle entry into the water at low tide, and stunning views of both the adjacent point and the beachfront all the way to Anglesea, several kilometres in the distance. For a stretch of coastline famous for its surf beaches, this is the calmest ocean beach that I have found along the Great Ocean Road… Ankle Deep Water at St George River, Lorne The St George River, located just outside of Lorne, meanders its way through a wide, flat sand bar on its way out to the ocean. Skip across this shallow river from one side to the other or just sit yourself down on the river bed and relax in the gentle current…
Ankle Deep Water at Cowes East Beach, Phillip Island Cowes East Beach is a several kilometre stretch of gently sloping sandy foreshore that creates a flat beach up to thirty metres wide at low tide. In my view, when the tide is out, this is the best beach on Phillip Island for playing in the shallows or digging in the sand…
Shallow Entry Rivers and Lakes
Ankle Deep Water at Lake Fyans Lake Fyans has gently sloping, sandy beaches that stretch well out into the transparent, amber coloured water. When the sun is out, the water here is wonderfully warm, with a huge area of shallow water for kids to run around in… Ankle Deep Water at Lake Glenmaggie Lake Glenmaggie is a large irrigation storage on the Macalister River in Gippsland. Here is how to find the part of the lake with a gently sloping entry with coarse sand under foot and loads of shade overhead, and the best time of year to visit… Ankle Deep Water at Lawson Falls, Bunyip State Park Splash about in the orange cordial creek at the picnic ground or bathe your feet as you rest on the rocks with Lawson Falls tumbling down above you. Read more here to find your way from the picnic ground to the falls to experience both… Ankle Deep Water at Picnic Point, Longwarry North The Tarago River meanders past this grassy knoll with a shallow, sandy beach, where you dangle your feet in the water from the streamside logs, or wade into the water for a splash around. You will also find a playground and barbecue facilities…
Free Water Play Areas, Splash Parks and Splash Pads
Ankle Deep Water at Midlands Aquatic Playspace, North Ballarat This free water play area includes water features that are loosely garden themed, such as a sprinkling leaf, a squirting ladybird and a butterfly shower. Navigate your way through the various water sprayers from one side of the splash pad to the other, while parents can watch from under a shaded marquee… Ankle Deep Water at Sebastopol Aquatic Playspace, Ballarat This free water play areas south of the Ballarat city centre includes colourful spray hoops, tipping buckets and various sprinklers in a parkland setting, that can also be a good venue for a barbecue or picnic… Ankle Deep Water at Bright Splash Park This free splash park fits neatly within the riverside park to breathe new life into this already great open space in Bright, alongside the Ovens River. It has several sprinklers, geizers, spraying hoops and a giant tipping bucket… Ankle Deep Water at Gallipoli Park, Marysville This park has various hand operated water features within the park itself, plus the shallow, pebbled stream of crystal clear water in the Steavenson River that you can rest or frolic in directly behind the water features… Ankle Deep Water at Patterson Park, Metung Patterson Park incorporates a large splash pad that is flanked by two artificial meandering streams, all bordered by a long, curved dry wooden deck on one side, and a non-slip path and lawn area on the other. This little park packs a lot in and integrates seamlessly into the surrounding laid back village atmosphere… Ankle Deep Water at Yarrawonga Foreshore Splash Park, Lake Mulwala Alongside the banks of Lake Mulwala, this free little splash pad has a vertical sprinkler ring and a range of gurglers and water jets. It's only small, but can form part of a day enjoying a picnic on the grassy foreshore, a swim in the lakeside pool or a few runs down the giant waterslide…

Before you head out, make sure to read the water safety information. In addition to your own independent planning, risk management and safety measures, I suggest that if you are visiting these spots, bring bathers, sunscreen, a hat, a towel, a pair of crocs or sandals, a set of warm clothes, a bucket and spade, and any inflatables that you want. Bring a swimming nappy if your child is not yet toilet trained. You can also visit some of these spots in winter if everyone is wearing gumboots. Ankle Deep Water - Melbourne Splash Parks, Shallow Beaches, Lakes and Streams In addition to the above shallow water recreation areas in regional Victoria, you can find my experiences of free splash parks, water theme parks, and shallow entry beaches and lakes in the Melbourne metropolitan area here. Bookmark it if you are heading to the big smoke…

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